Order one iPad, get five

Alexa’s boyfriend got an iPad for Christmas from his mother. Well, that’s not quite true. His mother ordered one iPad, and had it shipped to him. What arrived on their doorstep was a very large and heavy box that was big enough to hold five iPads. Because it did.

Thanks Best Buy.



  • Buckeyestar

    I never have that kind of luck.

  • mvcmendes

    With my luck I’d order an iPad and get 5 Surfaces.

  • crustyjusty

    I ordered 1 Logitech iPad keyboard last week, and they sent me a box of 4. So, I shared the three extra with my family. Didn’t win the Powerball though, so I guess I’m even.

  • http://darcyfitzpatrick.tumblr.com/ Darcy Fitzpatrick

    Ethically, I think it’s only right to try alerting Best Buy of the mistake, which it seems this person did. I once had the same tshirt shipped to me twice in the same week. I notified the company but never heard back so I kept the extra shirt. But you’ve at least got to try.

    • matthewmaurice

      If you buy into the concept of karma, like I do, you have to contact the vendor to at least inform them of the mistake. If they say “keep ‘em, it’s not worth the expense to return them.” Great. But I know, deep down in my heart, that the day after I get shipped 4 extra iPads, don’t say a word, and keep them–something I own that’s far more expensive will break, get lost, or be stolen. My luck is just that bad. YMMV

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      “I think it’s only right to try alerting Best Buy of the mistake, which it seems this person did.”

      Actually, they did not. They contacted The Consumerist first. The web site then contacted Best Buy.

      “But you’ve at least got to try.”

      Actually, you don’t – legally, anyways. The FTC is very clear – if a company sends you too much of something, you are within your rights as a consumer to keep the additional product.

      • http://darcyfitzpatrick.tumblr.com/ Darcy Fitzpatrick

        I’m referring entirely to ethics here. My only point was to say I think trying to let the appropriate person know about the error is the right thing to do. Even if the law does entitle you to profit from someone else’s mistake.

  • Tom

    I remember ordering Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” DVD from Amazon UK once, and I got a package with two. And since I was from Gemany, amazon simply told me to keep the spare one since sending it back to the UK was more expensive than the DVD itself. Not quite 5 iPads, but still nice :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jade.starr Jade Wales-Starr

    Similar thing happened to me. Ordered 2 iPhone 5′s from carrier in Australia and received 3. The night before they arrived i got a call from an indian call center saying i may get an extra phone and to please disregard it. disregard is a very strange word to use fir such an issue like this i thought. When i got the phones i rang them to activate phones and was honest about the extra phone. They said they’d send a package to return it. It never arrived. I called them back several times but now 3 months later they have made no attempt to get it. They even refused me taking it back to one of their stores. As it stands now its still sitting in my living room wrapped in plastic. I’ve checked with the ACCC here is Australia and it seems it falls under the unsolicited goods act http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/11515 I guess by dec 22 the phone is mine. I’ve already unlocked it and may as well give it to a family member.

  • http://twitter.com/greg42 Greg

    Damn. Clearly I should have ordered my Dad’s iPad gift from Worst Buy…..

    • http://twitter.com/billyrazzle Billy Razzle

      5 for 1 is clearly the “best” buy.