WiFi Exchange For 3G on Friday

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Lotus Esprit V8, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Lotus Esprit V8 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    New England
    Any estimates on how many current WiFi owners will return their iPads to get the new 3G version on Friday?
  2. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2007
    They should have made the restocking fee 35%

    Pretty scummy to buy something so you can just use it because you have no self control of your urges like a 3 year old, and expect a full refund. No wonder **** is so screwed up in the US.
  3. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    Apple may have an internal estimate, but I doubt anybody else has an estimate.

    It's hard to say. This board reflects the most ardent users, and generally knowledgeable users (obviously with exceptions). I think this board may be overindexed on the number of people who snapped up wifi iPads because they were desperate to get their hands on one, but really wanted 3g all along; and/or people who want to use the iPad everywhere and have realized that 3g is more flexible in that way. In other words, I think this board may create a false impression that there are huge numbers of people who want to trade wifi for 3g.

    I'm sure there will be significant numbers, but I don't know if it'll be huge numbers.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  5. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Well, I don't mind people trading up for a restocking fee. (10%? $50-70 for a few weeks, okay.)

    Apple can use some for refurb replacements. :D I mind the people talking stores out of any fee because they are buying something 'better' (the 3G), and then, in effect, they had the use of a new WiFi for the last weeks completely free.
  6. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    To put things in perspective. If Apple has sold 700,000 ipads to date, and there are 1,000 ipad users on this forum and all 1,000 users decide to exchange for the 3G model, that would be 0.1%.
  7. Manatee macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    (Where's the "like" button on this thing?)
  8. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Well, I hope there are more users here than that... there are over 600 people viewing the forum now and recently! :)

    But my point is the same: the 'get something for free' entitlement idea just rankles. If you really want only one, and it's a 3G, pay the friggin' restocking fee! (Me, I'm getting one of each, WiFi for work where I don't ever need 3G, 'full' model to have at home and take on vacations. Great tool at work where we have WiFi everywhere!)
  9. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    I think it's pretty lame to buy something with the intention of returning it later, even if Apple doesn't care.
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    If Apple doesn't mind then why should you? People returning their iPad pay a not insignificant fee to do so. Apple, in turn, uses that fee to sell at a discount as "refurbished." Apple keeps two customers happy. Who loses here?
  11. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    It takes two to tango. If Apple is willing to take it back, then the only problem is in people's attitudes. It seems more childish to be a third-party that can't sleep at night because of some two-party agreement. I have no problem with how Apple deals with its customers. I prefer this policy over, a zealous and consumer unfriendly one.

    FWIW, I bought an iPad on opening day and sold it on the 23rd. I'm going to the Apple store on Friday to buy the 3G.
  12. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    I say 95%..my estimate based on absolutely nothing.

    As good as anyone elses guess.

    And I believe in a high restock fee and no exchange after 14 days
  13. fjfjfjfj macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    New York, NY
    I thought you could not return something after 14 days?
  14. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    If Apple doesn't care and the retailers don't care, then your opinion means absolutely nothing.
  15. me2000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yes it does... we end up paying, through higher prices, for the returns...
  16. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    I'm more worried about inflation: http://www.appleinsider.com/article...lation_43_499_ipads_equal_one_apple_lisa.html

    Compare the price of the original iPod to that of the iPad 16GB.

    If I had to guess what Apple's most returned product would be, it would be the iPod family. But the price has gone down and the features have multiplied over its lifespan.
  17. StBDawg macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2008
    I love how people who pre ordered the 3G in the beginning are flipping out over people being allowed to exchange their Wifi for a 3G. It does not affect you. You will still get your iPad 3G on Friday. I could see you being mad if Apple emailed you and said there would be a delay in your order because they ran out because people are exchanging their Wifi iPads for them. Are you mad that people got to play with the iPad for a month before you? Is that it? Other than that I don't see why you are getting so upset.
  18. ClemTiger0408 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    This is random but its funny how I read thread titles differently during the course of the day.

    This morning I read this and had zero issues figuring out what the author meant.

    Just now, I read it and thought "Why would someone worry about Microsoft Exchange on 3g or WiFi?"

    I'm dumb.
  19. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    You end up paying for returns regardless of how many happen. Whenever a major retailer buys X of a product, their cost to purchase has a pre-negotiated Y% allocated of that amount as pre-authorized RMA/RTV (return merchant authorization/return to vendor). Defective goods are typically segregated differently if it is due to quality issues on the part of the manufacturer.

    For Apple products, the selling/street price is almost always the same no matter where you buy it. The only thing returns impact is the gross margin realized by the retailer.

    Net result....you don't pay one penny more/less due to other people's returns. You pay what street price Apple sets for the product. Excessive returns may impact retailer gross margins, but for Apple products at least, you are still going to pay the same regardless of their margin.
  20. FWW macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    Good lord... Take a chill pill.
  21. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Ha anyone even supplied an answer to this?

    I thought it was 14 days with a restocking fee.

    But if they take these back there's got to be a reason.

    Anyway, I'm going to wait and see if the battery life is effected in any way with 3G turned off. Sometimes there are leaks.

    And then there's always Ebay

    But don't jump on anyone who wants to trade up.

    The data plan is just sooo tempting (sort of unbelievable actually. They may decide later that this wasn't such a good idea , knowing ATT :D )

    note: My iPhone has dismal battery life in general.
  22. kirchnrd macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2009
    I am just going to eBay my WiFi, not sure what the exchange will be at the Apple Store.

    To all the little girls with their panties in a wad because I bought a WiFi, and then decided to sell it... it's called a free country where I am fortunate enough to have the ability to do so. Feel free to bid on my WiFi iPad when it goes up on eBay this weekend ;)
  23. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    I returned a wifi with no restocking fee a few weeks ago. Yeah, i used a wifi for free for 13 days. I bought 2 and decided that i wanted 1 of them to be a 3G.
    Hope you aren't that mad though. If you are, you will get over it.

  24. ballen420 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2008
    South of Boston
    I'll try to say a prayer tonight for all your cursed souls.
  25. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    Me too. I only use it at home and at work. Just yesterday I set up a "wireless USB adapter" on my work desktop and I'm all set now. I only payed $14 for it on Amazon. :)

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