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Beginning on November 1, Walmart will begin offering Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 at a significant discount, selling it for $199 instead of $268. $199 is a solid deal and one of the lowest prices we've seen on the iPad mini 2, which was the first of Apple's iPad mini line to ship with a Retina display.

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Compared to the current-generation iPad mini 4, the iPad mini 2 has a slower processor, less RAM, and it lacks Touch ID, but it's still a very capable device with an A7 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It's also thicker and heavier than the newest iPad mini.

We'll likely see similar deals on the iPad mini 2 during the month of November due to Black Friday, but for now, Walmart's discount is one of the best deals to be had. Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPad mini 2 for $199 for approximately 90 days, the standard amount of time Walmart price rollbacks generally last.

Article Link: Walmart Selling 16GB iPad Mini 2 for $199 Starting November 1
 

Red Oak

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Of course. That is why Apple set the retail price at $269. Knowing all the retailers would discount it down to $199, with the goal of driving traffic into their stores as we enter the holiday season

Apple maintains margin. Retailers use iPad to drive trafficker. That simple
 

carrrrrlos

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Kinda miss the day’s when Apple’s were a bit more elusive to the average consumer, but great news for them on reaching the masses.
 

iPhil

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Of course. That is why Apple set the retail price at $269. Knowing all the retailers would discount it down to $199, with the goal of driving traffic into their stores as we enter the holiday season

Apple maintains margin. Retailers use iPad to drive trafficker. That simple

Drive Trafficker aka Honey Pot ... only each store will carry a handful of units and no raincheck either ...

Edit:
The start is Nov. 1 which is Sunday .. Tomorrow is Oct 31 (Halloween)

All the Big brick n Mortar stores start their in-stores start on Sunday except Fry's theirs start on Fridays / Wednesday n Thursday are Single day type sale ....
 
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Glassed Silver

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Kinda miss the day’s when Apple’s were a bit more elusive to the average consumer, but great news for them on reaching the masses.
Me too, gone are the days of educated buyers dominating sales.

It shows horribly in Apple's performance*...

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*quality-wise, not sales-wise, obviously. You know, the thing I as a CUSTOMER, not as a sales rep or shill care about.
 

cdm283813

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Very good price for a tablet of this quality. And it's brand new with full warranty as well. If I didn't have my iPad Air 2 I would jump on this.
 

ChinaRye

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Interesting. This may be a good upgrade for my mom from the iPad 2 I gave her... although I'm not sure how she'd feel about the smaller size.

I was thinking the same thing for my mom. I got her an iPad 3, which is definitely showing its age now. I am wondering as well if she would like the smaller size.
 

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Appreciate the heads up, but tomorrow is not November 1.

EDIT:
When I click the link in the ad I don't see anywhere on the website where it mentions the sale. This would be a nice deal for a Christmas gift.

I think I mentally blocked out Halloween, whoops. Thanks for the heads up. I've corrected the post. The sale starts on Sunday, November 1.
 

JosephAW

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I'm assuming it still has iOS 8 on it since it's an older product.
Not interested if iOS 9 is installed.
 

GhostRaider

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iPad Mini 2 handles Split View and simulated Force Touch just fine if you jailbreak it. I don't know why Apple disabled it. Seems as if iOS 9 was optimized for memory management on older devices but got removed at the last minute.
 
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Beginning on November 1, Walmart will begin offering Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 at a significant discount, selling it for $199 instead of $268. $199 is a solid deal and one of the lowest prices we've seen on the iPad mini 2, which was the first of Apple's iPad mini line to ship with a Retina display.

retina_ipad_mini_colors_front_back.jpg

Compared to the current-generation iPad mini 4, the iPad mini 2 has a slower processor, less RAM, and it lacks Touch ID, but it's still a very capable device with an A7 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It's also thicker and heavier than the newest iPad mini.

We'll likely see similar deals on the iPad mini 2 during the month of November due to Black Friday, but for now, Walmart's discount is one of the best deals to be had. Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPad mini 2 for $199 for approximately 90 days, the standard amount of time Walmart price rollbacks generally last.

Article Link: Walmart Selling 16GB iPad Mini 2 for $199 Starting November 1
In 4 weeks, it's going to be $150. I got it at Best Buy last year for $220.
 

Andres Cantu

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At $199, it's an incredible value, especially when comparing it to other $199 tablets. Anything lower than that, and it's a steal.

Definitely something A5 and A5X users should consider, and definitely puts the $299 Galaxy Tab A with a 1024 x 768 display to shame.
 
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dmacdonald

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Drive Trafficker aka Honey Pot ... only each store will carry a handful of units and no raincheck either ...

I bought one this morning. The store had a lot in stock in Space Grey, Gold or Silver. The guy ahead of me bought 15 of them!
 
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hipnetic

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I bought a Space Gray today. They had a rollback sign on display showing the old price, so I was a little worried that I'd have to deal with some hassle but it rang up fine. I only got a glimpse, but they seemed to have quite a few in the storage area below the display.

I'm a little worried about the 16GB limit, especially since my main use case for this is for artwork using various sketching/art/design apps. I recently bought/downloaded several art design apps and also subscribed to Adobe Cloud for my daughter (a Senior in High School) and we've been experimenting with them over the last week on my older iPad 3 (1st gen Retina), along with a Wacom Creative 2 bluetooth stylus. In the process, I've rekindled my interest in drawing and am considering maintaining primary ownership of this to play with. But if my daughter and I fight over it I'll just buy another one. I also decided to buy a Pencil by 53 (another Bluetooth stylus) today to play with.

Again, I'm worried about the 16GB limit, but I think Adobe uses the Cloud for its primary storage of the artwork you work on, and I *think* some of the other apps have cloud options (possibly using Apple iCloud), so worst case, hopefully I can just up my iCloud storage limit to deal with that.

Aside from artwork, I might use it for NFL Game Pass, which is what I use my bigger iPad 3 for. Not sure if I'll have much desire to use it for much else. I'm content with my MacBook Pro and iPhone 6S for most of my other use cases. If I'm out, the iPhone is my main tool. If I'm home, I prefer to use my MacBook for most things.

Had the upcoming Apple Pencil been touted as being compatible with a newer-gen Mini, I would have probably held out for that. The iPad Pro is a lot bigger than I'd like (not to mention the added expense). But if I and/or my daughter end up getting hooked on iPad design work, and the Apple Pencil paired with an iPad Pro turns out to be significantly better than what we can accomplish with what we've got, then who knows.
 

whodatrr

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Yep, Santa scored four of them at best Buy last year for $220ea as well. Funny because Santa was in the Airport on Black Friday and was able to do hi shopping in the Best Buy kiosk at the terminal... LOL

But yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see them go lower than $199, on Black Friday. And there are some good tablet deals out there. The little tykes use Kindle Fire Kids' Edition tablets, which are very good for young'ins. $50 for the tablet, of $99 for the kids' Edition which includes: Kid-proof case, no questions damage warranty, 1 year of FreeTime (thousands of educational books, videos, games, etc). It's pretty much a one-stop shop for a kid's table everything, for $99.

But the iPad 2 is a good deal as well, for two bills.

In 4 weeks, it's going to be $150. I got it at Best Buy last year for $220.
 

Keane16

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Kinda miss the day’s when Apple’s were a bit more elusive to the average consumer, but great news for them on reaching the masses.

Me too, gone are the days of educated buyers dominating sales.

It shows horribly in Apple's performance*...

Glassed Silver:mac

*quality-wise, not sales-wise, obviously. You know, the thing I as a CUSTOMER, not as a sales rep or shill care about.

They never were elusive though were they?

https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2002/09/03Apples-iPod-is-Coming-to-a-Best-Buy-Store-Near-You.html

More importantly Apple's entry cost is lower than ever right now. Snowball effect of making good products, people wanting them and pricing them at a level that generates strong demand. That probably explains why we have more places that want to stock them.
 
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swingerofbirch

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Interesting on how the Walmart homepage you see the loss leading product is an Apple tablet most prominently featured, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is below much smaller for $1,299. In days not long ago, you'd see a Windows netbook or an Android tablet as the loss leader, while Apple maintained its margins with more expensive products. I'm really happy with Microsoft's latest offerings and that they are willing to put out a premium product.
 
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