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Old Aug 19th 2012, 5:50 pm
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Default Best deal on iPad2?

I've got a visitor next month who wants one of these (16GB, Wi-fi only) so I'm on the lookout for the best deal.

Most places are $399+tax and free shipping at best (funnily Amazon is more).

The best I can think of is to buy discount gift cards for a store or site that sells iPads (via a reseller site such as Plastic Jungle etc.), but the best I'm seeing is 4% off Best Buy and Target (doesn't even cover the sales tax) and a measly 2% off Walmart.

Also looking for points/miles opportunities for the purchase, but the best I can see is 2 per $ at Apple. It's all a bit bobbins, really.

I know deals on Apple stuff are rare, but thought I'd post in case anyone has any better ideas?

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Old Aug 19th 2012, 6:39 pm
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Second hand would be the best deal from folks that flogged the things off when they went and got v3.
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Old Aug 19th 2012, 7:44 pm
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Keep an eye on the refurbs at the Apple Store. They're out of stock at the moment but when they are available they're $319.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC769LL/A?

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Old Aug 19th 2012, 9:34 pm
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Originally Posted by cluedweasel View Post
Keep an eye on the refurbs at the Apple Store. They're out of stock at the moment but when they are available they're $319.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC769LL/A?
Good idea - or see if she can borrow one and try it for a while to see if she likes it before she invests in one. Im an apple lover but I have a hate - hate relationship with the IPAD. I had two - took one back tried a second one and almost smashed it against the wall before returning it.....it is very frustrating to use.......
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Old Aug 20th 2012, 12:16 am
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Thanks - but she wants new.
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Old Aug 20th 2012, 3:24 am
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Default Re: Best deal on iPad2?

Apple practices what is known as vertical price fixing, which basically means no retailer can resell an iPad for less than a certain fixed price. Some stores can, however, offer secondary items at a discount, such as a gift card or a iPad case or something.

Worldwide I think Hong Kong and Singapore have the cheapest prices, which after the currency conversion ends up a few USD cheaper than buying in the US, but you don't have sales tax in HK so that can help a bit.
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She'll be quite happy with a Nexus7. Does all the same crap @ $199. Draw a picture of an Apple with an indelible marker on the back if it'll make her feel better about herself.
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Old Aug 20th 2012, 2:47 pm
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Good idea - or see if she can borrow one and try it for a while to see if she likes it before she invests in one. Im an apple lover but I have a hate - hate relationship with the IPAD. I had two - took one back tried a second one and almost smashed it against the wall before returning it.....it is very frustrating to use.......
It's a great idea - she has borrowed one and she's happy enough to want to buy her own.

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She'll be quite happy with a Nexus7. Does all the same crap @ $199. Draw a picture of an Apple with an indelible marker on the back if it'll make her feel better about herself.
I think even she'd notice that! At 66 years of age she's less than 100% confident with electronics, hence she wants to buy the thing she's tried out herself.
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Apple practices what is known as vertical price fixing, which basically means no retailer can resell an iPad for less than a certain fixed price. Some stores can, however, offer secondary items at a discount, such as a gift card or a iPad case or something.
This is what got me thinking about the discount gift card route. Not that you can buy iPads there, but a recent example was my wanting to buy some specific kind of lugagge which was very hard to get at a discount - but was sold at JC Penney where it's easy to buy GCs at around 25-30% off from resellers. I also saw discounted GCs for Sears, but iPads are only sold via 3rd party vendors in their "Marketplace" - all of whom seem to be scammers as they all show low sticker prices but then hit you with a $150 shipping fee once the item's in your cart.
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If you have a Sam's Club membership chek their too, when I bought my iPad 3 it was $10 less there than anywhere else I could find it. I actually paid the $10 extra though and bought it at another store, the reason being, Sam's does not take Visa, if you have a Visa signature card they extend warranties by another year. In addition my card also had a 5% back on grocery stores, gas & restaurants so I bought it at my local Meijer (grocery) store. The new iPad at the time was $500 so in around about way I still got it for $15 less than Sam's.

I have also seen Target offer $25 gift cards with the purchase of Apple products.
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[QUOTE=willmore;10235499]Im an apple lover but I have a hate - hate relationship with the IPAD. I had two - took one back tried a second one and almost smashed it against the wall before returning it[\QUOTE]
To each their own, I love my IPad!
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Ash UK/US View Post
If you have a Sam's Club membership chek their too, when I bought my iPad 3 it was $10 less there than anywhere else I could find it. I actually paid the $10 extra though and bought it at another store, the reason being, Sam's does not take Visa, if you have a Visa signature card they extend warranties by another year. In addition my card also had a 5% back on grocery stores, gas & restaurants so I bought it at my local Meijer (grocery) store. The new iPad at the time was $500 so in around about way I still got it for $15 less than Sam's.

I have also seen Target offer $25 gift cards with the purchase of Apple products.
Bizzarely Sams Club is currently charging about $80 more than many other places for the model I want!
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Bizzarely Sams Club is currently charging about $80 more than many other places for the model I want!
Hmmm interesting, I was shopping for the 3 not 2, just shows you have to shop around.
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Bizzarely Sams Club is currently charging about $80 more than many other places for the model I want!
Don't they price match though?
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Don't they price match though?
They'd have to beat their competitors' price by a little bit of a margin to make it worth my while.
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