Best Buy Offering iPad (3rd Gen) for $50 Off with $75 Gift Card

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Best Buy is offering the previous generation iPad 3 for $50 off and a free $75 Best Buy Gift Card for today only. The specific models offered are:

    - iPad Wi-Fi/64GB/Black for $649.99 and $75 Gift Card
    - iPad Wi-Fi/32GB White for $549.99 and $75 Gift Card
    - iPad Wi-Fi/32GB/Black for $549.99 and $75 Gift Card

    Note that this is not the most recent generation iPad, so the $50 off price is a little disingenuous. If you are willing to purchase a refurbished iPad, these models are available from Apple's online store for deeper discounts.

    Article Link: Best Buy Offering iPad (3rd Gen) for $50 Off with $75 Gift Card
  2. macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    Lone Star state
    Looks tempting!
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2000
    That's a good observation that getting the same model as a refurb from Apple is a few bucks cheaper. Saves the hassle of waiting for Best Buy to come around with a gift card too.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    Great Deal! If anybody is on the ropes, this should motivate you. :D
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    At least bb is trying. Now if only they can fix their customer relations.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    I think they will have better BF deals...$40-$60 off, including the new models! I was lucky enough to have premier silver status and got in on their early preview on Monday...$60 off any iPad! I ordered a 4th gen 16GB white WiFi iPad which gets delivered today! :D
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    I . . . don't know. I agree with the author about the deal being a touch "shady". This is clearly meant to liquidate their stock of outdated models (the older new iPad) at a price that looks like a good deal for the current models (the newer new iPad). God, I knew the moment I saw "the new iPad" that this crap was going to happen!

    I'm still lamenting the mini's price. It's really hard to justify paying $329 for last years A5X and a non-retina screen when just a few more $20's will nab you a refurbed iPad 3 with basically the same internals, but a sprawling retina canvas that's still state-of-the-art.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    3rd Gen. hmmm.
    Tricky, tricky, Best Buy.

    Coal in your stockings.
  9. macrumors 68020

    May 6, 2008
    Tempting, only if they were offering the 16GB model in the deal. Nice try BB.
  10. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    The mini doesn't have a5x, just a5.
  11. corporation, Nov 21, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

    macrumors newbie


    Jul 3, 2008
    wishing i was on OSX
    sold out from what I can see...

    checked again, now the white 32gb is in stock...
  12. macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    I agree. And am proud to say I haven't been a Best Buy patron for well over two years now. Quite a change from the years 1999-2004 when I bought all of my videogames and computers/accessories from them.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2005
    Whoa, I thought it was $50 off the list price ($549 - $50 = $499 + $75 GC), which would seem like a good deal on the previous generation, at least compared to Apple's refurbished prices for the same models.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    Even worse . . .
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    Amex has a $20 credit if you purchase $200 as well.
  16. macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    I see they are not offering the 16 gb. I wonder why?
  17. macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    What?!?! How is this "shady" or "tricky"? The ad clearly states that this is a 3rd generation iPad and it states that right next to the iPad label. The "3rd generation" note isn't buried in small fine print anywhere. Sheesh...I know BB isn't the best electronics retailer out there, but come on...there's nothing shady about what they are doing.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    After looking closer at the Black Friday best buy ad, it turns out that the "iPad with Retina display" for $40-$60 off they have listed is actually the 3rd generation iPad, not the 4th. There are going to be a lot of upset shoppers on Friday who go in expecting the 4th gen only to find out it is for the 3rd gen, especially when their site lists the 3rd gen as "3rd gen" and the 4th gen as "with Retina display"
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    The metaphor you were looking for is on the fence. On the ropes comes from a description of a boxer who is being pummeled and possibly about to hit the canvas.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    I think Apple is at least partially to blame for this confusion. The terms that BB use are the correct terms for each model (or at least Apple refers to the 4th gen as the 'iPad with Retina'). I think it is NOT clear to consumers which model is the newest. It is not really up to BB to educate consumers over and above correctly labelling products - that's what the Apple website and other electronics sites are for.
    Presumably if consumers realize they don't have the latest iPad, they can choose to return it to BB within the return window. When they go to the store they will also see the more expensive 4th gen on display - a big clue.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    Just like the Apple Store;)
  22. 100Teraflops, Nov 22, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    Thanks for the metaphor correction Verbatim English. I wasn't "looking for" on the fence. Does one "look for" a metaphor? ;)

    Edit: Regardless, it's a good deal!
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    I think the Best Buy offer is for the newest iPad. I was going to purchase one and made sure that the description said lightning cable and A6x chip. If it's not the 4th gen I will be taking it back
  24. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    I've called bby and have received many tweets saying it is the a5x chip meaning 3rd gen. With target right next store offering 4th gen with a $60 gift card, I bet more will go with that option.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    It is the 4th gen...also being advertised in cnet

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