How do i reserve one?
This is a discussion on How do i reserve one? within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I spoke to Apple customer service today (Thur, 3/11) @ 1-800-MY-APPLE. They told me that there is no difference in delivery/availability between Pre-Order and Store ...
Pre-Order vs Reservations
I spoke to Apple customer service today (Thur, 3/11) @ 1-800-MY-APPLE. They told me that there is no difference in delivery/availability between Pre-Order and Store Reservations. If you Pre-Order, the WiFi units will be delivered (not shipped, but delivered) to you on April 3rd. They also indicated that you could also pre-order the 3G models tomorrow and they would be delivered in "late April".
I am thinking that Pre-Order may be a safer bet for delivery than a Store reservation. I suspect that each store will be shipped "x" amount of product based on previous market activity. Obviously there could be a chance that any specific model may sell-out. And with pre-order, you avoid the crowds.
03-11-2010 12:54 PM
Didn't mention when this preorder would start did they??
Reserving an iPad
I've spoken to 2 different Apple sales people on the phone and this is what I've been told so far.
You can order by phone tomorrow morning (7am EST or 8am EST for biz). You can either pick it up at an Apple Store on April 3rd or it will be delivered to you on April 3rd. I'm having it delivered as the closest Apple store for me is 2.5 hr away.
Credit card is not charged until shipped--but it doesn't hurt to confirm this at time of order.
Couldn't answer me about Apple Care or warranty.
I remember before the first shuffle was released (and open for pre orders) I simply walked into the apple store and reserved one in my name, and when they were released I got a phonecall from the store that they had one put away for me. No money upfront!
But then, that might have been more of a "reservation" than a pre order! Heck, there will be plenty to go around, I wouldnt worry so much what time of the day I will get mine!
I'll be preordering for pickup at my local Apple Store (Crocker Park, Westlake, OH. I'll be the one in the Green Utilikilt if anyone's in the area and wants to make it a party).
I have terrible luck with FedEx and UPS deliveries in my high rise apartment building. They don't even bother to ring me from the lobby and more often than not, they come before the leasing office opens and I end up having to go pick it up myself from FedEx after 4PM. I've lost count of the number of times I've complained about their poor service.
Pre Order - Reserve
I think all Apple retail proceedures aside, we can all logically agree there is a difference in the two terms. How people decide to use them or popularize thier use on the Internet with todays e-commerce is another.
Logically though, Pre Order is to Pre Order a product or service, await its availability and be charged according to US or Federal laws that says the customer paying can or will not be charged until said product or service is shipped, delivered or rendered. It's a Pay for something now get it later type of reservation.
Reserving on the other hand can be assumed to be the reservation of a product or service and is closely related to pre ordering, but can hold a difference when an item is not in stock or available inventory and needs to be reserved for consumption once the customer is ready for it.
"To reserve a table for two at a restaurant, or tickets for a show."
These items are there, ready for use, however the consumer is not. Afterward, just not at the moment they are reserved or at a pre determined time, the consumer is ready and the goods can be delivered upon.
(Think of how a claim check used to work or still does for a retail store that was out of a sale brochure item. You submitted a claim ticket for a later delivery to the store and paid for the item upon pick up of the reserved item then.)
This is how I see it.
When you apply this thinking to the iPad pre orders.
It seems as with pre pay (most often holding a charge for up to 30 days) for final shipping of the iPad once it's available to ship. So you hold an order open as a reservation and pay when they ship it.
Reserving it will mean, once the iPad is available you either visit the physical store and pay for the reserved item at pick up or you claim it online via e-commerce and pay at the time of shipping.
you guy's are lucky as i am rely on a friend in NJ for pre-order and pick it for send me .... no apple store in my area (Asia)... so until i don't get the Fedex tracking number i will be worry
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