Is This The Real Reason Apple Is Stiffing Best Buy On iPad 2s?

Hearsay about Apple putting the kibosh on Best Buy's iPad 2 sales remains hearsay - but if it is true, Gear Live thinks they know why: Best Buy employees (and friends) abusing their sweet trade-in program.

Best Buy employees are allegedly eligible for an extended warranty that entitle them to a total trade-in - iPad 1 for an iPad 2, simple as that - no need to "buy" a new iPad. Great if you're a Best Buy employee! Bad if you're Apple, which fetishises its sales data, and certainly loves its enormous tablet hegemony whenever it's time to talk numbers. Whether this is occurring on a large enough scale to jeopardise Best Buy's entire relationship with Apple, however, seems kinda dubious. [Gear Live]