With Black Friday finally over and the madness it creates beginning to dissipate, stores and online retailers are now taking stock and more importantly, counting the cash.

If Best Buy’s online store is anything to go by, Apple’s iPad has been the big seller this year, with all of the iPad 2 stock now unavailable to order due to high demand. Best Buy did offer a near $50 off discount on the iPad 2 yesterday.

But it’s OK, Best Buy still has plenty of of Galaxy Tabs available for purchase…

The news comes the day after Best Buy reduced all iPad 2 stock by $45 for the Thanksgiving sales, with plenty of buyers eager to pick up a perceived bargain from the retailer’s online portal.

It’s a similar story in the company’s physical retail stores, too. Electronista got on the phone to a handful of local Best Buy stores and were told that they too are out of iPad 2 stock. We’d call that a pretty successful promotion, to be honest.

News of stock shortages suggests that demand for the iPad 2 is still at a high level, despite reports that it may be on the wane. Analysts getting something wrong, you say? Surely not!

Now, how long before this stock shortage is taken as a sign that Apple is running inventory down before releasing an iPad 3 in early-January?

Headlines appearing in 3, 2, 1…

  • Painman

    Stop it already. Maybe they had 5x the stock of Android Pads. Please stop this Fan Boy shit!!!!

    • Then maybe you shouldn’t be on an Apple device blog if you don’t like the love being shown to Apple.

      • Painman

        I’m on an Apple blog because I own an iPhone 4. However, I want to see iDevice news, not this constant stream of anti-android shit.

        When you all realise theirs room in the marketplace for all devices and that innovation grows from competition, then we’ll all be the winners.

    • Casey Pearson

      They have 5x’s the amount because they are sitting on the shelves collecting dust. Haha!

      • Painman

        Get a life loser.

      • Les

        I am unable to understand why the news that the iPad is clearly in demand much more so than Android tabs (from this and every other report out there) makes someone so damned angry. I played with Android tabs quite a bit and they are clearly not as good, and some are downright painful to use. But that doesn’t answer why some just go ape-shit trying to defend them. Good for Apple to set that bar high. This will force the other Android makers to step it up and offer something worth buying. They don’t need people crapping on Apple news, they need those same people to holler at THEM to start making something worth owning. Seriously.

      • Painman

        Oh Les, why is it so hard for you to understand? I have nothing against Apple. I have nothing against iDevices. In fact, I have owned the last 3 generations of iPhone. What irritates the f@£k out of me is the totally unnecessary attacks on the competition and the totally unreasonable support that ensues from the Apple Fanboys on this blog.

        The sooner that you, and they, recognise that competition is good and that it breeds innovation the better. Apple is not the God of Phones, it’s just a player. A player that could do even better if it listened to its customers a little more and spent less time trying to “Annhialate” the competition.

        That Les is what makes me so damned angry. Well, that and the fact this stupid blog won’t let me reply directly to you grrrr

      • Marc Peters

        God.So what? It’s clear iPads are dominating and have been for a long time. It’s not news so much as an Apple circle jerk. And being an old timer it’s kind of amusing as the Apple fanboys had a different tune whenMicrosoft had 99% of the market in the Mac vs. PC days.

      • Les

        A lot of the vendors have lost their way, and are in some cases ruled by idiots. Have you used Windows 8? Oh my fucking God. Expect that to die a quick death, inside 2 years I’d estimate. I’ll bet in 2 years you won’t be able to find one. Apple “circle jerk” huh? I am sure you have seen the reports detailing how iPads are purchased by traditional Windows and Android users in growing numbers? No? Oh I see, you just like to say shit without even knowing any facts. Truth is, I can see your point, when back in the 90’s you had to suffer the barbs from die-hard Mac users concerning the substandard world of Windows. What goes around, comes around as they say. Enjoy the ride.

      • I’ll tell you why pain-in-the-ass and mark-little-peter and all the others – apple fans are celebrating because since day one April 1985 when my wife an i bought our first mac we have been laughed at, berated, mocked, dismissed, and so on.

        We are still in the minority!!!!!!! less than 10% and im talking Apple computers not ipads iphones.

        So when we finally get a win we celebrate and we defend.

        We made the choice to buy mac back when the ridiculous pc’s had /dir and unless you had a manual you could not stop the list from scrolling to the bottom right past what you wanted.

        So all you pc fan boys you won on the pc front let us win on something else!!!!!

      • I’ll tell you why pain-in-the-ass and mark-little-peter and all the others – apple fans are celebrating because since day one April 1985 when my wife an i bought our first mac we have been laughed at, berated, mocked, dismissed, and so on.

        We are still in the minority!!!!!!! less than 10% and im talking Apple computers not ipads iphones.

        So when we finally get a win we celebrate and we defend.

        We made the choice to buy mac back when the ridiculous pc’s had /dir and unless you had a manual you could not stop the list from scrolling to the bottom right past what you wanted.

        So all you pc fan boys you won on the pc front let us win on something else!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am not Android fan.
    I use iPhone 4 and I like apple device.
    But this is not nice to compare like
    iPad 2 (device) Vs. Android (software)
    should have done like this: for example
    hardware Vs. hardware
    software Vs. software
    this is just my opinion though

    • A better way of wording it would be: iOS Tablets VS Android Tablets. People got the point so it doesn’t matter actually.

  • Anonymous

    I am not Android fan.
    I use iPhone 4 and I like apple device.
    But this is not nice to compare like
    iPad 2 (device) Vs. Android (software)
    should have done like this: for example
    hardware Vs. hardware
    software Vs. software
    this is just my opinion though

  • Jon Garrett

    As of yesterday Best Buy 14th Street NYC had tons and tons and tons of both iPads & Galaxy Tab 10.1’s however, they did sell out completely of the Asus Transformer. they had plenty of Amazon Kindle Fire but they were selling like hot cakes.

    I already have the Tab 10.1 but yesterday added the Acer Iconia Tab 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire to my Android Fleet.

    Online and In stores are not the same.

    • Tom Liu

      Please tell us how you know they had “tons and tons and tons” of iPads in stock.

      • Jon Garrett

        um, because I was standing there looking at them. in those metal cages they keep behind the registers, the registers on the north side of the building.

      • Anonymous

        BAM. Owned.

    • $390AShareIsTrulyExciting!}:-D

      You sure must have a lot of money to throw away. I hear people claiming that tablets are of almost no use at all and you’ve got three of them. Obviously, the ailing economy isn’t hurting you one bit. I’m definitely hoping there are more consumers like you that are buying iPads instead of Android tablets.

      • Jon Garrett

        “you hear people are claiming that tablets are almost of no use” then you say “the economy is ailing” then you say “you hope there are more consumers like me who are buying iPads?” WTF ?!?!!

        so in an ailing economy you want people buying a product that is almost of no use?

    • three pieces of crap what are you trying to do single handedly increase sales of that junk

    • three pieces of crap what are you trying to do single handedly increase sales of that junk

    • Im sorry what i meant to say is with those three you might have a complete feature set. But on second thought it still runs steal-my-marketing-info-so-i-can-sell-it-software ie (anything google).

      • Jon Garrett

        complete feature set? here’s what I get with Android vs iOS.

        I wanted a dual core processor (6 MOTHS AGO !!! which is the minimum time Android phones have had this)
        I wanted USB, micro HDMI and micro SD slots
        I wanted wireless sync capabilities (iOS is only just now getting this)
        I wanted 1080p video recording and play back (more than 6 months old on Android devices)
        I wanted an 8MP camera (more than 6 months old on Android devices)
        I wanted 5.1 surround sound
        I wanted a screen larger than 3.5″
        I wanted Widgets
        I wanted to be able to install any app that I WANT, and not be limited to what apple said I could have.
        I wanted to be able to add content to my device WITHOUT the limitations and problems of iTunes
        I wanted a Super Amoled Plus display which is superior to Retina display.
        I wanted pictures in my Address book
        I wanted the ability to choose which apps would be my default app (mail, browser, SMS etc etc)
        I wanted themes and other tweaks without having to jailbreak and render my OS unstable, laggy and full of bugs.
        I wanted the ability to decide which Software version I could run on my device and downgrade if I changed my mind.
        I wanted support for USB devices (keyboards, mice and game controllers) on my tablet.
        I wanted a wide variety of handsets to choose from and not be stuck with just one style cause one size DON’T fit all
        I wanted a wide variety of tablet sizes to choose from (Samsung has tablets in 5.3″, 7.0″, 7.7″, 8.9″ & 10.1″)
        I wanted a full Gig of RAM
        I wanted higher than 0.7MP rear camera on my tablet
        I wanted a 16:9 rectangular screen on my tablet and NOT a 4:3 square screen
        I wanted NFC (which PayPal now supports)
        I wanted hardware acceleration
        I wanted 3D maps !! that’s right, Google maps in 3D on Android devices !!
        I wanted a better notification center (apple has stolen this and its now available in iOS 5)
        I wanted better integration of 3rd party apps
        I wanted over 20 ways to share a photo !!!! WTF 23 to be exact.
        I wanted video calling with ANY phone or tablet and not be limited to only people who have the same phone as I do.
        I wanted to be able to watch videos on my device without first having to use 3rd party software to convert it.
        I wanted to listen to my MP3s without having to convert them first
        I wanted drag and drop NOT: convert my files, open iTunes, copy to iTunes, plug in my device, sync my device and wait an hour or so before its done.
        I wanted multitasking !!! REAL multitasking, NOT that app switching crap iOS has.
        I wanted an OS that does out of the box the things a hacked iDevice can still only partially do.

  • the ipad 2 is the number 1 tablet right now but although its costly its great

  • Anonymous

    Damn , excuses excuses. Apple FTW

  • Anonymous

    What we needed to know: “Best Buy Completely Sells Out of iPad 2 Stock”
    What we DID NOT need to know: “Still Plenty of Android Tablets Left”

    I, as an Apple user, feel embarrassed, because the arrogance of just a few makes everybody with an iDevice seem as if they were simply stuck-ups. Please stop, iDB. It’s just getting worse.

  • Jack Gleiberman

    FAIL at reporting fanboy shit! I was at best buy they had a huge stock of ipads and i couldnt get the transformer cuz they were sold out :'( and this is in LA

    • Jubei Kiwagami

      There are no more Transformers because the movie has already run its course. So too bad for you. lol

    • Jubei Kiwagami

      There are no more Transformers because the movie has already run its course. So too bad for you. lol

  • $390AShareIsTrulyExciting!}:-D

    There aren’t that many consumers stupid enough to buy subpar Android tablets, so likely those Android tablets that are on the shelves will stay there until Best Buy has a fire sale.

    • Jon Garrett

      whats sub par about the Galaxy Tab 10.1? it has a better display than the iPad 2, it has better sound, its lighter, its thinner, it has a battery that lasts all day long, it has better cameras, it supports USB devices, its customizable, and runs widgets supports flash and can run software that apple will NEVER allow on any of its devices.

      I challenge you to answer me like an adult if you can and not the pimple faced child that you probably are.

  • Just a note: Walmart.com was selling theirs for the same prices. Wonder if they sold out?