I've really had some bad luck with the last 3 Ipads that I bought, noticebly what I would call 'screen defects'
I'm in a predicament at the moment as I've the cash to buy a new Ipad 64gb wifi off ebay for a great price as I've a 10% discount voucher which has been emailed to me, and needs to be used within a week!!
After being told by an Apple genius that I shouldn't be looking for flaws, having flicked through 3 of their instore models, all opened in front of their very eyes, and finding they all had different screen issues, I've ever so slightly lost faith in Apple. Speaking of bad luck, after inspecting all replacement models given to me, common defects were found such as light bleeding from the screen edges, patchy light escaping in blotches while the screen was at maximum brightness with a static black image on the display and most annoying of all which in contrast to the light issues is all had uneven white levels. One was pinkish, the other two a blend of white --> yellow/white across the screen. No even tint. I've a 3 year old lcd tv at home sitting in front of me a few hours per day running the graphics off my pc, and this has no white level issues. I've almost gotten used to the perfect natural white levels and when I see Ipads white level defects It really annoys me.
Now I wouldn't be so fussy if I wasn't subject to looking at white backgrounds, but as safari runs them natively, and almost every webpage shows white its hardly easy ignoring it. I know countless threads have emmerged here regarding the subject and i'm just another in line.
Recently I called up somebody who was advertising their 'new ipad' 3rd edition 32gb, and was asking £50 off the price, it was apparently in mint condition so I jumped at the prospect and tried to initiate a viewing. Conversation started and led into me asking if there was any issues with the screen. What I got was an expected answer - "not that I can see". I asked the guy to take some pics of the screen under certain conditions, black screen, white screen, dark room etc.. And what I found was shocking. Even though what I was seeing was painfull, he didn't regard it as a fault. There was visible light leaking from the top, quite a long stretch too and was only visible if tilted away. But still he didn't know it was there and asked me if he could return it. Most people that spend their hard earned cash and may never discover a fault, they may sell it on in the future to somebody who does discover such a fault, narrowing down their chances of flogging it. Most people don't even know their display is faulty unless they read about what they should expect, just like I did here.
I put up an advertisement in a well known consumer electronic classified ads forum, asking for an Ipad with no screen issues, there are Ipads selling there like hot cakes on a winters day, very often that is yet nobody has replied to my ad with what i'm looking for. My feedback score is positive.
Ending my rant, it has brought me to the question I intended to ask originally. If I bought an Ipad, new and boxed, off Ebay, could I take it into any apple store here in the Uk to get it replaced or would it be a winded route of getting in touch with whoever sold me it in the first place off ebay and trying to prove something which annoys me is a fault to somebody who may see it as tedious.