Apple's Black Friday Event Kicks Off in United States With Free Gift Cards Worth Up to $150

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's special Black Friday shopping event is now live in the United States and Canada, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to $150 or CA$200 with the purchase of selected Apple products today only.


    The offers are available through Apple's website and retail stores in both countries. Each customer is limited to two gift cards per product category. Refurbished products and educational store purchases do not qualify.

    U.S. rebate amounts include:

    - Macs: $150 (iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro sans late 2016 models)
    - iPad Pro: $100
    - iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4: $50
    - iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: $50
    - iPhone SE: $25
    - Apple Watch Series 1: $25
    - Apple TV: $25

    The one-day promotion is also ongoing in the United Kingdom (up to £120) and elsewhere in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    Apple's offers are rather lackluster considering better Black Friday deals are available on select iPhones, iPads, and Macs from authorized resellers such as B&H Photo Video and MacMall. Moreover, many of Apple's newest products such as the iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar are not eligible for the gift card promotion.

    The one-day shopping event has concluded in Australia and New Zealand, where it is now Saturday local time.

    Article Link: Apple's Black Friday Event Kicks Off in United States With Free Gift Cards Worth Up to $150
  2. Norcal. macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yeah because I'm sure some kid will just have a casual shopping list worth thousands.
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    Way to spit in the face of people who wanted an iPhone 7 model or new Mac Book Pro w/ Touch Bar. Do it right or don't do it at all Apple.
  4. UntitledImage macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Ha! I actually stayed up because I was curious... Lame, it's just the stuff that's a hard sell anyway. Why bother? There's going to be a bunch of Apple employees who had to work longer to make this happen, feel bad for them.
  5. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    This would be fine if they had just surprised us. But teasing it a week out, keeping some of us from buying iphones or macbooks earlier...lame.

    I had the Jet Black iphone pop up available near me a few days ago, and waited for the black friday sale. It's gone now.

    If you are going to tease, and only do lame sales, just tell us what the sale is. Don't tease and keep it a mystery, and surprise us with crap. $25 off a series 1??? WOW.
  6. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    This is typical Apple Black Friday stuff. Nothing to see here.
  7. ChrisNM macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    Wow, gift cards on old stuff. How magnanimous.

    Screw you Apple!
  8. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I feel bad for all the people who have expressed interest in "the new MacBook Pro" that are going to get a circa-2012 model that Apple is inexplicably still selling. It must be so confusing for the average non-tech nerd to navigate. I miss the days when Apple would just discontinue a product when a new and better version was released.
  9. where is it macrumors 6502

    where is it

    Jun 19, 2012
  10. littyboy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2009
    Were people really expecting Apple to have an actual "Black Friday" sale? They've never had a true one last time I checked.

    Black Friday = Decreased profits = Not Tim's slogan
  11. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Anyone knows if the gift cards can be used this same day In order to concatenate gifts and purchases? Thank you

    Oh and by the way, the gift card has not an expire date, right?
  12. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    Last I checked their website (10 minutes ago), they broke their check out. When you add an item that qualifies for a gift card, the price of the gift card adds to your total. Then the checkout bugs up, and as you try to move forward it says "Please refresh... bla bla... an item in your cart may qualify for a discount... bla bla". Every time I refresh, the gift card isn't discounted to $0. So, you can't buy anything!

    Plus, I don't want to buy anything from them that they've discounted. It's all crap deals. The 2015 Macbook Pro discount isn't too bad, but I want a 2016 Macbook Pro. I would be all over a 2016 MBP with a $200 gift card! In a heartbeat. I'd save that $200 gift card and get an iPhone 7 later (my iPhone 5s is crapping out on me big time, battery went from decent to all of a sudden useless).
  13. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    It takes courage to do it wrong.
  14. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    Yep they did, modest 10% off or $101 off MacBooks back in 2011 and earlier.

    This gift card thing is just sh*.
  15. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    So you expect them to discount products that are setting records and were just released.... why, exactly? They have no incentive to do so.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 25, 2016 ---
    $25 off the already $100+ discounted price...
  16. Johnny907 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2014
    Lol awesome. 25 dollar gift card on an Apple Watch that other retailers are selling for 50-70 dollars off. Same thing with iPads. What a joke.
  17. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    you get a gift card. not $25 off.
  18. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The funny thing is that even when taking the gift card value of your purchase into account, it still works out more expensive than before the price hike in the UK store.

    Apple doesn't understand what value is. Too bad.
  19. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
  20. gim macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2014
    There are no words for how hard this "event" sucks.
  21. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    MR doesn't like us posting one-word posts does it? It's a shame because it's all this 'Event' deserves, and that one word is 'Derisory'.
  22. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Gotta love it - buy an older product and get a gift card. So no discount on the product, but the chance to spend more money on another product and then get a discount.

    And of course nothing included if you're buying an iPhone 7 or Apple Watch Series 2.
  23. IndigoDesign macrumors regular

    May 25, 2015
  24. Christian 5G, Nov 25, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2016

    Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Not a big deal.

    Waiting for some other retailers to discount before end of the year on MacBook Pro 2015.

    If not, going on eBay.
  25. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    In fairness the pound has devalued a fair bit hence the increase in prices in the UK. £1 went from around $1.70 to as low as $1.21 and even now that it's performing a bit better it's still only at around $1.24.

    As much as I'd appreciate better pricing in the UK I can't say I blame them when you consider just how far the pound has fallen.

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