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TJ Maxx, Marshalls Selling iPad for $399

If you're looking for a good deal on a new Apple iPad this holiday season, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls doesn't exactly come to mind. Both are owned by the same company and focus on clothing and home décor. Yet according to reports, both stores will offer the 16 GB WiFi-only iPad for a meager $399 USD. That's $100 less than what's offered by Apple and most online retailers.

Looks like Black Friday has arrived a week early.

"The rumors are TRUE! Select (unadvertised) locations/limited quant," reports T.J. Maxx on Twitter.

As the Twitter feed states, TJX Companies did not make any formal announcements regarding the iPad in its two chains. In fact, the company didn't even advertise the tablets, but merely threw up signs in-store. It's speculated that TJX Companies is relying on press outlets to spread the word (cough), saving boat loads of money while raking in iPad seekers who normally wouldn't visit.

As for availability, the tablet won't be up for sale in every store. They've shown up in various stores in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and even in Florida. According to Mac Rumors, Marshalls stores in Florida will receive 100 iPads per day over a three-day period. A quick local call to the local T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (here in NC) produced no iPad-related results. Bummer.

In addition to drawing in extra business for TJX Companies, it's speculated that Apple over-produced and has a backlog in the channel. It could also be a confirmation that the 2nd-generation, camera-embedded iPad is indeed on the way.

  • sunflier
    Are they gonna offer you their surplus 4G network too?
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  • jomofro39
    Well, that is nothing.
    According to this Google ad right above here, an iPhone 4 sold for $33.33, so yeah...
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  • hellwig
    In addition to drawing in extra business for TJX Companies, it's speculated that Apple over-produced and has a backlog in the channel. It could also be a confirmation that the 2nd-generation, camera-embedded iPad is indeed on the way.
    I'm going with the first statement, Apple probably over-produced the 16GB WiFi-only model and needs to dump stock. I guess Apple realizes that not everyone who owns Apple products lives in Starbucks, sometimes you just can't get WiFi where you're at.
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  • AMW1011
    Hey I'd buy one, if it had flash so that I could actually browse all the internet, instead of half of it, like I could on those netbooks this is supposed to replace.
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  • sliem
    No thanks.
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  • User69
    First Apple doesn't have enough inventory to sell the popular iPad now they have so many they are dumping stock in budget clothing stores? Man Apple really nows how to create stories, advertise, market, and fool consumers. Apple consumers are the worst kind of consumers.
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  • vant
    User69First Apple doesn't have enough inventory to sell the popular iPad now they have so many they are dumping stock in budget clothing stores? Man Apple really nows how to create stories, advertise, market, and fool consumers. Apple consumers are the worst kind of consumers.It's speculated that TJ Maxx and Marshalls bought these on the public market. They are offering these to spur interest in the stores.

    Apple has already said that they are not authorized sellers, leading to warranty issues when you buy them from TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
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  • thillntn
    while shopping for bras, steve jobs decided to sell ipads there?
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  • I work for TJX Co. (Marshalls, TJ.Maxx, A.j. Wright, Homegoods) Without getting into the nitty gritty, the ipad was bought overstock from one of the stores that have gone belly up recently, and only a couple hundred were sent to a handfull of stores on the EAST coast (mostly t.j maxx and a.j wright stores) These items are not breakdated- meaning the few stores that actually got them- wont have them for black friday still. Hope this clears up some of the hype.
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  • bv90andy
    It wouldn't surprise me if they are selling the iPads at a loss just to attract some people into their stores.
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