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Cyber Monday has traditionally been a great day for deals on tech. While you will find some of the best iPad deals of the year during the holiday shopping weekend, you’ll rarely see one that’s more than 25% off. Our threshold for a good deal on an iPad is to shoot for at least 15% off. Some retailers aren’t hitting the bar yet this year in holiday sales, but keep an eye out because we often see prices drop well through Christmas.
Even if a deal doesn’t hit 15% to 25% off threshold, your discounts can still add up to hundreds of dollars on this single purchase. Since iPads are rarely discounted at all, Cyber Monday is one of the best times to grab a deal all year. Here are our picks for the best deals you can get on iPads during Cyber Monday sales.
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Should I wait until Cyber Monday or Black Friday to buy an iPad?
A lot of times, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are some of the biggest you’ll find on iPads throughout the year. The only other times that compete historically have been during Prime Day or immediately following the release of a new iPad model (if you’re shopping the previous generation.)
But Amazon has gone absolutely bonkers in their iPad pricing during their Early Black Friday sales for 2022. I’m not even sure if they’ll be able to keep up the pace for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but maybe they’ll somehow manage to get the prices even lower.
So yes, in my experience it is best to hold off for iPad Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday sales if you’re hoping to score a deep discount.
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Does Costco have better prices on iPads?
On Cyber Monday, Costco doesn’t always have the best deals on iPads. The general rule with iPads is you want to shoot for at least 15% off over the holiday shopping weekend. If you can’t hit 15%, it’s not a great deal.
Last year Costco had an iPad mini 6th generation on sale, but it was only 10% off. Now this year? You can get it 18% off via Early Black Friday iPad sales, but you’re also shopping a year later after the release of the 7th generation. And for older generation iPads, you want to shoot for 20% – 30% off.
What is the cheapest iPad worth buying?
The key to getting an affordable iPad is buying one that’s old enough to be significantly marked down but not so old that it’s not receiving updates.
Right now, that threshold hovers somewhere around the iPad 8th generation, though you can get the 9th generation for under $300 on Amazon.
The oldest iPad Air you should get is the iPad Air 3, but you can find great deals on 4 — and in many cases — even the most recent model 5. A new iPad Air 6 is supposed to drop in 2023, after which we think prices on these older models will drop even further.
As far as iPad minis go, you can find discounted rates on all models 6 and older. In fact, the iPad mini 6 is significantly cheaper than it was this time last year. But you shouldn’t go as low as 4 or earlier. The older models just don’t get updates like the new ones.
TIP: Veteran or active duty? Apple offers a 10% military discount, but you can’t combine it with any sales. So if your Cyber Monday “deal” isn’t at least 10% off, it’s better to buy directly from Apple with the military discount.
How can I get an iPad for free?
Get a free iPad as an AAC device.
First, if you need an iPad as an AAC device, your health insurance may cover it — particularly if you’re on Medicaid in certain states.
In states where it’s not covered, school-age children through age 21 should be able to get the school to pay for the iPad. If you’re not school age or simply don’t want to wait until your child enters school, there are charities and grant-issuing organizations that’ll help you get a free iPad as an AAC device, too.