‘Free’ iPads at Bloomingdale’s


Philip Elmer-DeWitt is a senior editor at Fortune.

Just come to New York City next weekend and buy $1,500 worth of brand-name sportswear

The full-page ad at right appeared in Sunday's New York Times.

This is the first time we've seen "free" Apple (aapl) iPads offered as incentives this holiday season, and we suspect it won't be the last.

But before you fly, drive or take the IRT to Bloomingdale's flagship Manhattan store at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, better read the fine print:

"A seriously special opportunity, next weekend only -- take home a free iPad with almost any $1500 purchase in Y.E.S. One each, while they last. And hurry -- supplies are definitely limited." (Italics ours.)

FYI, the sweater in the photo is priced at $195, the plaid shirt at $185 and the jeans at $225.

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