Best way to buy an iPad?

I am on record as having a few reservations about the iPad, but I still firmly plan to pick one up on Day 1. So the questionI ask is similar to one I posed re the iPhone.  Where is the best place to buy an iPad?

Effective March 12, prospective customers will be able to pre-order one from Apple.  I will probably go this route, to ensure I can get one soon.  There are rumors of delays due to software and/or hardware, so if supplies are constrained, I want to make sure I'm one of the lucky ones.

On the other hand, it is likely that the iPad will be carried in BestBuy stores, and perhaps in AT&T stores, once the 3G version is released.  In fact, it is possible that any retailer who sells the iPod could sell an iPad, as there is no contract required.  That could mean discounts and potentially no sales tax.

BestBuy has their rewards program so that could be an incentive as well.  And I've always had excellent service at the Apple retail stores.

So I put the question to you.  If you are buying an iPad, where will you get yours?


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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.