Apple’s AirPods have suddenly become sold out online and in-store if you’re shopping through the company directly. Its online store doesn’t have any units ready to ship until next year, delivering them in early January. Apparently the wireless earbuds experienced a sudden surge in interest as holiday shopping ramped up in the last week or two.
Expanding your search beyond Apple’s online store doesn’t help, either. Numerous retailers are out of units and won’t have any to ship for the rest of 2017.
The AirPods, which launched in 2016, are hard to find in the United States as Christmas nears and Hanukkah is underway. Apple’s wireless earbuds were expected to be a hot item during the holidays, and it turns out they’re a lot more popular than anyone though. Apple and its partners haven’t been able to keep the AirPods in stock to ensure everyone can gift them during the holidays.
Joining Apple in being sold out of AirPods are Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo, Verizon, and Sprint. Some of these retailers say the item is on backorder rather than totally sold out. AT&T, however, does have the AirPods in stock. The carrier is offering two-day shipping, so act fast if you want your AirPods to arrive by the end of the week. Other than that, your options to get the AirPods are slim. There are third-party sellers, but you’ll have to pay a premium.
There’s also the alternative: buying wireless earbuds not called the AirPods. A number of cheap products exists; however, you can get a comparable experience in the BeatsX. Apple owns Beats, and these wireless earbuds also include the AirPods’ W1 chip.
The clock is ticking, folks. Don’t wait any longer to buy stuff for the holidays because you’re risking it not arriving in time for Santa Claus’ drop down the chimney. If there’s an electronic you see, jump on it.