corksta: Yeah that's always an option! The system accepted my Apple ID and I was one click away from reserving my iPad for pick-up at the San Francisco store! I've read about people from other countries also having no problem placing an order.
So, just need to know how many people are keen to see how viable it will be!
I don't want an iPad, but I might be interested if you're willing to buy me a laptop in the US. Tried to order from a few different websites in advance of my trip to the US last year, but couldn't find a place that'd accept NZ credit cards, so I'm hoping you have a way around that
If you're still planning to do this, please tell me when you're planning to go, what share of your costs you'd expect me to pay, and anything else you consider relevant.