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

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]