A Not-So-Scientific Way of Counting iPad Sales on Day One
If that reasoning seems thin, it is. Munster obviously didn't have observers at Apple's 100-plus stores in the U.S. After all, Manhattan alone has four Apple outlets, and L.A. has three. Even Maine and Rhode Island have Apple retail stores.
Munster's numbers are a part of the hype surrounding the iPad launch. Barron's sister publication, The Wall Street Journal, reported about iPad sales by writing "long lines soon faded, and few stores sold out of the device." In the afternoon on April 3, The New York Times reported, "Those who stood in line this morning may not want to hear this, but it appears that in many places iPad supply is keeping up with demand."
Of course, "in many places" still doesn't mean "everywhere." In truth, no one outside Apple and perhaps a few of its business partners knows yet how many iPads were sold at retail the first day.