Apple’s retail partners were given few iPhone 5s

Apple made sure its stores were well-stocked for the iPhone 5′s debut, but the company’s retail partners were forced to make do with laughably small inventories,  The Wall Street Journalreported on Monday.

Some Best Buy stores, for instance, had just 10 iPhone 5s in stock on September 21 when the device launched. And Target and RadioShack stores were similarly slighted, receiving just handfuls of the phone apiece, the Journal said.

To give you an idea of how inadequate those supplies were, one particularly popular Apple store sold 3,000 iPhone 5s on Friday alone. And through the weekend, Apple sold more than 5 million new smartphones.

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