Buy at Apple vs BB or WMat, etc.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Boca, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Boca macrumors 6502

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    I love to shop at the local Apple Store...are there advantages buying in the Apple store vs Best Buy, Walmart, etc? (besides the obvious buzz I get when I go into the Apple store :D:D thanks, have a great weekend...what's left of it.
     
  2. HazChem macrumors regular

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    Not really. If you have any issues, the Apple Store Genius will help you out regardless of where you bought it. Even replace it if something is wrong with it.

    I bought mine at Best Buy to get the points.
     
  3. kwajkat macrumors regular

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    Got mine at BB because I have card there and also they have 18 months no interest for it. So that was the deciding factor for me. Personally I think where ever you can find one that works for you and is in stock, go for it.
     
  4. jenlevin macrumors regular

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    5% off @ target when you use a target credit or debit card. was a no brainer for me.
     
  5. physicsguy13 macrumors 6502

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    If I am buying an Apple product I always buy it from Apple. If you have a discount/gift card somewhere else that might be different but all things being equal I buy at the Apple Store.
     
  6. Polymira macrumors regular

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  7. nosser macrumors regular

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    I know most of the electronics reps in a Target near my house and my buddy is a Target mobile manager and was able to get the 10% employee discount plus my 5% for the red card. The o ly bad part for me was that they never received an Att iPad so I ended up with a 64gb wifi.
     
  8. gdeputy macrumors 6502a

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    I got it at Best Buy on launch day for three reasons:

    1. It was about 10 minutes closer than the Apple Store.
    2. I got 15$ in Reward Points for using my Card.
    3. 18 months no interest financing (how can you pass that up :p)
     
  9. unbiased macrumors newbie

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    Best Buy

    I did the reservation at Best Buy on the weekend of release in March - I had to wait until April before they finally received the model/color in stock - 64-bit AT&T White...

    Choose Best Buy because of Overwhelming Offers/MasterCard Marketplace over the holidays offered $100 Gift Card purchases at drugstore.com for $50. So any time these came up I jumped on this to buy Best Buy gift cards - what I had left I used my credit card points to obtain additional Best Buy gift cards until nearly the entire purchase was accounted for.

    Literally the day before I was called about my reservation, another Best Buy in my area (Chicago) had the White Verizon model in stock – I ran down and picked it up – but I really wanted the AT&T model because I travel to Europe/South America frequently and want to be able to use the 3G for GPS functionality… I use my iPhone 4 for Handylight Tethering (this works for web access via iPad, but not app access to the Internet unfortunately…)

    Best Buy also frequently offers credit card promotions for long term 0% financing and of course their Rewards Zone point system… in the past I have also been able to manipulate the website to allow me to purchase for in-store pickup items not permitted for such online purchasing – mainly because I wanted to earn points – at that time I had bought a iPad 1 for a friend of mine and using the Microsoft Bing cashback (Bing Cashback is no longer available) there was a 15% promotion for 15% cashback on purchases made at Best Buy… Not sure if forcing an online purchase into your cart is still possible but I was pretty pleased with myself for figuring that out :)
     
  10. Boca thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great info. What do you mean by this: I use my iPhone 4 for Handylight Tethering (this works for web access via iPad, but not app access to the Internet unfortunately…)

    I plan on tethering after jailbreaking. What will I be missing with regard to your statement about "not app access"? Please explain and thanks again.
     
  11. unbiased macrumors newbie

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    Actually I was incorrect - yesterday I received a travel router which I plan to use when I need to tether since neither the iPad nor the iPhone (non-jail broke) can create a wi-fi network... (without using the $$ hot spot feature)

    Handylight was an app available on the app store briefly before being taken off which allowed for a socks proxy to tether proxy capable devices.

    Anyhow, I was wrong about not being able to tether iPad apps - I successfully tethered the NYT app, I just wasn't patient enough. I cannot tether mail tho - that one simply will not work.
     
  12. unbiased macrumors newbie

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    iPad 2 in your Best Buy Cart for Pickup...

    Just thought I would point out that adding an iPad 2 from a store with reported availability is still capable of being accomplished, if you have the patience and know how to manipulate html code...

    As I mentioned above, I was able to do this for an iPad 1 when they could not be added to carts for in-store pickup... So I was just curious if it could still be done.

    I didn't follow the purchase all the way through - so not sure if it would really work, but if you have Best Buy gift cards and want to also earn referral site points (tho they are crappy - United Mileage Plus Mall only offers .75 miles per $1...) - or just want to grab an iPad 2 - might as well try...
     

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