Yesterday we told you Apple confirmed that 8am on March 16th was the official launch date and time of the new iPad. But it appears that other retailers are looking to get a head start.

The folks over at Insanely Great Mac are reporting that some Walmart stores are planning to start selling Apple’s new tablet as early as 12:01 am (local time) tomorrow morning…

“If you want to be the first person amongst your friends and colleagues to have the new ipad, you will need to head to your local Walmart. Starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on March 16, a limited supply of new iPad will be available at your local 24-hour Walmart. Other retailers’ doors don’t open until 8 a.m. local time, so you can get to work on time and beat the rush by coming to Walmart.”

We were able to confirm with multiple locations that they are indeed starting iPad sales just after midnight.

On the plus side, lines at Walmart may not be as bad as they look to be at Apple Stores. But chances are they won’t have anywhere near the inventory either. Last year, our local Walmart only had a handful of units available.

Will you be trying to score an iPad tonight?

[9to5Mac]

  • Anonymous

    Word on the street is they will only be selling the 16GB WiFi version. Something to consider if you’re debating whether or not to go the dark side to buy a shiny new iPad.

    • Anonymous

      word on the street is that you can’t trust the word on the street, but no matter what most people are gonna buy the 16gb version, and u might get lucky to stop by at wally world and maybe not having to stop at the apple store at 7 AM

      Im going at midnight to try to get one and get some extra $ by putting it on ebay 😀

  • Anonymous

    Word on the street is they will only be selling the 16GB WiFi version. Something to consider if you’re debating whether or not to go the dark side to buy a shiny new iPad.

  • Prathik Nair

    it seems like no one over here in kansas knows the “New ipad is out”. No lines at walmart or the apple store. Looks like i will be the only one casually walking in at midnight to buy me a shiny new ipad

  • I just got to my local Walmart an have about 9 people ahead of me. They have both LTE and WiFI models available. They are Hanson out tickets for those of us in line and when I saw their list of tickets, looks like they have only about 20-25

  • Anonymous

    I got to my Walmart 1130 was 18th online they had 30 pieces thanks for the tip