Where to Buy iPad 2
You’ve already drooled over iPad 2 specs and decided you want one, right? Great, but it might not be that easy. Considering there are no pre-orders this time around, there could be long lines and you’ll probably be competing against campers and early birds. What to do? Know where to shop and increase your odds!
Where to Buy iPad 2
iPad 2 becomes available for sale on March 11 at 5pm, here’s where you’ll be able to buy it:
- Apple Store – expect long lines and waits, maybe even campers
- Apple Store Online – if you’re patient enough to wait for shipping to begin on March 11, buying online will be the easiest way to get hands on the new iPad
- Best Buy – iPad 2 will be available for sale in all Best Buy stores, no word on quantity in stock, so don’t be surprised if these sell out too
- Walmart – if you don’t live near an Apple Store, you probably live near a Walmart, and they’re expected to have iPad 2 in stock starting on March 11
- Sams Club – Walmart’s sister membership store will also carry iPad 2
- Target – Target has also confirmed they will be carrying iPad 2 starting on launch day
If you don’t want to endure the potential launch mania, I’d highly recommend buying online directly from Apple. Sure you’ll have to wait a few days while it’s shipped to you, but you won’t have to deal with the hectic stores or the high possibility of them selling out of stock on hand.
Launch Locations for 3G iPad 2 Models
If you want a 3G model, you may be able to get them at:
- AT&T Stores
- Verizon Stores – Verizon has confirmed iPad 2 models with 3G access will be available on March 11 in stores
Neither company has confirmed availability on launch day, but we assume they’ll have 3G models in stock right away.
Worst Case Scenario: Paying Inflated Rates
I’d say this is an absolute worst case scenario, but if you’re absolutely determined to get an iPad 2 you’ll be able to pay inflated rates by getting them on the second market through sites like Ebay and Craigslist. Going through a site like Craigslist almost guarantees you’ll get your hands on one on launch day, but they typically come at highly inflated prices. Chances are you’ll pay at least a $200 premium if not more, I would say this is really the worst way to go.
[ Updated on March 7, 2011 ]