Not everyone wants an iPad. For those looking for an alternative, here are a half-dozen sales to consider.
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Unlike Apple itself, this retailer is offering discounts on all iPads and Macs, including at least $200 savings on the Mac Pro.
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For the second straight year, the company will give out the cards instead of discounting its products. All iPads will come with a $50 card, and all iMac and MacBook purchases will include a $100 card.
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Other sales: $50 off MacBook Air laptops, a $100 discount on Microsoft's 64GB Surface 2 tablet, and even $100 off Mac Pro desktops.
The company has been showing off a 20-inch model just 20mm thick with its RealSense 3D camera and a five-hour battery to use it flat on a tabletop.
The retailer, with locations throughout the eastern half of the U.S., is also selling the iPad mini 2 for $20 off and a Samsung Chromebook for $50 less than the normal $249 price.
The office retailer will also have the original iPad Air for $319, the iPad with Retina Display for $279, and the Toshiba Encore Mini Windows 8.1 tablet for $99.99.
The offer only lasts between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, but you also get a $30 gift card. The original 16GB iPad Air will be sold for $397 with a $100 gift card starting Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.
The newly merged retailer also will be offering the HP Stream 7 Windows tablet for $79.99 and a 13.3-inch Toshiba Chromebook for $199.99.