Current iPad Deals: 30 Percent Off at Best Buy; Discounts at Walmart and MacMall

If you're looking to buy an iPad, now might be a good time as several models are currently heavily discounted. The best deals, according to 9To5Mac, can be found at a Best Buy clearance sale. Best Buy is offering as much as 30 percent off a number of 3rd generation iPad models (the first iPad to have the Retina display). That includes the basic 16GB model for $314 and the 32GB model for $384, which is $165 off the retail price. It's also offering cellular data models, mostly AT&T but also a 64GB Verizon unit for $546. One iPad 2 model is available: a 64GB Verizon for $511. Two tablets from Amazon are also on sale, along with one from Acer as well as Asus.

If it's an iPad mini you're wanting, check out Walmart's sale. It's selling the basic 16GB model for $299, which is $30 off the usual retail price. MacMall also is selling some models of the iPad mini at a discount of as much as $35.

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And if you want the current 4th generation iPad with Retina display, MacMall also has a discount on some of those too, saving you up to $40.

Note that AppleInsider regularly tracks the lowest prices available for all iPad models. So be sure to check out its iPad price guide whenever you're in the market for one. You can also find price guides for the Macintosh at the same link.

It's not often that you see these sorts of discounts. Apple has traditionally exerted significant control over the prices that retailers can charge. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.