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The iPad is Coming to Walmart This Friday

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If you've been lusting after an iPad at your local Best Buy, you'll be pleased to know that the device will now be calling out to you from the shelves of your local Walmart.

Retailer Walmart last night confirmed that it will be selling the iPad, and very soon, too. The company has said that the Apple tablet will be hitting stores on October 15. That’s this coming Friday for those of you who have misplaced your calendars.

Fortune reports that the addition of Walmart stores to the 221 Apple stores, 1,093 Best Buys and 1,743 Target branches already selling the device will bring the number of places Americans can purchase an iPad to more than 5,300. The site also notes that this is the fastest Apple has every pushed a product out to the big-name retailers. The iPhone, for example, took a year and a half to reach Walmart.

It's not exactly surprising that Apple has decided to up the ante regarding retail locations. After all, the holiday season is approaching. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal reports that, though the iPad will only be in a few hundred Walmarts at first, it will be in 2,300 stores by mid-November. What would Black Friday be without iPad stampedes?

Source: Fortune, Wall Street Journal

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    hellwig , October 13, 2010 1:10 AM
    Will Wal-Mart be offering a discount? I remember with the iPhone they offered it for like 3 dollars less than retail, you know, to give them an edge.
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    el_samky , October 13, 2010 1:27 AM
    is only marketing.... nothing new!
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , October 13, 2010 1:31 AM
    It's because in the future they want the Wal-Mart door greeters to have an iPad on them to make them look cool and techy and subsequently increase the sales of iPads.

    Just imagine :

    -person enters wal-mart
    -door greeter says script "Welcome to Wal-mart. May I freaking help you?" which has now been updated to "Welcome to Wal-mart. May I freaking show you this wonderful angry F$#@$$# bird application?"
    -door greeter's crack-like addiction to angry bird on ipad kicks in as he demonstrates the ipad upon entering patrons and forgets to do his job
    -person that previously entered either becomes zombified by the ipaddedness or becomes smart and either walks away or pull a quick u-turn and gets the heck outta there

    Apple can't possibly lose with this idea now can they?
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    burnley14 , October 13, 2010 1:43 AM
    Strider-Hiryu_79It's because in the future they want the Wal-Mart door greeters to have an iPad on them to make them look cool and techy and subsequently increase the sales of iPads.Just imagine : -person enters wal-mart-door greeter says script "Welcome to Wal-mart. May I freaking help you?" which has now been updated to "Welcome to Wal-mart. May I freaking show you this wonderful angry F$#@$$# bird application?"-door greeter's crack-like addiction to angry bird on ipad kicks in as he demonstrates the ipad upon entering patrons and forgets to do his job-person that previously entered either becomes zombified by the ipaddedness or becomes smart and either walks away or pull a quick u-turn and gets the heck outta thereApple can't possibly lose with this idea now can they?


    Man you've really been thinking about this a lot.
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    applegetsmelaid , October 13, 2010 2:03 AM
    Get ready for a whole new breed of Mactard.
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    dEAne , October 13, 2010 2:11 AM
    But next year is approaching and new tech again.
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    fjjb , October 13, 2010 2:13 AM
    ....but the price still the same!
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    kelemvor4 , October 13, 2010 2:26 AM
    How does this qualify as tech news?
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    eddieroolz , October 13, 2010 2:29 AM
    kelemvor4How does this qualify as tech news?


    I also question the meaning of this article. iPad going to one more retailer is not worthy of news.
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    LORD_ORION , October 13, 2010 3:20 AM
    Oh man, I can't wait to see people of walmart iPad edition.
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    kronos_cornelius , October 13, 2010 3:28 AM
    Good for Apple. I never thought the iPad was going to be useful. We still don't know if it is useful, but at least it is profitable.
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    mimijoe24 , October 13, 2010 3:32 AM
    Wal-Mart getting an iPad would be great for all the users who are looking forward to it.
    Will Wal-Mart be offering a discount? I'm waiting for that.
    If so, I'll get an ipad from Wal-Mart. That means I can enjoy my favourite movies and videos on iPad on the go, even sometime maybe need in the help of iFunia iPad Video Converter, u know to steaming videos are too slow!
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    rmmil978 , October 13, 2010 4:36 AM
    Our local Target had every new model of Ipad on the first day they sold them at Target. Didn't sell a single one. I doubt they'll be many Ipad "stampedes" this Black Friday, unless they do the "buy this item get a $50+ giftcard," which is probably likely. But otherwise, they aren't exactly hard to find, are they? Best Buy scored a major victory when they were first retailer to get it, and sold a ton of them while it was still a hot item.
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    soundping , October 13, 2010 4:36 AM
    Now we'll see parents beating kids with iPads at Wally World.
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    wmalinowski , October 13, 2010 5:52 AM
    Who Cares? The iPad is not that useful of device anyway.
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    rantoc , October 13, 2010 10:24 AM
    We had enought Foxconn worker killing themselves over low saleries/working conditions rather than fixing it so now we can offer it at discounted prices. Enjoy the deaths for the green!

    - Steve
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    mwilliam12 , October 13, 2010 1:35 PM
    kelemvor4How does this qualify as tech news?

    How does it not?

    The Mactards are finally stepping down to the level of Wintards
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    cknobman , October 13, 2010 2:12 PM
    Nothing America needs more .

    Apple chooses the epicenter for the poor and uneducated to sell an overpriced high tech gadget that cant afford it and dont need it.

    "Buy now, pay never" its the American way.
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    mwilliam12 , October 13, 2010 2:18 PM
    rantocWe had enought Foxconn worker killing themselves over low saleries/working conditions rather than fixing it so now we can offer it at discounted prices. Enjoy the deaths for the green!- Steve

    and - Dell
    and - HP
    and - Nokia
    and countless others.
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    mwilliam12 , October 13, 2010 2:26 PM
    cknobmanNothing America needs more .Apple chooses the epicenter for the poor and uneducated to sell an overpriced high tech gadget that cant afford it and dont need it. "Buy now, pay never" its the American way.


    So, you're suggesting that Apple, as a business, should not try and put their product in one of the world's largest retail outlets? You have fantastic business sense. Like every business, they're out there to turn profits. If they were into the morality business they'd be out there arm in arm with Greenpeace getting their boats smashed and boarding whaling ships.
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