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In case you missed it, the iPad 2 officially went on sale online at the Apple Store at 1 AM PST today. Online sales started well before retail sales, but those ordering now will have a much longer wait than those currently standing in line.

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In case you missed it, the iPad 2 officially went on sale online at the Apple Store at 1 AM PST today. Online sales may have started a good 16 hours before the iPad 2 arrives in physical retail stores, but if even if you order right now you’ll be facing a much longer wait than you probably would if you were waiting in line.

All models are currently available, but already wait times for shipping have gone from three-to-five days, to five-to-seven days, and are now at two-to-three weeks for every model save one: the black 16 GB 3G Verizon iPad ships in three-to-five business days as of this writing. Either the iPad 2 is doing amazingly well right out of the gate, or Apple put most of the available stock into its brick-and-mortar retail channels to ensure customers who braved lines don’t walk away disappointed.

A two to three week shipping timeframe for current orders puts the U.S. iPad 2 in line with Apple’s limited international release, set for Mar. 25. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but if demand is stronger than Apple anticipated, those of us outside the U.S. should prepare for an extended wait as Apple scrambles to fill existing orders. Apple is limiting customers to a maximum of two iPad purchases, likely an effort to staunch the flow of overpriced resales through eBay, craigslist and other similar channels.

Customers hoping to get their iPad 2 from other online sources can check out AT&T, which is offering the 16 and 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad models for sale right now, with a listed shipping time of five to seven business days. Verizon doesn’t begin its online sales until 5 PM today, and other outlets like Best Buy and Walmart have yet to begin or detail plans for e-sales.

Did anyone already place their online order? If so, when did you order it and what was your expected shipping time?

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  1. Placed my order at 1:10 a.m. PT, 3 – 5 day shipping time. :-(

  2. I ordered mine this morning just shy of 4am EST. The 32G black Verizon 3G was shipping in 3-5 business days. The smart cover, however, was set to ship in 1-2 business days.

  3. I ordered a white 16G WiFi on-line at 6:00 a.m. EST. According to my confirm it ships 5-7 business days BUT delivers Mar 22-29 (boo! my b-day is Mar 17). I’m glad I read this since I thought my engraving was the only thing holding up the works.

  4. I ordered a black 16GB Wifi online at 4:03 am EST and my confirm says ships 3-5 business days, delivers March 18-25.

    Now I’m glad I got up at 4!

  5. I ordered mine at 1:38 MST [22 minutes before the listed 2:00 am PST start time]. A 32G Black WiFi; ships 3 – 5 days, delivered March 18 – 25; perfect because it’s for my wife and her birthday is the 25th!

  6. I ordered a balck 32Gb WiFi at 8am EST, also got the message that it ships in 5-7 days but with delivery in 2-3 weeks.

  7. Ordered mine at 2:55a cst…..shows a ship date of 15-25th.

  8. I submitted my order for the 32GB (black) wi-fi version at 4:30 a.m. EST and my shipping estimate is Mar 18 – Mar 25.

  9. I order from apple at 3:50 AM EST. From what I read prior you were supposed to be able to start purchasing at 4 AM EST. I think purchasing started around 3:45 AM EST or 12:45 AM PT. The black 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad I order had a ship time of 3-5 days. At the time of purchase all iPads had the same exact ship time.

  10. I ordered a 32GB Black Wifi iPAD at 5:58AM EST online. Ships 3-5 days, estimate Mar 17-23. With Engraving.

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