iPhone 5s iPad Combo

Update March, 14: Target just let us know it’s taking an additional 1o% off iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in addition to the trade-in offer and gift cards mentioned below. The extra 10% off is available through Target’s Cartwheel app.

New Apple promotions from Walmart and Target may be enticing enough for holdouts to finally upgrade to the newest iPhone and iPad…

Walmart is getting aggressive and beating out Best Buy’s current $50 discount on iPhone 5s by dropping the price all the way down to $119, according to CNN Money. This is one of the lowest prices we have ever seen for Apple’s flagship smartphone. You can push the price even lower by trading in your old gadgets (smartphones, video games, tablets, more) for Walmart gift cards. The colorful iPhone 5c will be slashed to just $29. Both deals are for the 16GB models on a 2-year contract. Best Buy’s promotion is slightly better for our loyal readers who locked in their free $50 gift card from the electronics retailer.

Starting this Sunday, Target is guaranteeing a gift card of at least $150 for iPad 2 (or newer) trade-ins (via TechnoBuffalo). A quick comparison of other trade-in specialists like Gazelle show that $150 for a ‘good’ condition iPad 2 is slightly above market value. In addition to the inflated trade-in value, Target will also give you an extra $30 gift card if you purchase a new iPad from them. That means you can turn your outdated iPad 2 into a Retina iPad mini for just $220 out of pocket or less if your trade is worth more than the minimum amount. Target is also boosting used smartphone trade-ins by $50 when you purchase a new iPhone 5s/5c with a 2-year agreement.

Meanwhile MacMall offers an iPad 4 with AT&T LTE  for the $399 price of an iPad 2 (tax in 5 states)

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14 Responses to “iPhone pricing war heats up as Walmart offers 5s for $119 and Target launches iPad trade-in promotion”

  1. themis333 says:

    Good for consumers.

  2. Sam Maas says:

    Just an FYI, MacMall has had the 5s on sale for 119$ since December, I was just there on Wednesday.

  3. frankman91 says:

    These are getting as cheap as the mid range Androids. Kinda strange to see it going that way.

    • It doesn’t matter what Best Buy or Walmart are selling the iPhone to customers for. They’ve already paid Apple full price up front. Whatever losses those retail stores take, that’s their problem, not Apple’s. They’re probably trying to clear inventory before the iPhone 6 hits the streets. Apple is not charging less for their iPhones like the Android manufacturers are doing.

      • frankman91 says:

        Completely agree, but its annoying to listen to people slam the Galaxy S4 and call it the “cheap wanna-be” compared to the ‘premium’ iPhone, when the far newer iPhone is selling $120 and the 2 year old Galaxy is still $250.

        I understand that they are priced differently when in locked in contract, but everyone is still generalizing the Android user as cheap and not willing to lay out money for an iPhone, but the iPhone is less than half the cost for the very new 5s.

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  5. Brett Huhn says:

    The retailers are getting rid of their stock so that they can sell the new iPhone coming out soon

  6. Joel Henson says:

    Man, $180 for my iPad 2 is a real tempting deal…

  7. I wasn’t able to get the extra $30 with the purchase of an original iPad mini—you have to get the retina mini or more expensive. YMMV, of course!

  8. Walmart has had the 5S for $119 for about a month and a half now.

    • Mandy Larkin says:

      I am wanting to try and iphone and I can’t find ANY Walmart that is offering them for $119.00. Any help would be greatly appreciated the Walmart link in the article doesn’t work either.

      • Dan DeSilva says:

        You can find the information in the cell phone section at but the deal is in-store only