PHOTO: iPad Craze Compared to “Tickle Me Elmo” PopularityMarch 18, 2012, 12:02 AM HST · Updated March 18, 12:10 AM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
Many O’ahu retail locations reported long lines before opening on Friday, as the new Apple iPad made its debut on Friday; but just a lucky few on Maui got their hands on the opening day delivery.
The MacNet store in Kahului had yet to receive its first delivery on Friday, and had started a waiting list and pre-pay list for customers.
Store officials said they expect their first shipment to arrive on Monday or Tuesday, with an additional shipment due in a couple of weeks.
The new iPad was being offered first via Apple retail stores, Walmart, and at ATT and Verizon Wireless–the carriers of Wi-Fi internet service for the product.
Still, there was a steady stream of customers at the Kahului MacNet store on Friday, and a heavy volume of phone-in inquiries.
One store clerk compared the craze to the rush for Tickle-me Elmo’s in the 90s and noted that the iPad accounts for 95% of the tablet market.
expects its first delivery to arrive early this week, but reported a steady stream of customers on Friday
With prices ranging from $499 to $829 at some locations, the third-generation iPad features a retina display, ultrafast 4G LTE service, and a 5 mega-pixel iSight camera with advanced optics.
Many retailers plan to drop prices for older models of the product as they initiate sales for the new counterpart.