No iPhone 6, Plus at Gitex Shopper: Stocks run-out
Latest: Forget Gitex Shopper, you may not be able to find the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus in any retail stores across the UAE. Apple’s new phones have gone out of stock in almost all retail stores across the country.
Major retailers including, Jumbo, Sharaf DG and Emax are all out of stocks.
Currently, only Plugins appears to have a few available– at least as of 3.30 pm.
“We have a few units of the gold coloured iPhone 6 units,” said a staffer at a Plugins store in Deira.
Neelesh Bhatnagar, CEO of Emax Electronics said: “We launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus across six stores in Dubai and Sharjah and the we can confirm the stocks sold out in two hours. We are waiting for fresh stock to come in.”
Quizzed on the Apple iPhone 6 not being retailed at the Shopper as yet, Bhatnagar said: “I don’t think it’s the company that has blocked the retail of the phones here, but rather the limited supply that is making it difficult for people to bring it here.”
Jacky’s Electronics, AVP, Mahesh Chotrani, however, also confirmed that stocks of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have run out across their stores on Saturday afternoon.
He said: “We are expecting supplies to be available across our stores in the coming days and we are currently in talks with Apple for the same, along with working towards bringing stocks to the Gitex Shopper.”
Nadeem Khanzadah, Head of Retail, Jumbo Electronics said it was the iPhone 6 Plus that ran out much faster than the 4.7 inch iPhone 6. “That’s because there were fewer iPhone 6 Plus units,” he said. According to him, fresh stocks will be available on Monday. It all depends on the distributors,” he added.
When asked if the devices would be sold at the Gitex Shopper he said, “It all depends on the availability. If we have sufficient numbers, we will surely bring it to the Shopper,” he said.
Retailers are also reluctant to to offer any discounts or bundles with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
A senior official at Jumbo said they have not heard of any ban from Apple from selling the new device the Shopper.
“The only reason it is not available here is non-availability of stocks. The stocks are running out faster than expected,” the official said. “We are trying to bring in the devices to the Shopper. It will be here as soon as fresh stocks arrive,” he said.
There will be no iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on sale at the Gitex Shopper in World Trade Centre, leaving several visitors disappointed.
According to retailers the decision was communicated to them by Apple itself. However, the devices will still be available for sale at retail outlets outside the World Trade Centre. But do not expect any major promotions on the Apple devices.
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