Whenever possible, you should buy direct from Apple. Yeah, sometimes the lines are long and the stock is limited, and sometimes you can pick up a deal from another retailer, but two stories today have reminded up why we like buying from Apple so damn much.
For one, this video was posted on Reddit of a few Walmart employees trashing iPads in their stockroom, gleefully hurling them around and breaking them. Apparently the trio were fired and prosecuted, but you can be sure that sort of thing wouldn’t happen at an Apple store.
The other story today is more about customer stupidity. A woman in Texas bought what was claimed to be a new iPad from a stranger at a gas station for $200. As I’m sure you can guess, it wasn’t an iPad — this time it was a mirror in an iPad box.
Look folks, it’s probably generally a good idea to buy from Apple directly, and the big box stores usually okay (barring jerks throwing things around). But never buy gear from a stranger in a parking lot. If you’re Craigslisting for used electronics, make sure it works before parting with your money — you’d be a fool to just buy something from someone who randomly approaches you with a deal.