Heavy price cuts on iDevices for limited time at Walmart and Target

Want to grab a bargain? Walmart and Target both have incredibly attractive deals on their iPads that may encourage those who haven't yet purchased one to reconsider. Target's deal has already started, offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5s, 16GB iPad Air or iPad Mini. This offer runs through to next week (February 15)

Walmart has a slightly more attractive set of deals. The company is offering a straight price cut on the iPad 2, costing $299 - from now through to March 7th.  The only downside is this deal is in-store only.

Of course the tablet is 3 years old, and doesn't feature a super thin aluminium frame or retina display. However it is still judged as a premium device that offers the majority of the functionality that the newer models feature. If you don't mind an older model for a lower cost, this is most likely the best offer you're going to get this month.

In addition to this offer, Walmart are also willing to pay at least $100 credit for an iPad trade in (in store only at time of writing). As to how effective this deal is, we're not sure, as it would presumably require a working first generation one which could fetch more on eBay. 

Both retailers are offering pretty weighty discounts, and if your currently looking looking for a tablet, one these options may be your best bet. 

Source: ZDnet | Walmart deal image via Walmart

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You know, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the Tunneling Electron Microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. But you know what? Even if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in lower priced Apple products.

I bought my iPad 2 when came out, at that time it was the best tablet out there, and is still working like brand new, pretty fast with iOS 7, the games, even the new ones still run pretty good, dang, it works better than many tablets today.

I don't need to upgrade to a newer model for now, maybe next year if a bigger screen and more storage comes up then I will think about the upgrade.

I definitely would have bought 2 iPads with $800 bucks.

My sister's boyfriend gave me his iPad 2 for free. It's definitely not worth $299, never mind $399. Works fine even with iOS 7, but it's still 3 year old hardware.

seems there is a substantial stock backpile for the ipad2, many many unsold, seems apples big seller is only a big seller from ipple to retail, number of units actually sold to customers seems to be less, why the hell would they have such a stockpile on such an old unit.

These are brand new units as the iPad 2 is still in production. Apple often keeps older models around to sell as a "lower cost" alternative to the "latest and greatest". The iPad 2 has been a major hit with the K-12 education sector, which is a lot of why they still sell it. As long as people are willing to pay for it, I don't see them discontinuing it any time soon.

COKid said,
How are they getting ripped off? They set their own prices.
No really! Way to over analyze things! Let's make it simple for you. Target and Walmart should raise their price for the iPad 2 because some people are still willing to buy such device for $350. How's that?

JHBrown said,
No really! Way to over analyze things! Let's make it simple for you. Target and Walmart should raise their price for the iPad 2 because some people are still willing to buy such device for $350. How's that?

That's crazy for a three years old device. Anything that has the Apple logo on it, it's just an overpriced piece of junk. Windows Surface is superior with a desktop OS built-in.

macoman said,

That's crazy for a three years old device. Anything that has the Apple logo on it, it's just an overpriced piece of junk. Windows Surface is superior with a desktop OS built-in.
Try again! You cannot compare the iPad to the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is basically a full fledge laptop with tablet capabilities. Now if you are talking about the regular Surface, then this becomes debatable. Many prefer the iOS over the Windows RT. The Surface is not "superior" to the iPad. Let me guess, the USB port and Office make it superior?

JHBrown said,
Try again! You cannot compare the iPad to the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is basically a full fledge laptop with tablet capabilities. Now if you are talking about the regular Surface, then this becomes debatable. Many prefer the iOS over the Windows RT. The Surface is not "superior" to the iPad. Let me guess, the USB port and Office make it superior?

He sais Surface, not Surface Pro.
And you Apple fans always compare your iToys to whatever will put them in the best light.

TrickyDickie said,

He sais Surface, not Surface Pro.
And you Apple fans always compare your iToys to whatever will put them in the best light.

No, technology fan. I own a Windows Dell tablet, 2 iPads, Asus Transformer Prime, and a Nexus 7. Try again.

Does apple still make ipad 2's? because it seems like walmart always has iPad sales, and they are always iPad 2's... that was one of this past years big black Friday deals.... so in the past 2yrs we've had at least 5 ipad 2 sales at walmart.... either they bought TONS of stock or apple still makes them?

They are either still being produced or they were being produced until fairly recently... You can only come to this conclusion looking at the sales the iPad 2 has done, in the beginning it broke records. So I don't believe this is a case of clearing out old stock. Apple continues to sell them as their entry level iPad because they can, people are still buying them.

Clearing out some unsold stock? Hope Apple doesn't announce a new iPad this soon. I just got the air at christmass. Can't find a good case for it and the Apple ones are never on sale

stevan said,
Clearing out some unsold stock? Hope Apple doesn't announce a new iPad this soon. I just got the air at christmass. Can't find a good case for it and the Apple ones are never on sale

Well, its tech and its inventory. Inventory isn't money, and tech doesn't increase in value over time (quite the opposite). Given how good a tablet you can get for comparable prices? Best to clear out now rather than later.

This is doubly true when you consider how popular smaller tablets are becoming! The iPad 2 is old, and now relatively cumbersome! Newer tablets are smaller and lighter, or similar physically but far more powerful. Plus, have more life ahead of them in terms of OS updates, and thus app updates.

I paid $200 for my first Android tablet (2.1), brand new.
I paid $200 for my Blackberry Playbook, brand new.
I paid $200 for my second Android tablet (4.1), brand new.
I paid $200 for my Surface RT tablet, brand new (MS trade show).

I'm not going to suddenly start deluding myself thinking $300 for a 3-year old tablet is any sort of bargain.

...I should also add that I have used iPad tablets, and I don't see myself using one any more often than I now use my Android 2.1 or Playbook tablets.

_dandy_ said,
I paid $200 for my first Android tablet (2.1), brand new.
I paid $200 for my Blackberry Playbook, brand new.
I paid $200 for my second Android tablet (4.1), brand new.
I paid $200 for my Surface RT tablet, brand new (MS trade show).

$800 for all those devices while you could just bought one from apple for much lower price.

lmaobox said,

$800 for all those devices while you could just bought one from apple for much lower price.


Yes, because you will just stay with an iPad and you does not need to upgrade. $299 for a three years old icrap is just sick. I am glad that i moved away from Apple last year and i got a better platform called Windows Surface.

macoman said,

Yes, because you will just stay with an iPad and you does not need to upgrade. $299 for a three years old icrap is just sick. I am glad that i moved away from Apple last year and i got a better platform called Windows Surface.

Better is relative. I use my Surface for work and browsing, but the play bit is still lacking for me in terms of games and apps. Not exactly fitting me well as a media consumption device, though it works great for my grandmother when I found her a specific Mahjong game on the Surface that she really really likes.

macoman said,

Yes, because you will just stay with an iPad and you does not need to upgrade.

Exactly, we bought iPad 2 like 2 years ago and we don't need to upgrade and I'm pretty sure it's gonna stay with us for some more time, can't really see how could I get better device back then. Meanwhile _dandy_ spend $800 on random devices until he found one which works fine for him.

lmaobox said,

$800 for all those devices while you could just bought one from apple for much lower price.

I suppose you can sell your kids, your dogs, and your soul for an Apple device too.

macoman said,

Yes, because you will just stay with an iPad and you does not need to upgrade. $299 for a three years old icrap is just sick. I am glad that i moved away from Apple last year and i got a better platform called Windows Surface.

Windows Surface " Jack of All Trade and Master of None".

Auditor said,
Windows Surface " Jack of All Trade and Master of None".

In the best way possible, yes. On one hand, you can't reasonably expect a device to be a Master of everything. On the other, it's a better Jack of All Trades than all the other devices; it's the one that has finally made me stop trying all the other platforms.

As for lmaobox's comment ("$800 for all those devices while you could just bought one from apple for much lower price."): Re-read what I wrote. I would've paid even more than $300 when it first came out, and still would've looked for something else after a few weeks.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
How you know he isn't a developer?

As a matter of fact I am. I'm still not developing for any tablet though, but evaluating them is definitely part of the reason I've tried a few.

_dandy_ said,

As a matter of fact I am. I'm still not developing for any tablet though, but evaluating them is definitely part of the reason I've tried a few.

I didn't think any one single person will just buy multiple tablets just to own them.

What I am surprised about is this - The fanbois always assume that when Apple ships tablets that the vast majority of them have been sold and not sitting on some store shelf. Yet what have we here? We have the world's largest retailer trying to sell off iPad 2's? I mean how old is this thing? 3 years old? For $299? Why buy this when for the exact same cost you can get an up to date Android tablet with hardware 3x's as fast and way more capability for the exact same price?

A person would have to be a desperate to be that clueless.
Because all these people will just see, iPad 299 and wont even ask if it is the latest model.