Odds of Scoring One In Store?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Identity Fraud, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    I'm not going to be able to wait in line on Friday and I didn't place my order for the new iPad until some money I was waiting for was in hand so I missed the preorder window. I see that if I order now through Apple its 2-3 weeks, do I have any shot of getting a 64GB 4G model sometime next week (like next friday) in a retail store? Should I just order it online and wait for the sure thing?
  2. GaiaAero macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2010
  3. wbeem macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2012
    Nobody knows. We have no idea what inventory will be in the stores, so we can't promise you an accurate answer. It may vary depending upon one store or another, one town or another, etc.
  4. DS3 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2011
    If you could stop by a Best Buy on lunch break or something you could sign up for the pre-order/wait list and probably get it around then without too much fuss.

    Otherwise.. its possible but very hard to predict. Best bet would be waiting on another day if you can, an Apple store should be getting shipments daily or at least be able to tell you if they will.
  5. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
  6. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    I think you will get one, saying you don't go to an Apple store at 8 pm. My guess is that Apple stores will have plenty to go around. If you feel like being stealthy, then go to Target early, say between 3-5 am. Walmart will have lots of potential buyers, ditto for Best Buy!

    I almost decided to camp for an iPad, but I chickened out and pre-ordered. I think it would be fun and it's on my "bucket list".
  7. Identity Fraud thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    I forgot to add this in my first post. I also wanted info on how it was last year with the iPad 2. I was going to base my decision off what occurred then as well.

    But I'll try Target for sure, for some reason it doesn't strike me as the place people would be lined up for the iPad. Maybe I'm being too optimistic.
  8. Sharkoid, Mar 14, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012

    Sharkoid macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Don't waste your time at Target, they will be only carrying 16g WIFI.
  9. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2011
    Really hard to say. I think you will have a better idea after Friday.
  10. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Same here, mine has shipped and will be here on Friday around 12 mid-day..No hassle, no crowds, etc.
  11. GUCCIMAN macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    im sure if you avoid the apple stores and just drive around hitting all the bestbuy/futureshops/whateverelseyourcountryorregionhas you'll get one on launch date.
  12. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    RadioShack is another option. But, call ahead and ask if they're even getting any! Then, be there 2-3 hrs before the store opens!
  13. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
    You never know. On iPhone 4S launch day, I dropped by the local Apple store around 1:00 PM and walked out 10 minutes later with my activated 4S. No line, no wait.
  14. Recon73 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2012
    United States
    I would hit a apple store as they will have much more stock than a target or a Walmart.
  15. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I really hope it's like that Friday. I want to trade in my 32GB LTE for a 64 GB LTE. I'm still kicking myself for not going 64 during the preorder. I don't know what I was thinking. lol
  16. mitch.dunc macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    I hope that it is that easy too! I won't be able to get to the store until 5:30 or 6 PM. I really regret not buying online.
  17. Identity Fraud thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Got one no problem at the Apple store after work today 6PM. I guess the preorders and the amount of production out of the factories got more than enough inventory in stores.

    That, or maybe iPad 2 owners are waiting for the new iPad (this is my first iPad).

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