Apple's Black Friday prices leaked; slightly better than last year

Apple's Black Friday prices leaked; slightly better than last year

Summary: Apple's Black Friday discounts are modest as usual but slightly better than last year on higher capacity iPads and iPods.

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Why do Apple's discounts usually suck?

It's simple really: Apple's products are so popular that it doesn't have to discount them. Heck, people still line up to buy the limited allotment of iPhone 4Ses at my local Apple shoppe, and it was announced almost two months ago.

Yesterday the Internet was aflutter that Apple's Black Friday deals were leaked, but the discounts are pretty anemic as usual. 9to5Mac got the scoop and promptly posted photos of what appears to be a printed sales circular (which is rare for Apple).

While pretty much in line with last year's discounts, 9to5Mac notes that Apple is offering better discounts on its higher capacity iPads and iPods than last year. The deals range from $11 off the iPod nano to $101 off the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac. Here's the short list:

  • $11 off iPod nano
  • $21-$41 off iPod Touch
  • $41-$61 off iPad 2
  • $101 off MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac

The best deal of lot is the $898 MacBook Air 11-inch which is a cool hundred of the normal $999 price and darned great entry point for a new Mac.

As a "Mac guy" I'm constantly asked about where to find Apple discounts, especially at this time of year. My default response is that Apple doesn't really discount its products, but there are some options worth exploring:

  1. Black Friday - one of the few (only?) official Apple sales.
  2. Apple Educational Pricing - gives students, teachers and staff members up to $200 off.
  3. Apple Special Deals (below) - code for "refurbished" Macs, iPods and iPads and a clearance section with a whopping two items in it.
  4. (Occasionally) Big Box chains - Best Buy is currently offering $200 off the 13-inch MacBook Air.
  5. Catalogers - online retailers like MacMall and MacConnection will sometimes offer modest discounts, free shipping and bundle options.

Apple's Black Friday deals leaked - Jason O'Grady

After that, the only way to get Apple gear without paying retail is to buy it used on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Are you buying any Apple gear for the holidays? What's your discount strategy?

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  • Jason, Microcenter is routinely a great place for discounts...

    Jason, Microcenter is routinely a great place for discounts if you happen to have one in your state. I've seen Microcenter beat even Apple's education prices by $50 on occasion.

    In the past I had always considered Microcenter a more-expensive-than-Frys store, but in recent years they've just hand mind blowing deals; especially their CPU + Motherboard combos. Great prices for those of us who also enjoy building our own gaming rigs in addition to the aesthetics and ease of use of Apple products.
    olePigeon
  • Jason, Microcenter is routinely a great place for discounts... [2nd try]

    Jason, Microcenter is routinely a great place for discounts if you happen to have one in your state. I've seen Microcenter beat even Apple's education prices by $50 on occasion.

    In the past I had always considered Microcenter a more-expensive-than-Frys store, but in recent years they've just hand mind blowing deals; especially their CPU + Motherboard combos. Great prices for those of us who also enjoy building our own gaming rigs in addition to the aesthetics and ease of use of Apple products.
    olePigeon
  • WOW, INTEL SEEMS TO BE SUCCEEDING IN ATTACKING THE MACBOOK AIR

    Apple's discounts suck, because Windows-based systems offer little to no competition to the Air.... Well, that was true until Intel decided to attack Apple with Ultrabooks. I hope the FTC investigates to find out why Intel attacked Apple's Macbook Air with the 300 million dollar fund.

    Such an aggressive attack from Intel!
    paulpp
  • RE: Apple's Black Friday prices leaked; slightly better than last year

    I agree the best buy deal is better.
    slickjim
    • Actually, the MicroCenter deal is much better than Best Buy

      @Peter Perry $200 off on MBA and MBP .... $50 off on iPads, etc. and some others.
      wackoae
  • RE: Apple's Black Friday prices leaked; slightly better than last year

    These are OK deals for Apple, as you mentioned. However if you're lucky enough to have a BB in your area with some open box Macbook Airs or Macs of any type really, you can get an *additional* $100.00 off the Open Box price if the regular price is $600.00 or more. As a result, I scored my MBA 4gb/128gb 2011 model for 980.00 which is an insanely good $220.00 off MSRP (though BB's regular price is 1139.99).<br><br>Likewise, if they have an open box base MBA, you could theoretically score one for as little as 775-798.00. The downside is that this all depends on WHICH open box macs your particular BB has in stock. However, you can now go to the BB website, look up stores in your area, and then see their current open box items right from the website. Sometimes it will also give you the Open Box prices, but it at least tells you if they have a particular item.<br><br>If you don't want an MBA, Micro Center also has brand new in the box 2011 Macbook Pro 13s for just $999.00. This is a $200.00 instant rebate off of Apple's regular MSRP and they have a quadrillion of these in stock, unlike the open box specific BB deal. Microcenter gets these special deals because they are one of Apple's longest standing retailer relationships.
    Playdrv4me
  • They don't always show

    @Peter Perry It is a huge problem lately.
    wackoae