As every Apple customer knows, it's very difficult to find discounts on most Apple products, like the iPad. That is, until recently when Apple let Walmart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target sell iPhone 5c at half the list price (with a two year contract) soon after Apple launched iPhone 5c. At the time, some Apple watches speculated that the steep price cuts of iPhone 5c at stores like Walmart suggested that the iPhone 5c possibly wasn't selling well.
Now Walmart has announced that the retail giant is cutting the price of Apple's new iPad Air—even before the iPad Air has hit the market. Customers shouldn't expect Walmart to offer the same steep price cut for iPad Air that it offers for iPhone 5c however.
Starting Nov 1, Walmart will be selling iPad Air for $479.00—just $20.00 less than the listed price of $499.00 (which is the price at Apple retail stores). Nevertheless, for any customer looking to save money on a brand new Apple product that is just being launched, the price cut is an attractive deal.
Walmart's iPad Air price cut coming before iPad Air has hit the market, should prevent any talk about lackluster sales of this Apple product. It'll be interesting to see if Apple will permit iPad Air discounts to ripple through the other retail chains that discounted the iPhone 5c—Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target.
At this time, Walmart hasn't announced any price cut for the new iPad mini with Retina display. Apple's new iPad mini will hit the market probably before Thanksgiving.
To encourage iPad Air sales, Walmart is also expanding its smartphone trade-in program to include tablets. Of course, the tablet that you're trading in must be in working condition, with no water damage, no cracked screen or broken housing—and with all locks disabled. To see the trade-in value of your tablet check Walmart's trade-in program page.
The tablet market is exploding. Tablets like Apple's iPad Air and iPad mini will outsell desktop computers this year and laptops next year.