T.J. Maxx and Marshalls Offering Cheap iPad Scavenger Hunt [Updated]

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UPDATE: T.J. Maxx has released a statement clarifying that iPads actually won’t be available at stores during the holiday weekend. The stores had a limited number of iPads, but those have apparently already sold out. Here’s a direct quote from a T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s representative:

A small number of T.J.Maxx and Marshalls stores received a very limited quantity of tablets this week. These were first quality goods sourced from a retailer. They sold out in one day, and they were not advertised in the media.

Apple’s (s aapl) own Black Friday deals never seem to be that impressive, but this one from TJX Companies, Inc (s tjx), which operates the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains, is sure to attract consumer attention. Both stores will offer the 16GB Wi-Fi version of Apple’s iPad for only $399 on Black Friday and the following two days.

Both chains will offer the $100 discount off of the regular price between Friday and Sunday of next week, following Thanksgiving. Rumors circulated about the discount yesterday, as reported by Engadget, but the person behind T.J. Maxx’s Twitter account offered official confirmation today:

Buyers wanting to snag one of the discounted units will have to be both dedicated and lucky, as only select stores will be carrying a limited quantity of devices. For the retailers, it means a smaller overall investment that will draw consumers to all of its locations. For consumers, it could mean a long wait in a line that proves deeply unsatisfying.

No official word on how many iPads each store will receive, either, though a Mac Rumors commenter notes that Marshalls stores in Florida say they will be receiving 100 iPads per day during the holiday weekend.

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