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Jobs: TJ Maxx not authorized iPad dealer

updated 01:25 pm EST, Fri November 19, 2010

Calls source of iPads into question

TJ Maxx is "not an authorized reseller" of the iPad, an e-mail from Apple CEO Steve Jobs is quoted as saying. The message comes in response to a person asking why a near $100 price difference exists between TJ Maxx's iPads and those sold by Apple and other official vendors. Some of the authorized iPad resellers in the US include Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Sam's Club.

If authentic, Jobs' comment raises the question of where TJ Maxx's stock is coming from. It's speculated that the units may be leftovers from a falling out between Apple and Costco. Costco's management is believed to be angry at being passed over for an iPad deal, to the extent of wanting to pull iPods and even iTunes gift cards from sale.

Elements backing up the hypothesis include the limited number of TJ outlets with iPads, which in turn have limited quantities. The retailer is also avoiding much advertising of the product, which would make sense if the iPad arrangement is a one-time deal. Units are also being sold quietly by sibling chain Marshalls.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't get it

    So, if they were passed over and they didn't get any stock... how do they have "left overs" available?

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So this is a shock?!

    Who didn't see this coming?!!


  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All those iPads just fell off the truck.

  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Authorized retailer?

    So, what does buying from an authorized retailer mean? Does it mean that iPads bought from TJ-Maxx will be treated as "second hand" and not subject to the same terms of service as ones bought from an authorized outlet?


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mostly Gone!

    I checked around the stores around in west burbs of Chicago and TJMaxx had them yesterday and they are all gone. One time deal.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are these

    Advanced & Revolutionary iPhad's headed for the discount bin already??

    Even I'll pick one up for $89.99

    At that price, they're Magical!

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Found LOTS in South Jersey

    Deptford Crossing Plaza
    1800 Clements Bride Road
    Deptford, NJ 08096

    Has well over 500, I saw for myself stacks and stacks of them. I bought 5 of them, and you can get another 10% off the total bill if you open a credit account onsite.

    I spent a total of $2407.45 after paying NJ Tax of 7% and the the additional 10% off the total order for a new account. Which comes to $481.49 each which is even less then the price shown.

    I'm going to be the most popular person in my family when I give 5 of these to my family members. Thank you TJ MAXX for the best deal of the year.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about private sales w/ AppleCare?

    But what if you purchase an iPad from a private seller that sill has AppleCare (or better yet the original 1 year warranty)? How would that be any different?

  1. leonpro

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Costco never carried the iPad. This is an incorrect logic that it's leftover stock when there is no stock to begin with.

  1. enjourni

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NOT a good idea.

    I would say stay the h*** away from them. $100 bucks it a lot but IMHO not worth the headaches down the road if apple hasn't authorized them as an official dealer (who knows what quality these are in? Will apple provide any support or warranty service for them? Doubtful.)

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