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NewsPoster Jul 8, 2013 07:04 PM
Target offering gift cards in move to discount iOS devices
North American big-box retailer Target is offering a new <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289286==http://9to5mac.com/2013/07/07/target-promoting-free-gift-cards-with-iphone-ipad-ipod-apple-tv-purchases/" rel='nofollow'>promotion</a> in its latest US flyer, offering Target gift cards in varying amounts for the purchase of iOS devices -- including the current iPad models, iPod Touch, Apple TV and iPhone 5. All but the latter are direct rebates in the form of Target gift cards <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289287==http://www.target.com/p/apple-16gb-ipad-with-retina-display-black-md510ll-a/-/A-14213724#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=ipad+retina" rel='nofollow'>up to $50</a>, while the iPhone 5 discount can be augmented with a trade-in of a previous handset. In addition, the company is selling the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289288==http://www.target.com/p/iphone-5-16gb-white-verizon-with-2-year-contract/-/A-14627355#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=iphone" rel='nofollow'>iPhone 5 for $149</a> with a two-year carrier contract. It isn't clear if the gift card is offered for all configurations of the iOS devices, or just specific models.<br />
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For <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289289==http://www.target.com/p/apple-16gb-ipad-with-retina-display-black-md510ll-a/-/A-14213724#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=ipad+retina" rel='nofollow'>the iPad</a>, the ad (first spotted by <em>AppleInsider</em>) specifically mentions the $500 16GB full-size Wi-Fi iPad with Retina display, but infers in the fine print that it applies to any capacity of that model, as well as the iPad 2. "Other Wi-Fi and Cellular models available," the ads says, without specifically saying that they also qualify for the $50 gift card offer. The $330 16GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi qualifies for a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289290==http://www.target.com/p/apple-ipad-mini-16gb-wi-fi-black-md528ll-a/-/A-14213694#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=ipad" rel='nofollow'>$40 Target gift card</a>.<br />
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The $100 Apple TV unit nets buyers <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289291==http://www.target.com/p/the-new-apple-tv-black-md199ll-a/-/A-14051076#prodSlot=large_1_1&term=apple+tv" rel='nofollow'>a $10 gift card</a>, while the latest iPod Touch (16GB) which sells for $229 comes with <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289292==http://www.target.com/p/apple-ipod-touch-16gb-mp3-player-5th-generation-black-silver-me643ll-a/-/A-14625728#prodSlot=medium_1_4&term=iPod+touch+5th" rel='nofollow'>a $20 gift card</a>. The gift card produces some of the lowest prices available for new Apple iOS products currently available.<br />
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The $150 iPhone 5 (normally $199) refers to the 16GB model, which can be activated on either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint and requires a two-year contract and comes with <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289293==http://www.target.com/p/iphone-5-16gb-white-verizon-with-2-year-contract/-/A-14627355#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=iphone" rel='nofollow'>a $25 Target gift card</a>. Buyers can also trade-in their old (but working) cell phone and get a rebate on the value of that unit plus a voucher for $25 off the already-discounted iPhone 5 price, which could result in quite substantial savings if the unit being traded in is a recent smartphone model.<br />
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Not all Target locations carry the full line of Apple's iOS products, and the flyer refers to stores with a Target Mobile as having all the offered products. Quantities are limited, and no rain checks will be issued in the event of a sellout. The promotion ends on July 13.<br />
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