Apple's U.S. and Canadian Black Friday Sales Go Live Online With Gift Card Deals

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's online stores for the United States and Canada have just come back online for Black Friday's one-day shopping event, and, like its stores in Australia and New Zealand, the company is using bonus gift cards rather than discounts as customer incentives.

    Apple's European stores saw a more traditional discounted pricing scheme, with prices reduced on products directly, rather than offering a gift card promotion.

    Gift cards are offered with the purchase of the following items in the U.S.:

    - iPad Air: $75 gift card
    - iPad mini: $50 gift card on non-Retina models, no gift card on Retina models
    - iPad 2: $50 gift card
    - iPod touch: $50 gift card
    - iPod nano: $25 gift card
    - MacBook Air: $150 gift card
    - MacBook Pro: $150 gift card for both Retina and non-Retina models
    - iMac: $150 gift card
    - Apple TV: $25 gift card
    - AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: $50 gift card

    - Various accessories: Gift card amounts vary, including $50 for the Nest Thermostat, $25 for the Anki DRIVE Starter Kit, $25 for the Nike+ FuelBand, and $25 for the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant.

    The discounts should run through the day today both on Apple's online store and in its retail outlets across North America.

    Deals from third-party retailers may be even better than Apple's pricing for some customers, and we've summarized some of the best Mac and iPad deals over the past several days. We are also keeping track of deals on Apple products, accessories, software, and more in our Black Friday roundup.

    Article Link: Apple's U.S. and Canadian Black Friday Sales Go Live Online With Gift Card Deals
  2. jonyive4 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
    I need a Mac Mini, I'm going to wait until the 2013 refresh.
    I need a Mac Mini, I'm going to wait until the 2013 black friday deal.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  4. lbjsong macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    no discount on iPad Mini Retina.
    What the hack is this
  5. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
  6. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Lame, I hate gift card deals. All that does is make you spend more money on something else and for some, you wouldn't need anything else. I guess the cool thing here is that you could use the gift card on a case.
  7. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2013
    United States
    Hey! $150 towards choice of accessories or AppleCare for a new Macbook Pro with Retina? I'll take that!

    Too bad it doesn't stack with the military discount, but this promotion is still $50 better than the military discount so I'll be the first to say that I'm happy with this deal! :)
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    No big surprise. Demand exceeds supply right now. It was the same in the rest of the world.


    Not technically, per the terms of Apple's website (they are not for resale).

  9. Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    So I guess yesterday was for giving thanks...

    today, not so much.
  10. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I'd would have still preferred the discount... Gift cards only AFTER you pay full price for something is a bit limited.

    Give me the sale any-day...
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    :confused: Apple has never undercut their resellers on Black Friday. For those looking for a Mac or iPad, it is still a way to get $150 or $75 to spend on other products at the Apple Store. For example, get someone an iPad Air, and you can give them a $75 gift card that they can use for a case (or you can just keep the card and use it on something else).
  12. gooutside macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Here's a really dumb question...

    ... but, I just bought an MBP Retina about a week ago. Even though I didn't buy it on Black Friday, does anybody think the Apple Store would be generous enough to give me a gift card? I mean, technically, I could return the same MacBook and re-buy it to get the discount, but ... do they ever just do this just to be nice?
  13. wschutz macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Good job! You passed 101 Marketing! :)

    Try, otherwise... pack and return and re-buy and do it from BB or somewhere else so you get a proper discount, and of course, tell the Apple Store clerk that you ain't spending your money there :D
    Customer mandates, and Apple has to understand that regardless of its 'innovative' and 'never seen before' crap
  14. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    I highly doubt it.

    You could always give them a call and see what they say....if you don't ask you don't get.

    Buy an Apple TV and get $25 off the iPad Mini Retina, buy an iPod Touch and get $50 off the iPad Mini Retina...or even buy a MacBook and you'll get $150 off the iPad Mini Retina.

    Plenty of discount to be had.
  15. thanhtung031288 macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2013
    Why I can redeem my gift card. WTF??? You are messing up everything Apple!
  16. susa, Nov 29, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013

    susa macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    No sale sale for Canada?

    I wanted to get 3 items. I've tried to go to several times but I get switched to the US site. It lets me add to my cart, but when I go to check out, they don't have my billing address saved anymore, and want me to put in a US address. Arghhh, they can be frustrating.
    If they are having Black Friday in other countries, what's up with trying to buy from Canada? Canadian stores have adopted Black Friday.

  17. gooostovo macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2009
    Dallas, TX

    Agreed. Just ordered a 13" MBA, didn't really want to wait for the refresh. My fiance is in school and can get a $50 discount but with the gift card being $150 I'l take that because I can use it on case or extra charger. I think it's a good deal. Everyone else with greedy little paws can suck it! :cool:


    The checking out process was a little weird for me too, even though I live in the US. Did you log in with your Canadian Apple ID?
  18. susa macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    Just edited my post. I switched from using my ipad to a macbook and everything is normal. Very strange.
  19. Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    Why of course, It's Apple's way of saying "Thank you, less than valued customer, here's an overpriced Apple gift, go back and spend this pitiful discount to partially purchase another overpriced Apple Product".

    I'll pass, I've already bought a MacPro, a display and a couple of Minis this year, that's enough charity for these guys. At least the Europeans got cash, good for them.
  20. iMAX386 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2010
    So you can't get the gift card if you're using the $200 education discount, right?

    And other sites like MacMall don't provide the edu discount. So if I'm looking to buy an rMPB with an edu discount, today's deals don't make me any better off than just buying the rMBP any other day of the year, no? Just making sure I'm not missing that I can still get the gift card somehow.
  21. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Done! My $75 gift card should pay for approximately 1% of my upcoming Mac Pro with Retina Thunderbolt Display :eek:

    My in-store pickup (128 LTE Air) got snatched out from under me at the last minute before I committed the order. Dagnabbit! Have to wait for shipping now. Everyone else got up at midnight too, I guess--and committed their order first. So good luck finding stock in person on Black Friday!
  22. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Your greed and self righteousness is quite abhorrent. You are aware that no one is obligated to give you money off these items!?

    It's not just you, there are a lot of others in the other Black Friday threads that have the same mindset. I'd advise you, as well as all the others, to take a look in the mirror and decide if you really want to be 'that' sort of person.
  23. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    Shut up and buy it like the good consumers you are!
  24. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Thanks for explaining to the world how to spend the amount on a gift card. I don't know what the world would do without your help. :confused:


    I don't know why people feel entitled to discounts. There's people on these forums that are so blatantly materialistic and greedy and that is quite shocking. There's more important things in life than spending loads of money on Apple products. And if you don't spend the money on these luxury items, don't complain about spending too much money. These are all 'want' as opposed to 'need' items.
  25. thanhtung031288 macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2013
    Are you planning to purchase the display today also. Apple does not allow me to redeem my 200$ gift card to get my iPad Air + 75$ gift card. They hide the gift card redeem tab in payment section. I tried in the education store, which does not have 75$ gift card, and it was okay to accept my gift card payment.


    worst BF ever for Apple

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