RadioShack Offering Pre-Orders for New iPad via $50 Gift Card Purchase

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RadioShack today announced that it has begun taking pre-orders for the new iPad, with availability set for Friday, March 16. RadioShack's pre-ordering method requires customers to purchase a $50 gift card that can then be applied to final purchase once the device launches.

Following yesterday’s exciting announcement of the new iPad, I’m writing to let you know RadioShack will start selling the hot new tablet on Friday, March 16.

Starting today, the new iPad will also be available for pre-order by purchasing a $50 RadioShack gift card that can be used toward the final purchase.

RadioShack is also touting its Trade & Save program, which will offer users store credit of up to $350 for an iPad 2 or up to $175 for an original iPad. The credit can be applied to the purchase of a new iPad or any other product. Customers applying the trade-in credit to the purchase of a third-generation iPad or iPad 2 will also receive an additional $50 mail-in rebate.

The company also notes that it is one of the few retailers that will offer AppleCare+ alongside the new iPad, simplifying the purchase and registration process for Apple's new extended warranty program with accidental damage coverage. According to RadioShack, it will join Apple, Target, and Apple's partner mobile phone carriers as the only U.S. retailers to offer AppleCare+ for iPad.

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113 months ago
I am a Radio Shack employee, and I will just tell some of my experiences with the 4S launch. This in no way indicates it will be the same with the this iPad launch. Everyone who preordered at my store (about 15-20) had one on launch day no matter what size/color they preordered. I'm sure not every store was this way. The $50 gift card was nonrefundable (most likely the same case here). There were no lines at all because RS stores tend to not be crowded. Yes you can get more by trading your previous generation on Craigslist/Ebay. However, you would be surprised how many people just put their old devices in the drawer and just let them sit there. (Don't bash me for being a RS employee; I'm just working my way through college).
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113 months ago



Pre-ordering at Radio Shack = FAIL

Really. The only place to guarantee one is through Apple. RS & Best Buy have less than stellar reputations for Apple launches.

That's a bit fanatical in thinking... "Only Apple does it right" "BUY ONLY from the :apple:!!!"

I purchased my iPad from Best Buy release day with a small line and a lot of happy customers in Los Angeles, CA no less.
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113 months ago
Radio Shack is already out. Stopped doing the preorders.
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113 months ago
Wi-Fi Only available for pre-order at Radio Shack

Went to the local Radioshack after reading this. They only have the Wi-Fi models available for pre-order.
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113 months ago
Dont do it you won't get one

I did this for the last 2 iPhones and it took 2 weeks after everyone else got there's. they won't give you a refund either. I had to protest the payment with my credit card to get my money back they don't show you the terms of the sale until the sales complete and you get the details on the back of the receipt that says no refunds. DON'T USE RADIO SHACK if u want one in a reaionable time
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113 months ago
Be advised: I went to two stores to check this out and they only reserve the WiFi models, they don't have SKUs for the 4G
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