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Big-box retailer Walmart is scheduled to start sales of the new iPad at 12:01 a.m. on March 16, beating Apple's own retail outlets to the punch.

Walmart has announced that it will be selling certain versions of Apple's new iPad shortly after midnight at 24-hour locations, which is a full eight hours ahead of Apple Stores' scheduled 8:00 a.m. launch time.

With online pre-orders depleted, customers looking to get the hotly anticipated new tablet on launch day have few options and can only hope to score a unit by waiting in line before resellers begin sales on Friday.

The retail giant will sell the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the device in either black or white for $499, though it is unclear if 4G LTE models will become available later in the day.

Along with Apple's own retail outlets and Walmart, Best Buy, RadioShack, Sams Club and Target are slated to take part in launch day sales. LTE-enabled models will also be available for purchase at Verizon and AT&T stores.



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everybody, move the camping tents to Walmart, now, go go go!!! )
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post #3 of 49
If you are in Australia, you could already buy one because they went on sale at midnight at a couple Telstra stores in Sydney.
http://ca.reuters.com/article/techno...82E0O420120315
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Perhaps Wal-Mart got the idea from Telestra. From what I read the crowds were a little smaller in Australia than for the iPad 2 rollout, but I'm guessing it's because last year there were no pre-orders.

In any case, I'll gladly wait for the FedEx truck tomorrow. Actually, it will arrive while I'm at the office, so it will be there when I get home.
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Wow, Wal-Mart wants to beat the Apple Stores to the punch. Pretty clever. I'd get one from Wal-Mart, then sell it to the highest bidder with cash standing in line at the Apple Store, for a reasonable mark up. Free market, baby. Free market.

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In any case, I'll gladly wait for the FedEx truck tomorrow. Actually, it will arrive while I'm at the office, so it will be there when I get home.

I hope you have someone at home to accept and sign it for you. I am sure you are not foolish enough to pre-sign on the fedex website and have them leave it by your door. I am sure there will be some scum of the earth just walking through neighborhoods looking for a certain package size at doors on Friday.
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Wow, Wal-Mart wants to beat the Apple Stores to the punch. Pretty clever. I'd get one from Wal-Mart, then sell it to the highest bidder with cash standing in line at the Apple Store, for a reasonable mark up. Free market, baby. Free market.

Eek!

Many people here hate those who buy Apple products specifically for resale. They call them Scalpers.
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Wow, Wal-Mart wants to beat the Apple Stores to the punch. Pretty clever. )

It's not about beating Apple to the punch so much as getting folks to walk into a Walmart. Many folks go their whole lives never doing that because they think that Walmart is some slum for white trash etc.

But now they can go to the local Walmart and try to get the iPad they couldn't preorder and if the tiny ass stock is sold out there's still plenty of time to go hop in the line at the local Apple store

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Originally Posted by gwmac View Post

I would wager that the vast majority of readers on this site live a lot closer to a Wal Mart than they do to a Telstra store in Australia.

I heard a rumor that even the kangaroos were in line waiting at Telstra to get their paws on one.
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Originally Posted by KPOM View Post

Perhaps Wal-Mart got the idea from Telestra. From what I read the crowds were a little smaller in Australia than for the iPad 2 rollout, but I'm guessing it's because last year there were no pre-orders.

In any case, I'll gladly wait for the FedEx truck tomorrow. Actually, it will arrive while I'm at the office, so it will be there when I get home.

Not if I get to your home before you get home from work.
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

Eek!

Many people here hate those who buy Apple products specifically for resale. They call them Scalpers.

There's nothing wrong with one person getting an extra iPad and selling it for higher if they can, but it's the professional scalpers who are the scum of the earth. I'm talking about kinds who operate in groups, like some sleazy little band of filthy, degenerate criminals.
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

Eek!

Many people here hate those who buy Apple products specifically for resale. They call them Scalpers.

In China, apple store won't allow you to form the line to buy at 1st day of release due to those "Scalplers".
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There's nothing wrong with one person getting an extra iPad and selling it for higher if they can, but it's the professional scalpers who are the scum of the earth. I'm talking about kinds who operate in groups, like some sleazy little band of filthy, degenerate criminals.

You mean corporations? I agree, scum of the earth.
post #14 of 49
I wouldn't buy anything from Walmart if my life depended on it.
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I hope you have someone at home to accept and sign it for you. I am sure you are not foolish enough to pre-sign on the fedex website and have them leave it by your door. I am sure there will be some scum of the earth just walking through neighborhoods looking for a certain package size at doors on Friday.

I live in a building with a doorman. Otherwise, I'd have had it sent to my office.
post #16 of 49
I usually have the high-ticket items sent to the office, simply so there is no possible way they will sit on the doorstep at home (both due to possibly walk/drive by thievery or weather/water damage)

I've had packages arrive before the office was open, but they usually make another attempt to deliver an hour later (such was the situation with my iPad smart cover).

I am guessing it will arrive here sometime tomorrow around 10am (the iPad).
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I wouldn't buy anything from Walmart if my life depended on it.

+1
Walmart destroys every mom and pop store in small towns and now wants to undercut the big boys as well. Low life's.
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

Eek!

Many people here hate those who buy Apple products specifically for resale. They call them Scalpers.

So don't buy it from a Live Auctioner

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I live in a building with a doorman. Otherwise, I'd have had it sent to my office.

Do you live in Salt Lake City... The reason I ask... Could that be "Norman Borman, the Mormon doorman"?

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post #20 of 49
I wonder if this is for all Walmart stores, or just the "super centers"?

Either way, I can see the lovely display, crammed between the 40-piece boxes of deep fried chicken, the 10lb tubs of lard, and acres of cheap, recyclicable clothing (i.e, the stuff that falls apart after your first laundry attempt).

Then you must also deal with those that actually like Walmart and shop there, so well documented at the People of Walmart website. http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/

If I had not pre-ordered mine, I would much rather stand in any que at an actual Apple Store than deal with that hot mess!
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post #21 of 49
I didn't think a "Thursday night at midnight" was a thing that is possible.
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I didn't think a "Thursday night at midnight" was a thing that is possible.

Remember, we are talking about Walmart, right?

Do you honestly believe that the majority of their customers could figure out what 12:01am Friday morning means?
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post #23 of 49
Walmart really shouldn't have. All it means is they'll run out of stock sooner rather than later.
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post #24 of 49
Well, my brother-in-law just received his pre-order today, courtesy of FedEx. I changed my order the 2nd day to the Verizon one, so I'll need to wait until tomorrow.
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Argh..mine's still sitting in New Jersey.

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Well, my brother-in-law just received his pre-order today, courtesy of FedEx. I changed my order the 2nd day to the Verizon one, so I'll need to wait until tomorrow.
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post #26 of 49
Mine is in pieces spread all around Asia in various subassemblies. I haven't ordered one yet, but I will eventually get around to it.

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Originally Posted by KPOM View Post

Perhaps Wal-Mart got the idea from Telestra. From what I read the crowds were a little smaller in Australia than for the iPad 2 rollout, but I'm guessing it's because last year there were no pre-orders.

In any case, I'll gladly wait for the FedEx truck tomorrow. Actually, it will arrive while I'm at the office, so it will be there when I get home.

Where do you live again?
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I wouldn't buy anything from Walmart if my life depended on it.

Their prices on .45, .40, .357 sig, and 9mm are decent. I've been known to get .45 Long Colt from them when short. Who was asking where I lived so they could hijack my Fed-Ex shipments?
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yur a snotty piece of crap

Be kind to the price fixing, rent control crowd. Pray they don't move to your state.
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Mine is in pieces spread all around Asia in various subassemblies. I haven't ordered one yet, but I will eventually get around to it.

Mine arrives in The Republic in a few hours. God bless fast internet, a decent IQ, and a propensity toward impulse apple buying.
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Jesus.
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Originally Posted by n2macs View Post

Where do you live again?

Sorry, false alarm. It was just some accessories. The box was the right size, though.

Anyway, mine's in Newark right now. I'm guessing it will cross the Hudson just in time for me to be at the office when it arrives at my apartment for the doorman to sign.
post #34 of 49
Just bought 4 at Walmart. There was me and this granny there in line for two hours. No one else. All those people in tents and here I am with a little old lady and no purchase limit, standing next to a trolley full of iPads. I felt underprivileged for sure :0) Bought 4 while I already have one on the way with FedEx. Anyone need one for a premium?

I can feel Steve J. Frowning but at least I have his attention
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Jesus.

Buddha.

Your turn!
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Be kind to the price fixing, rent control crowd. Pray they don't move to your state.

Trust me when I say that you do not need to worry, as I will never move to your "state". I have spent more time than necessary on business trips there. Perhaps the freakiest dinner I ever attended was on the 7th floor of the Texas Book Depository. For dessert, we were invited to the 6th floor museum, where creepily smiling docents said charming things like "Wuh, this is the very gun used to kill President Kennedy!", and then we were encouraged to take photos on the street below where an even creepier big red "X" marked the exact spot where bullet met brain matter.

And that was the nicest part of the trip!
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

It's not about beating Apple to the punch so much as getting folks to walk into a Walmart. Many folks go their whole lives never doing that because they think that Walmart is some slum for white trash etc.

But now they can go to the local Walmart and try to get the iPad they couldn't preorder and if the tiny ass stock is sold out there's still plenty of time to go hop in the line at the local Apple store

Stereotype much? Ccomments like that make "many folks" think that Apple fanboys are pseudoelitist turds.
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Stereotype much? Ccomments like that make "many folks" think that Apple fanboys are pseudoelitist turds.

Obviously you have never spent one minute anywhere near a Walmart.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/
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Obviously you have never spent one minute anywhere near a Walmart.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/

Got any stereotypical stupid pictures of yourself for sale?

No....

...Want to buy some?

You do realize that your comments say more about yourself... Than the company, employees and customers that you are attempting to demean....
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I would wager that the vast majority of readers on this site live a lot closer to a Wal Mart than they do to a Telstra store in Australia.

Never seen either one. Then again, I'm not in the New World, or upside down!

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