Downside to buying the 3g at Best Buy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by subigo, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. subigo macrumors newbie

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    I swore off Best Buy long ago, but after deciding to buy a 3g iPad on Friday, it's my only option within 175 miles. In fact, I've never even been to an Apple store for that very reason. So before waiting in line to get one later this week, are there any real downsides to buying from Best Buy that I should be aware of?
     
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  3. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    The downside to buying at Best Buy is that you will be buying at Best Buy. But if you can get it on Friday, maybe it will be worth it, and maybe nothing will go wrong?
     
  4. emaja macrumors 68000

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    None at all. Just be sure which model you want and decide if you are going to buy their warranty or go with either AppleCare or SquareTrade before you go in.

    It's the same price and has the same one year warranty, so there is no difference.
     
  5. subigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I asked today and the guy I talked to said they will definitely have them, but don't know how many. Then told me he "heard rumors there would be 30".
     
  6. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    There is zero downside to buying from Best Buy. The warranty and replacement support is the same wherever you buy it, and the return policy is more generous at Best Buy than at the Apple store.

    I bought my first 2 iphones at Apple Stores waiting in line each time. The third time, I was waiting in line for 45 minutes, and they were quoting 1-2 hours still to go when an AT&T employee rode by on a bike and said his store 4 blocks away had no line.

    Guess what - nobody budged from the Apple store line. The fanboys just couldn't go to AT&T. I left the line, walked into the AT&T store. Got served immediately and was out early on launch day with a 3GS.

    A couple of months later I had a screen problem. I took it into the Apple Store, and they swapped the device. No problem - just the same as if I had bought it from them.

    I pre-ordered the iPad from Apple. But if I were going to a store, I'd go wherever has the shortest line or most convenience. If I can't pre-order my iPhone 4 - it will definitely be coming from the AT&T store again.
     
  7. Scott6666 macrumors 65816

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    I asked yesterday in DC. The person really had no idea.

    If you ask someone and they say yes, will be on sale at 5pm like the Apple store?
     
  8. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    My guess is that the best chance at getting one the soonest is to preorder it while Apple is still delivering by FedEx on May 7. Things are going to get increasingly tight when they start shipping overseas, and I'll bet iPad stock in Best Buy, even in the Apple stores, will be constrained for quite awhile.
     
  9. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    I think the only downside is the fact BB will likely have limited supply as they did with the Wifi launch. All the warranty and Apple support are still exactly the same, if anything you gain the advantage of a 45 day, no restocking fee if your a Silver Rewards member at BB vs the 14 day, maybe a restocking fee at an Apple location. Should you end up not liking the iPad and wanting to return it.

    If BB had let me reserve one on launch day I would have as their store is about 15 miles close to me than the Apple store. I have no need to return it, but it's always nice to have that option when buying a device you have not been able to use for a bit.
     
  10. subigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I was told 5pm on Friday is when they could officially start selling them and that they would be giving out tickets to people in line, whenever the line starts to form.

    I'm sure they will sell out fast on day one, but if it's anything like the wifi model, they'll get more a few days later and stock won't be an issue. My Best Buy had over 50 iPads in stock two days ago.
     

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