iPads everywhere on Friday, not just DSGi
What fresh hell is this? We've been telling you that along with Apple stores, DSGi outlets will be exclusively retailing the iPad from Friday at 8am. Now it appears that's a pack of lies. There are plenty of independent retailers offering the wunderkit then, but they can't tell you about it.
The Register reports that Apple has demanded indies do not take pre-orders or even publicise the launch until Friday morning:
An Apple dealer, speaking to us on condition of anonymity, said he was in the middle of re-merchandising his shop and training staff. Once this is complete he must email photographs to Apple for approval by 8pm on Thursday night. All being well he can then get on with selling the gadgets on Friday morning
He said enquiries from punters had outstripped any other Apple launch he had worked on, with each store getting 15-20 queries a day. He said he had a "humongous list of would-be customers" and even had people asking if they could queue overnight to ensure they're near the front of the queue.
So it seems you'll be able to blow your wad in plenty of places, without the need to drink the demon seed of DSGi. If you want to find an official Apple reseller, the official site has details.
EDIT: I've removed all of the Thursday/tomorrow references. The launch is, as you've all pointed out, on Thursday... no, Friday. I am Paul Smith and I LITERALLY don't know what day it is!