Not to say where I bought from, but I kinda have to.
When I bought, I bought from WalMart. First, they matched their web site price($299, down from $239), then they added a 2-year protection plan that equaled Apple’s and Best Buy’s but for only $28-36(I paid $28).
Not to slam BestBuy, but their GeekSquad protection programs I have found to be nothing short of absolutely male bovine excrement and a complete screw-job as far as being way overpriced.
Apple’s programs are unreasonably priced for certain items, the iPad’s being one of those. For higher-ticket items such as laptop and desktop/towers, the protection plan is much more reasonable.
I do recommend a protection plan as stuff happens.
My kids broke their grandmother’s iPad by throwing it. This was a double failure: First, she was told the kids were NOT to touch it, have it, use it, look at it or have anything to do with it(and don’t get me started on other issues). Second, the kids were told “DO NOT TOUCH IT”, which was also clearly not listened to. Considering their grandmother doesn’t even know how to use the darn thing, it’s a waste anyways.
At the moment, I’m feeling my Mini is a bit too large for my preferences though. It’s certainly not pocket friendly even with my cargo shorts. I did get a nice case for it. Otter makes a really nice one that has a shell to go over the front to help reduce the chance for breaking.