iPad Pro MacCase Flight Jacket for iPad Pro 10.5 for $26!!!

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  1. Eric5273, Aug 16, 2017
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    Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you read that right. There is a bit of a story to this, so let me explain. But if you want to get one for yourself for $26, then read on....

    Over the past 2 weeks I've been looking to buy some sort of leather carry bag or sleeve for my new iPad Pro 10.5. I looked at options from many well known leather companies like Saddleback Leather, Duluth Pack, Copper River Bags, Pad & Quill, and of course MacCase. Prices for most of the nicer options were $150-300, considerably more than I would like to spend.

    So I started looking on Etsy and Amazon to see if I could find something nice on a smaller budget. I came across a seller on Amazon called "TnsDeals" who has stock on a number of older and discontinued MacCase bags and they sell them at a discount. At first I figured perhaps a Flight Jacket for the 11" MacBook Air would work well for the iPad Pro 10.5, but even that bag at a discounted price was still pricey.

    Then I noticed they had a Flight Jacket for the original first gen iPad from 2010. I guess since nobody is using such old iPads anymore, these are on clearance, so the price is only $26. My first thought was that the size of the iPad Pro 10.5 is probably somewhat similar to the original iPad, since the screen is bigger and the bezels are smaller. I noticed the dimensions of the bag are 11" x 8.5".

    So I went over to MacCase's website to take a look at their new flight jacket for the iPad Pro 10.5, and guess what? The dimensions listed are the same 11" x 8.5". At first I figured maybe the Amazon listed dimensions are a mistake, so I used the wayback machine to look at MacCase's website from 5 years ago and sure enough, the dimensions for the flight jacket for the first gen iPad are 11" x 8.5".

    So here is what I think is going on... I think a couple of years ago MacCase had excess leftover inventory of these older bags and so they unloaded them to an Amazon seller at a very discounted rate. Then recently with the introduction of the iPad Pro 10.5, they realized that the dimensions are similar, so instead of designing a new bag, they relisted the same product on their site but changed the description to say it's for the iPad Pro 10.5, and raised the price back up to $150. However, the Amazon seller has no idea (yet) that this bag is perfect for the new iPad, so they have not raised their price.

    So I took a chance and ordered this bag a few days ago, and it arrived today. It's obvious this bag has been sitting in a warehouse for a while, as it was a bit dusty, but after wiping it off and putting some leather conditioner on, it looks brand new. And it fits the iPad Pro 10.5 perfectly. I have the Modal folio case (from Best Buy) on mine, and it fits with plenty of room to spare, so I think just about any case will fit too. With my Modal case, it has about a half an inch on each side and about an inch of space on top.

    Anyway, it's a beautiful bag and I only paid $26 for it. Even shipping was free. So you guys may want to hurry up and order before other people figure this out and they are all gone, or the seller realizes and raises the price. Here's the link:

    https://www.amazon.com/MacCase-Premium-Leather-Flight-Jacket/dp/B003XFMH0A
     
  2. Eric5273 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well that didn't take long. Looks like the price has already been raised up to $60. Still a good buy even at that price.
     
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    Thank you for the heads-up!
     
  5. TrickyTreeRed macrumors member

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    Looks like it sold out, despite still being listed on Amazon. Below is a message from a representative from the company that fulfilled my order.

    Too bad... :(


    Hello XXX,

    I am very sorry, but the warehouse has just informed me that due to overwhelming demand, the iPad flight jacket is now out of stock and we don't know when or if the item will be available again and 66.42 has been credited back to your Amazon account. You should get a confirmation message shortly.

    I am sorry and do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Best regards,
    Bruno
    USAsuperstore
     
  6. Eric5273 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess many people read this thread and ordered it and they sold out. I know it must have been this post, since prior to making this post, it had been available for at least 2 weeks at $26. It took me over a week to finally decide to take the chance and order it. Then the day I received it, it was still listed on Amazon for $26. Then I posted here, and within a few hours the price had changed.
     
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    Thank you for the heads - up on this. I pondered about pulling the trigger for a couple of hours. It looks like I waited a little too long! Oh well. Nothing ventured - nothing gained!
     
  8. Eric5273 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Before buying the MacCase bag, I considered a number of other bags, and the one that came closest was this one for $75 on Etsy:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/741541...9XHdA3s8FGKgzETgicLAm-aH7vlSqPPxoCZcUQAvD_BwE

    They sell it for over $100 direct from their site, so best to get from Etsy. Only downside is according to the Etsy feedback, it can take quite a while for them to make your bag and ship it. In terms of dimensions, it's also a couple of inches wider than the MacCase bag, but the same height. So I'm sure it will have no issue fitting the iPad with any case.

     
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    No, the one I received only had a shoulder strap.
     
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