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Jan 29, 2008
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Exchanging a free iPad for an iPad 2

Hey folks, I bought a new car (a Cruze) and it came with a free iPad (1st gen). I haven't opened the box yet, and was considering taking it to an Apple Store and seeing if I could exchange it for an iPad 2. I don't mind paying the difference and even a restocking fee if I can make the exchange. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I better off trying to make the exchange at a Best Buy or something?
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I don't think any store will let you can do an exchange without a receipt.

Most people sell the item the don't want and use the proceeds to purchase the item they do want.
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Gryffin wrote:
May 19th, 2011 2:22 am
Hey folks, I bought a new car (a Cruze) and it came with a free iPad (1st gen). I haven't opened the box yet, and was considering taking it to an Apple Store and seeing if I could exchange it for an iPad 2. I don't mind paying the difference and even a restocking fee if I can make the exchange. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I better off trying to make the exchange at a Best Buy or something?

There is no trade-up program.
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Just sell the ipad.
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There is only one way to find out, go to the apple store. Worse case scenario, they say no and you sell on ebay/kijiji/craig's list or here.

Good luck.

What model is it? I'm assuming Wifi 16 GB?
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Gryffin wrote:
May 19th, 2011 2:22 am
Hey folks, I bought a new car (a Cruze) and it came with a free iPad (1st gen). I haven't opened the box yet, and was considering taking it to an Apple Store and seeing if I could exchange it for an iPad 2. I don't mind paying the difference and even a restocking fee if I can make the exchange. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I better off trying to make the exchange at a Best Buy or something?
You posted this as a joke, right?

What retailer do you know of that takes back merchandise THEY DIDN'T SELL IN THE FIRST PLACE?????
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Wingding wrote:
May 19th, 2011 8:47 am
You posted this as a joke, right?

What retailer do you know of that takes back merchandise THEY DIDN'T SELL IN THE FIRST PLACE?????
From my own experiences The Bay and WalMart. :cheesygri

I'm sure other RFDrs can share their experiences too.
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mjl_toronto wrote:
May 19th, 2011 9:02 am
From my own experiences The Bay and WalMart. :cheesygri

I'm sure other RFDrs can share their experiences too.
You obviously don't get out too often. Both of those retailers stopped doing exchanges/refunds without receipts some time ago.
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Wingding wrote:
May 19th, 2011 10:06 am
You obviously don't get out too often. Both of those retailers stopped doing exchanges/refunds without receipts some time ago.

IIRC Staples still does in-store credit for returns without receipts
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Wingding wrote:
May 19th, 2011 10:06 am
You obviously don't get out too often. Both of those retailers stopped doing exchanges/refunds without receipts some time ago.

Nope, haven't done it in a while. But you didn't ask for current retailers. I'm just saying there are several examples of retailers refunding/exchanging merchandise they didn't sell. Probably a lot harder to find these days, but I'm sure it still happens.
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Ohlias wrote:
May 19th, 2011 8:16 am
There is only one way to find out, go to the apple store. Worse case scenario, they say no and you sell on ebay/kijiji/craig's list or here.

Good luck.

What model is it? I'm assuming Wifi 16 GB?
Thanks. It's a Wifi 16gb. I did some calling around and generally Apple stores in the area don't have them in stock anyway (unsurprisingly), so I'll likely just keep it. I just figured if I could get a reduction on an upgrade, that I should go for it.
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Wingding wrote:
May 19th, 2011 8:47 am
You posted this as a joke, right?

What retailer do you know of that takes back merchandise THEY DIDN'T SELL IN THE FIRST PLACE?????

It's not a totally wacky question when you consider how tightly Apple runs their distribution.

I doubt they would take it in, but like I say the question isn't that bizarre.

To the OP, your best bet is to leave it sealed and just sell it privately.

The minimum configuration ipad1's are a very hot seller because it's the cheapest way to get an ipad. Depending on things, if you keep it sealed and confirm the service dates on Apple's web site, you'll probably get $350-400 for it which you can put towards an iPad 2.
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I had a friend that did that, but he had an ipod that he won at some company event and wanted an ipod touch. He argued with them and said he was an apple fan and emailed apple's head office and he actually able to do it.

I think you need to be very persistent to do this.
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You might find the basic model is good enough. iPad 2 adds cameras and a processing upgrade, plus an interim option for feeding out to a display.

If you don't care about those features, most programs do fine on the basic ipad 1 cpu/gpu. A few apps won't work if they need the specific extras that are on iPad2.

But you're getting the same screen, the same touch control, the same OS, the same networking, the same battery life, the same weight, the same size* and so on. (*iPad 2 is a little thinner)

For half the money you get about 95% of the features.

As for capacity, cloud storage options mean the 16 GB storage is not as much a limitation as it was previously deemed to be.

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