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    Buying a new iPad
    I might buy a new iPad as a gift for Christmas. I'm on a budget. Where is the best place to purchase an iPad? I am a strong believer in Apple Care. Does Apple run specials?

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    You didn't say where you are, however, your local Apple store is probably the best place to purchase an iPad. You can also buy Apple care at the same time. And no, Apple does not run specials in the same way other manufacturers do. They do offer discounts on refurbished products and also give an educational discount to those who qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You didn't say where you are, however, your local Apple store is probably the best place to purchase an iPad. You can also buy Apple care at the same time. And no, Apple does not run specials in the same way other manufacturers do. They do offer discounts on refurbished products and also give an educational discount to those who qualify.
    Thanks. I'm in the NYC area. I know Verizon sells iPads. But can I buy Apple Care from Verizon?

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    Pretty much any place that sells Apple products...sells them for exactly the same price as the Apple Store (Apple controls this). Sometimes you may see something for a little bit less at Walmart or Target or Best Buy...but it may only be like $50 bucks.

    Or if it's a product like an iPhone or iPad...a cellular store may sell the hardware (iPhone or iPad) at a very low price...but they lock you into a 2+ year contract.

    If you don't necessarily need a brand new iPad...these guys seem to have some terrific deals on used stuff (cellular iPad 1's from $155):

    - PowerMax

    Their inventory seems a bit "thin" at the moment (probably due to Christmas). 2-3 weeks ago they had all sorts of great deals/choices on used iPads. I'm sure the inventory changes frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLover2011 View Post
    Thanks. I'm in the NYC area. I know Verizon sells iPads. But can I buy Apple Care from Verizon?
    You sure can. I have a Verizon iPad with cellular and bought Apple care plus the accidental damage insurance at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You sure can. I have a Verizon iPad with cellular and bought Apple care plus the accidental damage insurance at the same time.
    Awesome.

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    Since you're in New York City, you can check B&N for any possible specials. As others have said, the price of the iPad (new ones, anyway) isn't really discounted -- though some merchants will offer a gift card on some occasions.

    Here's a handy guide to prices at the moment: AppleInsider | News and rumors since 1997

    As you can see, nothing much going on (but as its a hot new product, that's to be expected). For a 16GB iPad Air, I notice that Staples and Walmart and MacMall have it for $20 off. That's currently the best deal on a new model available -- if you were willing to travel to New Hampshire to get it from say Staples, you'd also save sales tax (IIRC they don't charge sales tax there). That would provide an additional "discount" that might even pay for the gas ...

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    Since you're in New York City, you can check B&N for any possible specials.
    Member chas_m really meant to say B&H Photo in New York City. They're an authorized Apple reseller and sometimes run specials. One thing they do discount is Apple care. But right now folks are doing their Christmas shopping and Apple items are in high demand. Don't expect much in the way of any kind of discount especially on the iPad Air which is selling like hot cakes.

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    I did mean B&H, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You sure can. I have a Verizon iPad with cellular and bought Apple care plus the accidental damage insurance at the same time.
    That's something to look into. I hope they sell AppleCare through the website.

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    A few more questions if you don't mind.

    Do you recommend getting the iPad 2nd Generation or go for the new one?
    AND.... if I ever have to get my iPad replaced.... the Apple employe said "they can't say it's a new one" because it's "not out of the box." But he would not say it was a refurbished one either. What's the catch? Are they floor models they are giving us? By the way, this iPad is for a kid not me.

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    Note number 1: You have to purchase the special accidental Apple Care coverage at the same time you purchase the iPad. You can't purchase it later for obvious reasons.

    Next: Chances are, Apple will issue you a new iPad but the caveat here is that they do not have to. They can according to the Apple Care coverage for the iPad and iPhone, give you a refurbished unit instead.

    If you're purchasing an iPad for a child (you said kid, what age?) you might want to buy a 3rd or 4th generation version instead of the new iPad Air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Note number 1: You have to purchase the special accidental Apple Care coverage at the same time you purchase the iPad. You can't purchase it later for obvious reasons.

    Next: Chances are, Apple will issue you a new iPad but the caveat here is that they do not have to. They can according to the Apple Care coverage for the iPad and iPhone, give you a refurbished unit instead.

    If you're purchasing an iPad for a child (you said kid, what age?) you might want to buy a 3rd or 4th generation version instead of the new iPad Air.
    The Apple Sales Person said I had 29 days to purchase Apple Care.
    Are 3rd and 4th generations refurbished? I really should like to get her the news ones. She is soon to be 13. Is there much difference? I know, I'm thick. LOL

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    The 29 days he was referring to is the normal Apple Care without accidental damage coverage. When you opt for the accidental damage coverage, it has to be purchased at the same time. Also, I'm pretty sure you can still buy a new 3rd or 4th generation iPad. Depends if the Apple Store has them in stock.

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