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Target today is having a sale on a collection of iPad models, including the most recent Wi-Fi versions of the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. For the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Target has taken off $150, marking the 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB iPad down to $449.99, $549.99, and $649.99, respectively.

Not every version of the iPad is available to ship, however. At the time of writing, for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro only the 32GB Rose Gold, 32GB Space Gray, and 32GB and 128GB Gold models are able to be added to the user's cart to ship, with December 27 being the earliest estimated delivery date. Every other model can be picked up at a nearby Target, but stock is likely to be sparse so close to Christmas.

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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has received a similar markdown today, with the 32GB and 128GB editions priced at $649.99 and $749.99, respectively. Unfortunately, Target has not included the 256GB 12.9-inch model in its iPad sale. The larger-screened iPad appears to be completely out of stock for online orders, so users will have to check local stores to take advantage of the discounts.

Wi-Fi + Cellular editions for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are also discounted by $150 today at Target, with similar stock shortages facing the 12.9-inch tablet. Check out the rest of the iPad deals at Target.com, including sales on products like the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2.

Article Link: Target Sale Marks $150 Off 9.7-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Models
 

mwebb

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Target has been the King of Apple Discounters this season. Gone are the Target Gift Cards instead of cash discounts. Now, it's actual discounts, actual stock, with 5% via the Red Card or Target Card on top of that.

Best Buy came out with discounts earlier - I "snagged" a Pro 9.7 for $125 off - but Target beat the price on Black Friday and, in addition and much to my surprise, for the last two weeks has continued to offer Black Friday pricing, with stock mostly available, on iPads, Touches, Watches.

Surprisingly, a couple days ago they had an "order online, pick up in store" web promo that knocked off another 10% if you ordered online for instore pickup.

Wild times we live in. The Apple Store no longer prices matches, btw - only a limited "price match up to 10% off our retail."
 

satchmo

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Yes, it's times like this when I miss Target (Canada).
We seem only have clearance sale on the Air 2, not the Pro.
 

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I've hardly touched my iPad since I got an iPhone 7+. The bigger screen on the phone makes the iPad superfluous.

They still make the iPad? I thought the fad died right about the same time as the Apple Watch?

EDIT: they make that too still? Would have thought it was all going away given the hefty discounts Target's had to offer on both this week for extremely niche unnecessary products.
 

Dodgerdog

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Check Best Buy, they had them also on sale. Target has the better sale price but Best Buy will price match it.
 

Relentless Power

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Target has been the King of Apple Discounters this season. Gone are the Target Gift Cards instead of cash discounts. Now, it's actual discounts, actual stock, with 5% via the Red Card or Target Card on top of that.

Best Buy came out with discounts earlier - I "snagged" a Pro 9.7 for $125 off - but Target beat the price on Black Friday and, in addition and much to my surprise, for the last two weeks has continued to offer Black Friday pricing, with stock mostly available, on iPads, Touches, Watches.

Surprisingly, a couple days ago they had an "order online, pick up in store" web promo that knocked off another 10% if you ordered online for instore pickup.

Wild times we live in. The Apple Store no longer prices matches, btw - only a limited "price match up to 10% off our retail."

Price matching is extremely important for retailers. It comes down to they want your business and they want you to spread the word. As long as the store you are attempting to price Match has the item you want in stock in the store, that's all you need for the retailer to confirm and apply the discount.

In today's day and age with how competitive retailers are now, it almost is a slap in the face if they don't offer a price match. I think it's competitive and necessary for creating a strong following and customer basis.
 
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Fruit Cake

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They still make the iPad? I thought the fad died right about the same time as the Apple Watch?

EDIT: they make that too still? Would have thought it was all going away given the hefty discounts Target's had to offer on both this week for extremely niche unnecessary products.
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Ghost31

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They still make the iPad? I thought the fad died right about the same time as the Apple Watch?

EDIT: they make that too still? Would have thought it was all going away given the hefty discounts Target's had to offer on both this week for extremely niche unnecessary products.
Apparently there's a lot of things you're out of the loop on. Should come out of that rock you've been hiding under
 

melendezest

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Until Apple does away with lightning and replaces it with USB-C, I will continue to resist temptation.

I have a daughter in the creative arts that would love an iPad Pro 12" and Apple Pencil, but Apple's hardware and software need to change.

Until that happens, I'll continue to vote with my wallet, and my daughter can keep using her Wacom + 2011 Macs in my household.

I would also love an iPad "Pro" 12" as a daily driver, but again, Apple needs a lesson. The surface products are looking more and more attractive given I'm a power user.

Apple has until July next year (my daughter's B-day) to release or announce something. Otherwise, I'm out as a customer.
 

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They still make the iPad? I thought the fad died right about the same time as the Apple Watch?

EDIT: they make that too still? Would have thought it was all going away given the hefty discounts Target's had to offer on both this week for extremely niche unnecessary products.

With so many "niche unnecessary products", I wonder how Apple sells 200+ billion worth of stuff each year to the consumer.
 

sracer

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Until Apple does away with lightning and replaces it with USB-C, I will continue to resist temptation.

I have a daughter in the creative arts that would love an iPad Pro 12" and Apple Pencil, but Apple's hardware and software need to change.

Until that happens, I'll continue to vote with my wallet, and my daughter can keep using her Wacom + 2011 Macs in my household.

I would also love an iPad "Pro" 12" as a daily driver, but again, Apple needs a lesson. The surface products are looking more and more attractive given I'm a power user.

Apple has until July next year (my daughter's B-day) to release or announce something. Otherwise, I'm out as a customer.
Good plan (though I own a Surface, I'd never use it as a primary device). I honestly don't think it is necessary to wait.

After the the iOS 10 emoji-palooza nothing-burger, I've readjusted my expectations regarding Apple. They are not "playing to win" but "playing not to lose". As useful as my 12.9 iPad Pro w/ASK+Pencil has been for me, I've resigned myself to it being nothing more than what it currently is.... an iPad Plus.
 

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With so many "niche unnecessary products", I wonder how Apple sells 200+ billion worth of stuff each year to the consumer.
Two reasons: first, the biggie: the iPhone-- 1/2 of Apple's sales, easily. second, because Apple's name is still a fad and when people need to go buy something for a gift they go there and waste money. If the Apple Watch isn't the epitome of a waste of money for a product that should at best be called a "wrist notification screen extension" of the iPhone, I don't know what is. And don't give me the fitness line--the Apple Watch is no more a fitness device than a gym membership card. It's not going to get you in shape, make you a better athlete or aid to improve your health and if tracking alone is what you desire, the FitBit does it better and crud load cheaper (not a FitBit user FYI). Spent the last 5 days at Disney World watch people try and do the motion to bring their watch screen live -- most of the time unsuccessfully, leading to force tapping the screen a bunch of times before it finally woke up to show them (gasp) the time. Yet, Target put the Series 1 on sale for $70 off the week before Christmas (and it's presently $50 off) so $179/229 and $199/249 become palatable for people who need to buy mom a gift...or even worse, their kids. Now 10 year olds not only have $750 iPhones (and the monthly cost of service, game and app purchases), they have Apple watches. This as I was getting excited to buy a retro Nintendo to reminisce of my elementary/middle school days when we (older brother and I) mowed lawns all summer to pay for our NES, which was entertainment only when it rained in S. Florida and we couldn't go outside.

Note also this: http://bgr.com/2016/10/26/ipad-sales-decline-five-year-low/ - the iPad has been in decline for a while. Why? Because people didn't want to buy $1500-3000 laptops and loved the idea of a tablet that worked like their iPhone. Believing the lie they were told that this new trend would soon replace laptops and render them obsolete millions of iPad 2's were sold that people thought would last over many generations of iOS releases -- which didn't happen, nor did the iPad ever come close to replacing a laptop for anything but web browsing...and even that you would still get a mobile formatted, less capable page by default. Further, once iPhone screens grew past 3.5" and the specs were just as good as the corresponding iPads people realized that they could use just one device and do it all...oh, and that they looked like fools when they pulled their iPads out and tried to use it as a camera at a theme park or their daughter's soccer game.

So yes, Apple has sold lots of stuff, but 15 years ago Apple could hardly sell a free banana to a monkey. There are ebbs and flows and while I love my iPhone and MacBook Pro, Apple won't remain king just because they've been king. It's gonna take more than Wall-E tablets and Dick Tracy watches and enamel coated phone colors to keep sales up.

EDIT: (mic drop)
 

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"is still a fad"

doesn't make any sense.

Apple sells and Apple makes money because they make good things, while Samsung, Microsoft, and etc. make cheaply made crap.

If you're going to summarize a 3 paragraph LONG post with "is still a fad" at least make an attempt to give context.

QUOTE I WAS RESPONDING TO: "With so many "niche unnecessary products", I wonder how Apple sells 200+ billion worth of stuff each year to the consumer."

MY RESPONSE: "Two reasons: first, the biggie: the iPhone-- 1/2 of Apple's sales, easily. second, because Apple's name is still a fad and when people need to go buy something for a gift they go there and waste money." (plus a whole bunch more to back that statement up).

But I'll explain "Apple's name is still a fad." I mean it's the sexy name brand people buy, especially in the holiday season when they're trying to find something for someone. Jimmy Kimmel's video on the street about the initial Apple Watch announcement is about the epitome of that. Take a cheap 20 year old Casio watch and put an Apple logo on it and a whole susceptible population salivates.

Now, don't me wrong: I love my MacBook Pro Retina (2015). It's perfect for the video editing I do. I also have not owned a Windows computer since about 2009 and don't plan to anytime soon. I continue to love MacOS. I also have an iPhone SE and love it. However, that does not give Apple a free pass to my wallet. I wanted to like the Apple Watch and frankly I've found it ugly, bulky and useless. I owned an iPad once...didn't last long because my iPhone did everything the iPad did and in some cases more and the iPad never could replace my laptop (as many promised it would--so why keep it?). I had an Apple TV 3 - gone as well. Doesn't do 4K, and the latest one doesn't either (mind boggling!)...but also full of a bunch of junky apps I wasn't using. I do have a lightning to HDMI adapter hooked into the back of my TV at all times though and my iPhone regularly gets hooked up to play content. I have an AirPort express powering my wifi. Again, that doesn't mean every Apple product is a hit. My argument is that people have given Apple a very generous look to Apple products in general because of the surrounding hype of their hit products which I argued are unquestionably the iPhone (though I refuse a phone bigger than the SE and am thankful they at least offered that as an upgrade from my 5S - I have my doubts about whether or not they'll continue that format however) and to a lesser extent the iMac and MacBooks...both of which are falling, at least somewhat, out of favor it would seem, based on bad press and subpar specs (or extraordinary costs) in the latest releases.

Nevertheless, they'll sell (for now), because, you guessed it: "Apple's name is still a fad."
 
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