Why People Want, Dont Want the iPad

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-04-03 Print this article Print

Steve Kingsley, who works in IT at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., said his department ordered three iPad models, including a 3G unit. Today, Kingsley's interest wasn't in the iPad, which he shrugged off as a "big iPod Touch."  

"I don't think I'd buy one," said Kingsley, a power user. "I've got a lot of toys and it doesn't do what I want it to do. The hard drive's not big enough. It's nice for certain people. If I were a musician and I had a lot of sheet music that I'd carry around, I'd put it all on there, put it on my stand and flip through the pages. It's got its purpose and it's cute but ..."  

By the time the doors opened at 10 a.m., only about 10 people walked in, and walk they did. There was no rush, no crush to get to the computer section where the four iPads sat on a modest table in the back of the store.

Once inside the store, Best Buy employees declined to answer questions about the iPad, citing corporate confidentiality rules. One consumer said he was told there were 15 16GB devices, and 10 each for the 32GB and 64GB models.

Best Buy workers declined to confirm this for eWEEK, though one said the iPads arrived early that morning and employees were not instructed on how to use the devices.  

Scott Haggerty, who works in financial services, calmly picked up his new 32 GB iPad with his son, Luke. Haggerty, it's fair to say, is the consummate Apple consumer that Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his executives might drool over.

An Apple stockholder, Haggerty owns Mac computers, an iPod and an iPhone, and uses Apple TV. Moreover, he not only purchased an iPad the day it went on sale but preordered a 3G version of the iPad online.  

"I have Mac everything," Haggerty said, as his son Luke played a game on one of the Best Buy display units. "I'm a big Apple user. Everything they make, I pretty much have it."

He said he travels a lot and he believed the iPad would be the ideal device to use to surf the Web and consume content in his hotel room, allowing him to leave the more bulky laptop at home.  

Like Dowling, Haggerty was surprised there were no long lines for the tablet. "I was expecting to see some tents," he said.

By 10:30 a.m., a half hour into the sale, Best Buy still had iPads to sell, though staffers declined to say how many they sold or how many were left. How many and for how long is anyone's guess.

One thing is clear: Trumbull's Best Buy may be one of the best kept secrets for purchasing Apple products that are high in demand. 


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