WSJ: Wal-Mart to carry the Apple iPad starting Friday

Walmart to start selling the iPad?

Walmart to start selling the iPad?

A report out of the WSJ confirms that Wal-Mart will stock the Apple iPad beginning on Friday. The retail giant will offer all six models of the iPad and will roll out the tablet devices to over 2,300 stores by mid-November. The discount retailer will be selling the tablet device at its full retail price with the 16GB WiFi-only model retailing for $499. Customers accustomed to the competitive prices of Wal-Mart may be disappointed by this pricing but that is the trade-off of being able to pick up some clothes, a box of band-aids, and an iPad in a single shopping trip.

Apple’s popular tablet device will be available in both brick and mortar retail stores and online from Wal-Mart’s website. All online orders will be delivered to stores and not residences, a restriction that is present on all Apple devices being sold by the retail giant. The iPad will be front and center in display cases within the store and several over-enthusiastic stores have setup these displays a bit too early, leading to a rash of “in the wild” shots of the iPad over the weekend.

Wal-Mart joins a growing list of retailers selling the iPad during the upcoming holiday shopping season. Best Buy and Target are selling the tablet in stores and both retailers are ramping up for holiday shopping season.While Wal-Mart is a bit late to the game, the Bentonville, Ark. company plans to make up for its delay with volume and its entrance into the growing tablet market may throw a monkey wrench into Target’s and Best Buy’s carefully laid holiday plans. Wal-Mart is larger than either Best Buy or Target and is developing a reputation as an electronics retailer. Would you buy an iPad if you were casually shopping at Wal-Mart and saw one on display? Know of anyone who would?

[Via WSJ]

  • Anonymous

    Wal-Mart getting an Iphone would be great for all the users who are looking forward to it.
    You know iPhone sells so better because it’s the only smartphone that is as powerful as a Mac and as easy to use as an iPod. Period. I like iPhone 4, it’s so fatastic and got top 4 tempting features, HD Video Recording and lovely pictures, what’s more, the Retina display, and the remarkable 960×640 resolution screen make my movie watching experience unbelievably sharp and crisp in the help of iFunia iPhone video converter.
    aha, I love Verizon and I love iPhone 4’s = One Big Love for this marriage to happy. Love, love, love, love.

  • Asdfasdf

    These mac users need to learn proper English.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emmanuel-Gallegos/100001157880978 Emmanuel Gallegos

    yeah iam not going to pay 499 for a giant iphone, my android is more handy :)

  • Sdinfoserv

    Wallmart?!? So what… it’s full retail. You can buy it anywhere at full retail. This isn’t news.

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