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Droid Does… Sell Poorly

Last night was all about the launch of Verizon’s Droid, which proved to be a disappointment, as far as the public interest was concerned. The Engadget editors visited San Francisco and Albany and discovered very short lines in front of the stores selling Motorola Droid.

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Some even claim that lines were bigger for BlackBerry Storm, not to mention Palm Pre and commenters of the Engadget Mobile piece said it was even harder to get a Samsung Moment unit when it first launched. Moto Droid is pretty easy to buy these days, no hassle involved, no huge lines or stock problems…

And this comes in spite of a very aggressive anti-iPhone campaign (Droid Does, iPhone doesn’t) and a very cool sci-fi Stealth commercial, with the drawback of not letting people know that much about the product.

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[via Engadget Mobile]

  • stynkfysh

    Doesn't necessarily translate to poor sales, does it? I ordered mine online the night before and the Verizon website was so slow that I almost couldn't complete the order. I checked the next morning and the site was still slow as a dog. Verizon/Motorola made a point of ensuring there was enough stock and not any shortages. Verizon is also selling these phones everywhere – from Target, to Walmart, to Costco, to Bestbuy, to Wirefly.com, etc. The iPhone was sold at Apple Stores, online, and at AT&T Stores initially which crammed more people in fewer places. The early store openings accommodated people who had to go to work. The local Walmart store started selling their Droids the night before and sold out their inventory that night.

  • stynkfysh

    Doesn't necessarily translate to poor sales, does it? I ordered mine online the night before and the Verizon website was so slow that I almost couldn't complete the order. I checked the next morning and the site was still slow as a dog. Verizon/Motorola made a point of ensuring there was enough stock and not any shortages. Verizon is also selling these phones everywhere – from Target, to Walmart, to Costco, to Bestbuy, to Wirefly.com, etc. The iPhone was sold at Apple Stores, online, and at AT&T Stores initially which crammed more people in fewer places. The early store openings accommodated people who had to go to work. The local Walmart store started selling their Droids the night before and sold out their inventory that night.