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Wal-Mart to start selling iPad on Friday

The big box retailer joins Target and others in selling Apple's iPad, with plans to have the tablet in over 2,300 stores by the start of the holiday shopping season.

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The Apple iPad. James Martin/CNET

Wal-Mart has confirmed that it will start selling the iPad in its stores starting Friday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

According to the report, Apple's tablet initially will be available in "hundreds" of Wal-Mart locations. The big box retailer plans to have the iPad in over 2,300 stores by mid-November to capitalize on the holiday shopping season, the Journal reported.

Wal-Mart will sell all six versions of the iPad at the same retail price they're offered for at Apple Stores. The company said that it plans to sell the iPad on its Web site, but it won't deliver the tablet to homes; customers will need to pick up the iPad in-store.

Getting the iPad on its store shelves is important for Wal-Mart. One of the company's biggest competitors, Target, started selling the iPad earlier this month. Best Buy has been carrying the iPad for months.