Apple is a very powerful company. They control the supply chain tightly and don’t have rolling sales like other retailers and manufacturers. They also know that their reputation leads to a level of demand that justifies their relatively high prices. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay the list price.
The One Day Apple Discounts its Products
Apple regularly discounts its products on Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving. This year it falls on 23rd of November. Both in store and online, they offer 7-10% off popular items. That’s about $100 off laptops, $40 off the iPad, and $10 off the iPod nano. Best Buy usually discounts its Apple products, just a little more than the company itself. Last year, for example, they offered $45 off the iPad. But even those aren’t always the best Black Friday deals for this gear.
Gift Card Deals
This holiday season, don’t just look at the straight discounts advertised. Instead, look for gift card deals. Last year, if you bought an iPad at Meijer, they gave you an $80 store gift card with your purchase. If you bought an iPod touch at Toys R Us, they gave you a $50 store card. When you factor that in, these incentives may just save you more than a straight discount.