Well, I decided to do some freeipods research:
eCost: Couldn’t give me a number. But when I asked about the 20GB Apple iPod was told there was ‘a lot’. No backorder. As of 12:30 PM EST.
PCMall: 223 in stock (enough for at least week). As of 12:39 PM EST.
eCost has been a known supplier for freeipods.com. PCMall has been said to be a new supplier. Though no confirmation on that.
The company apparantly has more than a week of shipments. Nobody sounded like there was any sort of problem shipping ipods out the door. No limits seem to be in place. In fact, the PCMall rep even joked with me “buy them all, and we’ll make you a deal”.
The folks at both companies are as always rather helpful. I’ve had a good experience with MacMall in the past. Though this makes me wonder why Gratis is lagging.