Wal-Mart to sell Apple’s revolutionary iPad starting Friday, October 15th

Apple Online Store“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPad on Friday at hundreds of stores throughout the U.S.,” Miguel Bustillo reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Wal-Mart landed the tablet computer a little later than two of its largest retail rivals: Best Buy Co., which has been selling the iPad since its launch in April, and Target Corp., which began carrying it this month,” Bustillo reports. “The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant said that what it lacked in timeliness it will make up for in sales heft.”

Bustillo reports, “It vowed to slowly ramp up the number of U.S. stores carrying the iPad to more than 2,300 by the height of the holiday season in mid-November. There will also be no Wal-Mart ‘rollback’ price cut on the iPad: The tablets will sell for Apple’s suggested retail price, which starts at $499… Analysts now expect Apple to sell 11 million to 12 million iPads this year, more than twice what was initially estimated, and reach 20 million next year.”

MacDailyNews Take: Too low.

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MacDailyNews Take: Congrats to Apple for a speedy product ramp up and rollout. It’s a nice change. It’s also nice to see Cupertino playing for keeps.

44 Comments

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  5. I love how all the other companies in the “tablet market” don’t even have functioning prototypes and Apple’s iPad is already in Wal-Mart.

    Apple has such a huge lead in the iPad market, and this is another move to outright dominate the market. Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Apple selling iPads this holiday season will make the iPad a household name, much like the iPod.

    MP3 Player is called an iPod.
    Tablet Computer will be called an iPad.
    Hopefully soon a computer will be called a Mac!!

  6. I love how all the other companies in the “tablet market” don’t even have functioning prototypes and Apple’s iPad is already in Wal-Mart.

    Apple has such a huge lead in the iPad market, and this is another move to outright dominate the market. Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Apple selling iPads this holiday season will make the iPad a household name, much like the iPod.

    MP3 Player is called an iPod.
    Tablet Computer will be called an iPad.
    Hopefully soon a computer will be called a Mac!!

  7. Steve: ” Bill, I don’t want my iPads next to the damn Flobee, got it.”

    Bill: ” Ayuh Steve, you betcha. How about near the pork rinds?.”

    Steve, to self: “This is gonna take awhile”.

  8. Steve: ” Bill, I don’t want my iPads next to the damn Flobee, got it.”

    Bill: ” Ayuh Steve, you betcha. How about near the pork rinds?.”

    Steve, to self: “This is gonna take awhile”.

  9. The iPhone has mass distribution but is held back by the artificial and technical problems with the telcos.
    The iPad will have no such limitations. Note how apple already started selling the iPad in china without the telcos?

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