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  • Big Retail Push Planned for iPad 2 Next Week


    The biggest names in retail will be in lockstep with Apple next Friday as the iPad 2 becomes available nationwide (March 11th). From the looks of ads that have turned up just 24-hours after Steve Jobs debuted the second generation Apple tablet at his company's media event yesterday in San Francisco, retail heavyweights like Best Buy and Walmart are believed to be planning to carry the iPad 2 from its first day of availability,

    No stranger to Apple products, Best Buy began carrying the first-generation iPad (though not nationwide at all stores) right out of the gate, while Walmart similarly came on board several months later, first selling iPads in October 2010. Although Best Buy is confirmed to begin selling the iPad 2 on March 11th, Walmart has not yet corroborated reports of iPad 2 availability on launch day.

    Unlike the Apple product launches of yesteryear, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant has grown close with no shortage of large retailers, all of which have cumulatively contributed greatly to the monstrous sales record of the first-generation iPad - 15 million and counting as of this writing. For Apple, releasing the iPad 2 at its retail stores alone will clearly not take place. Once again, Apple has made the launch of its newest product a retail team effort.

    Source: Best Buy, Walmart
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Big Retail Push Planned for iPad 2 Next Week started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      I wonder what all the stores are gonna do with the first iPads on March 11. Major discount on an outdated product? I hope so! If they lower the price enough, I'll get an iPad for sure.
    1. Wildcard30's Avatar
      Wildcard30 -
      They have already lowered the prices of the first gen iPads by $100 to clear out the stock.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      If you take a look at the apple store on apple.com, you'll see that the first iPad is already discounted $100 for all models. Look under Special Deals, Clearance on the left side at the bottom of the main Apple Store page.
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      I am loving the new look of the iPad, I did sell my ipad 6 months ago because I knew this was coming out. The new one has the same feel of the original iphone which is prolly why I like it so much. .

      I am very disapointed that the verizon version is not LTE. and that it does not have the retina display. but I guess the A5 makes up for it..
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I've seen some retailers selling the 64GB wifi for under $500 already...it won't be long, before you can get a 1st gen for $400 or less woohoo!
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imilad View Post
      I am loving the new look of the iPad, I did sell my ipad 6 months ago because I knew this was coming out. The new one has the same feel of the original iphone which is prolly why I like it so much. .
      I sold my two weeks ago a 16gb wifi for $500
    1. OleBayCrab's Avatar
      OleBayCrab -
      I am REALLY hoping my fiancé buys me one for my birthday. I am PRAYING! I will have the Apple Trifecta then, a mini Mac, iPhone 4 and an iPad 2!!
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by OleBayCrab View Post
      I am REALLY hoping my fiancé buys me one for my birthday. I am PRAYING! I will have the Apple Trifecta then, a mini Mac, iPhone 4 and an iPad 2!!
      whats it called if you have 4?? ...lol
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      I think i'll get mine at BestBuy
    1. royalnewjersey's Avatar
      royalnewjersey -
      Quote Originally Posted by imilad View Post
      The new one has the same feel of the original iphone which is prolly why I like it so much. .
      How does the iPad 2 feel like the first generation iPhone? It has a curved aluminum back just like the 2nd generation of all apple products (iPod touch, iPad, iPod classic, etc). The only difference is that the aluminum isn't polished...

      If anything, the FIRST iPad feels like the FIRST iPhone. The iPad 2 is just an evolution of the product line, just as Apple has done with every other mobile device.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by markito979 View Post
      I sold my two weeks ago a 16gb wifi for $500
      Yeah right. Why would someone buy a used one for the same price as a new one?
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HCWHunter View Post
      Yeah right. Why would someone buy a used one for the same price as a new one?
      I sold it to friend, in two payments of $250...
      it had full zagg shield, apple case
    1. jcal08's Avatar
      jcal08 -
      18 months no interest at best buy here I come!
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      Well, I'm selling my iPad 32GB with Otterbox Defender w/ screen protector and Apple Case (from day one (absolutely no scratches)); I bought it on December and I can't find anyone interested in it.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Suck's to wait till the 25th
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm ready! Send them out.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by OleBayCrab View Post
      I am REALLY hoping my fiancé buys me one for my birthday. I am PRAYING! I will have the Apple Trifecta then, a mini Mac, iPhone 4 and an iPad 2!!
      That is what I'm shooting for as well!!!!! I want that Mac Mini so bad I can taste it!!!!
    1. jsweeney800's Avatar
      jsweeney800 -
      I wonder how the Microsoft Store will react. My Apple store is literally right next to the Microsoft Store.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Well I'll Stick with the One I have..BUT..I'll defiantly get the Second Gen iPad.
    1. exo128's Avatar
      exo128 -
      Quote Originally Posted by markito979 View Post
      I sold my two weeks ago a 16gb wifi for $500
      That's really good, considering I just returned my 32gb wifi to bestbuy for only $150 more