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Best Apple iPad, iPad Mini Deals & Discounts Not Found in Apple Retail Stores

How to Find Specials, Bundles, Retail Store Discount Programs for Apple iPads


Best Apple iPad, iPad Mini Deals & Discounts Not Found in Apple Retail Stores
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Updated November 12, 2013
If you have been searching for a tablet or e-reader device as part of your Christmas holiday shopping, chances are that you have been shopping for an Apple iPad, or more specifically an Apple iPad2, an iPad4, or the latest and greatest iPad Mini. That's not an assumption, that's based on fact since 10% of all online shopping search traffic prior to the busiest shopping weekend of the year was specifically for the Apple iPad and 88% of all tablet and e-reader related search traffic was also attached to the Apple iPad.

The bad news is that discount pricing is not part of the Apple retailing strategy. Not now, not during the Christmas holiday shopping season, not ever does Apple offer deals and discounts on iPads or iPad minis. So, is there any chance of getting a good deal on an iPad or iPad mini anywhere during the Christmas holiday shopping season?

See also: 2013 Christmas Holiday Shopping Season Updates 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 and iPad Mini 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 or iPad Minis, 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 or iPad Mini, 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.

The iPad and iPad mini bundle deals will come and go throughout the Christmas holiday shopping season, so you can keep comparing deals until you find the one that finally motivates you to purchase. Compare Prices >>

Other deals or discounts you'll be able to wrangle on an iPad or iPad mini during the 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 and Apple iPad minis.

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 >>

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