Chances of getting an iPad 3 whilst on trip to NYC from UK?

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  1. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    Hi all and greetings from the UK. :)

    I'll be travelling to NYC on Sunday for work (landling late on the evening of Sunday 11th March) and flying back on Sunday 18th March - you know where I'm going with this don't you!? :D

    So, I'm wondering what the chances are of being able to buy an iPad 3 while I'm in NYC?

    Whether by reserve/pickup, or even a bit of daytime queueing I don't really mind, although ideally I'd like to just walk in to the Apple store at the top of 5th Avenue and just hand over my credit card in exchange for one!

    This is of course assuming that Apple have released the damn thing while I'm out there of course!

    Cheers.
     
  2. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Since Apple has not announced the product yet, and no firm release date, your chances are iffy at best. No one here can answer that question. You can arrive in NY and just hope for the best.

    Good luck ;)
     
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Assuming that iPad is released while you are in NY, last year the time in line was at least a few hours. I got there about 3 hours before release time, and when the sale started, it took almost another hour to get to the front of the line and pay for the iPad, so a total of 4 hours. But if you got there at release time, the line was all the way around the block and spilling into the next block, so it likely took several hours before you got to the front of the line, and by that time, it's possible that some models would already be sold out.

    It might be different if they do online preorders with in-store pickup, but in order to get in an order, you'll need to be in front of a computer ready to punch in your order right at the moment online orders open. That usually happens something like 3am New York time.

    So either way, you need to put in considerable time and effort in order to score an iPad during launch week.
     
  4. maclook macrumors 65816

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    I think NYC stores get the most stock so your chances are high. It took me about 3 hours in line to get one last year at the Upper West Side store. I got in line at like 5:30pm so I was a little late. You can choose any NYC store and hang out for about 3 hours to get one and still have time to go out that night. I consider that a pretty cool NYC experience.
     
  5. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    As I said, I appreciate that it was all assuming that the thing gets released while I'm out there and I obviously if it doesn't then my chances are somewhat limited. :D

    But thanks anyway. ;)

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    That's good info, thank you.

    I will be working on Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th/Wednesday 14th March and then I'll have the 15th/16th/17th to myself (I'll obviously also have the late afternoons/evenings of the 12th/13th/14th to myself as well).

    So I guess if it does get released while I'm out there, then I've got a reasonable chance. :)

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    That sounds like a plan to me, thanks.

    Now I just need to sort myself out a decent SIM with a generous data allowance that I can stick in my iPhone 4 to keep the obligitory FB/Twitter queue updates going! :D

    Thanks all.
     
  6. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't imagine it'll be released before the 18th to be honest.

    Just as a word of Advice (I bought my iPad 1 whilst I was on a trip to Florida from the UK) if you purchase one of the more expensive models, and it works out to be valued at more than £390, you are legally required to declare it upon re-entering the UK at which point you may have to pay VAT on it.

    Also you have to take into consideration Sales Tax when you buy it, you will have 4.5% tax added on in NYC, And obviously you might also have to purchase a UK plug adaptor if you don't already have one.
     
  7. VinceDae macrumors regular

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    Either you are the most honest guy EVER or else just plain dumb ;D ...
     
  8. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    I know they would probably never know if you just walked out and didn't declare it, mine didn't come to over £390 anyway so i didn't have to.
     
  9. RobS-UK macrumors member

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    I'm in the same boat as Azzin - though am there the week before. I am keeping my fingers crossed that following the announcement on Wednesday afternoon they announce availability from Friday 9th...

    I live in hope! :eek:
     
  10. TallManNY macrumors 68040

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    I think your odds are pretty good and the price savings over buying in the UK will be substantial. I might target the Grand Central Station store on the weekend. First, it is a nice place for the tourists to see and you should be able to lineup inside, second it is a flagship store that should get a good supply of stuff, third it should be less busy on the weekends since Grand Central is more set up for weekday commuters.
     
  11. Azzin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Good call, thanks-I had forgotten about the Grand Central Terminal store! :eek:

    It looks like I have a lot of finger and toe crossing to do-can everyone here @ Mac Rumors say a little prayer for me!?

    Can I get a A-Men!? :D
     
  12. K4LK macrumors 6502

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    I just returned from your country. I spent a fortnight in Lincoln working for the Royal Air Force. Really enjoyed the people, hospitality, food and especially the ales. :D Good luck in your quest for an iPad 3.

    Cheers,
    Dana
     
  13. mykoljay macrumors member

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    Getting an iPad first week at any of the 4 Manhattan stores is impossible. I'm sure you read about the iPad black market lining up in NYC. Unless they have some sort up in-store pickup set up.

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-gene...-havent-got-your-ipad-blame-black-market.html

    If you have a friend in the states, I recommend you have them order it to their home. I haven't lined up since the iphone 3g and have always received my product the first day hand delivered by my friend UPS man. Last release, my doorman must have had 20 ipads waiting for him at 10am.
     
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    This is the first product launch since Grand Central store opened, and I have no idea how the line is going to work. It's a logistical nightmare, what with all the commuters and narrow indoor passageways. I'll probably go there this time, because I want to just check out what it's going to be like, plus it's right near my office, but if Grand Central wasn't so close, I'd stick to the Fifth Ave store, it's the nicest location to line up. Lots of room on the plaza, and even once the line spills into the streets, the sidewalks are wide with lots of breathing room to spare.
     
  15. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Obviously there's no guarantee but I believe the last 2 iPads were released on Fridays, last year's specifically on Friday, March 11 (after March 2 announcement IIRC) so at best I'd guess the earliest we'll see the new model will be March 16. If that's the case, as others have suggested, I'd queue up as early as possible that day and as long as there's not limited inventory, you'll probably get your hands on one.

    Best of luck.
     
  16. Rebel Hedgehog macrumors member

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    Lincolns my home town - glad you enjoyed it. Did you go up steep hill to the cathedral? - That's where they filmed some scenes for the divinci code you know.

    Some nice little bars up there as well:)
     
  17. VinceDae macrumors regular

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    Yeah ok, see your point :) - But Its easy to get computers/tablets through the customs, veeeery easy :D
     
  18. K4LK macrumors 6502

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    Lincoln is nice. Brayford Pool was frozen over when I arrived. Yes, I walked up Steep Hill twice. Love the Cathedral. Visited the Magna Carta, Wig & Mitre, Strugglers, Tap and Spile, Victoria, Prince William Inn, the Still, Wetherspoons and Square Sail. I couldn't believe the Laughing Budda. The place was crazy with people pigging out on Asian food. I never made it to the Lamb & Flag, the Lion & The Snake or the Italian restaurant (Gino's ??)
     
  19. eidsvold macrumors newbie

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    Great thread! I'm a norwegian going to NYC for a week, so a friday 16. launch would fit just perfect.

    I'm still curious in which Apple Store which gives the least amount of waiting... The largest one with more staff (Fifth Avenue) or some of the smaller ones. Any suggestions?
     

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