hey, just to help anyone out who is still trying to get their hands on an ipad... i found that my local college had a handful in that were sitting on the shelves. Maybe students hesitate buying them because of budgets... but i had ordered online with a 3-4 week wait... and i called the campus and they had exactly what i wanted just sitting there. so i bought it and cancelled my online order. It seems like it's worth a try. So if this helps the impatient... great. if not... oh well.