Best Buy Cuts Prices on iPad 3 Models by 30 Percent, U.S. In-Store Pickup Only

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Best Buy has slashed pricing on third-generation iPad models by thirty percent, bringing the price down to $315 for the 16GB Wi-Fi models. Comparable refurbished units are available for $379 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 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
  2. ccmovies, Apr 4, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013

    macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Not bad at all... even though it's not Lightning compatible :/
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2008
    Are any of these actually in-stock anywhere? I checked IL/IN/OH, not seeing any with stock.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    SE Florida
    Same here, would have upgraded my ipad 2, but none available.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    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.
  8. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    well yea....
  9. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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...
  10. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  11. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012

    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
  12. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2012
    Banff, AB
    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.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 27, 2011
    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.
  14. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    HD FT camera is a big upgrade from the 3 to the four also (at least for my purposes).
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2003
    Mineapolis, MN
    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.
  16. jmw1480, Apr 4, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    Price Matched at Target

    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!
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    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).
  18. macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    They're out of stock at alot of stores because they've been on sale for a week now.
  19. macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2012
    I snagged one of those 32gb bad-boys with Verizon cellular.

    I just love Best Buy.:D
  20. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    Well that was quick. Gone from Central New York already!
  23. macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Los Angeles
  24. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    But you have to admit the 3 is still more than sufficient (at least for now).
  25. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    To think that I spent $500 on one just 9 months ago.


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

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