ipad-2-staples-deal-free-gift-card-appleUpdate: While Newegg’s deal on iPad 4th gen. is over, theĀ 16GB WiFi model (black or white) for $399.99 with free shipping is now available through eBay once again. That is the best price ever for the current generation iPad. The iPad 2 from Staples is now sold out.

Apple’s event tomorrow is rumored to spotlight the iPad lineup and may result in a price drop or even discontinuation of the iPad 2, but on the cusp of this event we have a great deal on this device. Staples has the black 16GB WiFi model for $399 packaged with a free $100 Staples gift card. That’s a value of nearly $500.

The gift card would be perfect to outfit your new iPad with a smart cover, bluetooth keyboard, or any other accessories. This deal is valid today only, but if you’re worried about the iPad 2’s fate after tomorrow it may make sense to make the purchase – locking in the deal, and then hold on to the iPad (unopened!) until Apple’s full plans for the tablet are revealed. If there is a bigger price drop or a new tablet your are interested in just return today’s deal. If not, enjoy your new iPad!