It's never too soon to be thinking about this so I'm needing some advise on when is the best time to buy a new iPad during the holidays. My mother who's in her 80's (and hopefully around many more years) wants to do something special for all of us by buying myself, brother, sister, and all the grand kids iPads for Xmas. She would be looking to buy a variety of 9 iPads consisting of iPad 4's /iPad Mini's depending on what each person wanted and then would make up the difference in cash to those who wanted Mini's just to keep things equal. I was going to suggest to her to plan on allowing $600 per device (plus tax) so that would allow for a iPad 4, 16GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular for those that wanted that particular setup and then anyone not wanting Cellular could use the extra money for more storage or a cover... of course if you wanted a iPad Mini you would have a lot more cash to spend.
I know Apple is known for not discounting their New products much or at all so I'm not getting my hopes up but anything would be nice. Keeping in mind there's always the possibility of short supplies for the iPad 4 and iPad Mini plus any possible discounts when would be the best time to make these purchases?
Also the option of an easy exchange in case someone changes their mind on a iPad 4 vs iPad Mini, or even color may be worth considering so with that in mind where would be the best place to buy them?
We live in a rural area but we have a Best Buy, Target, etc. within driving distance and I also wouldn't be opposed to buying online either as long as exchanges would be an easy process if needed and a 30 day return date would be nice.
My mother will want me to handle all of this for her so I'm looking for an easy process to buy all of these different iPad 4/iPad Mini configurations.