Black Friday 2011: A List of Discounts on Apple Products and More

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Black Friday kicked off on the day after Thanksgiving and frequently offers customers short term sales on many products. While Apple does participate, their discounts tend to be rather small. Other online retailers can sometimes fill the gap to offer more enticing offers.

Sales Tax

National retailers such as Apple and Best Buy charge local sales tax on all orders. So, the advantage of using other online-only retailers is not getting charged that sales tax at the time of order (though you are typically expected to report it later). Local sales taxes are automatically charged for the following retailers in the following states:

- Amazon: Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington
- MacMall: North Carolina, Illinois, New York, California, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

So, if you are in one of those states, it may make sense to look elsewhere or simply buy locally anyway if the savings are comparable.

iPad 2s

BestBuy was offering $45 off all iPad 2 models, but it appears to be sold out online. You may have luck at your local stores.

MacMall is offering $25-$45 discounts on iPad 2s as well depending on model. They appear to still be in stock.

Apple's online store is offering $41-$61 off the iPad 2 depending on model. Stock should be good from Apple.

Discounts on Other Apple Products

Apple's online sales prices will be on their online Apple Store, but their discounts will generally be the worst for most products (iPad 2 exception above), especially when sales tax is included.

Here's a list of prices at MacMall, Amazon and Apple Online's prices across the range of Apple's products.

Click on prices to link directly to product.​
Best prices are listed in bold. Prices may fluctuate during the day.

Note that Best Buy has particularly good deal on an 11" MacBook Air for $849 ($150 off), though they are out of stock on their online store.

Others Discounts of Interest

- $100 iTunes Gift Card - for $80
- Microsoft Office Home and Student - for $69.99 ($50 off)
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 - for $49.99 ($50 off)
- For Fry's, they are offering 8GB iPod Touch for $188 and you get a free $50 gift card. In store only (not online).
- iCade - $59.99 ($40 off)
- VMWare Fusion - $29.99 ($20 off)
- 27" Thunderbolt Display - $929 ($70 off)

AppShopper tracks sales for iOS and Mac app stores. Some notable sales:

iOS:
- djay ($19.99 -> $9.99)
- RISK ($2.99 -> $0.99)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas ($6.99 -> $4.99)
- Real Racing ($2.99 -> $0.99)
- Mirrors Edge for iPad ($9.99 ->$1.99)

Mac:
- Grand Theft Auto 3 ($14.99 -> $6.99)
- 1Password ($49.99 -> $24.99)

Price Matching

We've heard that retail Apple Stores will price match on Black Friday with other authorized retailers if asked.

Please note that prices may fluctuate during the day, though we try to keep on top of them. Several of the vendors listed are affiliate partners with MacRumors and referred sales may benefit the site financially.

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Caliber26

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I just might have to jump on that MacMall offer for the 13" MBA. I'm kinda irked that I missed out on the Best Buy offering that just ended yesterday but since they charge tax where I live then it would've been only a few bucks cheaper, anyway.
 

saving107

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No deal so great that makes me want to go buy something...
You don't want to save $11 off of an iPod nano?


I think I'll buy nothing this year, Apple or anything else. Take a look at the economy :confused:
By choosing to not buy anything because of the economy, you're actually making things worse (not better).

People who are spending money this holiday season, especially with big ticket items, are actually contributing to economy and it's recovery.

Spending more> company profits> company hires more people> less people on unemployment
Spending less> company losses money> company shuts down> more people on unemployement
 
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Frisco

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You don't want to save $11 off of an iPod nano?




By choosing to not buy anything because of the economy, you're actually making things worse (not better).

People who are spending money this holiday season, especially with big ticket items, are actually contributing to economy and it's recovery.

Spending more> company profits> company hires more people> less people on unemployment
Spending less> company losses money> company shuts down> more people on unemployement
Yeah China and South Korea's economy.
 

profets

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27" Display on sale?

Anyone notice any discounts for the 27" Thunderbolt display?
 

Macman45

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No

Anyone notice any discounts for the 27" Thunderbolt display?
Which is the one thing I just might have blown the Christmas fund on. The Uk prices are just unreal, I know it's always been that way, but I'm going to wait until I come home before buying anything else.

Some good deals around though...The Adobe discount is a good one, I will check out the UK prices later (got an email just haven't dissected it yet.
 

Vantage Point

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Amazon's Everyday Prices

Those discounts look like Amazon's everyday low price. Expect deeper discounts on Friday - I know that is how it worked last year with a $150 discount off the base 15" MBP. Then on BF weekend (saturday and sunday) that discount was $130 (that's when I bought mine), then Monday is went to about $1,710.
 

JonoX

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Decent prices, and like the previous poster stated, they may drop even lower.
 

larmende

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The UK sale just went live. £81 off most of the expensive items, £31 on an ipad2 and similar priced items.
 

trainwrecka

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Double Tax on Best Buy iTunes Gift Card

Charged a sales tax on the gift card, but not sure why. iTunes charges tax, so expect to get double taxed.
 

R3k

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Now Cross Reference those prices with what they were 1 month ago...

Perhaps Im A bit Jaded, just checked an i7 2600k processor on Newegg's BF sale, and it was $5 more expensive than I got it for 30 days ago, heh.
 

Icaras

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Charged a sales tax on the gift card, but not sure why. iTunes charges tax, so expect to get double taxed.
I didn't get taxed. In fact, I have never gotten taxed by buying iTunes cards from Best Buy.

I also don't get taxed from buying content from iTunes.

Anyway, I ordered my cards this morning and I'm still waiting for my redemption codes :(
 

gadget123

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Those discounts look like Amazon's everyday low price. Expect deeper discounts on Friday - I know that is how it worked last year with a $150 discount off the base 15" MBP. Then on BF weekend (saturday and sunday) that discount was $130 (that's when I bought mine), then Monday is went to about $1,710.
Shops in the UK are already selling the Ipod 8GB for £20 cheaper than Apple anyway in the run up to Christmas.
 

paulrbeers

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Ordered $100 worth of itunes gift cards (2 $50). One for me and one for my wife. Probably all I am going to buy for Apple gear. Was going to pick up a new Mac Mini Server but the discount currently offered everywhere is the same as any given day. Maybe I'll just wait for Ivy Bridge....
 
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