Minimum Spend Opportunity at Target

Currently Target is having a decent sale on Apple iPad Air 2s and Apple Watches.  Both present opportunities to meet minimum spending.  Although, currently the Apple Watch looks like the better deal.  Here is how each breaks down:

Apple Watch

  • MSRP: $399
  • Target: $299
  • Amazon Price: $354
  • Fees: $36
  • Profit: $18

iPad Air 2 64GB

  • MSRP: $599
  • Target: $499
  • Amazon Price: $519
  • Fees: $36
  • Profit: -$17

About the iPads.  The price has really fallen.  Just a couple of weeks ago iPads were selling upwards of $540 – $555.  I was surprised to see the price so low when I checked this morning.  There has been a real shortage of good iPad sales since the end of the holidays so I was expecting prices to be up not down.  So depending on your situation it may or may not be worth it to you take a $17 loss on the iPads in order to meet a minimum spend.

It is also worth mentioning that you can leverage both sales a bit further by using a shopping portal and gift cards. Right now eBates is offering 2% cash back on Target via their shopping portal.  Additionally, you can buy Target electronic gift cards from Cardpool at a 6% discount.   But keep in mind that target only allows 4 gift cards per transaction.  Between the shopping portal and Cardpool you should be able to increase your profit on the watch and mitigate your losses further on the iPads.

Another option that you could try would be to see if Best Buy will price match Target, they should. There are much better opportunities to leverage this sale with Best Buy than with Target.  Cardpool sells Best Buy gift cards at a 5% discount, Discover shopping portal offers 5% cash back, and Best Buy Rewards offers 2%.

This is not a knock your socks off resale deal.  In fact it is pretty boring.  But it is an opportunity, especially the Apple Watch to meet minimum spending on a card if you are in a pinch.

2 Comments on "Minimum Spend Opportunity at Target"

  1. Just a heads up – portals won’t pay out for Apple products at Best Buy. Found this out the hard way.

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