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So now that the biggest shopping weekend of 2012 is done, is there any chance of getting a good deal on an iPad in the 2012 Christmas holiday shopping season?
Since Apple is the main retailer of its own products, and since Apple doesn't allow licensed retailers to discount its products below what Apple itself is selling them for, the short answer to the question about Apple iPad discounts and deals is "no." But the savvy deal and discount shopper answer is "maybe."
You won't find discounts and deals in the form of reduced pricing for iPads, but some clever retailers sidestep that Apple pricing rule by creating "bundles," which include extra products at a reduced price, or even freebies. You pay full price for the Apple iPad, but the value of the other stuff you get for cheap or for free with it makes it feel like a deal. At least that's what the the online and physical retailers that created the bundles hope that you feel.
These iPad bundle deals will undoubtedly come and go throughout the 2012 Christmas holiday shopping season, so you can keep comparing deals until you find the one that finally motivates you to purchase. Compare Prices >>
The only other deals or discounts you'll be able to wrangle on an iPad during the 2012 Christmas holiday shopping season will be at Best Buy. If you join the Best Buy Reward Zone customer loyalty program, you will earn points which will get converted into reward certificates that can be spent at Best Buy. The bottom line is that you get a 2% discount on everything you purchase at Best Buy. And that includes Apple iPads.
Click here to get a 2% discount on everything you buy at Best Buy >>
Best Buy also has a Trade-In Program that will give you credit for "gently used" electronic devices, and you could use that credit to purchase your Christmas iPad. Click here for more about the Best Buy Trade In Program >>
And one other way that Best Buy will help you with your Apple iPad purchase is by offering you a Best Buy Branded credit card. Not only can you buy now and pay later with that credit card, you will also get a $25 merchandise certificate with your first Best Buy credit card purchase (while the offer lasts). Click here for more about the Best Buy Credit Card $25 Bonus >>
As long as we're talking Best Buy, you might as well check out another deal that they’ve got going on their website right now. If you buy $250 worth of merchandise you’ll get a $25 discount if you choose the ship-to-store delivery option. So basically, it’s only a 1% discount, but it will pay for your gas and you won’t have to worry about any losses or damage during the shipping process.
Best Buy $25 Ship-to-store Discount Deal >>
Best Buy is still trying to thwart a buyout attempt, so it is a motivated retail chain this 2012 holiday season. It is predicted that Best Buy deals and discounts will get better the closer it gets to December 25th. While supplies last, of course.
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