How to Get Your New iPad Tomorrow, March 16

 The New iPad

Are you ready for your new iPad? Perhaps you ordered yours on day one. If you did, good for you. It should be in tomorrow, courtesy of FedEx. You don’t have to do anything. However, some folks may not have pre-ordered, and they want an new iPad. Lucky for them, there is retail.

Let’s take a look at a few of the places you can pick up a new iPad.



Target is getting the new iPad on day one according to their website. They have a store locator so that potential buyers can see where to buy one. This is likely a good choice as we suspect most folks will hit Best Buy or the Apple Store first.

Here is Target’s current return policy as per their website:

“The following items must be returned within 45 days: Computer Hardware (Netbooks, eReaders, Tablets), Cameras and Camcorders. GiftCards, prepaid cell phones, prepaid cards (including music, game and phone cards), or other items that carry financial may have varying return polices, check your receipt, the item details or shipping page to verify the return policy. The following items are non returnable if opened and may only be exchangeable: music, movies, video games and software.  Photo ID may be required for in-store returns. All bundled items must be returned with all components for a refund. Some items cannot be returned if opened. See the full Returns & Refunds Policy as some additional restrictions may apply.”



Walmart has a product page up for the new iPad, but not much else. It’s basically a copy of Apple’s iPad feature page. They don’t mention a the March 16 release date. They don’t mention whether any of their stores will have it. However, they are a major reseller of Apple’s iOS devices, so we are sure that they will carry it on day one, just as they did with the previous model.

Walmart’s Return Policy as per their site:

Computers, camcorders, digital cameras, digital music players, e-tablets, e-readers, portable video players, GPS units, video game hardware, pre-paid cell phones, and post-paid cell phones must be returned within 15 days with a receipt.


Best Buy

Also carrying the iPad on launch day is Best Buy. They are offering in-store pickup, which is nice. Order it online and pick it up when it’s available. It’s pretty cool. Still, it seems they will have it available just like everyone else. They don’t mention when the doors will open, but we figure they will work under normal operating hours (10am – 9pm).

Best Buy Return Policy as per site:

Original Receipt

The original receipt, gift receipt or packing slip is required for all returns and exchanges. If returning or exchanging an item in a Best Buy store, a valid photo ID is also required.

Return & Exchange Period

  • 30 days for all products
  • 45 days for all products for Reward Zone® Program Premier Silver members

Best Buy reserves the right to deny any return or exchange.


Apple Store

This is last on the list. Not because it’s our last choice, but because it’s not nearly as abundant as the other retailers. That said, the Apple Store will open at 8am. Good for earlybirds who want to get their iPad early on launch day.

Apple Store Return Policy As per site:

For any other product, simply return it with the original receipt (or gift receipt) and original packaging within 14 days of the date you receive the product. If the item is returned within this timeframe, we’ll exchange it or offer a refund based upon the original payment method. For returns to an Apple Retail Store for cash, cash equivalent, and check transactions over $250, Apple will mail a refund check to you within 10 business days.



Carrier Stores


Verizon stores will open their doors early. They will begin selling the tablet at 8am local time. That means folks on the East coast will get it before the folks out west. You can get the LTE models from Verizon (obviously they don’t want to sell you the wifi model) and it comes in $629.99 (16GB), $729.99 (32GB) and $829.99 (64GB). You can register to be reminded when the device becomes available.

Verizon Return Policy as per website:

You may return or exchange wireless devices and accessories purchased from Verizon Wireless within 14 days of purchase. A restocking fee of $35 ($70 for netbooks and tablets) applies to any return or exchange of a wireless device (excluding Hawaii).



AT&T offers LTE iPad models as well. The pricing is the same at $629.99 (16GB), $729.99 (32GB) and $829.99 (64GB). You can ask for an email reminder as well from these folks. What’s nice is that AT&T also gives you info on the available data plans:

AT&T data plans

Return Policy as per AT&T site:

If the equipment you purchased directly from AT&T does not meet your expectations, you may return or, for all equipment other than equipment sold as a “Closeout Item,” exchange it at any AT&T owned retail store within 30 days from the date the equipment was purchased or shipped, except for tablets and MOTOROLA LAPDOCKTM for MOTOROLA ATRIXTM4G, which must be returned within 14 days of purchase. Equipment purchased from or directly from AT&T over the phone may also be returned by mail. If returning your equipment to AT&T by mail, please retain a copy of the tracking number from the shipping carrier for your records. Depending on the reason for the return, return shipping charges may apply.

A restocking fee of 10% of the sales price applies to all tablet returns (including iPad), except where prohibited. The restocking fee does not apply to iPad if it is returned, unopened, during the return period.


Where Are You Going?

Where are you going to buy your new iPad? A retailer? Online order? Apple? Or Walmart, Best Buy, other?

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