It’s been confirmed that the new iPad will go on sale this Friday at 8am. The bad new is that if you want an iPad on launch day, and if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you will have to stand in line for hours.

But the good news is that not only will you be able to purchase the new iPad directly from an Apple Store, but also from 5 other retailers: Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart…

This is perfect for those people who don’t live close to an Apple Store.

There are one big benefit and one major drawback to buying from one of these retailers though. The main benefit is that people won’t be fully aware that Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will have the new iPad for sale on launch day, which means the lines at these stores will likely be much shorter than the lines at Apple Stores around the US.

However, the one drawback is that these stores will probably have much less inventory than Apple Stores do. So the lines might be smaller, but the amount of iPads available for sale will be too.

At the end of the day, it’s your call. I’m not a big fan of waiting in line for hours, so I pre-ordered mine last week. But if I had to, I’d probably get in line at my local Apple Store. There is something about a bunch of fanboys standing together for hours. It’s always fun times.

Where will you get your iPad from? Directly from Apple, or from Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target or Walmart?

  • I’m buying this iPad for my dad. He has never used a tablet before and I’m not sure if he’ll like it. So I’m picking the store with no restocking fee if I end up returning it. In this case, I think Target and Sam’s are the good options for me.

  • mordechai eliyahu

    or you can find someone who sells the new ipad 3 on the street from what he claims to have “fallen off the truck” and not wait on line and pay much less 🙂

    • Actually in my area, people are trying to sell their pre-orders for about $200-$300 above retail…..

  • No way! Pretty crazy. I forget, do they normally sell at these stores? I didn’t think you could get an iPad at Best Buy.

  • I’m getting mine from Fed Ex 😛

    But no really I might go grab another for the wife, but I’ll head to an apple store. I have 3 not to far from me. I love Orlando 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’m getting mine at Target. I work for Target and I will get my 10% employee discount, plus an extra 5% discount for using my Target Credit Card, plus I have another 5% discount from the Target Pharmacy Rewards program. Booya!

    • mordechai eliyahu

      iwant to work for target now:)

  • Eric Smith

    We have to stay in lines for hours to get a new iPad on Friday, but we can buy a new iPad case on Amazon now.

    This is ridiculous!

  • Tsai-Hsuan Lin

    wat time do they start selling in walmart? 12 am??

    • I believe even Wal-mart will start selling them at 8am, despite being open 24/7.