The back of my receipt makes no mention of the iPad, but the "Returning In-Store Purchases" page on the Best Buy website does:
Originally Posted by Dark Lazer
* If you are returning a mobile phone or device with a plan, Best Buy is not responsible for carrier charges incurred after the carrier's 30-day cancellation period.
- 14 days for computers, monitors, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, iPad, tablets and radar detectors
- 30 days for all other products
- 45 days for all products for Reward Zone Premier Silver members*
From my reading of this, this seems to make it clear that the iPad is included in the 45 day period for Reward Zone Premier Silver members.
From the Reward Zone FAQ page on the extended return policy:
"Premier Silver status members have 45 days to return all in-store and BestBuy.com purchases, from the date of the transaction. The Premier Silver member who made the purchase must also make the return, even if the item was given as a gift."
I don't see anything that excludes electronics (and this would definitely be suggested by their note on mobile phones WRT carrier contracts). So I don't see why I can't return my 1st Gen iPad from everything I read.
Worst case scenario going into Friday, I will fall back on the Buy Back program I got for free with purchase last month.
I believe best buy will also be offering some kind of iPad bundle that includes a case, zagg shield, and some kind of charger or something similar for a discounted price. This might only be at certain stores, or even only at mobile stores, but its been a rumor floating around.