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Stock Issues Hampering Apple UK iPad Launch

We spent most of the morning on the phone trying to source out the iPad across the country and what we learnt was rather worrying.

Apparently there were no iPad 3G 32GB left at all in any shops in central London. These and the 16GB 3G models were by far the most popular models from what we can see.

We ended up buying one 64GB 3G model and a 32GB WiFi only model, having originally tried to acquire two iPad 32GB 3G models. We witnessed occasions at a DSGi store where customers were returning their iPads because they were given the wrong ones.

In one particular instance, one customer was given a £100 discount on his iPad simply because the other one was not available.

PC World (opens in new tab) & Currys (opens in new tab) have published a list of stores which are selling the tablet and each store has been allocated ten or more iPads, which means that there are a few thousand units on sale there.

As for stock allocation, one retailer told that that he felt being "let down" by Apple; the company had apparently promised much more stock but failed to deliver on that particular account.

As it stands today, we can confidently predict that the 32GB 3G and 16GB 3G will out of stock by next Monday. Sales guys will probably try to push the 64GB 3G version with the argument that it costs only £100 more than the 32GB version.

ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.