More on Best Buy iPad Launch


We already know Best Buy's in-store Apple boutiques will be selling iPad's come April 3, but an anonymous tipster has sent us this internal note with more info how the big blue box is handling the launch-day training. No huge surprises, of course, but we're in the final week so every little bit of hype counts.

  • Best Buy employees can't purchase iPads on April 3, those are for customers.
  • Best Buy employees can order them from Apple Employee Purchase online store, with no discount, for delivery on April 3 (they'll get their usual break on accessories, however).
  • Learning Lounges modules for employee training should hit tomorrow, March 28. 2 iPad eLearnings need to be passed, iPad Overview and iPad Selling. Demo, Content Installation & Device Security are coming April 3.
  • Apple will offer local classrooms for Apple Experts in 22 cities including Boston, NYC, Reston, Atlanta, Miami, Cincinnati, Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Omaha, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, LA North, LA South, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.

Anyone eschewing the Apple Retail Store in hopes of more easily scoring an iPad at Best Buy?

Rene Ritchie

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smchrist2 says:

first! and i think best buy is good for sales, but not apple fancy haha

Victimsofgravity says:

Does anyone know if apple is giving a gift as a surprise to those who camp outside on launch day?
I heard thus a while ago

Dave01568 says:

Apple thinks of everything.

Victimsofgravity says:

I'm torn between bestbuy and apple.
I reserved at the apple store, but I really want to gain best buy reward points!
Is there a gift at the apple store or what?!!!

Go Android says:

Tired of hearing about this stupid imaxipad. Give me some 4th gen iPhone news.

Tenor146 says:

When best buy advertises the ipad next week, I'll be looking at it from behind my ipad. Hehe.

leey says:

sounds best buy reward points is absorbing many folks. but i think apple ipad fans don't mind if have a gift, they just can't wait the release day. If wanna getting some more about ipad info, format like that, can go to ifunia ipad column.

GinoDotCom says:

I want to gain some reward points too but after the limited amount of ipads going to best buy.. Who would ever take such a risk at thus point?
I can't wait for this Saturday!!!! Got mine shipping to my front steps :-)

Hang says:

@Pete I had similar kind of dilemma whn I thought about buyin a MacBook pro ... I love reward points plus bestbuy customer service ... But I decided to go apple store coz It is a whole diff experience ..... It's my personal view though ...

iphonemilk says:

I'm going to be getting mine at Best Buy

Matt Sawyers says:

I applied for the Geek Squad and I have my last of 3 interviews set up, so if I get the job, it looks like I'll be headed through that training. Bummer on the no discount though ;-)

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