During Apple’s developer conference earlier this month, Steve Jobs revealed that 2 million iPads have been sold in the two months since the product launched, which means that someone buys an iPad every three seconds. That’s a startling accomplishment for Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) but it is also problematic because the iPad is selling faster than stores can stock them.
In April, Best Buy (Stock Quote: BBY) announced that it had sold out of iPads in every one of its national stores. The next month, Apple revealed that it too had sold out of the iPad 3G in nearly all of its own retail stores, and as of a few weeks ago, analysts claimed that three quarters of all Apple stores remain sold out of all iPad models.
With all of that in mind, the simplest solution to get an iPad is just to order one through Apple’s Web site, which promises to ship all models within 7-10 business days. However, if you desperately want to get your hands on one now, but can’t find a store near you that has the iPad in stock, there may be another option.
Greg Spielberg recently wrote on Bundle.com about a trick that a friend of his used to score an iPad from an Apple store that said it was out of stock. “He said he was leaving for Italy in the next half-hour and that he needed the iPad for business. The Apple employee said, ‘For business?’ My friend said yes. The employee went to the back room and procured one from what my friend calls, ‘a secret stash.’ All my friend had to do was provide a business e-mail address and mailing address and voila.”