Friday Poll: Why the commotion on iPad 2 Day?

Reports tell of long lines, shortages, and even cheaters for today's iPad 2 launch. Why didn't Apple accept preorders like it did for the original?

Preorder prognostications

Why didn't Apple allow preorders for the iPad 2?

Happy iPad 2 Day . If you're reading this in line at your local Apple store , you're indeed a lucky person. Reports are coming in that certain Apple stores, and even partner stores like AT&T, Verizon, and Best Buy, are seriously understocked, with some in line not expected to walk away with Apple's latest tablet today. That has sparked some interesting entrepreneurship of its own.

A few phone calls around the Seattle area showed all Apple stores stocked, though some smaller partner stores were not. One Craigslist posting apparently already sold out online. This seems to be because Apple didn't accept preorders for the device. The original iPad's launch, though, did include preorders, and things went exceptionally smoothly. From what we're hearing, that's not the case this time.

But why wouldn't Apple allow preorders for one of its hottest releases of the year? We're can't say for sure, but we do have some guesses. We're sure you do, too. Vote in our the poll and elaborate in the comments section.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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