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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Question Any chance of getting the Mini in retail stores?

Any chance of purchasing the Mini before Christmas anywhere or is eBay the only hope?
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Any chance of purchasing the Mini before Christmas anywhere or is eBay the only hope?
use the reserve system. It works. after 10pm reserve the mini you want for in store pickup the next day.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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Agreed. Last night at 2am I logged on and bought it online for a store pickup this morning.

Last edited by JeffMorse; Nov 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM. Reason: I mean to say this morning at 2am I did it, 8 hours later it was in hand.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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I called several best buy stores today and one of them had just received 10 white wifi 16 gigs so I snatched one up.

Also of the 5 stores I called 4 of them had at least a couple 64gig minis in stock
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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I was in an HH Gregg today and they had about 10 in stock.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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use the reserve system. It works. after 10pm reserve the mini you want for in store pickup the next day.
This ^^^

I just added various (but not all) sized wifi-only and 3g minis to my cart, and the Apple Store near me had all of the ones I tried in stock.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:45 PM   #7
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My local Target has had the 32gb and 64gb wifi in both colors every time I go in. Always sold out of 16gb though. If you're not having luck, try Target.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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Also tekserv is a good place to start. They are authorized by Apple as well.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:07 PM   #9
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Yea, I don't have an Apple store within 100 miles of me. I'll keep trying HHGREGG, Best Buy and Target. Thanks.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:53 PM   #10
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I returned my WiFi black 32 GB to Best Buy this morning and scored an identical LTE version. Check the Best Buy site at night and then call when they open. They held it for me.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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yeah Best Buy's inventory search online seems to work for cellular models only. Wonder why you can't for wifi only models.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:19 AM   #12
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Best Buy received a full shipment of Mini's today -- My local store had wifi, at/t, and verizon versions in stock this afternoon.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:22 AM   #13
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Well you could always order one and have it delivered. The estimated time is 2 weeks right now which is before Christmas.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:24 AM   #14
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you can call macmall and order one. They have them in stock and you can get it overnighted if you want to
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:28 AM   #15
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Depends on the color and storage size. 16gb seems very hard to get. 64gb seems much easier to get.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:47 AM   #16
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Just reserved a 64 GB LTE AT&T here in Chicago, all area stores showed most models in-stock
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 06:53 AM   #17
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You may want to check Walmart too. They've been in my area at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and a nearby Apple store. It might be since there are a lot of choices in my area too.

Greater Philadelphia area.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:12 PM   #18
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Also tekserv is a good place to start. They are authorized by Apple as well.
Just ordered VZW LTE 16G BLK from them and sent back my Apple purchased one (I wanted 16GB anyway, originally got 32). Best part was NO SALES TAX (to NJ).
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:18 PM   #19
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OK, If I purchase the one with cellular for Verizon I don't have to start any new service contracts like I did with the iPhone 5?

Can't I just use it on my expensive "Share Everything" plan?

Not to up on these Minis with cell.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:23 PM   #20
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I just got back from Walmart and picked up a white 16gb. It was the last one in stock.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:26 PM   #21
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OK, If I purchase the one with cellular for Verizon I don't have to start any new service contracts like I did with the iPhone 5?

Can't I just use it on my expensive "Share Everything" plan?

Not to up on these Minis with cell.
You are correct. You add it to your Share Everything plan and remove it from the plan at any time. I don't think Verizon charges an activation fee either (might be wrong on this).
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:54 PM   #22
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You are correct. You add it to your Share Everything plan and remove it from the plan at any time. I don't think Verizon charges an activation fee either (might be wrong on this).
Is it possible to add a verizon ipad to a share everything plan if I already got a brand new sim for it either online or via phone, or does it have to be in a store? I tried to activate my mom's ipad 3 in verizon( russel cellular) store, and they said that they didn't know how to do it, but gave me a SIM card.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 12:21 AM   #23
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I checked Target.com and when you choose an item you can see what stores in your area have it in stock. Saw my local Target had the one I wanted in stock and went and picked it up. Use your red card and save 5% on top of it.

Then went across the street to the Mall and bought the Smart Cover I wanted at the Apple store and got a discount on that because of the corporate discount program they have with my company.

Got the 64gb black wi-fi one with the product red Smart Cover.
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