1. jaharr's Avatar
    Now that I know iOS6 will be available for the New iPad (3d gen), I am again thinking about picking one up. However, as it has been out for four months now, I am wondering if I should wait a little bit longer so I can save a few bucks.

    I know the iPad will not go "on sale" until the 4th gen comes out. However, the large B&M stores commonly give gift cards with the purchase of Apple products.

    So, based on prior experience, any guesses when the B&M's might start offering gift cards with purchase of the New iPad? Back-to-School season? Or more likely not until the Christmas season?
    06-20-2012 09:43 AM
  2. cardfan's Avatar
    Only deal i see is going on now if you're a student or educator. Buy the new iPad and get a $50 Back to School Gift Card. Apple Back to School - Buy a Mac with Education pricing and get $100 worth of apps - Apple Store (U.S.)

    I'd guess it won't be long til they hit the refurb section at the apple.com. And there is always Craigs List or ebay for a used one.
    06-20-2012 11:01 AM
  3. jaharr's Avatar
    Thanks cardfan My wife is a teacher so that would work. But I see the gift card is only good for apps, music and movies.
    Last edited by jaharr88; 06-20-2012 at 11:21 AM. Reason: deleted misstatement
    06-20-2012 11:18 AM
  4. jjjwicks's Avatar
    Now that I know iOS6 will be available for the New iPad (3d gen), I am again thinking about picking one up. However, as it has been out for four months now, I am wondering if I should wait a little bit longer so I can save a few bucks.

    I know the iPad will not go "on sale" until the 4th gen comes out. However, the large B&M stores commonly give gift cards with the purchase of Apple products.

    So, based on prior experience, any guesses when the B&M's might start offering gift cards with purchase of the New iPad? Back-to-School season? Or more likely not until the Christmas season?
    That is the eternal question when dealing with iOs devices - Should I buy now or wait. The new iPad has been out since March, and based on past patterns, the 4th iPad will be released in March of 2013 (as long as the Mayans were wrong). You can buy the new iPad, get the new iOS in the fall, get in on the gift card action, and have almost nine months of good use out of it - or you can wait for something better next year. There is no guarantee that the holiday specials are going to be any better than the educator's specials. Best Buy is in no shape to be giving away money like it was when they first started selling the iPad. Wal-Mart and Target never have better incentives than Apple. The current gift card offer might be as good as it gets.

    There is always going to be something better coming out with Apple, the good thing it is on a one-year cycle rather than a quarterly cycle like Android devices. You know that your iOS purchase is going to last. I say bite the bullet and grab an iPad 3. You will not regret it.
    06-27-2012 08:36 PM
  5. jaharr's Avatar
    Thank you, jjj. Reading between the lines, it sounds like based on past experience you do not think there will be any Target/Wal-Mart/Best Buy specials until the holidays.

    If that is indeed the case, I think I might take your advice and get the iPad now. The Apple gift card is only for music & apps (I think). If I choose Best Buy, I can at least bank some Rewards $ and put it towards a case/accessories.
    06-28-2012 12:54 PM
  6. jaharr's Avatar
    Thank you, jjj. Reading between the lines, it sounds like based on past experience you do not think there will be any Target/Wal-Mart/Best Buy specials until the holidays.
    Is this pretty much the consensus, then?
    07-05-2012 11:04 AM
  7. gvndeb60's Avatar
    I do not even remember the holiday specials being that great. If you buy through Best Buy, the $500 model will only get you $10 in reward gift cards. $50 iTunes is not that bad considering you can buy all types of media. Plus I would not pay big box store prices for a case, Amazon is your friend for that stuff.
    07-06-2012 12:47 PM
  8. jaharr's Avatar
    Hmmm, good points. Thanks.
    07-09-2012 04:15 PM
  9. jaharr's Avatar
    Broke down yesterday and ordered through the Apple store. Can't wait for it to arrive!
    07-12-2012 02:19 PM
  10. jaharr's Avatar
    As Murphy could have predicted, just 3 days after I ordered my iPad through Apple, Target announced a $25 gift card with purchase. Oh well!

    My iPad did arrive today, however!
    07-16-2012 05:12 PM
  11. gvndeb60's Avatar
    That's funny I was just getting ready to tell you that, saw it this morning.
    07-17-2012 10:16 AM
  12. jaharr's Avatar
    I appreciate the thought!

    Mods, probably good to close this one.
    07-18-2012 12:07 PM
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