Best Buy to Match Back to School Promo with $100 Store Gift Card

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Readers who are disappointed with Apple's new Back to School promotion may be interested to hear that electronics retailer Best Buy is offering to match Apple's promotion with their own.

    Apple recently launched their 2011 Back to School promotion. Instead of the typical iPod giveaway, Apple is now offering a $100 iTunes/App Store gift card instead. We've been told that Best Buy will be matching this promotion with a $100 Best Buy gift card for the same qualifying customers. This is an unadvertised promotion, so customers will have to ask for it specifically.

    Apple's Back to School promotion is open to college students, students accepted to college, parents buying for college students or faculty/staff at any grade level. Qualifying computers include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro.

    Article Link: Best Buy to Match Back to School Promo with $100 Store Gift Card
  2. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
  3. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
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    I think I'd rather have the apple gift card
  4. deadlystriker macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2011
    Glad I got the 2011 MBPs with the BTS free iPod touch earlier this year
    (from AU).
  5. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    I think I'd rather get the Best Buy one so I can buy some substantial stuff.
  6. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    You can use the Best buy gift card to buy the apple card. Also, if you're a reward zone member, you get 3-5% back of your purchase back, I think.

    All else being equal, the Best Buy one is a better deal.
  7. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    Do you get an educational discount on a computer at Best Buy though?

    The Apple store on-line or on campus gives $100 or more off the computer plus the $100 for buying apps or media (music, books or movies).

    The benefit of the Best buy card is you can get DVD or CD and rip it instead of just the download.
  8. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    You can't use gift cards to buy gift cards.
  9. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    that's wrong. I've done it so many times.
  10. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    That's pretty cool. What a great way to steal some business from the Apple stores. Nice move.
  11. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    btw the apple gift card is good for " Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore," which isnt as good as the best buy because it doesn't say you can buy at the apple store itself. My guess is they're tryign to push for online purchases esp with Lion coming up.
  12. bigp9998 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Agree that the big question here is whether or not they will match the EDU price of Apple as well. The MacBook Airs have traditionally only gotten $50 off for education, so even if BB doesn't match them, it would still be a better deal for me. I'm also really hoping now that the new 13" Air comes with 4GB RAM standard, since you can't upgrade through BB, from what I understand.
  13. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    When I purchased my MBP from Best Buy I asked if they had edu pricing and they said they didn't.. mm :(
  14. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Same here, then I get to go to the store I want. My favorite one was a Jewel gift card and got a Best Buy one form Jewel and got a Blu Ray player with it, I don't shop at Jewel, too expensive for my taste.
  15. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
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    So it's not open to parents of grade school children? I thought that it was. Kids are using computers at younger and younger ages now for school work.
  16. robertcoogan macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2008
    Joshua Tree, California
    Best Buy...???

    Wow. Of course the Best Buy card will come pre-installed with a "protection" software package provided by the Geek Squad. And when you go to get one, they won't have any in stock and will offer to sell you an upgraded card for a little extra. You will ask that the card not have the extra software installed on it, and they will at first say that they can't uninstall it, then a manager will come out and say that he or she will take care of it. You'll wait 45 min to an hour and a half (your boss will be pissed, of course), but you'll eventually walk away with your upgraded card which will of course not work when you get home.

    Thanks, Best Buy!
  17. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    I guess you could just have your children buy it for you ;)
  18. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'd definitely go with the Best Buy one given the option.
  19. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
  20. redshovel macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2007
    Yes very good but do you get the 14% off the purchase price of a MBP at Best Buy too?
  21. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    best buy card is the better deal. with 100$, u can buy more than just crap off the mac app store like a sleeve for ur macbook or put it towards apple care. actually, get best buy to match the education discount on apple care which i think knocks 100 off it, than use the best buy 100 card on it too, so u get apple care cheap for macbook pro XD
  22. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Wait a second! Good point.
    Is BestBuy knocking the price of the computer down and providing this card -or- just giving the card with standard prices?
  23. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    I love Best Buy but no education discount = no sale.

    Win, epic fail sauce or stalemate? You decide.

  24. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Unless Best Buy is matching the $100 off the MBP for edu pricing then going with BB would be a silly idea. While some may not like the $100 iTunes card at least ur getting $100 off the computer as well. Oh and don't forget $66 off AppleCare on the 13 and $110 off AppleCare on the 15 when u buy through Apple! Oh and the $99 printer rebate as well, so check first or you could miss out on $300 worth of discounts and offers through Apple.
  25. x-kid macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    i always use best buy gift cards to purchase amazon gift cards.

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