I am also wanting the new Macbook but cant simply go to the store to buy it.
Dont blame the store ,complain to Apple re the decision
Phoned before leaving on the 11/2 hour journey up to Belfast only to be told "Oh no ,it's not available in store; only on-line at the moment." Of course, they also don't know when it will be available in-store!!!
You need to get your act together Apple Store Belfast!!!!!
Definitely will not be back - you can't be trusted to know what you are talking about.