Apple AirPods Became A Meme And Now They're Sold Out In Many Stores"Social media is really the best marketing tool."By by Rachael KrishnaBuzzFeed News Reporter and by Ikran DahirBuzzFeed ContributorPosted on January 15, 2019, 4:48 pmTwitterFacebookLink Remember when Apple AirPods were announced in 2016 and they were pretty much universally mocked? Brian Tong @briantong Courage. Wearing Apple #AirPods in Public. 07:03 PM - 07 Sep 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Niall Russell @NiallRussell New Air Buds are looking great. #iPhone7 10:13 AM - 08 Sep 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Well, AirPods have grown in popularity in the past couple of years and established themselves as a status-giving product. lily @honeymonoma Monoma the trucks coming. Oh my God he has airpods in. He can't hear us. Oh my god 12:12 AM - 16 Sep 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Since late last year, there have been multiple memes centered around AirPods. The angel @CandaceTheAngel Me: h- Person with AirPods: 02:49 PM - 21 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite There was also a significant uptick in Google searches for AirPods during this period. A separate search for "AirPod meme" shows a small spike at the beginning of December followed by a larger uptick on Dec. 23. By December, AirPod memes were everywhere, just in time for Christmas. Flacko @khaleed_id “Top 10 richest people 1. Airpod users 2. Amazon CEO 3. Bill Gates 4. People who refuse to shop at Walmart 5. Mark Zuckerburg 6. Jay-Z 7. People who say "let's get this bread" 8. Floyd Mayweather 9. Oprah 10. People with either "💰" or "💵" in their bio” 05:43 PM - 18 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite ryan tallant @taIIant Me: *walking into a bar* Bouncer: “ID please” Me: *puts in my AirPods* Bouncer: [thinking I’m a celebrity] “Right this way sir” 04:50 PM - 26 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Manal Akko @ManalAkko Getting my money’s worth 😤 09:56 PM - 08 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite AirPod flexing, or showing off your AirPods, became a huge meme. RALIIIII @samiyahasaf strategically wearing my hijab to show off my airpods 🤪 10:52 PM - 05 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite . @Habibiline This brudda took the flex to another level by wearing his AirPods on Question Time for the entirety of the show 03:47 PM - 11 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite And people basically just became obsessed with them, even if they didn't own them. 𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 @lgbteIektras he can’t hear us 09:29 AM - 13 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @verviness View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @verviness Well, amid this uptick in popularity, AirPods have been now selling out everywhere. ☔️ @brownaandlovely Lol how are AirPods sold out at all apple stores in london. social media is really the best marketing tool nd it’s completely free 4 them 😭 02:28 PM - 14 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Julie @Julievogue_ All nyc apple stores are sold out of airpods. Thats how you know twitter did its thing smh 10:11 PM - 26 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite BuzzFeed News checked the stock for a number of Apple Stores online, finding that in New York most were sold out until February, and in London most were unavailable until Jan. 25. Apple Apple representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for John Lewis, a leading British department store, told BuzzFeed News they had seen an increased demand for the product, leading them to sell out. John Lewis "We continue to see high demand for AirPods. They are due to come back into stock on Wednesday," the spokesperson said. The high demand has even lead to some people accidentally buying fake AirPods. hash. @imhash LOOOOOL how’s my dad buying these pls 09:30 PM - 22 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Or buying wireless earphones that look very similar to AirPods. 🦜 🧪 @TeezyAinttShitt No wonder why i see so many people with airpods 🙄 you bitches aint slick 02:35 PM - 14 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Never doubt the ability of the internet to make something cool. Jasmine @JasmineLWatkins Buddy with the AirPods just knows this is beneath him 12:30 AM - 15 Jan 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Rachael KrishnaBuzzFeed News ReporterRachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Contact Rachael Krishna at email@example.com.Got a confidential tip? 👉 Submit it hereIkran DahirBuzzFeed ContributorIkran Dahir is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.Contact Ikran Dahir at firstname.lastname@example.org.