If you\u2019ve always wanted an iPad, but simply haven't been able to afford one, now's your chance.\u00a0Target is selling the iPad mini\u00a0for $199, $100 less than Apple\u2019s price, and the lowest advertised price around.\nIs there a catch? Of course. The sale iPad is the 16GB, "non-Retina" version of the mini. It\u2019s comparatively old technology and its display, while perfectly adequate, doesn't necessarily dazzle. Also, it\u2019s Wi-Fi only.\nTarget\u2019s advertisement says the price cut is temporary but doesn\u2019t specify just how long it will last. To take advantage of the deal you have to visit a Target store; the cut-rate price is not available online.\nDespite its limitations, the non-Retina mini is a decent product and is affordable. As far as I can tell, $199 is the lowest price you'll find for the device \u2014\u00a0unless you buy a used one on eBay or another auction site.\nWhile poking around on various user forums I found a post by one consumer who said he cajoled a Best Buy manager into matching Target\u2019s price. Best Buy offers to match prices on certain items. (See the policy here.) Like Apple, Best Buy sells the non-Retina mini for $299. The equivalent iPad mini advertised on Best Buy's website doesn\u2019t have the sticker offering to match a low price, so it\u2019s possible the store won\u2019t sell it to you for $199. On the other hand, if you don\u2019t mind wandering over to a Best Buy store, it\u2019s certainly worth a try. \u00a0\nMany Americans have an aversion to haggling over prices \u2014\u00a0 it\u2019s simply not part of our culture. But consumers who attempt to bargain with retailers are sometimes rewarded with better prices.\nHere\u2019s how the non-Retina mini stacks up to other iPads. (You can\u00a0see a detailed comparison here.) It\u2019s the thinnest, lightest iPad Apple makes. The screen resolution is 1,024x786 pixels, considerably less than the Retina models. It uses the A5 processor, instead of the faster, more powerful A6. \u00a0\nBut it\u2019s a capable device, particularly if you\u2019re mainly going to use it as an e-reader, or you just want something affordable for yourself or another family member. After all, we don\u2019t always need the latest (and most expensive) personal technology.