Driving to New York from Canada to get iPad - are they easy to find?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jayhay, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. jayhay macrumors member

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    I live in Ottawa Ontario and I am planning on driving to New York this weekend to buy the iPad as the relase date here has not even been announced yet. I am just wondering if these things are selling out or if they are still pretty easy to get your hands on. Also, is there any difference in buying it from an Apple Store over Best Buy (BB is closer to the boarder for me)? Lastly, I am assuming that the Apple Store here will honor the warrantly, but has anybody from Canada tested this yet?
     
  2. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    Go to the Buffalo store in the Walden Galleria mall. They have both an Apple Store and Best Buy right across from each other.

    Apple will honour the warranty; AppleCare is an international warranty. I've done it several times with iPods. The iPad is expected to launch April 24th in Canada, so if you don't want to wait, the Walden Galleria mall is probably your closest, quickest option.
     
  3. zinka macrumors regular

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    Syracuse and Albany are a LOT closer to Ottawa.
     
  4. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Did you check your local listing like kijiji or craiglist? There are people who drove down and bought a few to re-sell for profit. I bought mine this way for Cdn $700 (16 GB). Here's my math: Apple Canada will likely sell this for Cdn $550 and so ($620 with 13% tax). How much do you think it's worth to save you from taking the road trip plus gas? Don't forget, when you cross the Canadian boarder with your new iPad, they could nail for 13% duty.
     
  5. TYayo macrumors newbie

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    I drove down and stopped at the first best buy i seen and they had plenty
     
  6. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Lol, thats what I was thinking.
     
  7. TYayo macrumors newbie

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    PS you will love the exchange rate..got mine at par
     
  8. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I don't have much experience with cross boarder shopping. I am curious, do you declare your iPad at custom? I drove down to Port Huron a few years ago to shop (the only time) with my family. Didn't buy anything, and told the custom officer that the booth that. She pulled us over and have our car searched. So I don't understand how people can bring a dozen iPads back to sell for profit.
     
  9. ansabakhan macrumors 65816

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    they dont check all the time ... specially if u say u are going for a weekend or so ... my suggestion is buy it online with a pick up in store option at best buy that way they will have it in stock ! and if u use discover card you get 5% cashback too !
     
  10. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    In other words, you don't declare the iPad, and risk paying big fines for smuggling, and the fines to get your impounded car back (smuggling vessel).
     
  11. DraziGuy macrumors member

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    I always declare when I cross, and I have never been charged the taxes. Even when I spent $600 on a computer, they just said "Have a good day!". Depends entirely on who you get, and they respect honesty.

    My grandparents shop every weekend across the border, and maybe a couple of times a year they have to pay.
     
  12. jayhay thread starter macrumors member

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    We just picked it up tonight (SOOOOO worth the drive btw and we decided to stay for the weekend anyways as we found a cheap hotel and we are having a great time. If we stay for 48 hours, we will not have to pay taxes :)
     

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