Walmart drops original Apple iPad mini price to $199 for Black Friday 2014

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.


When Best Buy pulled out its iPad deals for Black Friday -- $100 off an iPad Air 2, $75 off the iPad mini 3 -- it set a tough bar for the 800-pound gorilla of the shopping holiday, Walmart. When the retail behemoth's ad would finally leak, would it be able to match Best Buy's specials -- or surpass them? We've reached that moment, and frankly Best Buy can breathe a little easier. Yes, Walmart has a couple of iPad deals, but they are not quite the blockbusters we might have expected.


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That doesn't mean that won't be attractive to potential buyers, especially if you are in the market for the original iPad mini. Walmart will be offering it for just $199, or $50 less than Apple's price, and will even throw in a $30 gift card to boot. That's the good news. The bad news is you might need to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner to obtain one at that price. The special is one of Walmart's notorious doorbuster deals, and the company's doors open earlier every year for the weekend shopping extravaganza. In this case, the iPad mini will be available at this special price guaranteed for the hour between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

The other iPad sale might just ruin your dessert instead of your turkey consumption. At 8 p.m. on Thursday, the original 16GB iPad Air will be available for $397 (a mere $2 less than Apple's usual price) with a $100 Walmart gift card thrown in. Unfortunately, Best Buy is selling the iPad Air 2 (though with no gift card bonus) for $399, and Walmart's own Sam's Club will be selling the first-generation Air for $299 during Black Friday .

If neither of those deals entices you, Walmart has a quartet of tablets that are being sold for under $100. These include the 7- inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for $99 (or $10 more than at Office Depot/OfficeMax ), and the 8-inch Nextbook Windows 8.1 slate with Intel Atom processor for the same price. The retailer's price ($99) on the Nabi 2 (Nickolodeon Edition) kids tablet is $30 less than the price Target is selling its version for , while the increasingly popular RCA brand is represented by a 10-inch Android slate for just $79 including keyboard folio case.

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Joining the iPad Air as a doorbuster deal on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. is an HP Windows 8.1 laptop with Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive for just $159, which is $90 less than its regular price. Walmart has another pair of Windows 8.1 notebooks under the $200 price point. While the HP Streambook 11 with Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of solid-state storage is already being sold by retailers at $199.99, Walmart will knock the 99 cents off and throw in a $25 gift card. Alternately, you can grab the Acer Aspire V5 with 11.6-inch touchscreen, AMD A4 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard for the same (without gift card, though).

Other laptop specials of note are a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 convertible laptop (or 2-in-1 device) with Intel Pentium processor, 2 gigs of RAM, 32GB SSD, and 11.6-inch detachable touchscreen for $299, or about $30 less than Best Buy's sale price ; a $349 HP bundle built around a 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook -- powered by an AMD A8 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drive -- that includes a wireless mouse, sleeve, and other accessories; and a beefier Dell Inspiron 15R with Core i7-4500U, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $549. Desktop lovers will be disappointed, however, as Walmart has just one in its Black Friday ad. The HP All-in-One comes with an AMD E1-2500 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, and 19.5-inch touchscreen for $349, or about $80 less than the current price.

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