Pre-Order vs Buying at Apple or BestBuy Store


macrumors regular
Original poster
Feb 23, 2008
Is it better to pre order or buy at your local store? I'm hesitant to pre-order because, what if the new iPad is back ordered and I wouldn't get it on Mar 16th and I find it at Best Buy on that day. Of the lucky ones that have already placed your pre-order did your confirmation note delivery date Mar 16th? I'd like to hear your feedback and past experience.


macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2011
It says when it will be delivered by when you pre order, right now its the 16th (meaning it will ship out before the 16th but will be held to be delivered to your door on the 16th)

If you plan on getting a popular model (basically all of them except the 64gb models) i'd recommend preordering, launch day is always a PITA


macrumors regular
Sep 22, 2005
Seriously not trying to be a smart alec, but have you not been around a retail store when Apple launches a new product? It looks something like this:

I'll take online ordering, even if its pushed back a week, rather than wasting a whole day standing in line to maybe get the chance to buy one at the same price. Bestbuy isn't a whole lot better. They rarely get more than 30 units at a time on launch (really dependent on location). Most people camp out there too.


macrumors 601
Jan 11, 2012
Pacific Coast, USA
I always pre-order & it arrives at 10am via FedEx on launch day.

Six consecutive orders have arrived without fail.

I cannot imagine subjecting myself to launch day madness at a store.