Apple affectionates love their gadgets, and even those who aren’t die-hard Apple fans can still find something to love about the iPad. This handy, but extremely expensive tablet, retails in the mid-hundreds, and can even skyrocket to nearly a thousand dollars depending on the amount of memory and style that you choose from.
Because of the cost of the iPad it’s recommended that you purchase a case to protect it. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of iPad case styles to choose from. When shopping online you can get a case in a wide variety of colors and textiles, as well as a lower price tag. For individuals who aren’t particular about the style of their iPad case they can also purchase their case in stores. From the Apple Store to Michael Kors, everyone is cashing in on the iPad craze.
Shopping in Stores
If you buy your iPad in an Apple store, typically the sales person will ask you if you want to include a case with your purchase. Unfortunately, the styles in the stores are very limited, and they aren’t a bargain. Many of the cases range from $29.99 to over a hundred dollars depending on the brand. The advantage to buying a case in the store is simple. You can check it out, try it on, and see how it actually looks on your iPad before your purchase it.
Many luxury retailers are also stocking their shelves with Apple cases, and this can be a fashion choice, as well as a status symbol, for those who feel the need to have a well-known designer’s name adorning their tech gadget.
If you’re an online shopper there is one huge advantage you’re going to have over in store iPad case purchases: the price. Online shopping, hands down, will give a consumer the lowest price for an iPad case. If you’re a competitive shopper and like to bid on your products, online shopping may be a better avenue to pursue. Some online retailers have prices that are fifty to ninety percent off the retail price of an iPad case.
However, the cost of saving a few dollars could prove to be a mistake if the item you purchase isn’t what you thought it was going to be. If you’re disappointed in your purchase online, make sure that the retailer you’re purchasing it from has a good return policy. Additionally, make sure that you know the return policy and take advantage of it if the purchase you made is unsatisfactory.
You’ve made a significant investment in something that should last you for years. Take care to do your research when purchasing your iPad case, and even if you have to wait a few days to a few weeks for the perfect one it is an investment you won’t want to make a mistake on.
Whether you’re purchasing an iPad case in a store, or making your purchase online, try to decide what is most important to you. If the design and look of the case and the price tag are important to you, then buying online is definitely the way to go. However, if you’re more interested in functionality, durability, and trying it on for size, buying in the store may be a much better choice.
About the Author: John Thomas is a freelance technology writer – he’s researching a handful of different iPad cases and will be reviewing them in the future. In the meantime, you can always browse a website like kensington.com to see what’s currently available.