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So what could I do but go back to the iPhone table? This time a different customer was being told her chosen deep-purple iPhone 14 Pro wasn't in stock there. But a store, yes, 20 miles away had them.
"Or, if you order on our website, you could get it by, let's see, October 4," said the salesman.
Tell me something good
This was northern California. Not for a moment would I suggest it's representative of the rest of America -- or even any other part of California. Or, frankly, anywhere but perhaps certain parts of Austin, Texas.
But it seemed as if the Apple store had turned into the Bad News Bears emporium.
If you don't care about color -- or, indeed, if you don't care about the iPhone variant you want -- this store might have had something for you.
Does this signify a lack of demand? Or might it suggest a lack of perfect demand planning on Apple's part?
Yes, the iPhone 14 doesn't look radically different from my iPhone 12, though the camera bumps seem far larger. But I was willing to be sold, willing to at least listen to upgraded, upgrading reasoning.
Instead, I spent 24 minutes in the store, and not a selling soul approached.
I may be emotional, but I wasn't hurt.
Well, maybe a little. It's not as if I'm demanding, is it?