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Anker's Black Friday/Cyber Week event is entering its final days this weekend, and it's still offering up to 60 percent off sitewide. There are also a few "mystery boxes" that can include hundreds of dollars in savings, if you're willing to risk not knowing what you're buying ahead of time. All of these sales will end on December 3.

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In terms of the base sale, there are plenty of great accessories that you can buy to take advantage of the savings. A new highlight is the Anker Prime 240W GaN 4-Port Desktop Charger for $139.99, down from $199.99. If you just want a portable battery with a smart display, the PowerCore 24,000 mAh Power Bank with Smart Digital Display is at $91.99, down from $159.99.



At the bottom of the sale page, Anker also has a few blind boxes on sale, priced at $19.99 (up to $219.99 in value) and at $29.99 (up to $219.99 in value). These mystery boxes include one Anker accessory, but you won't know what you're getting until they arrive. All items in the $19.99 box are worth at least $29.99, and all items in the $29.99 box are worth at least $49.99, so no matter what you'll be getting a deal.

All mystery box items are non-returnable (with the exception of quality issues). These could net you a huge discount with a collection of solid stocking stuffers for the holidays, if you're willing to take the blind box risk.

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

Article Link: Anker's Cyber Week Sale Enters Final Days With Up to 60% Off Sitewide
 
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brunerd

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… and the cube of all things is not on sale… oh I see why:
Due to high demand, new orders of Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe will ship between January 31st and February 20th.
They're too popular for their own good!
 

macduke

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I feel like I can't recommend Anker anymore. They used to be one of my favorite brands and their support was great, but I've been having a ton of trouble with their 577 Thunderbolt Dock that I purchased earlier this year and I've been going back and forth with support and they are driving me crazy. They told me I needed a Windows computer to update it, and I told them I don't have one. Then they kept telling me to just borrow one from a friend or family member, and I'm like "You guys, this isn't the 1990s, I don't even know any friends or family who still use Windows computers, it's Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads" And then they were like "There's nobody at your work that has a Windows computer" and I'm like "Dudes, it's 2023, I work remotely." And then they were wanting me to like send it off to a coworker across the country to fix it and I'm like "WTF?"

Then they eventually told me to forget the firmware update they sent and to just use another machine to test to see if it's my machine or the dock. And I'm like "This issue didn't even happen until I started using your stupid dock." and besides that, the issue is a kernel panic type of crash that freezes up the entire computer and takes about a week before it presents itself. And I told them that and they expected me to borrow someone else's Mac (I only have one at the moment and my new 14" M3 Max still hasn't shipped yet) and use their computer as my daily computer for a week? What? I don't even have all of my work stuff installed on there, which will take hours of my time to setup and then I'm just using their computer like it's mine? Like who in the hell is going to let me do that to test this thing for weeks to see if it crashes again? I mean, I have already reinstalled my Mac from scratch and it still does this when the Anker dock is connected.

So today I finally get a friend of a friend with a Windows laptop who let me connect the dock to update the firmware. I go to download the firmware from the link they sent and the freaking link they sent was through one of those free download services and had expired! So now I'm super pissed, I emailed Anker and told them I need a link ASAP (this was noon on a Friday, today) and I still haven't heard back from them many hours later. So I sent them another email just a moment ago requesting a refund because this is ridiculous. I intend to buy a dock from another company. Anyone have good suggestions? Anker used to have great customer service but it has gone down the toilet, like it does with so many companies, unfortunately.
 

CarAnalogy

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Extremely disappointed in the contents of my "mystery box." A useless battery pack.

Two USB-A ports. 15W output, one port only. 7.5W if using both. USB-C for input only. Micro-USB input for power. Takes ten and a half hours to charge.

Who is this for? It retails for $50 (which is insane) so technically it qualifies for the $30 box but I wouldn't have paid anything for this. I don't even know who to give it to. Nobody wants this.

Not falling for that one again. For a few more dollars during the same sale I could have gotten a much better modern one.

Don't be fooled by those pictures, you're not getting those nice expensive items. It's not just me. The posts on the other Anker mystery box sales have similar stories, or even worse.
 

The_Martini_Cat

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I got two mystery boxes. One) A really long USB cable. Seriously? Two) two three- banger gallium arsenide chargers. An amazing simplification of life.🍸😺 assuming you don’t already have like 100 chargers🍸😹
 
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And I told them that and they expected me to borrow someone else's Mac (I only have one at the moment and my new 14" M3 Max still hasn't shipped yet) and use their computer as my daily computer for a week
Why not give the dock to someone with a similar setup and let them use it instead of borrowing their Mac?

The firmware thing should be handled better, but apart from that I don't think their suggestions are unreasonable. Remotely troubleshooting a single customer's problem is almost impossible.
 

CarpalMac

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I feel like I can't recommend Anker anymore. They used to be one of my favorite brands and their support was great, but I've been having a ton of trouble with their 577 Thunderbolt Dock that I purchased earlier this year and I've been going back and forth with support and they are driving me crazy. They told me I needed a Windows computer to update it, and I told them I don't have one. Then they kept telling me to just borrow one from a friend or family member, and I'm like "You guys, this isn't the 1990s, I don't even know any friends or family who still use Windows computers, it's Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads" And then they were like "There's nobody at your work that has a Windows computer" and I'm like "Dudes, it's 2023, I work remotely." And then they were wanting me to like send it off to a coworker across the country to fix it and I'm like "WTF?"
~snip~

I feel the same too these days, it is such a shame. Their prices have been steadily increasingly, whilst it seems to me, their quality has been decreasing. I have just had a second recently purchased cable of theirs fail, I have never had any cables fail previously as I look after them. It is like Under Armour and Timberland, once they hit primetime, it is all about max profits, whatever the cost to quality and ultimately, the customer.
 

alexanderwolf

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Sep 13, 2021
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i ordered two of the $29 mystery boxes on the 24th and they still haven’t made it outside of California when I just tracked the package (which has to then make it all the way to NYC). Some seriously slow shipping! Also, MacRumors must make a killing from Anker for their neverending stream of articles about Anker products being on sale. When aren’t they on sale?
 

JapanApple

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With all the negative remarks here, Anker only did this on their own. CS at times is the worst. They have orders and then put arbitrary time it will arrive. had this happen with Amazon and other shops. When their products fail, they say sorry but Amazon/Rakuten, etc. don't allow us to do replacements after time expired. ask you to contact them via their company site, etc. just to get CS service that they say is an extended warranty was Amazon. Rakuten etc. charging cables fail power and the battery craps out after weeks after buying. I gave up and just stopped buying and went elsewhere. Anker is like Crown funding.......they beta test their items in the real-time markets, and then correct their faulty products (Anker seems to be a Chinese seller on Amazon, AliExpress, and Rakuten.) in this occurrence. never again
 
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Steve14651

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Dec 3, 2023
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I feel like I can't recommend Anker anymore. They used to be one of my favorite brands and their support was great, but I've been having a ton of trouble with their 577 Thunderbolt Dock that I purchased earlier this year and I've been going back and forth with support and they are driving me crazy. They told me I needed a Windows computer to update it, and I told them I don't have one. Then they kept telling me to just borrow one from a friend or family member, and I'm like "You guys, this isn't the 1990s, I don't even know any friends or family who still use Windows computers, it's Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads" And then they were like "There's nobody at your work that has a Windows computer" and I'm like "Dudes, it's 2023, I work remotely." And then they were wanting me to like send it off to a coworker across the country to fix it and I'm like "WTF?"

Then they eventually told me to forget the firmware update they sent and to just use another machine to test to see if it's my machine or the dock. And I'm like "This issue didn't even happen until I started using your stupid dock." and besides that, the issue is a kernel panic type of crash that freezes up the entire computer and takes about a week before it presents itself. And I told them that and they expected me to borrow someone else's Mac (I only have one at the moment and my new 14" M3 Max still hasn't shipped yet) and use their computer as my daily computer for a week? What? I don't even have all of my work stuff installed on there, which will take hours of my time to setup and then I'm just using their computer like it's mine? Like who in the hell is going to let me do that to test this thing for weeks to see if it crashes again? I mean, I have already reinstalled my Mac from scratch and it still does this when the Anker dock is connected.

So today I finally get a friend of a friend with a Windows laptop who let me connect the dock to update the firmware. I go to download the firmware from the link they sent and the freaking link they sent was through one of those free download services and had expired! So now I'm super pissed, I emailed Anker and told them I need a link ASAP (this was noon on a Friday, today) and I still haven't heard back from them many hours later. So I sent them another email just a moment ago requesting a refund because this is ridiculous. I intend to buy a dock from another company. Anyone have good suggestions? Anker used to have great customer service but it has gone down the toilet, like it does with so many companies, unfortunately.
OWC!
 

avheatherim

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Sep 11, 2023
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Aukey Omnia
I used to be a big Aukey lover, but their customer service is absolute trash. They tried to bribe me to remove two different honest 3-star reviews. Not only are they gone from Amazon, they aren't even showing reviews on their OWN site anymore.
 

b0fh

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May 14, 2012
152
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I feel like I can't recommend Anker anymore. They used to be one of my favorite brands and their support was great, but I've been having a ton of trouble with their 577 Thunderbolt Dock that I purchased earlier this year and I've been going back and forth with support and they are driving me crazy. They told me I needed a Windows computer to update it, and I told them I don't have one. Then they kept telling me to just borrow one from a friend or family member, and I'm like "You guys, this isn't the 1990s, I don't even know any friends or family who still use Windows computers, it's Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads" And then they were like "There's nobody at your work that has a Windows computer" and I'm like "Dudes, it's 2023, I work remotely." And then they were wanting me to like send it off to a coworker across the country to fix it and I'm like "WTF?"

Then they eventually told me to forget the firmware update they sent and to just use another machine to test to see if it's my machine or the dock. And I'm like "This issue didn't even happen until I started using your stupid dock." and besides that, the issue is a kernel panic type of crash that freezes up the entire computer and takes about a week before it presents itself. And I told them that and they expected me to borrow someone else's Mac (I only have one at the moment and my new 14" M3 Max still hasn't shipped yet) and use their computer as my daily computer for a week? What? I don't even have all of my work stuff installed on there, which will take hours of my time to setup and then I'm just using their computer like it's mine? Like who in the hell is going to let me do that to test this thing for weeks to see if it crashes again? I mean, I have already reinstalled my Mac from scratch and it still does this when the Anker dock is connected.

So today I finally get a friend of a friend with a Windows laptop who let me connect the dock to update the firmware. I go to download the firmware from the link they sent and the freaking link they sent was through one of those free download services and had expired! So now I'm super pissed, I emailed Anker and told them I need a link ASAP (this was noon on a Friday, today) and I still haven't heard back from them many hours later. So I sent them another email just a moment ago requesting a refund because this is ridiculous. I intend to buy a dock from another company. Anyone have good suggestions? Anker used to have great customer service but it has gone down the toilet, like it does with so many companies, unfortunately.
Their support has always been ****. Years ago, when they only sold through Amazon, I have had a charger break, and they wanted to know the amazon order number. I was like - what the hell is wrong with you? You have the freaking serial number I just gave you. You know it's your part. What if I got it from my company? What if I got it as a gift? And I've bought so many things from you via Amazon that I don't want to waste my time digging through to figure out exactly which order it was (because, as it happened, I also buy them as gifts for others - but not any more, after that experience).

I've also had Anker cables break (one of them broke off a tiny metal piece inside the iPhone's charging slot - that was a freaking pain in the ass).

And their prices are sky high crazy. They are OFF my list nowadays.
 

harrrytro

macrumors newbie
Dec 7, 2023
1
0
just got my mystery box item... Anker 325 Power Bank... I wonder how many people actually receive the most expensive item of the "mystery box". Nice marketing cheat/gamble. :)
 
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