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    Help - I will soon (April) be celebrating 40 years with the company I work for. For this they will allow me to select a gift from about 40 items. One of these of course, is a 16GB WiFi +3G iPad. I currently own a 16GB WiFi iPad. I have about 7.5GB of unused space available on the one I have. I would LOVE, LOVE to have a 32GB WiFi +3G iPad or a 64GB WiFi +3G iPad. Am I being shellfish here or what? The +3G versus WiFi has not been too big of an issue, as I have WiFi at home, but I would love to be able to use the iPad from anywhere. Should I go ahead and select the 16GB WiFi +3G and try to sell it and use the money towards the 32GB or 64GB?? Be happy with the 16GB Wifi +3G? By the way, other gifts I could select are such things as a Pressure Washer, a Lenovo Desktop, a Dell laptop, a Bose radio, lots of jewelry, tool box, TVs - 37" & 42" and others. What would you do?
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    First of all CONGRATULATIONS on achieving such an amazing milestone! It is rare these days to be with one company for 5 years, let alone 40! You must work for a utility company. Anyway, I'd hate to advise you on something that represents 40 years of hard, loyal work. But I would tell you that having a 3G iPad has been a very good tool to have. I often travel the back ways of Northern Indiana, southern Michigan and North West Ohio looking for ruined or decrepit but picturesque farm buildings. Having a 3G iPad to help me figure out where I am has prevented me from being totally lost in a corn field. I have Motion GPS, UrbanSpoon (to find restaurants), Wikkihood app (to get local information), and Yellow Pages (to find room). Without this 3G iPad, I would probably sill be wandering around!

    I would never leave home without this iPad!
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    Would they give you the iPad 2?
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    Since the gift is available now, I do not think so. They are asking me now to select the gift. The iPad2 sounds great, but I am very happy with the current. Maybe after it comes out I might change my mind - we will see. This happens to be a gimme 'now'.
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    Thanks for the Congrats! MattIM. I do not work for a utility company, but I do work for a MAJOR insurance company. Never thought I would be here 5 years, let alone 40!! I work in what use to be Data Processing but is now called Technical Services - so no insurance questions for me please!!!
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    iPad holds it's value well and you can easily sell it used. It should even hold good value with the new iPad 2. The iPhone 3GS has held a good value still.
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    Congrats! Get the iPad and sell it and your current one for enough to get at least 32g
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    Hey Brenn, that is what I am leaning towards doing the most! Thanks for the congrats!
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    I'm going with BrennB on this one - pick the 16GB WiFi/3G iPad and then sell both of them. But, I think you'd get enough from selling both them to get the 64 GB WiFi/3G one. Just set the price(s) at what you need and hold firm. You won't lose money, 'cause half of it was free to you...

    Oh, and congrats on making 40 years. Mighty impressive feat!

    Marilyn
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    Go for the newest iPad, it's amazing!
    And compare the prices of those other items to a new iPad.
    On the other hand, if you've been in the same job for 40 years, you probably
    Have lots of money!!!::p
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    Well?? What did you decide?? LOL anxiously waiting!
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    Well, yes and no, I have decided to select the 16GB WiFi +3G iPad from the list of gifts, take it to a retailer (hopefully) and see if I can trade up to the 32GB WiFi +3G iPad. I have NOT pressed the button to tell them to send the gift yet though.

    40 years with the same company does not make me rich by any means either!!! I am sure there are others here who can agree with this statement. :)
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    I agree about the rich part...i'm 26years in with mine and highest paid aside from the executive director (a position I've been offered several times) and still work for peanuts....it's the profession of choice, not the big bucks type of work... But hey I make enough to buy toys!
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    I got the same problem, thanks guys
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    40 yrs in same co.

    What I was referring to is that anyone I know who worked 40 yrs. for the same company......having a steady income, could plan ahead. Those I know have their homes paid off, new vehicles paid for, a huge pension coming when they retire and financial security all that time. If both people are working, all the better.

    My hubby put in 35 years with his union and then he got a letter that they had made a bad investment and everyone was wiped out, so he had to start at square one, after 10 more years paying in, when he retired he got $74.00 per mo. pension. It should have been $4,000.00 per.
    So, that and our gov't. pensions are all we really can count on, however, he is still working for himself at age 74, just a few thousand a month to give us a little extra.
    I should add that our home is paid for, and so are our vehicles, we only use cash to purchase toys and necessities. Lucky he was always hard working.
    My friends who got 40 yrs. in have RRSPs up the yingyang and big pensions and extended benefits for life, thats the way it should be.
    Marg
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    What I was referring to is that anyone I know who worked 40 yrs. for the same company......having a steady income, could plan ahead. Those I know have their homes paid off, new vehicles paid for, a huge pension coming when they retire and financial security all that time. If both people are working, all the better

    Well - I wish I could say that was me - I do have my 401K, my retirement and social security, but, I am divorced (about 10 years) live alone and DO NOT have my home paid for. It's hard on a single income to always do the things you need to do. My iPad (the first one, was a gift - as is the second one - I am very fortunate in that aspect). I truly wish I were more prepared but it is what it is...
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    Well, the new iPad (16GB 3G +wifi) arrived. As I mentioned, I have a 16GB wifi only iPad now. So I took the new one, unopened, to the Apple store (decided not to fool with BB in case of future hassles). The folks at the Apple store were great as always. I exchanged the 16 for a 32 (+ $200, got the protection thingy)and now have an iPad with 3G!! I was lucky enough to sell the original to a friend here a work (she loves it already!). So everyone is happy! Especially me!!! Thank you 'my employer'!!
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    Sounds like a win-win all around. You've got a good company there.

    Marilyn
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    awesome!! So you made out with a little cash I hope!
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    Yes, a little, I let my friend buy the 16GB wifi for $350 ($499 new). Once I took off my Zagg protection screen, the Chihauhau skin and restored it to new, it looked brand new. The swap to the 32GB cost me $200 ($100 for the protection plan). So I guess you could say I got more iPad with 3G AND gained $150 cash. Not to bad a deal I don't think.

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