|To: RX4PROFIT who wrote (14839)||7/1/1998 10:05:00 PM|
|From: RX4PROFIT||Respond to of 155594|
More iMac Info|
Wednesday, Julyÿ1, 1998
* Confirmation: iMac in CompUSA inventory system -- a reader, who is in charge of a CompUSA Apple "Store Within a Store," reports the iMac's appearance in the CompUSA computer system.ÿThis does not mean that iMacs are in stock, but it does suggest that pre-ordering is now possible.ÿWe have received confirmation on this one; following is the complete report: I'm writing to say that CompUSA has the iMac in it's inventory system.ÿOk, so at my store # [name deleted] we are Mac friendly and sell TONS, but I understand that other stores may not be.ÿIf they say that they don't have the iMac in the system yet, then say, "Well, if you go into IMS and do a F2 search on 'IMAC' then you should see itÿ(note, the IMAC must be in ALL CAPS for this to work).ÿAt last look (1 week ago) it said "FUTURE IMAC...." Which means that it is the correct SKU #, but they haven't received any yet, or a good description (but, have them look up the SKU provided from the F2 search, which can be done by a "F4 sku search" and have them check all stores by hitting "A" and return.ÿThis should show a national total.....an interesting thing, One store had one in stock (no you can't buy it yet).ÿBecause there is a SKU in the system and I think, (don't quote on this) it is listed as "-I01" which means incoming and it's going to be a regularly stocked item at the store once available.ÿThey may let you place an order without cash deposit, but this policy MAY VARY FROM STORE TO STORE (someone told me we were thinking of doing a "pre-book" similar to the Windows 98 pre-book of 5% of the retail cost).ÿBut if you want one of the first iMacs available, probably the best way to get one would be to see if the salespeople at CompUSA would allow you to place an order (usually a "P" ticket order suffices).ÿOnce an order is placed the orders automatically get filled first once stock arrives at national warehouses.ÿExample: 30 come in and there are 20 outstanding orders, usually those 20 orders are filled and then the rest go to stock at different stores. I'm writing this because I've occasionally read negative reports of user experiences, and if you want to place an order for a product, AND IT FOLLOWS THE INDIVIDUAL STORE'S POLICIES (AGAIN, THEY MAY VARY) you should be able to.ÿI hope this allows people to AT LEAST discuss the possibility of getting one of CompUSA's first iMac's that are for sale.ÿI love Apple and am very happy with my position with CompUSA.ÿI like to help customers get the best support they can get for purchasing Macintosh compatible products.ÿThis is NOT meant to upset anti-Mac employees (not that they should exist), but it is meant to allow you a good shot if you have unknowledgeable Mac people in your area.ÿHappy iMac hunting.
* Packaging suggests large shipment.ÿAn anonymous reader reports that the company making the molds for the iMac's packaging foam feels, based on the number of molds ordered, that Apple is planning to ship a lot of iMacs.ÿApparently the number of molds indicates a shipment of 500,000 or more.ÿ This is somewhat higher than the other estimates we've heard, but is certainly possible.ÿWe expect to see an initial shipment of at least 250,000 units in August, and perhaps as many as 400,000 by early September, if production remains at full pace.
* Early seeding of demos?ÿAnother rumor from the CompUSA camp (though
still unconfirmed) is the possibility of early-shipping iMac demos.ÿAlthough we emphasize that this is an unconfirmed rumor, demos
could be in CompUSA stores as early as July 27.