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Apple iPad Air seeing pre-launch price-cut at Walmart

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Apple iPad Air seeing pre-launch price-cut at Walmart
You might recall that Walmart offered pre-launch day discounts on the Apple iPhone 5s ($189) and the Apple iPhone 5c ($79). Now, something similar is happening with the Apple iPad Air. The next iteration of Apple's full-sized 9.7 inch tablet, the iPad Air is smaller, lighter and thinner than its predecessor, but brings the power with a 64-bit A7 processor.

Well, guess which retailer has started wielding a scissor to cut the price of the iPad Air? If you guessed Walmart, you're absolutely correct. The discounter has taken $20 off the price of the slab which brings it down to $479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. It is not yet known if the discount will apply to other versions of the Apple iPad Air offered by Walmart. The tablet will launch in the U.S. on November 1st.

Granted, $20 off the price of an iPad Air is not like $20 off the Apple iPhone 5c, but it is still $20 that will go into your pocket instead of Walmart's coffers. Considering that other retailers, like Best Buy, will price-match, you don't necessarily have to shop at Walmart in order to score the $20 discount. On the other hand, Walmart is expected to offer a tablet trade-in deal. So if you're planning on getting rid of your old slate, you might want to keep that in mind in deciding where to buy your new Apple iPad Air.
source: BusinessInsider

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posted on 25 Oct 2013, 01:53

1. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

If you want to gamble on a low-cost Apple device for X-Mas, put the iPad Air on lay-a-way and hopes someone plays Secret Santa and pays off your balance.

I never would do this, but I do know which Walmart's have Secret Santa's.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 02:32

2. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Good thing about all this is Apple no longer can't put the restrictions about pricing.

Which helps the consumers in the end.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 05:47

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I still would not buy this with a $20 discount. The 9.7" iPad has been on the market for years and people want a smaller size. And given the fact that Apple did not cripple the retina mini and made it $100 cheaper that tablet is more desirable within Apple's product lineup. It would have more sense if Apple priced both the iPad air and retina mini for $400 apiece and the iPad 2 and iPad mini for $300.
Other than larger screen why would you pay $100 (or in this case $80) over the retina iPad mini? I expect the iPad Air to sell well but not sale out. The retina mini will be the hot ticket even with the price costing more than its competitors.
It will be very interesting how people will review/score the iPad air and iPad mini. Factoring the list cost and features I would rank retina iPad mini over iPad air.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:53

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

iPad 2 is still selling for $400.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:09

4. YuLeven (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 May 2013)

That's near 7 bars of KitKat money. I could even draw a free Nexus 7!

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:10

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I hope the 9.7 tablet don't sell out. That way, I won't have to preorder. I was really considering the 7.9 inch though. The thing is that the large one is now so light. I don't know, it's a hard decision.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:53

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Go to Wal-Mart either at midnight or early in the morning before work to snag one.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:53

8. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Still expensive

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