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?

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More on Best Buy iPad Launch


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?!!!

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.

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 :-)

@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 ...

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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