The reports that Apple has blacklisted Best Buy from selling its iPad 2 are not true, the retailer has revealed.
The rumours are believed to have originated from a report by the blog CrunchGear.com late last week.
Referring to an unnamed source, presumably someone who works at Best Buy, the report claimed that huge stocks of iPad 2 were kept in reserve by unspecified Best Buy stores in order to give customers the impression that the tablet has been sold out.
Eventually, as the report claimed, the situation forced Apple to blacklist Best Buy from selling the iPad 2. As the story spread, more and more angry fans started expressing their outrage all over the internet on this latest “development”.
However, much to their relief, a Best Buy statement emailed to the Boy Genius Report, dated April 8 read: “Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis.” “This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints,” the company added, explaing why they had held back stock.
Denying straight-away the scope of any deterioration in their relationship with Apple, the statement further claimed, ”Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.”