Black Friday 2008: $300 MacBook Pro Discounts, iPhone App Sales - MacRumors Forums
Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:47 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Black Friday 2008: $300 MacBook Pro Discounts, iPhone App Sales




Apple has officially unveiled their Black Friday sales for their online and retail stores. The discounts are very similar to last year's event. The only two Mac models on sale are the iMac and MacBook with discounts of up to $101 for the mid-to-high-end models. Meanwhile, iPods are seeing $11-$21 discounts and a number of accessories are also on sale.

This also means that analysts were once again wrong after predicting discounts up to 15% from Apple this year. Those looking for more significant Mac discounts will have better luck at 3rd party retailers.

Other Mac Discounts

We've updated our sales chart to include deals from MacConnection which may be the best available for most new Mac purchases. Best Buy's sale ended on Wednesday night and so are no longer available. Best prices are in bold and link to the product. Most involve both instant and mail in rebates.

Retailers: MacMall, MacConnection, Amazon.

Click on prices to link directly to product
Unless otherwise labeled, discounts combine instant + mail-in rebates.
** Is an instant discount, no rebate required.
MacConnection charges sales tax in AL, CT, GA, IL, MA, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, TN, TX. MacMall is believed to charge sales tax in MN, CA, IL, TN, WI, and possibly NY. Amazon charges sales tax in KS, KY, NY, ND, and WA.

Mac Software

- Microsoft Office 2008 Special Media Edition - $129.99 (74% off), includes Office 2008 plus Expression Media
- Microsoft Office 2008 Home and Student - $109.99 (27% off)
- $5 off Parallels 4.0 - Run Windows on your Intel Mac.

iPhone/iPod Touch App Store Sales

AppShopper.com continuously tracks new apps and price drops in the App Store. Many apps have been discounted in the past few days in anticipation of the holiday. Some highlights from AppShopper's price change list are summarized here:

- Ambrosia (Now $0.99): Mr. Sudoku, Mondo Solitaire, Aki Mahjong.
- Igloo Games (Now $0.99): Dizzy Bee
- Gameloft ($2 off): Diamond Twister, Brain Challenge, Backgammon Classics, Block Breaker Deluxe 2, Midnight Bowling,
- EA ($2 off): SCRABBLE, Black Friday 2008: $300 MacBook Pro Discounts, iPhone App Sales

Last edited by arn; Nov 28, 2008 at 04:34 AM.
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:52 AM   #2
brop52
macrumors 68000
 
brop52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Missouri
Nice. So the low end new Alum MB is 100 off instead of 50. Even better than the ed discount.
__________________
2.0 GHz Alum Late 2008 MB, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD/SSD Momentus XT Hybrid; Wife's: 2.5GHz mid-2012 MBP, 16GB RAM, 500GB 5400 RPM HDD; 32GB Black iPhone 4S
brop52 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:52 AM   #3
SFStateStudent
macrumors 604
 
SFStateStudent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco California, USA
Send a message via AIM to SFStateStudent Send a message via Yahoo to SFStateStudent Send a message via Skype™ to SFStateStudent
Dang, no discounts on the 3G iPhone; my sister-in-law will have to settle for "full pop!"...
__________________
MBP 2.5GHz 640GB 4GB RAM Mac Pro iPhone 4S iOS 5 Black 64GB AC+ NEW iPad Apple TV 2G
SFStateStudent is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:54 AM   #4
orpheus1120
macrumors 65816
 
orpheus1120's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Malaysia
Great! Only if Apple has a black friday sales in Malaysia/Singapore.
orpheus1120 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:54 AM   #5
CrackedButter
macrumors 68040
 
CrackedButter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: 51st State of America
Apple does realise there is a recession? Does $51 -$100 really make a difference for you guys in the US when purchasing an item which isn't a must have? Is it a deal breaker if you're thinking of making a purchase for xmas?

In the UK a £60 drop in price on a £900 laptop is not worth very much to me and I wouldn't think to others either, but correct me if I am wrong. I'm not in a dire need for a new machine but I'm just making the point.
__________________
"Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own" - Bruce Lee
http://jonathanjk.com
CrackedButter is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:55 AM   #6
SFStateStudent
macrumors 604
 
SFStateStudent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco California, USA
Send a message via AIM to SFStateStudent Send a message via Yahoo to SFStateStudent Send a message via Skype™ to SFStateStudent
Yeah, I wonder if the EDU discount will be included?
__________________
MBP 2.5GHz 640GB 4GB RAM Mac Pro iPhone 4S iOS 5 Black 64GB AC+ NEW iPad Apple TV 2G
SFStateStudent is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 02:57 AM   #7
CrackedButter
macrumors 68040
 
CrackedButter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: 51st State of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by SFStateStudent View Post
Yeah, I wonder if the EDU discount will be included?
Nope.
__________________
"Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own" - Bruce Lee
http://jonathanjk.com
CrackedButter is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:00 AM   #8
synth3tik
macrumors 68040
 
synth3tik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Send a message via AIM to synth3tik
Those ipod discounts are a punch in the nuts.

Why Apple even bothers is beyond me. These "discounts" are insulting.
synth3tik is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:01 AM   #9
SFStateStudent
macrumors 604
 
SFStateStudent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco California, USA
Send a message via AIM to SFStateStudent Send a message via Yahoo to SFStateStudent Send a message via Skype™ to SFStateStudent
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrackedButter View Post
Nope.
Actually, it's cheaper via the Apple Store by $1 on the base model MB.

$949 = EDU discount

$948 = Everyone discount
__________________
MBP 2.5GHz 640GB 4GB RAM Mac Pro iPhone 4S iOS 5 Black 64GB AC+ NEW iPad Apple TV 2G
SFStateStudent is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:03 AM   #10
SFStateStudent
macrumors 604
 
SFStateStudent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco California, USA
Send a message via AIM to SFStateStudent Send a message via Yahoo to SFStateStudent Send a message via Skype™ to SFStateStudent
Quote:
Originally Posted by synth3tik View Post
Those ipod discounts are a punch in the nuts. Why Apple even bothers is beyond me. These "discounts" are insulting.
I hear ya' b/c I've kept an eye on the iPod Touch for a few months, and the biggest discount I've seen so far has been a $4 difference, up until this sale...
__________________
MBP 2.5GHz 640GB 4GB RAM Mac Pro iPhone 4S iOS 5 Black 64GB AC+ NEW iPad Apple TV 2G
SFStateStudent is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:08 AM   #11
Jim Campbell
macrumors 6502a
 
Jim Campbell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: A World of my Own; UK
I have to say, the UK discounts are pretty insulting, actually.

A quick calculation on the ones showing on the front page of the UK Store range from 6.5% (iPod touch) to a mighty 4% (iMac 20").

I also note that they aren't implementing the 2.5% reduction in UK VAT until AFTER the sale Edit to add: which they are not obliged to do, since the rate cut does not come into force until Dec 1st. However, all the major UK electrical retailers are already advertising the rate cut. It makes not one penny of difference to Apple how much VAT they collect on the government's behalf but would have made an extra £17 discount on that same 20" iMac.

To be honest, I don't know why they bothered.

Cheers

Jim
__________________
Eagle Award Nominated Comic Book Letterer: Blog | Samples
Not-So-Professional-Artist: Scribbles
World's Best Online Comic: Fractal Friction

Last edited by Jim Campbell; Nov 28, 2008 at 03:36 AM. Reason: Correction, as noted above
Jim Campbell is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:33 AM   #12
podiki
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lagovouni
imacs should have way bigger discounts. they're last year's technology. Just look at those graphics cards...
podiki is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:38 AM   #13
synth3tik
macrumors 68040
 
synth3tik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Send a message via AIM to synth3tik
On Black Friday consumer goods go on sale. If Apple wants to sell the iMacs and the MacBooks as consumer products they should discount them a little more. Especially in the current economy. Yeah Apple has a surplus of money, but without big sales they'll loose that.
synth3tik is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:44 AM   #14
macboy676
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Mac Connection website reliable?

Hi Guys,

I am thinking of buying the best deal available from third party retailer on the Macbook Pro that is by Mac Connection. Since this is the first time I have heard its name I have two questions:

1. Is the site reliable....has anyone used it before?

2. Will apple honor warranty on the Macbook Pro if I buy it from Mac Connection? Actually Mac connection does not have the authorized reseller tag.


Thanks.
macboy676 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:52 AM   #15
arn
macrumors god
 
arn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Send a message via AIM to arn
Quote:
Originally Posted by macboy676 View Post
Hi Guys,

I am thinking of buying the best deal available from third party retailer on the Macbook Pro that is by Mac Connection. Since this is the first time I have heard its name I have two questions:

1. Is the site reliable....has anyone used it before?

2. Will apple honor warranty on the Macbook Pro if I buy it from Mac Connection? Actually Mac connection does not have the authorized reseller tag.


Thanks.
1. MacConnection/PCConnection has been around forever so I think they are trustworthy. Here's a recent thread that people had reasonable experiences with them.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=585337

2. They are an authorized Apple reseller. I see the tag on their apple section.

arn
arn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 03:56 AM   #16
Kelmon
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Send a message via ICQ to Kelmon Send a message via AIM to Kelmon Send a message via MSN to Kelmon Send a message via Yahoo to Kelmon Send a message via Skype™ to Kelmon
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Campbell View Post
I have to say, the UK discounts are pretty insulting, actually.

A quick calculation on the ones showing on the front page of the UK Store range from 6.5% (iPod touch) to a mighty 4% (iMac 20").
For some reason I was hopeful of a substantial discount to the Apple TV, which I am now in the market for, and the discount available was a pitiful 4%. Given this I'll be putting that purchase on hold until either the device is more compelling at the current price or it comes down to something sensible, particularly given that owning one means that I'd be using the iTunes Store more often. £270 for the device with a mere 160GB disk drive is simply too high for what it does, which isn't much.
Kelmon is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:01 AM   #17
MagicWok
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: London
The "sales" from Apple are pretty insulting. Save £31 on a £768 iMac? That's barely even 5% for God's sake. And they even don't have any offers on any of the MBP's lol.

From a MR member perspective, I think this is a massive missed opportunity. What with Apple and their massive cash reserves they keep harping on about, they could have instigated a massive price reduction to increase their computer market share by a good few %. What with governments asking us to spend our way out of trouble, which is the stupidest thing I've ever heard since that's what got us into trouble, a 20% or 30% reduction for a few days would have got the public into a frenzy. And we all know Apple have fairly nice markups on their machines, they could have afforded to scrape the barrel as they comfortably sit on their cash pile - and rake in the future revenue from a expanded user base which Jobs can get all giddy about in another Keynote perspective.

From a consumer perspective, a measly ~5% savings are nothing. I'd rather wait till VAT is slashed to 0% in this country, then I'll buy. 0% VAT may finally tempt me into a MBP with that awful mirror screen and slap a matte-cover on top.

I hate the word, but... FAIL
__________________
Mac Pro, MBP & MBA.
iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch
= All my money belongs to
MagicWok is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:02 AM   #18
MagicWok
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: London
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kelmon View Post
For some reason I was hopeful of a substantial discount to the Apple TV, which I am now in the market for, and the discount available was a pitiful 4%. Given this I'll be putting that purchase on hold until either the device is more compelling at the current price or it comes down to something sensible, particularly given that owning one means that I'd be using the iTunes Store more often. £270 for the device with a mere 160GB disk drive is simply too high for what it does, which isn't much.
If VAT is slashed, that will represent a much better savings than these "sales". MUCH better savings.

Assuming Apple don't raise their prices in a moment of greed to gobble up the difference for their own pockets... I wonder if they can resist. Trading Standards would be all over them if they did.
__________________
Mac Pro, MBP & MBA.
iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch
= All my money belongs to
MagicWok is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:05 AM   #19
synth3tik
macrumors 68040
 
synth3tik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Send a message via AIM to synth3tik
I can think of one thing Apple really should do and they don't have to discount that much more. I got the idea when working at a music store. People would get turned off when we would hype up a sale that ended up being only 5%. So I got with the manager and we decided to up it to 7%. However instead of telling people we had a 7% off sale, we said "Hey, we'll pay the sales tax".

Sales taxs
VAT
it would all work.
synth3tik is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:11 AM   #20
aidym
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Campbell View Post
I have to say, the UK discounts are pretty insulting, actually.
I couldn’t agree more! Some of these discounts barely amount to the UK 2.5%vat reduction.
I know apple “don’t do cheap”, but you would think they would use this opportunity to make their product line available to a broader market. AFAIK this is the only sale apple have and only goes to show how ignorant they are to the current economic state.
aidym is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:12 AM   #21
SFStateStudent
macrumors 604
 
SFStateStudent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco California, USA
Send a message via AIM to SFStateStudent Send a message via Yahoo to SFStateStudent Send a message via Skype™ to SFStateStudent
Quote:
Originally Posted by synth3tik View Post
"Hey, we'll pay the sales tax".Sales taxs VAT it would all work.
Well, those of us in California, USA, range from 8.25% - 8.75% Sales Tax and it's more likely to go up next year, thanks to the $29,000,000,000.00 deficit...
__________________
MBP 2.5GHz 640GB 4GB RAM Mac Pro iPhone 4S iOS 5 Black 64GB AC+ NEW iPad Apple TV 2G
SFStateStudent is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:17 AM   #22
SWLinPHX
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by synth3tik View Post
I can think of one thing Apple really should do and they don't have to discount that much more. I got the idea when working at a music store. People would get turned off when we would hype up a sale that ended up being only 5%. So I got with the manager and we decided to up it to 7%. However instead of telling people we had a 7% off sale, we said "Hey, we'll pay the sales tax".

Sales taxs
VAT
it would all work.
Sales taxes in most cities I've shopped have been 8% or more.
SWLinPHX is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:20 AM   #23
SWLinPHX
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by macboy676 View Post
Hi Guys,

I am thinking of buying the best deal available from third party retailer on the Macbook Pro that is by Mac Connection. Since this is the first time I have heard its name I have two questions:

1. Is the site reliable....has anyone used it before?

2. Will apple honor warranty on the Macbook Pro if I buy it from Mac Connection? Actually Mac connection does not have the authorized reseller tag.


Thanks.

I've used MacConnection (PC Connection) and MacMall (PC Mall) both, and they are well-established authorized resellers. Choose with the best deal on the model you want, but remember to figure in which one charges sales tax in your state.
SWLinPHX is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:20 AM   #24
iOrlando
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
yeah i was wrong....i was expecting 200 off macbook not 100....

seems to be pretty good deals on accessories and software...granted they might have been really expensive to begin with...but percentage wise...its pretty good...

so $1199 for macbook that has 2G memory and new graphics card along with a few other cool features vs.. $1199 when the old macbook was out that only had 1G, poorer graphics card and white case... pretty good deal i say....
iOrlando is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2008, 04:34 AM   #25
ruinfx
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
$21 off the ipod touch!!!!! this sale is out of control!!!!!
__________________
15" 2.3GHz Retina MacBook Pro
8GB iPod Touch 4G
ruinfx is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ringtones for iOS 7 - BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNTS 50% OFF thaidv iPhone and iPod touch Apps 2 Nov 24, 2013 10:56 PM
Apple Launches Black Friday Sale in U.S. with Discounts on iPads, MacBook Pros, Airs and More MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 29 Nov 22, 2013 10:32 AM
Black Friday 2012: Steeper Discounts on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 36 Nov 26, 2012 09:17 AM
iOS App Store and Mac Software Sales for Black Friday 2012 MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 41 Nov 24, 2012 10:16 AM
Black Friday App sales Thierry ba iPhone and iPod touch Apps 0 Nov 22, 2012 10:51 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:37 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC