Target's $479 iPad Air includes $100 gift card for Black Friday

Wal-Mart is getting into the Black Friday spirit with its own iPad Mini offer.

The iPad Air. James Martin/CNET

Apparently, it's never too early to tease a Black Friday sale.

Target already is unveiling its promotion for the critical post-Thanksgiving shopping period, offering a $100 store gift card to anyone who purchases the discounted iPad Air at its Brooklyn store.

Target sells the base 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air for $479, or $20 less than at Apple. The gift card essentially cuts it down by another $100. The gift card also applies to all other iPads, including the iPad 2, which sells for $350.

The original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $299, will come with a $75 gift card.

Wal-Mart, meanwhile, also unveiled some Black Friday deals of its own, and will also throw in a "one-hour guarantee" on certain items. During its 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day special, customers can buy a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini for $299 and get a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

While Apple's latest iPads attracted lines at its store for the launch, it's unclear how successful the devices are. The iPad Air is readily available, and companies such as Target have taken to offering a slight discount. The iPad Mini with Retina Display, meanwhile, just launched on Tuesday .

Updated at 8 a.m. PT: To include a deal from Wal-Mart.

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