PC World gets almost-exclusive iPad deal
D'you want Mastercare with that?
If you want to buy an iPad on Friday, and you aren't near an Apple store, you'd best get down to PC World or Currys.
Dixons Store Group International has got a 60-day exclusive to sell the giant phoneless iPhone in 139 stores.
Pre-orders are only available through Apple's own shops. The magic pad will also be on sale in Best Buy, Thurrock.
The gadgets will be available from 9am in 70 PC World stores, 28 Curry, 22 Dixons Travel shops and in 19 joint Currys/PC World outlets, the Times reports.
A spokesman for DSGi told us: "We can confirm that the information in The Times article is correct and Apple will be announcing their distribution plans in the next few days."
The PC World website already has an "ipad_has_arrived" URL - but the page itself is currently blank.
A ring-round by the Register earlier this month found independent Apple retailers irritated at the restrictions and Apple's refusal to tell them what was going on.*
Larger partners like John Lewis are likely to feel equally sidelined.
Anyone ordering an iPad through Apple's website will likely have to wait too - it was warning that boxes would be shipping 7 June, the site now says simply "June". ®
* We've been contacted by other Apple dealers who insist they will have iPads on Friday. We'll have more on this tomorrow.
Anothe reason to avoid then!
Unless I get seriously desperate for a tin of blank DVDs or a printer cartridge, PC World can get stuffed, I wouldn't set foot in their stores. 250 sovs for a "PC healthcheck"? Bog off you scam merchants!!
Maplin might not be much better, but at least they don't employ spotty 17 year olds who think they know all about PC's 'cos they use FaceBook!
That the worlds least favourite PC vendor gets to supply iPads whilst Apples premium resellers dont.
No doubt the army of spotty 15 year old salesmen are practising phrases such as "Ive been using one for ages and its brilliant" and such like, whilst back in the real world the resellers are still scratching their heads.
Or have they changed their minds on that one?
Im failing to understand the motive for such actions
PC World... iPad... pretty much go hand-in-hand really.
Check my facts..
What, like this little gem:
5 years? Is that how long ago 2007 was?
To be fair, I worked for DSG (and then DSGi) as both shop worker, tech support on helpline (PC ServiceCall - Christ, remember that?), Freeserve and Contact Centre Management. Still, I was never surprised by the <sarc>brilliance</sarc> of the PC World bunch...
Paris - 'cos even she's got more fecking idea!
They'll probably be throwing in* a copy of Norton Antivirus with the things!
*£50 Added to the price, listed as part of the package, no mention of being optional, etc.