iPad When a new iPad is released, how does the process of getting one at Best Buy work?

palmerc2

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I plan on getting the iPad 5, when it's released, from Best Buy. Can you put in a preorder? Be one of the first ones there on launch day? Luck of the draw depending on when you get there? Availability is limited for the first few weeks after launch?
 

roccobladr

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They will have TONS of them on hand. Literally just walk in and get one. Thats how it was with the iPad 3.
 

palpatine

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Hi. Walk in and buy it. Me? I pre-ordered from Apple and found that to be a very nice experience when the 3 came out. I'll pre-order the 5 from Apple.
 

palmerc2

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Hi. Walk in and buy it. Me? I pre-ordered from Apple and found that to be a very nice experience when the 3 came out. I'll pre-order the 5 from Apple.
Reason I'm set on buying from Best Buy is because I have a lot of rewards points there, so it'll practically be free.
 

tazz3

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if you go to best buy on ipad5 launch day you will get one,
they dont let people pre-order hardware. so dont worry about it
 

Truefan31

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I will prolly get it from bestbuy as well. I have a credit account with them, plan on getting both a ipad 5 and mini 2 when it comes.

However I thought about Walmart too cuz they're warranties are way cheaper. Plus they'd prolly offer holiday layaway too
 

usmaak

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I always buy from Best Buy. That way, I have 45 days to use it and return it/exchange if something goes wrong. With the Apple store, you only get 14 days, and that is just lame. With technology, I always go with the place that has the best return policy.
 

johndallas999

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I plan on getting the iPad 5, when it's released, from Best Buy. Can you put in a preorder? Be one of the first ones there on launch day? Luck of the draw depending on when you get there? Availability is limited for the first few weeks after launch?
Pretty sure you just drive to BestBuy, walk into the store. Go to Apple section, ask if they have the model u want in stock, if yes buy. If No, leave.
 

mpayne2k

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Each iPad release the best buy in my area rarely sold out and if they did it was usually the 16gb version. I have always bought 64gb and had no issues with availability.
 

Pharmscott

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If Best Buy doesn't do pre-orders, just order it online for in store pickup. Then, you know the model you want will be there waiting and you don't have to wait for someone to help you. In store pickup is awesome: in/out in minutes with exactly what you want.
 

tdhurst

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Hmmm...

I plan on getting the iPad 5, when it's released, from Best Buy. Can you put in a preorder? Be one of the first ones there on launch day? Luck of the draw depending on when you get there? Availability is limited for the first few weeks after launch?
Your signature SCREAMS irony.

"Things you own, end up owning you."
 

silentbob007

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If Best Buy doesn't do pre-orders, just order it online for in store pickup. Then, you know the model you want will be there waiting and you don't have to wait for someone to help you. In store pickup is awesome: in/out in minutes with exactly what you want.
They generally don't allow online orders for the first few months of release for iPads. All the way back to the first iPad I had to go to BB to see stock and actually purchase.
 

palmerc2

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Your signature SCREAMS irony.

"Things you own, end up owning you."
Hahaha!! I guess it sort of does. Favorite quote from my favorite movie Fight Club.

Anyway, I travel a lot for work & Oregon is one of my destinations, so I'll buy it up there - no sales tax! It'll be my first iPad & I'm just looking forward to having a bigger screen while on the road vs my iPhone 5.
 

CTHarrryH

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I walked into nearby Best Buy on first day of Mini around 10 am (not even early) and walked out with what I wanted 10 minutes later.

I do thing for the Mini they did allow pre-order but I didn't pre-order - didn't make up my mind I wanted it until 10 minutes before I went to store. Glad I did.
 

Shadyriley

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Uhh, you walk into the Computer section, tell them what you want, they get it, you pay, you leave, serious?