Is Newegg a good place to buy the new iPad?

MusicEnthusiast

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Hey guys.

After reading these forums for a few months, I was going to wait until the rough patches from the early models are fixed (such as the washed out or discolored screens, light leakage, etc). I want to buy a WiFi 16 GB iPad today, and looking for the cheapest places to buy one. I saw the Apple refurb store has them available for $491 after tax, but Newegg has new ones listed for $509.99 with no tax.

Should I buy this and a smart cover case here? Or do you guys know of any places that might offer the same thing slightly cheaper?
 

Cutterschoice

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Amazon has them for $516.83 so i would say it's a good price. Newegg is meant to be a great site, which we had one in the UK
 

SurferMan

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Newegg is good, they have great deals on electronics especially with speakers and similar equipment. Don't know about buying an iPad through them but their def a good site for electronics in general. They'll run some crazy audio deals.
 

MusicEnthusiast

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Hmm.

Would it be more cost effective to buy the new iPad from apple, pay the premium with tax a bit, but get the $50 app store card?

Or perhaps Best Buy as a $50 card deal as well? I could easily go there today.
 

gpatrick15

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Hmm.

Would it be more cost effective to buy the new iPad from apple, pay the premium with tax a bit, but get the $50 app store card?

Or perhaps Best Buy as a $50 card deal as well? I could easily go there today.
How long has Best Buy been offering that deal with the $50 gift card? I'd find the Best Buy gift card more interesting than the App Store card personally. I'm buying an iPad in the next week or so, most likely from Best Buy anyway, and didn't know they had this deal going on.
 
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dieburnbot

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You should be fine buying it from Newegg. I've been dealing with them for over a decade, very reputable site. The warranty would be covered by apple anyway so it doesn't really matter where you buy it. You can still take it down to the genius bar if you have problems.

Returns might a little tricky, so make sure you want to keep it if you buy it. If there is something wrong with it Apple will take care of you.

Also, I don't know how often Newegg turns over their stock of iPads, so if you want the latest and greatest model you might be better off buying from an Apple store instead of a third party seller. You can check the serial numbers or what not before you walk out of the store.

I bought mine from Walmart at their midnight launch.
 

MusicEnthusiast

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How long has Best Buy been offering that deal with the $50 gift card? I'd find the Best Buy gift card more interesting than the App Store card personally. I'm buyin gan iPad in the next week or so, most likely from Best Buy anyway, and didn't know they had this deal going on.
Sorry, my post might not have been clear. I don't know if Best Buy has a deal like this or not this year, but I do recall seeing this deal in previous years!
 

cbhchgo

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Going to wait

I speculated on this a couple of months ago when word of the 9-pin connector came out for iPhone. There have been some new rumors that the iPad will be updated with the new connector. It would be logical for Apple to have the 9-pin on the new iphone and mini, but not on the iPad (regular).

Frankly I don't need any more 30-pin wires if I can avoid it :D
 

MusicEnthusiast

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I speculated on this a couple of months ago when word of the 9-pin connector came out for iPhone. There have been some new rumors that the iPad will be updated with the new connector. It would be logical for Apple to have the 9-pin on the new iphone and mini, but not on the iPad (regular).

Frankly I don't need any more 30-pin wires if I can avoid it :D
Yeah! I have also been following up on the rumors that the change in the dock connector would probably be turned around in all new devices soon-to-be released.

I might not buy one right away, but wait until a possible mini is released!
 

boomhower

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I've bought a ton of stuff from newegg over the years. They are reliable and customer service is top notch.

But when did retailers start charging more than retail?!? I've never seen amazon charge more than a manufacturer.
 

WesCole

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I like NewEgg...I have ordered several things from them over the years. I usually wait until they have holiday specials and stock up on my electronics. :)

I wouldn't hesitate buying from them if they have a good price...they also have great customer support, which is worth a lot in my book.
 

SurferMan

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I've bought a ton of stuff from newegg over the years. They are reliable and customer service is top notch.

But when did retailers start charging more than retail?!? I've never seen amazon charge more than a manufacturer.
It can be weird at times, though I have Prime with Amazon, once in awhile there are things priced oddly. Like I just bought some sealed canning jars from Ball, Amazon was 15 or 16 bucks Prime or something like that. Other's on Amazon wanted a little cheaper price but then charged like 7-10 bucks more just for shipping (same for some other places like Lowes). Ended up going to EvilMart, I mean WalMart, and got the whole pack for like $8 lol

But generally we order a lot of stuff from Amazon, Prime has paid for itself pry 100x over lol, but there's always those weird occurrences where the price makes you do a --> "huh??"
 

boomhower

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It can be weird at times, though I have Prime with Amazon, once in awhile there are things priced oddly. Like I just bought some sealed canning jars from Ball, Amazon was 15 or 16 bucks Prime or something like that. Other's on Amazon wanted a little cheaper price but then charged like 7-10 bucks more just for shipping (same for some other places like Lowes). Ended up going to EvilMart, I mean WalMart, and got the whole pack for like $8 lol

But generally we order a lot of stuff from Amazon, Prime has paid for itself pry 100x over lol, but there's always those weird occurrences where the price makes you do a --> "huh??"
I have prime too, I more than get my monies worth out of it. The free two day shipping and and $4 overnight makes it easier to just order than going to the store.
 

tonyr6

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I have to pay tax from Amazon in NY but not from Newegg however Amazon does have a much better return policy. I returned items from Amazon that worked but they were not compatible like a cordless phone that did not have a answering machine and a refrigerator filter that was not compatible with our refrigerator. I got a full refund including tax and I did not have to pay for shipping. Newegg however rips you off with there bogus restocking fee so I still try to buy things from Amazon even with the tax knowing that I can return or exchange it.

By the way be sure to buy directly from Amazon for a expensive item like the iPad. I did buy cheap things from resellers on Amazon and I got the items quickly and they work and I even did not have to pay tax however if you want to return them item be sure that Amazon will honor the return. They do for certain reseller items.
 

SurferMan

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I have prime too, I more than get my monies worth out of it. The free two day shipping and and $4 overnight makes it easier to just order than going to the store.
No doubt, we've saved so much money with Prime. Would have spent a lot of money paying for two day shipping on everything, especially larger items. Plus sometimes we've had orders come in one day. My fiance is finishing up her psyc practicum, the pre test study guides or whatever she got through Amazon was still a couple hundred but others wanted 2-3x as much elsewhere.
 

TB07-NJ

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I've bought a ton of stuff from newegg over the years. They are reliable and customer service is top notch.

But when did retailers start charging more than retail?!? I've never seen amazon charge more than a manufacturer.
"AMAZON" isn't selling the new iPad for more than list. Amazon does not even sell iPads. What you are seeing is a 3rd party seller selling on Amazon which is no different than someone selling it on eBay for $9000. If you look carefully you will see something like: "In Stock.
Sold by IMG Direct and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available."
 

Rodster

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I say NO if you plan on buying from Newegg. There return policy has changed quite a bit so read the fine print carefully especially if you have an issue with the device.

I'd rather buy from a place like Target or Best Buy where I have 30-45 days to test drive the product, especially if it develops a problem.
 

ActionableMango

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Newegg customer service used to be great. I assume most people praising this aspect are talking about how they used to be.

For one, they have reduced their return period and are now sticklers for the restocking fee. I bought an ATX motherboard for an ATX case and it didn't fit. Anywhere else would accept that as a return. Newegg charged me 15% and stated it's my responsibility to check fit before buying. IMO I did my part by checking they are both ATX standard. Not my fault the mobo manufacturer decided to use 90 degree SATA connections that pointed straight at a wall in the case.

They have also repeatedly refused PC returns and exchanges when the owner installs a different OS, stating that doing so voided the warranty.

And their handling of the HP TouchPad fire sale was among the worst in the entire retail industry.

I will say though that Newegg still has great prices and a fantastic website.
 

tonyr6

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"AMAZON" isn't selling the new iPad for more than list. Amazon does not even sell iPads. What you are seeing is a 3rd party seller selling on Amazon which is no different than someone selling it on eBay for $9000. If you look carefully you will see something like: "In Stock.
Sold by IMG Direct and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available."
I noticed that too. I would not buy a expensive item like a iPad from a seller and some of them really jack up the price. If you really want one since so many online stores don't even sell the iPad is just to buy it directly from the online Apple Store and pay the tax. Does the online Apple Store charge shipping?
 

Rodster

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I noticed that too. I would not buy a expensive item like a iPad from a seller and some of them really jack up the price. If you really want one since so many online stores don't even sell the iPad is just to buy it directly from the online Apple Store and pay the tax. Does the online Apple Store charge shipping?
Yes Apple offers free shipping on iPad's. They also have a GENEROUS 14 day no questions asked return policy and free return shipping. :cool:

Honestly I have purchased both my iPads from Apple and will continue to do so.