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MacRumors
Apr 4, 2013, 10:33 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/04/bestbuy.jpgBest Buy has slashed pricing (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~cabcat0500000%23%230%23%232be~~cpcmcat2090 00050006%23%230%23%238~~cpcmcat209000050007%23%230%23%233~~nf1140%7C%7C69506164203372642047656e65726 174696f6e&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0500000) on third-generation iPad models by thirty percent, bringing the price down to $315 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%26%23174%3B+-+iPad%26%23174%3B+with+Wi-Fi+-+16GB+-+3rd+Generation+-+White/4881142.p?id=1218572400461&skuId=4881142) for the 16GB Wi-Fi models. Comparable refurbished units are available for $379 (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad3) directly from Apple.

However, the iPads are only available via in-store pickup and it appears that selection varies widely between stores.

Potential purchasers can check availability for individual models at their local Best Buy locations and reserve them for in-store pickup (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&st=processingtime%3A%3E1900-01-01&sc=abComputerSP&nrp=15&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&qp=q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~cabcat0500000%23%230%23%232be~~cpcmcat2090 00050006%23%230%23%238~~cpcmcat209000050007%23%230%23%233~~nf1140%7C%7C69506164203372642047656e65726 174696f6e&usc=abcat0500000&gf=y&cp=2) on the website.

The current fourth-generation iPad was a modest upgrade from the third-generation that Best Buy has discounted. The older model has a slower A5X processor, uses the 30-pin connector rather than Lightning, and has slower Wi-Fi capabilities.

Article Link: Best Buy Cuts Prices on iPad 3 Models by 30 Percent, U.S. In-Store Pickup Only (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/04/best-buy-cuts-prices-on-ipad-3-models-by-30-percent-u-s-in-store-pickup-only/)



ccmovies
Apr 4, 2013, 10:41 AM
You sure it's only for in-store pickup? Looks like I can buy it online https://clearance.bestbuy.com/detail/apple-ipad-with-wi-fi-16gb-3rd-generation-white/3213

Edit: Nope, tried to purchase one and it says in-store pickup only.

Squilly
Apr 4, 2013, 10:46 AM
Not bad at all... even though it's not Lightning compatible :/

stanswx
Apr 4, 2013, 10:52 AM
Are any of these actually in-stock anywhere? I checked IL/IN/OH, not seeing any with stock.

paulrbeers
Apr 4, 2013, 10:53 AM
I wanted one in 32GB or 64GB with either Wifi only or on Verizon and none were anywhere to be found in any Best Buy in my state. No big deal, but I would have picked one up to replace our Original iPad.

phinsup
Apr 4, 2013, 10:55 AM
Same here, would have upgraded my ipad 2, but none available.

paulrbeers
Apr 4, 2013, 10:55 AM
Are any of these actually in-stock anywhere? I checked IL/IN/OH, not seeing any with stock.

I did find a couple in 16GB and on ATT, but I had to use the instore Open items and/or Clearance. None showed on the page the article linked to.

dukebound85
Apr 4, 2013, 10:55 AM
Not bad at all... even though it's not Lightning compatible :/

well yea....

ArtOfWarfare
Apr 4, 2013, 10:56 AM
Sounds pretty tempting... I have to remind myself that I have no use for one given I already have an MBA and an iPhone; I'd get limited new value out of one...

Radio
Apr 4, 2013, 11:04 AM
My iPad 3 actually has hdni out ;)

szw-mapple fan
Apr 4, 2013, 11:21 AM
Sounds pretty tempting... I have to remind myself that I have no use for one given I already have an MBA and an iPhone; I'd get limited new value out of one...


At this price, you should definitely consider it. iPads are much better at doing most stuff than iPhone, and there are things that you just can't get out of a MBA(gaming, ebooks, movies...). I have both the MBA and iPad and both are used frequently.:D

pauliaK
Apr 4, 2013, 11:35 AM
At this price, you should definitely consider it. iPads are much better at doing most stuff than iPhone, and there are things that you just can't get out of a MBA(gaming, ebooks, movies...). I have both the MBA and iPad and both are used frequently.:D
I have all three of them as well and my iPad is the most beloved device which gets to be used the most. Then its the iPhone, primarily because I have it with me 24/7 and then it's my mba which gets less and less usage every day or should I say week, because I don't even use it every day anymore thanks to my ipad.

unobtainium
Apr 4, 2013, 11:41 AM
I have all three of them as well and my iPad is the most beloved device which gets to be used the most. Then its the iPhone, primarily because I have it with me 24/7 and then it's my mba which gets less and less usage every day or should I say week, because I don't even use it every day anymore thanks to my ipad.

It really depends on your usage. I had an iPad but sold it because I used my rMBP a lot more. I type a lot, I download a lot, and I run emulators. None of those are pleasant to do on the iPad. If you're primarily reading or watching video, it's perfect.

QCassidy352
Apr 4, 2013, 12:07 PM
HD FT camera is a big upgrade from the 3 to the four also (at least for my purposes).

dwsolberg
Apr 4, 2013, 12:20 PM
The upgrade from the iPad 3 to 4 isn't modest at all. The looks are the same, but the speed is more than twice as fast. That means the iPad 4 is going to have a lot longer useful life than an iPad 3 will.

jmw1480
Apr 4, 2013, 01:00 PM
I spent a good bit of time looking for a 3rd gen at Best Buy online yesterday when I got wind of the discounted prices. As has been mentioned, I couldn't find a single model available at anystore anywhere (even called the Clearance Customer Service to confirm: in-store pick up only, and the customer was responsible for finding one in stock).

However, I did find a very small selection of 3rd gens with limited availability at some Target stores, including the one closest to my house. I was able to get the 32GB wi-fi only in white (they had a couple left in black as well), price matched with the Best Buy print-out from the web site down to $384.99 (Target had it listed at $449.99), plus 5% off for using a Target RedCard. I think that's even a little better deal than Target was offering back in early Feb (although they marked their 16GB models down to $299 then, but, again, it was impossible to find one in stock, and it had to be picked up in-store/no online orders as well).

So there's another opportunity if you can find one in stock and have it priced matched; there aren't many 3's left anywhere these days. I also have a 4, which I agree is noticably faster on both wi-fi and in pure processing (especially with Maps), but the 3 is still beautiful and fast compared to the 2, and perfect for kids or spouses that aren't as picky to have the latest/greatest. At these prices, it's a steal of a deal. Happy hunting!

jmw1480
Apr 4, 2013, 01:16 PM
The upgrade from the iPad 3 to 4 isn't modest at all. The looks are the same, but the speed is more than twice as fast. That means the iPad 4 is going to have a lot longer useful life than an iPad 3 will.

I agree with the first part, but not sure it'll mean any more "usefulness" per se (it wasn't a generational/revolutionary jump, just an evolutionary one).

boshii
Apr 4, 2013, 01:20 PM
They're out of stock at alot of stores because they've been on sale for a week now.

CosmoCopus
Apr 4, 2013, 01:30 PM
I snagged one of those 32gb bad-boys with Verizon cellular.

I just love Best Buy.:D

irDigital0l
Apr 4, 2013, 03:34 PM
http://www.cultofmac.com/222245/retina-ipad-price-cuts-hint-at-upcoming-ipad-5-release/

iPad 5 possible in April/May?

RoastingPig
Apr 4, 2013, 04:37 PM
i want ipad 5 already

SkippyThorson
Apr 4, 2013, 05:39 PM
Well that was quick. Gone from Central New York already!

delux246
Apr 4, 2013, 05:42 PM
I don't see any in the So Cal area...

szw-mapple fan
Apr 4, 2013, 06:26 PM
The upgrade from the iPad 3 to 4 isn't modest at all. The looks are the same, but the speed is more than twice as fast. That means the iPad 4 is going to have a lot longer useful life than an iPad 3 will.

But you have to admit the 3 is still more than sufficient (at least for now).

.Asa
Apr 4, 2013, 06:30 PM
To think that I spent $500 on one just 9 months ago.

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The upgrade from the iPad 3 to 4 isn't modest at all. The looks are the same, but the speed is more than twice as fast. That means the iPad 4 is going to have a lot longer useful life than an iPad 3 will.

It's not like the iPad 3 is slow or anything. It still runs all the latest and greatest apps just fine.

charlituna
Apr 4, 2013, 08:44 PM
http://www.cultofmac.com/222245/retina-ipad-price-cuts-hint-at-upcoming-ipad-5-release/

iPad 5 possible in April/May?

Not based in this sale. After all it's the iPad 3 they a clearing out. An item that has been off sale for 4-6 months now. They can't return them to Apple so they a trying to dump them anyway they can. Nothing more or less.

Now if they did the same to the iPad Mini or iPad 4, that might mean something

StudioGuy
Apr 4, 2013, 09:13 PM
Looked for any 64 GB Wifis... a big fat UNAVAILABLE within a large search radius. Reminds me of the $50 off iPhones at Wal-Mart that no one could find in stock. :(

rdbianco
Apr 4, 2013, 09:35 PM
I also read all about the current iPad "sale" in anticipation of the release of a new model.

This is all nothing but classic "bait and switch" marketing.

I live in the Phoenix area. Walmart has not reduced pricing a penny contrary to published reports. Insofar as Best Buy is concerned, they go a step further: They advertise 3rd gen retina display ipad for $314 on their website. However, you cannot order online; you must go to a retail store. EVERY single retail store is "out of stock." In other words, not a single iPad is available for that price.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

nohaver
Apr 4, 2013, 11:24 PM
However, I did find a very small selection of 3rd gens with limited availability at some Target stores, including the one closest to my house. I was able to get the 32GB wi-fi only in white (they had a couple left in black as well), price matched with the Best Buy print-out from the web site down to $384.99 (Target had it listed at $449.99), plus 5% off for using a Target RedCard. I think that's even a little better deal than Target was offering back in early Feb (although they marked their 16GB models down to $299 then, but, again, it was impossible to find one in stock, and it had to be picked up in-store/no online orders as well).



Thanks to this tip I just got home from Target after a successful price match on a 32gb white wifi only* for the wife. I thought it would be tough, but it was one of the easiest things I've done. FYI - They had to look in the back as none of these are on display.

*I don't know if they just goofed, but when my wife opened it at home we discovered that they gave us an AT&T cellular model. We're a Sprint family (unfortunately) but I guess it doesn't hurt to have...

vaio1990
Apr 4, 2013, 11:55 PM
so... r we gonna see the ipad 5 this month then?

mtvalenz
Apr 5, 2013, 02:05 AM
I found mine! 64gb ATT for $545. Not a bad deal!

iSayuSay
Apr 5, 2013, 04:10 AM
Still a much better deal than iPad 2 .. or even iPad mini.

Funny Apple does not sell iPad 3 as low end model and choose iPad 2 instead.
Not that iPad 2 is that bad, but for today's standard .. hmm..

Generik777
Apr 5, 2013, 05:05 AM
Thanks to this tip I just got home from Target after a successful price match on a 32gb white wifi only* for the wife. I thought it would be tough, but it was one of the easiest things I've done. FYI - They had to look in the back as none of these are on display.

*I don't know if they just goofed, but when my wife opened it at home we discovered that they gave us an AT&T cellular model. We're a Sprint family (unfortunately) but I guess it doesn't hurt to have...

So what did you do? Did you just print the screen showing the price or what? How do you prove that it's not an old price or something? Also did you order for in store pickup at target and then just bring the paper?

Rodster
Apr 5, 2013, 07:17 AM
This probably means Apple is trying to clear out stock for the new models.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2259336/ipad-price-cuts-hint-at-imminent-ipad-launch

bbeagle
Apr 5, 2013, 07:39 AM
I also read all about the current iPad "sale" in anticipation of the release of a new model.

This is all nothing but classic "bait and switch" marketing.

I live in the Phoenix area. Walmart has not reduced pricing a penny contrary to published reports. Insofar as Best Buy is concerned, they go a step further: They advertise 3rd gen retina display ipad for $314 on their website. However, you cannot order online; you must go to a retail store. EVERY single retail store is "out of stock." In other words, not a single iPad is available for that price.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Not true. I put in every model (16/32/64) in black and white, and found a few at various stores within 50 miles from my home.

There aren't many available - but there are some.

My zip code is 14219. For example, there are 2 stores with White 64gb AT&T models available at 9:00am EST on April 5. (You get another $100 off that by signing up with AT&T). I'm sure there are other models in other zip codes.

It's just Best Buy's way of getting rid of the last few they have. There were a lot more different models available yesterday in my area. They're going quick.

nohaver
Apr 5, 2013, 10:00 AM
So what did you do? Did you just print the screen showing the price or what? How do you prove that it's not an old price or something? Also did you order for in store pickup at target and then just bring the paper?

Printed out the page from bestbuy.com for a 32gb white wifi only.
Called the Target to confirm stock I was seeing online.
Tried to put it on hold, but they wouldn't do it.
Went to the store and asked the elec. clerk to get one from the stock in the back and he took it up to the front for a price check. All the manager needed was the printout (although I suppose the website would have also sufficed).

jmw1480
Apr 5, 2013, 10:59 AM
Printed out the page from bestbuy.com for a 32gb white wifi only.
Called the Target to confirm stock I was seeing online.
Tried to put it on hold, but they wouldn't do it.
Went to the store and asked the elec. clerk to get one from the stock in the back and he took it up to the front for a price check. All the manager needed was the printout (although I suppose the website would have also sufficed).

Exactly what I did - hassle-free price match.

Kevtech1
Apr 5, 2013, 01:21 PM
This isn't helping my resale value on my iPad3! I think it's strange that these came out of nowhere? You know when the 4 came out last fall it was taboo to speak of the 3. The lineup was iPad 4 (new, whatever), iPad 2, iPad mini..... It's like they just pulled all iPad 3 inventory and threw it in a time vault? I will say if you can get your hands on one of these for cheap, you are crazy not to upgrade from a 1 or 2. The retina screen is amazing!!!
Personally I am looking forward to the iPad 5!

Generik777
Apr 5, 2013, 02:25 PM
Printed out the page from bestbuy.com for a 32gb white wifi only.
Called the Target to confirm stock I was seeing online.
Tried to put it on hold, but they wouldn't do it.
Went to the store and asked the elec. clerk to get one from the stock in the back and he took it up to the front for a price check. All the manager needed was the printout (although I suppose the website would have also sufficed).

Dang. Just got back from target, they didn't have any. :(

HDJulie
Apr 5, 2013, 03:19 PM
Just left Target - they had two in the size I wanted & refused to do the price match. They said they don't honor Best Buy's online deals - it has to be from a printed ad.

I even went back & showed him the posts from those of you who were successful but still no go.

nohaver
Apr 5, 2013, 04:02 PM
Just left Target - they had two in the size I wanted & refused to do the price match. They said they don't honor Best Buy's online deals - it has to be from a printed ad.

I even went back & showed him the posts from those of you who were successful but still no go.

Sorry to hear that... That doesn't make sense to me. How do they justify what is "a deal" versus what is just on sale? Isn't the point of price matching to match a competitor's price, which is more than likely a sale price.

From their website:

Price Match Guarantee

"If you buy a qualifying item at a Target store then find the identical item for less in the following week’s Target weekly ad or within seven days at Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, ToysRUs.com, BabiesRUs.com or in a competitor’s local printed ad, we’ll match the price. Price match may be requested at Guest Services prior to your purchase with proof of current lower price or by bringing in your original Target store receipt and proof of the current lower price."

https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/our-low-price-promise#q4070

jmw1480
Apr 5, 2013, 04:20 PM
Just left Target - they had two in the size I wanted & refused to do the price match. They said they don't honor Best Buy's online deals - it has to be from a printed ad.

I even went back & showed him the posts from those of you who were successful but still no go.

Did you print the page from the normal Best Buy site or the clearance site? I used the former and got no push back. It may just depend on who you talk to - if you're not discouraged, I'd recommend going back during a different shift and trying again!

HDJulie
Apr 5, 2013, 07:06 PM
Did you print the page from the normal Best Buy site or the clearance site? I used the former and got no push back. It may just depend on who you talk to - if you're not discouraged, I'd recommend going back during a different shift and trying again!

I got it from the normal site. I've thought about going back maybe tomorrow since I'll be in town anyway.

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Sorry to hear that... That doesn't make sense to me. How do they justify what is "a deal" versus what is just on sale? Isn't the point of price matching to match a competitor's price, which is more than likely a sale price.

From their website:

Price Match Guarantee

"If you buy a qualifying item at a Target store then find the identical item for less in the following week’s Target weekly ad or within seven days at Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, ToysRUs.com, BabiesRUs.com or in a competitor’s local printed ad, we’ll match the price. Price match may be requested at Guest Services prior to your purchase with proof of current lower price or by bringing in your original Target store receipt and proof of the current lower price."

https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/our-low-price-promise#q4070

That's a good one. If I end up going back, I'll bring that printed out.

jmw1480
Apr 6, 2013, 06:31 AM
Today's Target ad (with sales prices good April 7-13) says "free $30 gift card when you buy any iPad 2 or iPad with Retina display." I'm headed back tomorrow to try for the super combo!

charlituna
Apr 6, 2013, 11:10 AM
This probably means Apple is trying to clear out stock for the new models.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2259336/ipad-price-cuts-hint-at-imminent-ipad-launch

Nope. It means what it means. That Best Buy had a bunch of previous generation iPads they couldn't get rid of and marked them down to dump them

If this had been the iPad 4 it might mean something

jdogg836
Apr 6, 2013, 06:28 PM
Not true. I put in every model (16/32/64) in black and white, and found a few at various stores within 50 miles from my home.

There aren't many available - but there are some.

My zip code is 14219. For example, there are 2 stores with White 64gb AT&T models available at 9:00am EST on April 5. (You get another $100 off that by signing up with AT&T). I'm sure there are other models in other zip codes.

It's just Best Buy's way of getting rid of the last few they have. There were a lot more different models available yesterday in my area. They're going quick.

This. It's funny how quick people are to call bait and switch. There are 18 different models (2 carriers plus wifi, 3 sizes, 2 colors) out there and 1000+ stores. Probably more than a million dollars of dead stock inventory sitting in stores throughout the country, seems like a justifiable reason to put them on the website to me. Doesn't mean they were trying to be shady, it just means that there are iPad 3's in stock at a Best Buy somewhere when it went up. I know exactly why they didn't offer them for purchase online, when everyone tries to buy the 2 they have in stock they have no way to limit it at exactly 2 as the orders come in. So they take them off the web. Same thing happened back when the Wii's were selling like hotcakes during the holidays 3 years ago and made people go into the store.

kaielement
Apr 6, 2013, 08:56 PM
To bad I didn't see any deals like that on amazon. Sucks because I have like over $150 in a gift card oh well

jmw1480
Apr 7, 2013, 02:45 PM
The discounted prices are no longer advertised at Best Buy (as of Sunday, 7 Apr 2013) - 32gb wi-fi back up to $549.99.

So the best deal now is at Target - $449.95 (same price as the 16gb model at Best Buy), plus a $30 gift card (and an extra 5% off if you use a RedCard). Not great, but definitely not bad.

scorpio1973
Apr 8, 2013, 12:54 PM
I found mine! 64gb ATT for $545. Not a bad deal!

Me too! Was able to score a 64GB Verizon for $545 at my local Best Buy on Friday. Couldn't pass it up.

SPNarwhal
Apr 8, 2013, 02:03 PM
Looks like the sale is over huh

princebig7
Apr 26, 2013, 10:28 AM
Does anyone have the print out from this for a 32gb and 64gb model? Target still has one and I want to use this print ot to get it at the price best buy was offering them at before the sale ended.