You’ll soon be able to pick up an Apple iPad when you’re shopping for various house goods at Target, as the retailer said it will sell all six models of the tablet beginning Oct. 3.
Target will have the WiFi-only and iPad 3G in its various storage capacities and it will be the same price as it is in the Apple store. That means you’ll be able to pick one up at Target for $499 for the low-end model and $829 will get you the 64 GB model with 3G connectivity.
Beginning Oct. 17, Target credit card holders will be able to get a 5% discount on the Apple iPad. That doesn’t add up to much (especially if you don’t pay off your credit card on time) but a discount is a discount, I suppose.
The move to Target comes as the Apple iPad is expanding its retail availability. Target will be the largest retail chain to carry the Apple iPad but it may find some strong competition.
Best Buy already carriers the tablet in many of its stores and the company plans to sell the Apple iPad in all of its stores in the United States. We also keep hearing rumors that the device could wind up in Wal-Mart in a few months.
The move comes as the Apple iPad may finally have some competition. The Samsung Galaxy Tab looks like a cool device and it will be sold by all four major U.S. carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have a lot of retail stores, so the Tab could be a hit depending on how much it will cost and if there’s a contract data plan associated.
The BlackBerry tablet – BlackPad – and other devices are also looming and these could represent compelling alternatives to the Apple iPad. Check out our list of the most anticipated tablets to see what’s on the horizon.
[Via Associated Press]