Where Is The iPad 2 Retail Availability Web Tool?

Where Is The iPad 2 Retail Availability Web Tool?

I know everyone is interested in purchasing an iPad 2, but you are not sure about whether your local Apple store has any in stock. What we need is an Apple iPad availability Web tool like the one we had before for the iPhone 3GS in 2009. Back then that page declared:

The Apple Retail Store likely has your iPhone 3GS in stock. You can check the most up-to-date availability right here. Shipments of iPhone 3GS arrive most days, and availability is updated hourly. The 8GB iPhone 3G is currently available in all stores.

You could access the tool to check the availability of an iPhone 3GS in your state. I checked and the URL no longer works — even when you substitute the word iPad in it for iPhone in the old URL.

I think that Apple would probably re-launch this tool again if they had better inventory availability, but with the iPad 2 selling out and screen manufacturing problems they probably don’t really need this tool right now.

Hopefully all that will change soon and a site like this will re-launch for the iPad 2. Then you won’t have to stand in ridiculous iPad 2 lines any more.

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  • tigerwoodslc

    IPad 2 locator based on consumer information is at http://www.applebitch.com

  • CalicoAvenger

    If they don’t do more to control the packs of scalpers, there is no use putting together such a tool, because it would be meaningless. They need to change limit to ONE per person (NOT TWO), and require a credit card and valid ID. NO MORE CASH SALES. No legitimate customer who can afford to spend that kind of money, walks around with that much in cash. I was at a NYC Apple store early Saturday morning, and they were all sold out (gave out all their “tickets”) right away. It’s a joke (but not funny).

  • TMU_Kelly

    I completely agree. Too many people bought them and are reselling them to make a quick buck. For people that want to actually buy one for themselves to use, it’s freakin’ impossible to find one. I stood in line for 7 hours just like everybody else and it sold out to the 4th person in front of me. Half of those damn people are now on craigslist or eBay selling the iPad that they purchased. Same people I saw in line, several people went it with friends and bout two or three at a time!

    The limit was supposed to be TWO per person, but I saw people walking out with FOUR. One guy had bought two of each color. What kind of BS is that?

    I went back every day last week before the Apple store opened because they were selling them before store hours to people who got there in the morning, two times I had them sell out to the person right in front of me. Then the other two days they told me to come back the next day or that they weren’t going to have a shipment that day, even though they did and they were holding them until the next morning. I didn’t bother going Friday because I spent too much gas going back and forth all week, it’s about a 35 minute drive from where I live, that’s without rush hour morning traffic too!

    I definitely agree though, something needs to be done about this scalping crap. It’s just frustrating as hell for legitimate people that want to buy them to use them instead of trying to turn a few extra coins. What’s even worse is the people that are selling them on eBay, they really aren’t making that much extra considering the listing fees, final value fees, shipping fees, and then Paypal fees. Seems kind of pointless to scalp them after it’s all said and done.

  • Manuel Viramontes

    I know a lot of you scalpers trying to make a quick buck off of Apple are probably reading this right now chuckling to yourselves thinking you came out on top.

    But how about getting an honest job and try putting in some real hard work for your money and stop trying to make money off of Apple? The Apple team were the ones who designed, made all these programs, software, and hardware, and apps and put in months of hard work! Standing in line and selling this stuff online is NOT an honest job.

    Go ahead and make your quick buck, but remember what goes around comes around. And don’t piss and moan when someone steals something from you which is basically what you’re doing regardless if you’re paying for it or not. Its still stealing…pffft Get a real job chumps!! You seriously make me sick.

  • Alex

    no legitimate customer would pay in cash? thats crazy talk…. cold hard cash versus money a person might not even have in the case of a credit card? and people wonder why nobody is fiscally responsible around here. You sicken me.

  • obamapacman

    You know, SOME people use a credit card AND pay on time. For that you can get miles and extra protection at NO cost.

  • obamapacman

    You know, SOME people use a credit card AND pay on time. For that you can get miles and extra protection at NO cost.

  • obamapacman

    My Target iPad 2 inventory checker (limit, 1 per person, but stores seem to get only get 2 at a time):
    http://obamapacman.com/2011/03

  • Kyle

    I feel like this wouldn’t work since it seems like the number of iPads arriving in each shipment are so few – even if you do check the availability online at home, iPads are going to be gone by the time you get to the Apple Store.

  • Matt Walston

    You obviously don’t care for a free market!

    Just wait a month and buy one. The bottom will fall out as supply catches up and the “scalpers” (as you call them) will be sitting on an inventory that they have to sell bellow MSRP to move them.

    The problem isn’t with “scalpers” but the morons that have to have a brand new device the week it is released.

  • Manuel Viramontes

    I could care less if I get an ipad or not. I dont have to have it today or next year. I have better things to do. What my deal is that people have the audacity to re sell things much higher when they did nothing to produce the product. Its stealing from the hard working Apple engineers and developers that churned out countless hours to make these for everyone.

    You’re right I could care less about this “free market” Its dishonest, and not ethical of them to sell these for a profit when they’ve done nothing to contribute to the manufacturing of the ipad. Ask ANY person who works for Apple or ANY hard working person and i’m sure they’ll agree that this is wrong!

    Its basically the same thing if someone were to go to your place of employment and steal the work you have done for the past several months and received a paycheck for the work YOU did. Completely unacceptable…

  • EdBoris

    Actually, the demand for the iPad 2 will continue to outpace supply for many months to come due to a number of factors including the mega-huge popularity of this device, the slowed down production (due to the earthquake) of 5 components made in Japan that the iPad must have to operate and the increasing demand as more nations come on line to order the iPad 2 as it’s rolled out slowly to worldwide retailers over the spring. Predictions are that there will continue to be a scarcity in many parts of the world for this product through Christmas 2011. Therefore, demand versus supply will mean higher prices at auction sites and reseller stores. For instance, Russia won’t have these available at their 3 Apple retailers for months, but the reseller stores in Moscow have them, but sell out same day. They get them from U.S. ebayers, then the stores in Moscow sell at an even bigger inflated price because they can. In this case, it’s not that they can get the product from Apple, but can’t due to ebayers – but it’s that they actually can;t buy them at all so they turn to private sellers who go stand in line at a U.S. store, do the work to package it and ship it to them. I have no problem paying someone to do this – they are working for me, they make a little, then I make a little and my customer gets a product they couldn’t normally get. There’s nothing wrong with private seller to private buyer transactions. Sales tax still gets paid and everyone is happy. Don’t be a hater of commerce.

  • EdBoris

    Actually, the demand for the iPad 2 will continue to outpace supply for many months to come due to a number of factors including the mega-huge popularity of this device, the slowed down production (due to the earthquake) of 5 components made in Japan that the iPad must have to operate and the increasing demand as more nations come on line to order the iPad 2 as it’s rolled out slowly to worldwide retailers over the spring. Predictions are that there will continue to be a scarcity in many parts of the world for this product through Christmas 2011. Therefore, demand versus supply will mean higher prices at auction sites and reseller stores. For instance, Russia won’t have these available at their 3 Apple retailers for months, but the reseller stores in Moscow have them, but sell out same day. They get them from U.S. ebayers, then the stores in Moscow sell at an even bigger inflated price because they can. In this case, it’s not that they can get the product from Apple, but can’t due to ebayers – but it’s that they actually can;t buy them at all so they turn to private sellers who go stand in line at a U.S. store, do the work to package it and ship it to them. I have no problem paying someone to do this – they are working for me, they make a little, then I make a little and my customer gets a product they couldn’t normally get. There’s nothing wrong with private seller to private buyer transactions. Sales tax still gets paid and everyone is happy. Don’t be a hater of commerce.

  • EdBoris

    Actually, the demand for the iPad 2 will continue to outpace supply for many months to come due to a number of factors including the mega-huge popularity of this device, the slowed down production (due to the earthquake) of 5 components made in Japan that the iPad must have to operate and the increasing demand as more nations come on line to order the iPad 2 as it’s rolled out slowly to worldwide retailers over the spring. Predictions are that there will continue to be a scarcity in many parts of the world for this product through Christmas 2011. Therefore, demand versus supply will mean higher prices at auction sites and reseller stores. For instance, Russia won’t have these available at their 3 Apple retailers for months, but the reseller stores in Moscow have them, but sell out same day. They get them from U.S. ebayers, then the stores in Moscow sell at an even bigger inflated price because they can. In this case, it’s not that they can get the product from Apple, but can’t due to ebayers – but it’s that they actually can;t buy them at all so they turn to private sellers who go stand in line at a U.S. store, do the work to package it and ship it to them. I have no problem paying someone to do this – they are working for me, they make a little, then I make a little and my customer gets a product they couldn’t normally get. There’s nothing wrong with private seller to private buyer transactions. Sales tax still gets paid and everyone is happy. Don’t be a hater of commerce.

  • EdBoris

    Actually, the demand for the iPad 2 will continue to outpace supply for many months to come due to a number of factors including the mega-huge popularity of this device, the slowed down production (due to the earthquake) of 5 components made in Japan that the iPad must have to operate and the increasing demand as more nations come on line to order the iPad 2 as it’s rolled out slowly to worldwide retailers over the spring. Predictions are that there will continue to be a scarcity in many parts of the world for this product through Christmas 2011. Therefore, demand versus supply will mean higher prices at auction sites and reseller stores. For instance, Russia won’t have these available at their 3 Apple retailers for months, but the reseller stores in Moscow have them, but sell out same day. They get them from U.S. ebayers, then the stores in Moscow sell at an even bigger inflated price because they can. In this case, it’s not that they can get the product from Apple, but can’t due to ebayers – but it’s that they actually can’t buy them at all so they turn to private sellers who go stand in line at a U.S. store, do the work to package it and ship it to them. I have no problem paying someone to do this – they are working for me, they make a little, then I make a little and my customer gets a product they couldn’t normally get. There’s nothing wrong with private seller to private buyer transactions. Sales tax still gets paid and everyone is happy. Don’t be a hater of commerce.

  • Jabroniisanidiot

    Jabroni, you’re an idiot.

  • Trytheweb

    The only difference is that the “scalpers” actually paid full retail for the stuff they’re reselling….so I guess they’re not really stealing anything, are they? You sir, are a fool.

  • JohnWilliams76

    iPad2Tracker.com offers something similar for local retail and online stores. Might be worth checking out if you still don’t have an iPad 2.

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