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Best Buy Offering iPad with Free Hotspot

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Best Buy is offering three iPad bundles with a free MiFi hotspot device after signing up with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

9 to 5 Mac reports that Best Buy has launched a new iPad bundle deal that offers Apple's tablet and a free mobile hotspot device. However there's a catch to the holiday special-- consumers must sign a two-year contract with either Verizon Wireless, AT&T or Sprint.

Called the 'iPad Anywhere" campaign, the bundles feature one of three WiFi models: the 16 GB iPad for $499.99, the 32 GB version for $599.99, or the 64 GB version for $699.99. For those that choose to sign up with Verizon, the iPad/MiFi combo currently starts at $629.99 over on Verizon's website, so the Best Buy bundle sounds like a great deal.

The drawback to the promotion is that the 16 GB and 32 GB versions are backordered on Best Buy's website-- the 64 GB model is still in stock. This could possibly mean that local brick-and-mortar outlets may already be sold out-- a quick zip code-based search revealed that only one store had the 16 GB model on-hand, located nearly two hours away.

Also over the weekend Best Buy said via Twitter that it's no longer charging a restocking fee for most of its products. Now Best Buy's return policy states that a "25-percent restocking fee applies to Special Order Products, including appliances, unless you are a Reward Zone Program Premier Silver member, the item is defective, or the fee is prohibited by law."

As for the iPad holiday bundles, the promotion is slated to end on January 2. Apple is expected to reveal the 2nd generation iPad next month, so it's safe to assume that Apple and retail outlets are trying to flush the 1st generation models out to consumers to make room for the new possibly arriving in April 2011.

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    xerroz , December 20, 2010 10:58 PM
    Who even buys Mifi? that speed is shit for the bang youre paying
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    otacon72 , December 21, 2010 12:33 AM
    xerrozWho even buys Mifi? that speed is shit for the bang youre paying


    How so? it's the same cost and speed as a 3G datacard.
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    hellwig , December 21, 2010 6:06 PM
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    Also over the weekend Best Buy said via Twitter that it's no longer charging a restocking fee for most of its products. Now Best Buy's return policy states that a "25-percent restocking fee applies to Special Order Products, including appliances, unless you are a Reward Zone Program Premier Silver member, the item is defective, or the fee is prohibited by law."

    I'm confused, restocking fees only apply to opened products, yes? How many people out there open a product and then decide they don't want it? True, I've purchased a network card that didn't work in FreeBSD and had to return the otherwise perfectly working product, but restocking fees are supposed to prevent people from "buying" a big screen TV a week before the superbowl, and then "deciding" that it just wasn't for them. I'm all for minor restocking fees to help keep people honest. If, on the other hand, you just don't want that present grandma got you, DON'T open it, and you should never have to worry about a restocking fee.

    Still, what constitutes a "special order product", something they don't have in stock, or something they don't normally sell at that store?
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    dtemple , December 22, 2010 6:41 AM
    There's only one special occurrance where a restocking fee is applied: The item has to be open, you have to be returning it for a refund (and not an exchange for another item), the item has to be fully functional / not defective, and you have to NOT be a "RewardZone Premier Silver" member (which you get for spending 2500+ a year at Best Buy). If any of that stuff applies... no restocking fee for you.
    Special order products, if I'm understanding correctly, is an item they don't normally have. So if you're ordering something that's not carried by Best Buy in your area, and then return it after you open it, just because you don't want it... then yes there is a 25% restocking fee. 15% applies to other stuff.
    Kevin, thanks for writing an article that begins to focus on the downsides of restocking fees at Best Buy, but doesn't tell the whole story.
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