This guide shows you how to find AirPods in stock at Apple Stores, Best Buy, Target and other retailers without waiting until March. You can sign up for alerts to get notified when the Apple AirPods are in stock near you or in stock online.
After a delayed release near the end of 2016, it remains hard to find the AirPods in stock or to order them without waiting until March or later.
Apple estimates a six-week wait for the AirPods, Best Buy shows a wait until the middle of March if you order online. We’ve yet to see this wait decrease, so you may want to place a pre-order and then cancel it if you find the AirPods in stock locally.
Forget paying huge premiums on Craigslist or eBay, and sign up for alerts when AirPods are in stock at a local retailer.
You cannot order for in-store pickup at Best Buy, and the Apple Store AirPods in store pickup lists March 15th as the date at most locations. That said, you may be able to find them in stock at an Apple Store or Target before these dates.
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How to Find AirPods in Stock
The best way to find AirPods in stock is to check on iStockNow, where you can search for stores that have the AirPods in stock right now.
This map will show you stores nearby, online stores and allow you to search across the country quickly. Using this tool we’ve found AirPods in stock at five stores in the last day.
To start, look for any place near you on the map that has AirPods in stock. If you find a location near you that has them in stock you need to act fast.
In cases where the AirPods are in stock at an Apple Store, you can add them to your cart and check out for in-store pickup. This will allow you to make sure they are held for you.
Typically AirPods are in stock at Apple Stores for as little as three minutes. With that in mind, you should sign up for notifications from iStockNow if you want to find AirPods in stock anytime soon. This is free to do and you just need to share your email with the service.
After you enter your email address, check your email and then click to sign into the website. You can only get notifications for 40 stores at a time, so you will need to zoom in and then make the selections on the left side of the screen. This will allow you to also check the box to check online stock of AirPods at a variety of stores.
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