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I didn't pre-order an iPad, how early should I wait in line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brobar View Post
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    Maybe they'll start a standby list for any reservations not claimed by 3:00 PM.
    I'd be ticked if I preordered one and I wasn't able to go pick it up 'till Sunday and they gave it away. Do preorders HAVE TO be picked up on launch day or do they at least give you something like 48 hours or something?
    I had read reserves had to be claimed by 3pm or they were sold.

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    Hit your store at 3: -- I'd be surprised if you are not able to walk away with one of some flavor.

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    It depends on the store and how many copies each store gets. I would not want to wait until the last minute to get there. Someone who waited too long for a pre-order could find it hard to get to the line they need by 3:00 and lose out. Can you imagine trying to get to the reserve line in time and finding a crowd that would stop you for chance at your unit? Nothing criminal, just not letting anyone cross through where they are at. Knowing if they run out of in-stock units, Apple will take reservations for the few unclaimed units. Some stores may have very little store traffic, but others may be impossible to navigate.

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    best buy

    at the best buy store in ft lauderdale tonight (apple section), they advised they would have units for sale on saturday, april 3rd

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    As early as possible, apple is a huge company and a new product will get sold out very fast in stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brobar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KiltedTim View Post
    Maybe they'll start a standby list for any reservations not claimed by 3:00 PM.
    I'd be ticked if I preordered one and I wasn't able to go pick it up 'till Sunday and they gave it away. Do preorders HAVE TO be picked up on launch day or do they at least give you something like 48 hours or something?
    Pre-orders meaning you already paid are shipped to your door on 4/3, reserves however have to be picked up by 3pm or they get sold on a first come first serve basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiltedTim View Post
    I'm guessing we'll find that the stores won't sell any before 3:00PM that were not reserved in advance. Or if they have any at all to sell before then, there will be very few.
    Correcto-mundo! I was told in no uncertain terms...after 3pm on launch day, all unclaimed iPads are up for grabs. I was even told that should a "pre-order" customer find themselves in line or held up outside the store very close to 3pm...to make their identity/presence known to the line "walkers" (apple employees) prior till 3pm.

    Also told to bring "proof" of reserved iPad paperwork to expedite any confusion when the 3pm line frenzy begins.

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