Background: I wanted the iPad. I planned it out and saved up the money and bought a gift card in the exact amount. I was first inline to buy the (reserved) iPad at my local Apple store. Bam! My local TV station interviewed me when I was the first out the door with an unboxed iPad. So I enjoyed my time with the iPad and purchased over $100 in apps for it all while waiting for the 3G 64GB. Before I even purchased my gift card, I had a friend willing to buy my wi-fi iPad off of me. Present: I sold my iPad on the 23rd and used that money plus other saved up money to buy another gift card. Did I see any problems with this? No, it's not a subsidized iPhone; there's no contract with an iPad. Well, I read this thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=907211 Wham! It hit me, Apple's not going to take my gift card. I drove to my Apple store and asked if this true. Yes, and Apple won't accept any partial payment from gift card either. For a moment, I felt like punching Apple in the face. I calmed down and the manager agreed to refund my gift card if I can't use it tomorrow. That doesn't help, who knows how long it will take to get a refund back on a debit card Friday? I left the store. I called the person I sold the iPad to and explained the situation. I drove to my client's house while she chatted with Apple's online sales staff. They informed her that yes all of this true and they can't really comment about retail policies. Yes I can use my gift card to buy an iPad online, and wait seven days. Ugh.. I get to my client's house but he's a no show. I drive back to the Apple store with a plan. After spending some of my morning post on this thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=907002. I got the idea to return my original iPad. This worked out for the person who bought my iPad because she also wants a 3G now. So I will give her money back and get more money for my troubles. I spoke to the same manager who informed me of the grim news and told him my situation. I asked if they would take back the iPad. Yes they will. No restocking fee, just do this return before the 5pm launch. He finally admitted that he found out about this three days ago; days before I bought that gift card. So now I have to wait for some Fedex delivery guy on the 7th to get my 3G iPad. My friend now gets a 3G as well. I get all my money back from launch day and also got to use my iPad past its return policy . I tried to do everything by the book but Apple's secret and dishonest policies prevented me from purchasing their iPad how, where and when I want. The extra $135 dollars will go to an Airport Extreme I've wanting.