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  • iPads Coming to Wal-Mart This Year



    The iPad is about to get a lot closer to the masses. Expanding beyond the confines of the Apple Store and select Best Buy outlets,the largest retail giant of them all will soon stock and sell the iPad and its various models. “We anticipate being able to have the iPad later this year,” said Gary Severson, senior VP of entertainment for Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores.

    Having Wal-Mart sell the iPad is bound to give an enormous boost and jolt of exposure to the already over-exposed tablet to an entirely new and substantially larger potential consumer base. Of course, the only chief concern that this relationship between Apple and Wal-Mart provokes is whether or not Cupertino can keep up with the supplies needed to stock scores of Wal-Mart outlets across the United States.

    Since going on sale six weeks ago, the iPad - which has already sold in excess of one million units - has been plagued by supply issues both domestically and abroad. But as Apple endeavors to expand the presence of its products in the realm of large retail, maintaining substantial quantities of the iPad will likely remain a top priority for Apple in the coming months - especially with industry analysts maintaining that the iPad may sell between four and five million units in total for 2010 alone.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPads Coming to Wal-Mart This Year started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by timothyvanwing View Post

      No, more like:

      Buyer: Hey can I have that ipad right there?
      Salesperson: Sorry honey, not my section, I don't have the key. Also, I get paid by the hour so i don't really feel like calling Betty on the radio. She probably just went to the toliet again for the third time this hour.
      buyer: Um, ok. *waits for betty*
      *betty finally comes*
      Buyer: hey, can i purc---
      *betty starts helping someone else with some sort of PS3 game.
      *waits*
      Buyer: Hey can I purchase your ipad right there?
      Betty: Sorry, but that one is for veiwing purposes only. Let me go to the back.
      *waits*
      *ten minutes later*
      Betty: Sorry, but were out of ipads, we will get our next shipment.

      Hahah, that's why I save five bucks and go to bestbuy...I like the atmosphere at bestbuy better too..
      lmao, now that's just funny and from my experiences, spot on.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      lmao, now that's just funny and from my experiences, spot on.
      i prefer the Internet.

      *sits on ass*
      *clicks on the picture of an ipad*
      *sits on ass*
      *ipad arrives at door*


      yep, beats out both of those scenarios.
    1. pojo644's Avatar
      pojo644 -
      Not going to happen. Walmart is not a prefered apple vendor. The only reason walmart has the iPhone is because of AT&T, and apple will not give any support to the stores.
    1. Khoffice's Avatar
      Khoffice -
      Doesn't any one know that for most of the products walmart sells, they make special deals with manufacturers to use cheap parts on the same products. That is how they are so damn cheap. Feel free to compare anything in there to an identical product in another store. Maybe not with apple, but maybe so.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      But also WalMart is buying in a massive bulk compared to other stores. There are far more WalMarts than many other big chains. So buying more product in bulk than others gives them a bigger discount.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Walmart, where the electronics guy, is 300lbs, and has a mullet! I bet he'll know alot about the products. I'd stick with Apple Store or Best Buy, where people know what's going on. Walmart is horrible, I can't believe Apple would lower there standerds all sell there products here.
    1. kharkiv's Avatar
      kharkiv -
      walmart often gives away free stuff. maybe it will give away iPads )))
    1. parishm's Avatar
      parishm -
      what a joke that will be, more will get stolen than are sold !!!