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Black Friday sales net some good deals on iPads

We're 10 days away from Thanksgiving in the US, but a number of stores already have released their Black Friday specials, many actually starting on Thanksgiving itself. If you're looking for an iPad as a gift to someone else or yourself, and you're willing to brave the Black Friday crowds, check out the following deals for a good bargain:


16 GB WiFi iPad 2 with free $75 gift card: If your store of choice is Walmart, you'll pay full price for the iPad 2, but get a $75 gift card in return. That'll bring the total down to $325, which is $6 higher than the current price of a refurbished 16 GB WiFi iPad 2 from Apple. Walmart has labeled the iPad 2 as a one-hour stock guarantee from 10 PM to 11 PM on Thanksgiving. If the store runs out of stock, you can purchase a guarantee card that ensures the iPad will ship to the same store for pickup for Christmas. Also at 10 PM Thursday, you can get a 16 GB iPod touch for $195.


$60 gift card with the purchase of any iPad: If you're wanting a gift card in return for getting a current-generation iPad or iPad 2, Target is the place to go. However, as shown above, the offer is not good for an iPad mini. So, if you're wanting to save $60 on that model, you're out of luck. Other Apple deals from Target include 10 percent off Smart Covers and Smart Cases, a $20 gift card with the purchase of an iPod nano, and $499.99 for a contract-free iPhone 4S and $399.99 for a contract-free iPhone 4 on Virgin Mobile.

Best Buy

Save $40-$60 off an iPad with Retina display or iPad 2: In addition to a marked-down iPad 2, Best Buy also will have a 16 GB iPod nano for $144.99 with a $20 gift card in return, a $194.99 16 GB iPod touch with a $50 gift card in return, and you can get a $100 iTunes gift card for $80. There are also a couple of savings on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs.

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