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This is the week I wish I hadn't ordered online... (216.6) - Mark's Journal
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This is the week I wish I hadn't ordered online... (216.6)
There was some chatter a few weeks ago commenting on how odd it was that Apple wasn't letting people order the iPad 2 online until the same day it would be available in stores. In similar past product launches, the company has let customers order for delivery on the day it would be available in stores.

The thing would be in stores starting at 5pm on March 11th, and with no Apple Store in Ithaca, I knew there was no point in trying to get one that day. I could in theory have gone up to the Apple Store at the Carousel Mall, but the hockey quarterfinals limited my options.

No problem; I could wait. I placed my order online the morning of March 11th for a model that showed as shipping in 1-2 weeks. I ordered custom engraving, with my name and e-mail address on the back, a nice freebie that's only available if you order from Apple online, and doesn't seem to add any time to the shipping process.

Last week, the first accessory showed up, the HDMI adapter that'll let me play anything on the iPad and watch it on my TV. (I like that feature. I like it a lot.) Last night I got word that the case had shipped, and this morning I got word that the iPad 2 itself had shipped. I should have it roughly next Tuesday.

But this weekend, in Atlantic City, we discovered we were right across the Boardwalk from an Apple Store. I could've walked in and walked out with an iPad 2 and cover and HDMI cable in the time it took Phillips Seafood Express to prepare my shrimp po'boy. (In fact, I walked in to see how the leather covers felt, while I waited for the sandwich.)

Sure, I can still wait. It helps enormously that I still have my original iPad. The friend who's buying that is patient, too; she's already got her iPhone. But the week and a half between seeing those iPads in a store and getting mine from China will feel longer than usual.
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belmikey From: belmikey Date: March 23rd, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or, you could have waited for the iPad 3, which will probably be a real, significant improvement :-)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 23rd, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, you may have noticed that I've been saying for the last year that the original iPad turned out to be heavier than I expected, and heavier than I liked. There's been enough chatter that the new model's slim slimdown and light lightening actually make enough difference that I decided to go for it. I may yet want an iPad 3 (Retina Display, smaller in other dimensions?) when it comes out, but that's fine. It's been clear the last several months that iPad resale values are high.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
One reason, other than price, that I got an original ipad, is that this way, when I get a 3 - whether it comes out late this year (as per some rumors) or early next (as per, well, the likely development schedule) I can give this one to Jen and not feel like I spent way to much money doing so.
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: March 23rd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cold, dang. :-p
excaliburca From: excaliburca Date: March 24th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, on the other hand, will be showing up at my local Apple Store at 6am tomorrow morning to wait patiently in line to get my iPad 2.

Yes, I am f**king nuts....


Or not. One of these days my life circumstances will actually allow me to act like a rabid fan and wait in line for one of these things :) (I got offered a temp work contract that starts tomorrow morning so no lineup for me).

Mark: couldn't you have bought your iPad 2 and just refuse the delivery on the one you're waiting on?

Edited at 2011-03-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 24th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

It would be a nasty thing to do at best, even if I hadn't ordered it engraved with my name and e-mail address. :-)
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