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Topic # 78800 8-Mar-2011 16:03
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I have decided that I will buy an iPad 2 - or rather, my wife has said she doesn't mind if I buy one. Otherwise all bets would have been off.

I just phoned JB Hi-Fi to find out whether they are taking pre-orders and they said they are "not allowed to". Perhaps this is standard practice for Apple product releases - I didn't know that. But now I understand why I have seen those guys on TV who sleep all night outside Apple stores when a new product is coming.

So, assuming there are no pre-orders and it's 'line up at the door' on 25 March, where would be the best place to get one i.e. anyone know who would be likely to have the most stock? (I live in Parnell and work in Auckland CBD.)

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  Reply # 446706 8-Mar-2011 17:20
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Don't take the bait.... simply wait a day or week or so and get one where it suits you...
(perhaps a weekend trip to the Apple Store) Provided you can get the wife to remember she said it was OK.

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  Reply # 446710 8-Mar-2011 17:39
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oxnsox: Don't take the bait.... simply wait a day or week or so and get one where it suits you...
(perhaps a weekend trip to the Apple Store) Provided you can get the wife to remember she said it was OK.


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  Reply # 446729 8-Mar-2011 19:17
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Buy from Apple Online Store and get free engraving and free delivery (I think?)




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  Reply # 446968 9-Mar-2011 14:09
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chiefie: Buy from Apple Online Store and get free engraving and free delivery (I think?)


Don't take the free engraving. Apple have a 14-day (calendar days, from time of shipping) right-of-return policy and will take any iPad back within that time. EXCEPT for customised iPads. If you get the engraving you limit your opportunities to send the iPad back, or get it replaced under warranty. Warranty still applies, of course, but they fix rather than replace if the case is engraved.

Delivery is free from the Apple Store but can take awhile. They use TNT and ship them out from China.



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  Reply # 446978 9-Mar-2011 14:43
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Elpie: Don't take the free engraving. Apple have a 14-day (calendar days, from time of shipping) right-of-return policy and will take any iPad back within that time. EXCEPT for customised iPads. If you get the engraving you limit your opportunities to send the iPad back, or get it replaced under warranty. Warranty still applies, of course, but they fix rather than replace if the case is engraved.

Delivery is free from the Apple Store but can take awhile. They use TNT and ship them out from China.

Good insight, thanks Elpie... that does give a bit of consideration... May have to queue up on 25th then :-D 




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  Reply # 449885 19-Mar-2011 15:25
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Elpie:
chiefie: Buy from Apple Online Store and get free engraving and free delivery (I think?)


Don't take the free engraving. Apple have a 14-day (calendar days, from time of shipping) right-of-return policy and will take any iPad back within that time. EXCEPT for customised iPads. If you get the engraving you limit your opportunities to send the iPad back, or get it replaced under warranty. Warranty still applies, of course, but they fix rather than replace if the case is engraved.



It seems that engraving does not void the Apple warranty:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2152078

However the shipping delays if ordering online via Apple are a bit of a put-off.

So back to my OP question - if I want to buy from a physical store in Auckland on Day 1 (25 March), where would be the best place to go?

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  Reply # 450089 20-Mar-2011 19:00
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Has any store here actually said that they'll carry iPads on the 25th? The last I read, most people were doing their version of "No comment" and if I?m not mistaken, some organizations like YOOBEEs have said that they can't even confirm that the iPad 2 would be here on the 25th ...

Just dug up the story that I read. Here's the link:

http://www.techday.co.nz/macguide/news/nz-ipad-2-launch-isnt-march-25th-says-retail/19511/4/?utm_sou...

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  Reply # 450095 20-Mar-2011 19:32
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I think the NZ apple online store maybe the best bet to get one if you want to get it quickly. Not sure if it is supporting NZ businesses buying one through it though. I presume the cheapest models will sell out more quickly than the more expensive ones, so you maybe able to get one of the more expensive models in a NZ store. I just hope the prices are more than the current model, as the NZ dollar is dropping.

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  Reply # 450865 22-Mar-2011 18:57
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If past history is any indication of future behaviour, it is very likely prices won't be announced until late Thursday at the earliest. Usually prices are set at the current exchange rate.

Also resellers do not disclose stock numbers as part of policy. Even they themselves will probably not know untill the last minute along with the marketing material.

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  Reply # 450890 22-Mar-2011 19:45
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Apple has confirmed the 25th is still the date for the international release.
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/22/apple_confirms_ipad_2_on_track_for_march_25_internatio...

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  Reply # 450896 22-Mar-2011 19:53
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There's also this speculation about something big happening at YOOBEEs on the 25th at 5pm - but nobody seems to know for sure if it's the iPad 2 launch or something else :)

http://www.iphonewzealand.co.nz/2011/all/yoobee_hq-something-big-is-happening-5pm-friday/

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  Reply # 450945 22-Mar-2011 22:54
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Be sure to return it and blame your wife ;)

Chances are you could get it for free!

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  Reply # 450961 23-Mar-2011 00:19
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khull: If past history is any indication of future behaviour, it is very likely prices won't be announced until late Thursday at the earliest. Usually prices are set at the current exchange rate.


Also resellers do not disclose stock numbers as part of policy. Even they themselves will probably not know untill the last minute along with the marketing material.


 

I expect they will be the same price as the current models, prior to them dropping the prices. eg the 3G 32GB one will be around $1200. However I really hope they are the price that they are currently selling the 1G one for.

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  Reply # 450971 23-Mar-2011 02:46
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khull: Be sure to return it and blame your wife ;)


Chances are you could get it for free!


I doubt Apple would do that again Tongue out

The trick to getting an iPad that your spouse can't make you send back is to get it engraved by Apple. Personalising it by engraving is free, but means you can't return it.

On the web, the Order Status page (http://store.apple.com/Catalog/NZ/Images/salespolicies.html#yourrighttoreturn ) states: Please note that Apple does not permit the return of, or offer refunds for the following products: 1.Personalised products such as engraved iPods and iPads.

It's still covered by warranty but can't be returned within 14 calendar days of it being shipped, and repairs are done instead of replacement if anything goes wrong.

I'd never get engraving done again but its a nice trick to prevent a significant other from demanding its return Wink

 

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  Reply # 450986 23-Mar-2011 07:57
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Confirmed for this friday!

http://www.apple.com/nz/pr/library/2011/03/22ipad.html 

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