03-11-2012 08:52 PM
03-11-2012 08:55 PM
Heavenfire, there is no OFFICAL pre-order. If there was a sanctioned company pre-order, it would also be on BestBuy.com. The pre-order that exists that I know of is go pay for the gift card, write the name down in the book, and if there's one available on launch day and your number is up, you get first pick.
I can understand that, to you, the process sounds very disorganized and how they cannot give you answers to these sorts of questions makes them look unprofessional. I assure you, after working both iPad and iPad 2 launch, this is EXACTLY how Apple did it before. This is the first time I've seen stores offering the "pre-order" in gift card style, but I do recall gettting my Droid X in that manner. Apple does NOT give out a tally of how many tablets are being sent. For iPad 1, we were told we were getting 15...we got 6, and 4 of them were 64 GB and nobody bought them. For the iPad 2 launch, they wouldn't give us a number and we asked if it was 20 or more, they said probably, we got 8 and then 12 more the next day. Apple is the boss. They have total say in how many are sent. Employees are NOT permitted to be on the list. They could have a family member come in and sign, possibly, but it could result in termination. When limited quantities are involved, real customers get to go first - MAJOR company policy.
Regarding your tablet situation. Define "less than perfect" or "junk". I don't own one but I found the iPad 2 fairly impressive as far as tablets go when it came out. What do you want out of it? What do you use it for? Do you travel a lot? Are you planning on going for some kind of service like 3G/4G?
Regarding your credit. You can get the cash back but it's gonna be a rough go. We did this 1 time in my store ever, and the manager nearly lost his job over it. I will PM you some steps.
03-11-2012 09:38 PM
The thing is, I have been trying to come up with an acceptable tablet since the week of Feb 14th and I still am without a freaking tablet of ANY KIND..
I have had 2 Ipad 2's and a Transformer Prime and all three have either been built less than perfect or JUNK..
03-11-2012 10:08 PM
Have people seen the USA Today news?
Who is willing to wait 3 weeks for their iPad?
Better gear up for the lottery or announce some waitlist program soon. Otherwise, expect chaos like other Apple releases.
High demand cameras and cars were never this complicated.
03-11-2012 10:17 PM
03-11-2012 11:37 PM
I dont think thats fair to say, I was online when the Keynote was coming out for the ipad3 and I had the page open to preorder on the 7th an hour after preordering was open. But having 400 in bestbuy credit is to hard to overlook. I think a lot of people are in the same boat..
03-12-2012 06:55 AM
03-12-2012 03:49 PM
where is your best buy? I went today (orlando,fl) and they told me very arrogant that i had to sleep outside like a black friday because they are not going to make pre orders and the store will get crazy. I just hope that I will be able to order online...