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Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by Dark Lazer, Mar 9, 2011.

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    I asked one of the Best Buy employees on Sunday what time they were going to sell the iPads on Friday, and he said whenever they opened.

    That's great and everything, but can anyone else confirm this? Everywhere I check online says 5:00 p.m. at appl e stores, and I just think it's weird that Apple would allow third party retailers to sell the iPad like 7 hours before they did.

    Also I work at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, so it would benefit me greatly if Best Buy sold them all day.

    Thanks!
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    I'm staying up till midnight Thursday to see if they change their "Available Soon" button to "Add To Cart". I'll be ordering online / pickup in store so I don't have to go stand in line.
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    The Best Buy website has an IPad2 FAQ section which states that they won't be selling them in stores until 5pm on Friday. I, too, am hoping to be able to order one on-line and pick it up in a store, although that might not be until after 5pm.
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    Can you post a link? I can't find a FAQ anywhere on their site.
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    Hm, I did a google search and found this: BBY - iPad 2 FAQ - Best Buy Community

    I'm assuming this is what he was talking about? This looks like a FAQ on their forum page (which I didn't even know existed).

    Though it seems that was made by a BB employee, I'll take it with a grain of salt. Maybe I'll call up a different BB location nearby and see what they say.
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    Best buy is the best place to buy the Ipad 2 since you can get it interest free for 18 months by getting their credit card. That comes to about 30 bucks a month (tax included)! You can't go wrong with that. Why would people buy it anyplace else is beyond me except if you have the cash then I would get it from Target because they will give you a 5% cash-back if you use their credit card. That is the next best choice.
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    Well, not everyone wants to open up credit card accounts all over the place just for the heck of it, for one thing. The number of credit cards one has, as well as how they are used, can affect one's credit rating.
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    I agree with you if you open up credit cards every time you made a purchase. But for a purchase over $498 then this is when you want to open a credit card.
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    If you've got to open a credit card for a $498 purchase you don't need to be buying that item.
    In my case, I only opened my card because I bought a front loader washer and dryer, stands and a 42" TV at the same time.
    If you look at it from the standpoint of being "only $30 a month" you're going to lose in the end. It's that kind of thinking that makes you end up not paying it off in 18 months and then you're sacked with interest going all the way back to when you first bought it. If you don't have the income to pay it off really soon, don't do it.
    But that's just my two cents. And why my credit score is through the roof.
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    My credit score is also through the roof. Who said not to pay it off within 18 months? Who said not to make $30 a month payments? If you don't have the money don't buy it. But if you have $30 a month and are responsible and will pay on time then buy it. I rather have an interest free loan than no loan at all.
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    I've had CC accounts for Best Buy and Sam Ash for well over 8 years and have purchased 2 TVs, 2 Receivers, speakers, tons of recording gear and drums and over $1000 in accessories, all with 12-18 months no interest and never had a problem paying them off. I bet I'm not the only one who can pull off such an impossible task such as this. I've never lost in the end. In fact, I'm 'Winning'
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    Genius! And then I read 'In-Store only' in the FAQ... You got me all excited for not having to wait in line!
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    straight cash or don't buy it at all
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    Then you are better off buying it from Target.

    1) Open credit card
    2) 5% off
    3) Pay in full at the end of the month
    4) Close credit card
    5) Who is better than you? :)
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    Well something else to remember on bestbuy is the reward point! You get a discount on something later. I will buy it at Best Buy cash but use my reward card to get point for later accessories :)
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    I was speaking in general terms. One of the things I do on the side is to help people budget their finances and you'd be surprised at how many people start off with the same mentality. If you've got the discipline, then more power to you.
    Case in point: I recently helped a family that bought a laptop several years ago on one of those plans and ended up missing a payment and got interest charged to their account all the way back to day one. While it initially started out as a low monthly payment, it more than doubled due to the 24% interest rate. They were still paying those minimum payments when they came to me, three years after the original interest-free financing offer had ended. I calculated it out for them and they could have bought four of those laptops with all the money they had shelled out thus far.
    Can't beat a no-interest loan. Unless they throw in some dancers.
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    Closing credit cards can sometimes hurt your credit score. It's silly for sure, but I've had several financial advisers tell me not to do that kind of thing.
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    Naturally, I can only speak from personal experience, I have opened and closed many credit cards and when it came time to purchase my house, no problems at all, it wasn't even mentioned. Also, opening up a credit card is easy , paying for it is another story. My advice/suggestions are only for people who can afford it, are responsible, and pay their bills on time. It is not for people who think "18 months, that is like a lifetime, it will never come".
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    Very true. It's because the more available credit you have, the better you look, to a certain limit. Of course, the credit bureaus won't tell you what that limit is. By closing an account, you're changing your debt to available credit ratio in a negative way (increasing the amount of money you owe vs. how much you can borrow on paper) and that will drop your score.
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    Going to get mine at Best Buy (not because it is the best, but because it is two blocks away). This is my plan (copied from my facebook status message on this). Please let me know if I need to change this:

    My plan is to go into Best Buy on Friday around 11am to return my current iPad that I purchased on February 11. I am a special premier silver member at Best Buy so I have up to 45 days to return purchases there. If there is no line at the time, I will return at 3:30pm to either get in line or hang around waiting for the 5pm iPad2 release time If this goes as planned, I will get the black 64 GB WiFi version.
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