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Apple iPad 2 Where and when to buy

first_imgIf you’ve spent the whole morning reading the mass of iPad 2 reviews that flooded the Web last night, you’re probably convinced you want to buy one. The next step is figuring out where and when you can do that.Of course, you’ve heard that the iPad 2 is available tomorrow starting at 5 p.m., but Apple just announced that it will begin selling the tablet via its online Apple Store starting at 1 a.m. PT tomorrow, Friday, March 11.According to the press release, customers who buy the iPad 2 at the Apple Store will be offered a free Personal Setup service, which includes helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up e-mail, and loading new apps from the App Store, among other things, so that “they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before leaving the store.”If you don’t want to deal with the hordes of Apple fanboys, some of which started camping out on Monday, you can visit a Best Buy or Target, both of which will be selling the tablet at 5 p.m.According to PCMag, Best Buy said it will be selling the iPad in-store only, and a pre-order will not be available. In addition to returning home with a shiny new iPad 2, Best Buy is also offering two Geek Squad Black Tie Protection plans: standard and accidental damage from handling. These are both good for three years, and pricing varies by the plan.The retailer is also making the iPad 2 eligible for Best Buy’s Buy Back Program. For $69.99, the customer has a two-year insurance policy where he or she can get up to 50 percent off the iPad’s original purchase price paid in the form of a Best Buy gift card. If you’re one of the gadget-hungry iPad fans who’s already ready to ditch their old iPad for the iPad 2, this may be a good idea for you. The iPad 3 is probably not too far away. Also, if customers buy the GSBTP and Buy Back plan at the same time, customers will save 50 percent on the price of Buy Back.Besides Target and Best Buy, the iPad is also available at Walmart, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and select Apple Authorized Resellers.One retailer who’s missing from the group is Amazon. Why isn’t the iPad 2 available there? According to a forum on Amazon, Amazon customers are wondering the same thing, but no one seems to know the answer yet.last_img read more

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