Did Apple Ban Best Buy from Selling iPads?

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If the speculation that Apple has blacklisted the world's largest consumer electronics retailer from selling its impossibly hot iPad 2s is true, Best Buy is in a lot of trouble.

According to CrunchGear -- and supported by TUAW and its commenters -- Best Buy was busted holding back iPads it had in stock, telling customers nope, sorry, we're all out, when really the retail chain had hit its daily sales quota and wanted a break. Now acting Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly gotten involved with negotiations between the two companies.

Maybe Apple's slap on the wrist had something to do with hurt feelings; after all, Best Buy published that now-pulled iPad advertisement. How dare they insult Apple! Don't they know that Apple loves banning things, like the word "Android," sex, and those jerks who want to buy iPads?

Or maybe it has something to do with Best Buy's corporate pay structure and the fact that the average Best Buy salesperson makes only between $8 and $11 an hour.

Either way, for those of you hoping to grab an iPad 2 this weekend, your chances may have just been significantly slimmed.

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At a Glance
  • The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.


    • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
    • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds


    • Tediously slow to charge
    • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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