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Where to buy AirPods Max: find restock in 2020, as the Apple Store sells out

Apple AirPods Max restock isn't expected until 2021, at least from the Apple Store. Best Buy and Target are two alternative options, though.

Wondering where to buy AirPods Max now that the Apple Store is sold out? You're not alone. You won't be able to get the AirPods Max directly from the Apple Store on December 15, according to the official inventory updates.

In fact, if you hesitated on Apple's peculiar-looking noise-canceling headphones, it's unlikely to arrive in 2020. AirPods Max restock in the US will ship in 12 to 14 weeks, showing us an estimated delivery date of March 5 to March 19. That's a long wait.

In the UK, most AirPods Max colors show a delivery date of January 7 – the Sky Blue model is 12 to 14 weeks out, indicating it may be the most popular color option. (Update: Space Grey is now 12 to 14 weeks out, so it may be the second most popular option among people buying AirPods Max).

In Australia, every version of the AirPods Max has been pushed back to 2021. The Pink color was slated to arrive on December 23, according to the Apple Store estimate on Tuesday, December 8, but that's now a 2021 arrival, too.

Not all hope is lost if you want to buy the AirPods Max before Christmas. Other retailers – besides the Apple Store – may be able to deliver the headphones in time. So far, we're seeing them in stock at Best Buy and Target in the US.

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People eager to buy AirPods Max have turned to eBay, and like we've seen from our where to buy PS5 guide, you're going to pay an inflated rate for the already pricey Apple headphones – $550 quickly turns into $850 through this method.

We'll continue to add more retailers with AirPods Max inventory to the list above as availability expands, but don't count out the Apple Store completely. As we've seen with the new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which are nearly impossible to find in stock, your best shot to buying the new AirPods headphone may be to order them for in-store pick-up – if time slots suddenly open up.

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