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Target drops non-Retina iPad mini to $199 for Father's Day

06/09, 12:39pm

Only 16GB Wi-Fi model qualifies

Target has dropped the price of the non-Retina iPad mini as part of a Father's Day sale. The Wi-Fi model is now currently available for $199, $100 less than usual. Shoppers must get their Mini at a Target retail store, but online orders qualify so long as a person selects in-store pickup. The cost of cellular Minis is unchanged.

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Target POS malware found, ignored on November 30, December 2

03/13, 10:58am

Malware identified before it sent any customer data outside Target

Reports are circulating that Target knew of its "Black Friday" data breach much earlier than it said it did. Allegedly, the company was alerted by security firm FireEye that there was a potential problem as early as November 30, but no action was taken. Additionally, auditors discovered that Target had disabled features of its security suite that could have removed the infection, prior to it purloining millions of sets of customer's payment method data.

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Target promo to offer minimum of $150 in credit for iPad 2 trade-ins

03/07, 11:19am

Retailer ups smartphone trade-in credit by $50 for new iPhone buyers

Beginning on Sunday, the US branch of Target will run another trade-in promotion for iPad 2 owners. People who bring in a used iPad 2 will be awarded a gift card worth at least $150. Although that credit can only be used at Target, the company is also offering an extra $30 card if a person buys a new iPad. $150 is generally higher than most specialized third-party trade-in services offer. The promotion ends March 15th.

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Reuters: Three more US retailers attacked in holiday intrusions

01/13, 6:53am

Target believed to be largest in group of companies attacked by hacking group

More customers of large US retailers may have been affected by holiday shopping hacks than originally thought, according to a report. Three more retailers have apparently been targeted by hackers using similar techniques to the attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus, though it has yet to be revealed if it is the same collective responsible for Target's intrusion.

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Target confirms up to 70M customer records taken during recent hack

01/10, 1:27pm

Partial names, postal addresses, phone numbers taken

Target has revealed that the data breach affected far more than initially thought, with as many as 70 million account records taken in the hacking. Aside from revealing a far higher figure than the 40 million accounts believed to have been taken, the retailer has promised that those affected "will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach."

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Target offering $50 iPhone, $299 iPad deals for last minute shoppers

12/21, 4:34pm

Target iOS sale runs Dec. 22 to Dec. 24

Target on Friday revealed a number of discounts on Apple products that will see the retailer offering the iPhone 5c for $30 and the iPhone 5s for $180. The new discounts come as Target is winding down a similar promotion that had the 5c available for $50. The sale will begin on Sunday, December 22, and it will run through Tuesday, December 24.

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Retailer Target examining data breach involving 'millions' of shoppers

12/18, 7:40pm

Information lost includes name, credit card, debit card information

Reports have begun to surface that retailing giant Target has been the subject of an enormous data breach. Potentially at risk are "millions" of customer records, including credit and debit card information. The periods at risk are November 29 through December 15, and affects "nearly all" US Target stores, but not the online store.

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Briefly: GTA: San Andreas for iOS, Target app adds store maps, iOS 7

11/26, 3:30pm

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS

First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.

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Target's Black Friday: $479 iPad Air with $100 gift card, $89 Apple TV

11/11, 9:09pm

Target offering discounts on Apple products for Black Friday

American retailer Target has posted its deals for Black Friday, when the holiday shopping season begins in earnest. Of particular interest to Apple fans may be the retailer's deals on the new iPad Air and other iOS products. Target is offering Apple's newest iPad for $20 lower than it is available on Apple's own website.

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Target $200 iPad promotion ending Saturday, November 9

11/07, 11:52pm

Promotional trade-in offer especially good for iPad 1, 2 owners

As reported earlier this week, Target is running a promotion that offers a $200 Target gift card in exchange for working iPads of any generation. While intended to be used towards the purchase of new iPad Air models, in at least some locations the card can be used for any product Target sells, generating extra interest. The company has now signalled that the offer will end on Saturday, November 9, giving older iPad owners just two days to take advantage of the deal.

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Target offering $200 minimum for iPad trade-ins

11/04, 4:56pm

Deal especially valuable for first-gen iPad owners

Between November 3rd and the 9th, Target will offering "at least" $200 for a used iPad in decent condition, the retailer has announced. To qualify, an iPad must both power on and lack any display scratches. Trades must be conducted at Target Mobility kiosks, and payment is being issued only in the form of gift cards.

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Briefly: Ouya extends retail reach, Motorola trademarks 'Moto G'

10/25, 7:56am

Target to offer Ouya in all US stores in time for holiday sales

The Android-based Ouya game console is spreading its retail reach in the United States, ahead of the holiday sales. Previously launching in a number of Target, GameStop, and Best Buy stores, the console will now be available in all Target locations across the US, reports Polygon, with store availability of the Ouya in Western Europe and the Middle East also said to be increasing in the next month.

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Target to cut price of iPhone 5c to $50 on October 13

10/11, 11:27am

Several US retailers now offering discounts

Target is joining the list of US retailers cutting the price of the iPhone 5c. Beginning October 13, the phone will slide from $80 to $50 at the company's stores. People with a REDcard will be eligible for an extra five percent discount.

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Target launches Ticket on-demand video service for movies, TV shows

09/25, 12:57pm

Target Ticket provides rentals, video purchases, kid-safe content

US retailer Target has launched its own on-demand video service, one which the company believes is "kid-safe" thanks to its rating filters. Target Ticket is offering a catalog of 30,000 movies and television shows for customers to buy or rent for 48 hours, with the retailer also providing bonus footage in select movies as a Target exclusive.

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Target to match Walmart's day-one discount on iPhone 5c

09/19, 1:43pm

iPhone 5c to cost $79 through Target, excluding REDcard scheme

Target will be price-matching Walmart for the 16GB iPhone 5c at the smartphone's launch tomorrow. Walmart's already-discounted price of $79 for the iPhone 5c, when bought with a two-year contract, will be equaled by Target. Participants of Target's REDcard scheme will be able to get an extra 5-percent off, making the iPhone 5c cost $75.05.

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Ouya heading to retail in June for $100, controller $50

02/05, 9:54am

Kickstarter game console gets support from Best Buy, Target

The Ouya game console will go on sale in stores, shortly after it ships to backers of it's Kickstarter drive. Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop and Target will be stocking the Android-powered console when it goes on sale to the general public in June, after orders on the Ouya website ship in April, and after the Kickstarter backers receive theirs in March.

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Target takes $20 off iPhone 5; Apple posts 2012 12 Days app

12/06, 12:21pm

Target joins

Target is joining RadioShack in a brief iPhone 5 sale. The deal is in-store only, and essentially identical to RadioShack's, providing $20 off any AT&T model of the phone until December 15th. That makes the hardware potentially as cheap as $180, albeit with a two-year contract.

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ComScore: Black Friday e-commerce passes $1 billion

11/25, 8:50pm

Online sales on Thanksgiving also increased

Black Friday e-commerce spending by US shoppers has passed the $1 billion milestone for the first time. The amount of online retail activity for Friday, November 23rd has been called the "heaviest online spending day to date in 2012," with sales increasing 26 percent compared to Black Friday last year.

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Wii U gaming booths let potential buyers demo system

11/05, 10:11am

Nintendo launches Wii U Sampling Tour across US retailers

The Nintendo Wii U won't become available for sale in the US until November 18, but potentially interested buyers can try the system out starting November 5. Nearly 5,000 demonstration booths will be set up across US retailers that include Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Toys 'R' Us. They will either let shoppers play one of the launch titles or offer a video presentation of the console's features.

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Report: Walmart to stop carrying Kindle products

09/20, 12:46pm

E-retailer's Kindle Fire cuts in on Walmart's turf

After exhausting its current inventory of Amazon products, Walmart will no longer carry Amazon's Kindle tablets and e-readers. This according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters, as well as confirmation from a source familiar with Walmart's operations. The decision, making Walmart the second major retail chain to stop carrying Kindle products, is said to be an attempt on Walmart's part to curb competition from Amazon's e-retail unit.

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Target, Best Buy follow suit in dropping iPhone prices

08/13, 9:24am

Vendors prep for impending iPhone update

Two major third-party US retailers, Best Buy and Target, have instituted new price cuts for the iPhone, notes AllThingsD. Target is now selling 16GB AT&T and Verizon models of the iPhone 4S for $179 on contract. Best Buy, meanwhile, has cut the price for the 8GB iPhone 4 for both carriers to just $50.

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Target discounts iPhone 4, 4S by $50 in store

05/07, 7:05pm

iPhone discounted in Target for a week

Target, which just recently announced it would expand its Apple Store-Within-A-Store (SWAS) program, is now discounting new iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S unite by $50 with a two-year contract, reports 9to5Mac. The new prices in-store offer the iPhone 4 8GB at $50 and the 4S 16GB at $150 with either AT&T or Verizon.

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Analyst: Apple's Walmart, Target SWAS pilots to grow

05/03, 3:52pm

Retail outlets to see more space dedicated to Apple

Apple is likely to increase its footprint outside of its existing Apple Stores, according to analysts at Piper Jaffray. The iPhone and iPad maker is looking to expand on pilot projects that have seen Apple "store-within-a-store" (SWAS) popping up in select Walmart and Target stores. Taken nationally, such a move would tremendously expand Apple's retail reach, as the two big box retailers have significantly more rural distribution than does Apple.

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New lawsuit targets Apple over Smart Cover design

04/27, 12:25pm

May face uphill fight after Apple patent win

A Colorado resident, Jerald Bovino, has filed a new lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company's Smart Cover infringes a 2005 patent. Bovino owns patent 6,977,809, which describes a "Portable Computer Case." One similarity between the patent concept and the Smart Cover is a series of visible "rib" lines.

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Apple confirms 8AM new iPad launch, March 23 second wave

03/14, 8:40am

Apple details new iPad launch beyond first batch

Apple in its customary pre-launch details both confirmed a launch time for the new iPad and outlined the next wave of countries after the initial March 16 date. True to recent leaks, the first 10 countries will start selling the new tablet at retail at 8AM through at least Apple stores. Best Buy, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart will also have the iPad, although some of these are likely to open later.

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Target, Walmart unite on NFC-based mobile payment system

03/01, 11:30pm

Target and Walmart join pact on NFC payment

Target and Walmart have joined in the development of yet another mobile payment system, insides gave out on Thursday. The two were said by Wall Street Journal's contacts to now be part of a group with about 24 member store chains hoping to create a standard that, though not directly named, would use NFC. Consulting firm BetterBuyDesign's Steve Mott corroborated the plan by revealing its involvement in the project, with word that big chains as well as drugstores, fast food restaurants, and vending machine firms were involved.

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Apple TV stock runs dry, fuels 1080p upgrade talk

02/12, 1:25pm

Apple TV update may join iPad 3 on stage

An upgraded Apple TV media hub might come sooner than thought after signs emerged that multiple stores ran low on stock. Amazon, Best Buy, Buy.com, Radio Shack, and Target all show the device either as out of stock or taking weeks to ship. Apple and others do have supply, but it follows a pattern of third-party resellers usually running out first.

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Target confirms plans to open special Apple shops

01/12, 11:35am

Just 25 locations at first

Target has confirmed plans to host Apple mini-stores in its retail chain, Reuters reports. Initially, at least, the effort will be limited to 25 Target outlets, a part of a new "the Shops at Target" initiative revealed in New York. Separately, some other companies getting special treatment will be Miami's The Webster and San Francisco's The Candy Store, who will be featured in Target outlets and web sales for six weeks beginning in early May.

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Apple planning store-within-a-store shops for Target

01/06, 9:40am

Initial rollout likely to be small

Apple is aiming at opening new store-within-a-store outlets in Target later this year, an AppleInsider source claims. The company's initial plans are said to be limited to 25 larger Target stores, ones which are nevertheless in areas unable to support a separate Apple Store. Target has some 1,752 shops in the US; by contrast, there are only 245 Apple Stores in the country.

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Amazon Kindle Fire gets quiet $123 sale price

11/28, 5:05pm

Limited time offer may be price matched

Certain local Target and Walmart stores have at least temporarily been selling the Amazon Kindle Fire for $123.38. Images have surfaced showing the Fire, as a limited time special in a Trumbull, Connecticut Target store for 35 percent off the normal selling price of $199. Photos of Walmart matching that price have also appeared on the web.

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Apple's Black Friday sees iPhone sellouts, high iPad traffic

11/28, 10:50am

Initial iPhone sellouts replenished on Saturday

New analyst data may back up claims that Apple did extremely well on Black Friday. Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore says his firm checked with over 200 locations, divided between about 100 Apple Stores and 100 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target outlets. Roughly 75 percent of Apple Stores were sold out of the iPhone 4S by the end of Friday, although by Saturday that number had dropped to 30 percent.

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Best Buy lops $45 off iPad, Target gives $40 card with iPod

11/24, 2:30pm

Best Buy and Target target Apple iOS in deals

Best Buy and Target took turns at Thanksgiving deals with separate Apple discounts. Best Buy's iPad 2 lineup saw $45 taken off the price of every model. As of Thursday afternoon, all Wi-Fi versions save for the 64GB white model had sold out online, but the 3G versions were still in stock.

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Target offers $145 3DS, Sam's Club $199 Xbox 360 bundle

11/23, 1:55pm

Early Black Friday sales for gamers go live

Early Black Friday deals for gamers have started early and include a $145 Nintendo 3DS at Target and a $199 Xbox 360 bundle at Sam's Club. The usual price for a 3DS is $170, making the discount relatively steep for a system that's otherwise the same as usual.

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Sir Richard Branson is the latest Square investor

11/08, 1:55pm

Virgin Group's Sir Branson invests in Square

Square, maker of the hardware and software required for vendors to take credit card payments, has recently landed Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group fame as one of its investors. This is the third piece of positive news for the company, which recently received $100 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Branson's investment amount isn't being specified, however.

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Retailers drop price of Nintendo 3DS one day early

08/11, 1:20pm

Walmart, Target, Best Buy drop 3DS price early

Nintendo's significant price drop of its 3DS console that's scheduled to go live tomorrow is being pre-empted by some retailers. This includes retail Walmart and Target stores in the US, though the web pages for the portable games console do not yet reflect the change. In Canada, Best Buy and Costco have already dropped the price to $170 from $250, which is a 30 percent price drop.

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Radio Shack drops iPhone again by $30 with $150 trade-ins

08/08, 6:40pm

Radio Shack discounts iPhone again

Radio Shack kept the discounts going on iPhones Monday with both discounts and trade-ins. Every iPhone has been dropped by $30 for new and upgrading buyers up to and including August 20. Existing owners who swap an iPhone 3G or 3GS get as much as $150 towards an iPhone 4, depending on the exchanged models.

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Apple willing to venture beyond US to replace retail VP

08/02, 6:30pm

Apple gets recruiter for Ron Johnson replacement

Apple is going beyond its usual borders to hire a replacement for outgoing retail VP Ron Johnson, contacts said late Tuesday. Headhunter firm Egon Zehnder is being tapped not just to look for someone from outside Apple but to go outside of the US. A WSJ source understood Apple CEO Steve Jobs wanted to be open to foreign hires.

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Radio Shack, Target cut prices on iPhone 4

08/02, 11:30am

Vendors start clearing stock ahead of refresh

Retail chains are beginning to discount the iPhone 4, reports note. Radio Shack has a sale running through Saturday, in which 16 and 32GB models are priced at $170 and $270 on contract instead of their regular $199 and $299. A $100 trade-in credit for previous iPhones applies, potentially lowering the cost of an iPhone 4 to just $70.

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Target slashing $30-40 off iPhones tomorrow

07/30, 7:55pm

Target to drop 30-plus on iPhones July 31

Target is poised to drop prices on iPhones in what could be a sign of clearing stock ahead of a new model. Separate scoops have both shown the retailer dropping prices by at least $30 on iPhones depending on the carrier. Verizon iPhones will get the steepest drops, which in Phone Arena's leak saw prices going down to $150 and $250 for the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 models respectively. AT&T devices would unusually cost $10 more, Engadget saw, although the iPhone 3GS at $20 would be one of the cheapest stable prices for an iPhone to date.

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iRiver Story HD hits US July 17 with Google eBooks

07/11, 9:25am

iRiver Story HD first e-reader with Google eBooks

iRiver made a big splash in the US on Monday with word of not just its first major e-reader for the US but a first for the industry. The Story HD is the first dedicated e-reader to support Google eBooks and can buy or otherwise grab books over Wi-Fi. Google's platform gives it an edge as any company can integrate it without needing an official app, possibly preventing lock-in with a particular device.

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Apple retail VP Ron Johnson leaves to lead JC Penney [U]

06/14, 11:55am

Apple VP Ron Johnson exits for JC Penney

(Updated with an Apple statement) Apple lost a cornerstone of its retail efforts on Tuesday as its retail VP Ron Johnson exited to become the CEO of JC Penney. He would replace Mike Ullman in the top spot on November 1 and would join the board of directors on August 1. Ullman would stay on as executive chairman of the board.

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Target cancels Eee Pad Transformer orders as 'unavailable'

05/03, 4:00pm

Target cancels Eee Pad Transformer pre-orders

The Eee Pad Transformer from ASUS will not ship to those who ordered it at Target, Phandroid reported. The retail chain e-mailed those who ordered the device early, informing them the 16GB Wi-Fi device isn't available from any of its sources. The sudden cancellations have been seen as more evidence that ASUS has had to rapidly curb supply.

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Eee Pad Transformer sellout due to low stock, not demand

04/29, 5:30pm

Eee Pad Transformer sold out due to low shipments

The unusual sellout of the Eee Pad Transformer at its US launch this week was due to its low supply rather than an overabundant supply, AllThingsD was told this week. JPMorgan analyst Mark Moskowitz found that most Best Buy and Target stores are yet to receive any stock of the apparently popular tablet. In his informal survey, none of the stores he spoke to had received the Android 3.0 hardware, making any sellouts more likely due to low stock.

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Best Buy tip shows white AT&T, Verizon iPhone 4 due April 27

04/25, 6:30pm

Best Buy shows white iPhone 4 for both carriers

One more source on Monday night has helped back suspicions that the white iPhone 4 would reach Best Buy on April 27. The inventory system shows both AT&T and Verizon models in either capacity by using placeholder names such as "BBY63LD" but putting them in the "iPhone hardware" category. BGR lacked pricing, though it's broadly assumed the color won't change the pricing.

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Toys R Us confirms iPad 2 on sale, coming April 17

04/16, 12:35pm

Toys R Us makes iPad 2 plans official

Toys R Us has quietly confirmed its plans to carry the iPad 2. The company now has a shopping page telling buyers which stores should carry the tablet. No online store entry exists, though one wasn't expected since no third-party resellers can currently offer it for sale online.

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Amazon to ship ad-backed Kindle for $114 to fight Nook, iPad

04/11, 6:20pm

Amazon plans ad-sponsored Kindle for 114

Amazon up-ended the e-reader market on Monday with word of an ad-sponsored version of the Kindle. Called just the Kindle with Special Offers, it will have ads both on the bottom of the home page and on its idle screens. The new reader would drop the price by $25 over a Wi-Fi version and should ship both online and through Best Buy and Target on May 3.

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LG Optimus V sees rabid demand, Nexus S 4G logo spotted

03/18, 6:45pm

LG Optimus V in sellout, Nexus S 4G logo seen

Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V has seen an unexpectedly high amount of demand based on first-hand looks. Every retailer that carries the ultra-budget Android 2.2 phone, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, has remained backordered for at least the past two weeks. Android and Me didn't check, but Virgin's online store also lists it as "temporarily out of stock."

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Report: 5th Avenue Apple Store sold 7,200 iPad 2s on launch

03/14, 11:10pm

5th Ave Apple Store moves 7,200 iPad 2s on intro

About 7,200 iPad 2 tablets changed hands at the 5th Avenue Apple Store alone on launch day, a tipster said Monday night. The tally suggests that the 1,109 initial buyers were joined by thousands more within the hours after the 5PM opening. SAI didn't get buyer attach rates, though many are known to have bought two or more for friends and family.

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Extra-long iPad 2 lineups lead to estimates of 500,000 sales

03/11, 10:15pm

Piper Jaffray estimates 500K iPad 2s sold 1st day

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster saw headcounts from long iPad 2 lineups as a sign that Apple may have had breakthrough launch day sales. He believed 400,000 to 500,000 iPads had sold based on increases at multiple Apple stores, especially flagships. The lineup at the 5th Avenue store in New York City had 1,109 in line on opening versus 730 for the original iPad; Minneapolis' Mall of America store more than tripled its lineup, from 105 to 334.

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Target to get iPad 2 on launch, Best Buy not showing some

03/07, 8:50am

Target to have iPad 2 on March 11

Target quietly said this weekend that it would carry the iPad 2 on launch day. The retail chain plans to join Best Buy and Walmart. A spokesman told PCWorld the company's trade-in program would take original iPads on March 13 for those who aren't comfortable with selling the device off themselves.

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