Worldwide wait on Macs
Reports still ton in answering Macworld’s and Macweek’s special report into Mac availability worldwide (see “Where on the planet are Macs?”). The next includes readers’ comment spanning from in the China to South Usa. Many responses come from resellers who would like to remain anonymous.
One correspondent complains: “Apple isn’t fulfilling orders within the order it receives them, but prefers rather to ship probably the most costly models first.”
Belgium appears well-stocked. A reseller stated: “We presently have the iMacs available, and lots of iBooks, PowerBooks can be found. G4s are scarce, but we ought to receive them rapidly. Sales are great – we offered 50 CPUs last Saturday.”
An outraged Mac pc user stated: “Here, outdated 603 processor models continue to be for purchase at crazy prices, as well as an imac desktop DV costs $1900 or even more.
Ilan Graicer stated of Yeda Computers – addressing Apple in Israel: “There’s no method for you to get a G4 rapidly after ordering. Government limitations mean a minimum of 40 days delivery time after filling forms and providing passport figures and the like. There aren’t any Cinema displays whatsoever, and will not be until March 2000. Power Mac G3s are offered out.” For iMacs, there’s limited accessibility to new models.
Another Israeli Mac pc user stated: “Apart from graphic artists, nobody buys Macs. Israel is covered with Computers. We’ve among the greatest rates of home Computers on the planet. Some graphics schools even educate on Computers, managing a one-day tutorial on Macs as a substitute OS. Insufficient advertizing or market support has broken their status, and Apple is viewed as a higher-priced graphics computer. I blame Apple for never hearing the countless complaints delivered to it from Mac fans in Israel. Many of them complain concerning the total impotence of Yeda.”
Zac Ireland observes: “Import taxes to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and
Venezuela tend to be lower when goods originate from Taiwan and Korea, that South America is on the friendlier trade basis, than when they range from US. Ironically, outsourcing has hurt Latin American markets, as Apple doesn’t ship from Asia to South America, but rather imports towards the US (having to pay an import tax) after which re-exports to Latin American (having to pay yet another import tax!). Essentially, this puts Latin American prices at 150-200 percent people prices.”
The Asian-Off-shore market features its own complexities. Malaysian reseller Wan Chun Hung states: “We’ve good resources of 350MHz G4s, however the popular 400MHz model has returned-purchased. PowerBook and blueberry iBook supplies are great, but Tangerine iBooks are an issue, much like iMacs
The United States
A Canadian reseller stated: “Supply appears much better than last month.Inch
An American-based reseller stated: “The primary complaint within the U . s . States is by using shipping occasions. Customers who’ve bought Mac pc equipment happen to be guaranteed a 14-day delivery schedule, then look for it requires per month. Apple Store stated the believed ship there was a time 15 days. Now, whenever we look on the web site, the believed ship-time states 7 days. Is not this deceitful advertising?”
An Apple retail repetition authored anonymously: “My four Sears stores are becoming three- to 6-day delivery in the warehouse on iMacs in typically the most popular colours. iBooks continue to be tricky to find.Inch
But another anonymous US reseller doesn’t agree: “I sell computers for CompUSA within the Midwest, and our supply situation continues to be absolutely terrible. I’m told that people are among the top Mac stores within our company, and so i would anticipate getting decent shipments. Regrettably, this is not the situation. Apple is simply not keeping me stocked.”
A Macworld readers stated: “You’re missing a large market, Apple. The only real G4s we have seen in Peru have been in the magazines. In Lima a Mac pc may cost two times or even more around it will in the usa.Inch
A reseller stated: “Apple is symbolized in Portugal by Interlog. They’re quite awful. It requires 2 or 3 several weeks to exchange logic boards, they’ve little retail presence, along with a non-existent advertising budget. I do not believe there’s a Mac part of Portugal without a poor story to inform about Interlog.”
South African reseller Roger Godwin stated: “One factor is without a doubt: there aren’t any Macs in Nigeria to talk of if a person stays around the straight and narrow road to an approved reseller. For the majority of the year we’ve been not able to provide whatsoever.Inch
“South African Apple-heads got rapid straw when Apple reconfigured its G4 line. We advised Apple, once we were requested to, about all of the clients which had purchased their systems prior to the debacle, and also the subsequent deadline, in order that it could make sure that these individuals could be provided. What went down? Apple advised us 1 week later it would be unable to give you the 400MHz orders received prior to the deadline, which could offer only the 350MHz model rather.
“Like a sop for this pathetic alternative it offered each client a $48 rebate. This appears is the value that’s put on the main difference between your machines.”
Mr Godwin added: “Nigeria continues to be waiting for the appearance of the 350MHz models. The neighborhood Mac market continues to be shot to hell and back, the possibilities of recovery appears very distant, if. There has been no replies in the top management in Cupertino – they ignore faxes and emails.”
Apple Europe comes with an initiative by which consumers can purchase their Macintosh’s in the publish office. A Swiss Macworld readers writes: “Everything is good if you wish to buy an imac desktop or iBook. It requires around per week to reach. The Swiss publish office appears well-organized.Inch
A Macworld readers in Taiwan writes: “I’ve been residing in Taiwan for quite some time. I recently purchased a new 400MHz PowerBook G3. I been in america and transported it discreetly to Taiwan. Why? The Apple vendors listed here are ridiculously greedy, frequently charging $1,000 greater than Stateside for the similar unit. Apple machines are extremely rarely utilized in Taiwan that Apple doesn’t appear of looking after.Inch
For additional letters and analysis visit MacWeek: (see “World Mac retail feedback”)