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

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.

Current ModelRetailMacMallAmazonApple
11" 1.6GHz 64GB MacBook Air$999-$59-$101 (10%)-$101
11" 1.6GHz 128GB MacBook Air$1199-$60-$101 (8%)-$101
13" 1.7GHz 128GB MacBook Air$1299-$101 (8%)-$60-$101
13" 1.7GHz 256GB MacBook Air$1599-$101 (6%)-$49-$101
13" 2.4GHz MacBook Pro$1199-$101 (8%)-$101-$101
13" 2.8GHz MacBook Pro$1499-$101 (7%)-$101-$101
15" 2.2GHz MacBook Pro$1799-$89-$101 (6%)-$101
15" 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro$2199-$140 (6%)-$139-$101
17" 2.4GHz MacBook Pro$2499-$150 (6%)-$11-$101
2.3GHz Mac mini$599-$34 (6%)-$5
2.5GHz Mac mini$799-$29 (4%)-$29
21" 2.5GHz iMac$1199-$101 (8%)-$101-$101
21" 2.7GHz iMac$1499-$101-$101-$101
27" 2.7GHz iMac$1699-$101-$101-$101
27" 3.1GHz iMac$1999-$104-$104-$101
8GB iPod Touch (Black)$199-$9-$21 (10%)-$21
8GB iPod Touch (White)$199-$9-$21 (10%)-$21
32GB iPod Touch (Black)$299-$24-$31 (10%)-$31
32GB iPod Touch (White)$299-$24-$31 (10%)-$31
64GB iPod Touch (Black)$399-$34-$41 (10%)-$41
64GB iPod Touch (White)$399-$34-$41 (10%)-$41
Apple TV$99-$4-$9 (9%)
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.

Related roundup: Black Friday

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39 months ago
No deal so great that makes me want to go buy something...
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago

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.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago
That is what screwed the Economy in the first place. People spending what they never had to begin with.
Everyone thinking the where entitled to homes.


It goes both ways. You don't spend, economy loses.

Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago

How is it an "advantage" to have to send in the taxes yourself Macrumors? Oh, you mean you don't yet understand that just because the seller hasn't collected the sales tax you the citizen are still expected to send them in anyway? Sounds like Macrumors should consult a lawyer. Otherwise they might be found liable for suggesting consumers nationwide can cheat on their sales taxes and use taxes so long as they shop around for a seller than doesn't do the collecting for them.


Are you serious? Nobody pays taxes on internet purchases unless the seller adds them. EVER.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago
Lol sales tax any time of the year.

Damn it feels good to be Oregonian
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago
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....
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

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


Huh? You mean if we don't all go out and buy MacBooks tomorrow Apple will go out of business? When we buy Apple products all we are doing is padding that cool $80 billion then have laying around. In some cases, that's fine. But don't give someone a guilt-trip for being frugal during hard times. Most of us have to worry about our families, not the state of the economy. Besides, ironically, it's reckless spending that not only drives our economy, but it got us into this mess.
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

That would be in error as I keep careful track of all online purchases and pay my use tax every year. Not only is it the law, it is the right thing to do as these taxes go towards the services that benefit us all.

Pics or GTFO
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

Are you serious? Nobody pays taxes on internet purchases unless the seller adds them. EVER.


That would be tax evasion in many (most?) states, whether you admit it or not. Some people may not know this, and they may get away with it, but that doesn't make it legal. EVER.

For example in California use tax has existed since 1935, way before the internet. There are exceptions, such as software downloads, but if you received any physical package or mail, chances are you owe sales tax.
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

It's pretty typical for Apple to bring down their store before changing prices or products. Also, it's typical for Apple to operate on their own (California/Pacific) time, thus for them "Black Friday" starts at midnight California time, not NY time. Not unusual at all, nor a "fail".


Um....it's a "fail" on CBS News' part. Whoever wrote that story failed. Get it?
Rating: 2 Votes

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