Deal-a-day site Woot.com occasionally offers Apple products for sale, generally refurbished iPod Nano or Touch models. But this year, on Christmas Eve, the site is offering Apple's current entry-level iMac for nearly 13 percent off Apple's prices -- and tax free for most states, unlike Apple's online store.

The model in question, MC309LL/A, is $1,199 on Apple's online store in a stock configuration. Woot's offering, at $1049.99 plus $5 shipping (for up to three iMacs), doesn't offer any sort of custom configuring but is significantly cheaper than any other site -- including discounts available through Apple's store for college students. It's also cheaper than any of the deals available on Black Friday last month.

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Woot, which uses a literary point of view to humorously sell their products, has this to say about the iMac:

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMAN

That furry red-and-white coat would look great over a black turtleneck, wouldn’t it?

“Tonight’s the night! Are you excited about Jobsmas Eve?”

I’m afraid to even ask what that means.

“Jobsmas Eve, man! The way I see it, over the next several hundred years, the stature of Steve Jobs will grow to legendary proportions, like Gilgamesh or Axl Rose. And since Apple products are considered the ultimate Christmas gifts, the holiday will someday become synonymous with the company, and the man who founded it!”

Wow, you’ve managed to deeply offend both Christians and Apple fans with one fake holiday. Nice job.

”’Offend’? What’s offensive about the spirit of Steve Jobs going from house to house to deliver fantastically awesome presents to good little girls and boys? I’m just getting a jump on what everyone’s going to believe hundreds of years from now. I’ve always been ahead of my time.”

Is that what people in the future will call “crazy”?

“Look, you and I know that Steve probably couldn’t have visited every kid in the world in one night. I mean, he never tried, so who knows. OK, yeah, it seems far-fetched to you and me. But just imagine how far-fetched the Apple iMac Quad-Core i5 Desktop would have seemed to our great-grandparents.”

Hey! Have you been digging around in the back of my closet?

“Uh, no, no! I certainly haven’t seen that you bought me an Apple iMac Quad-Core i5 Desktop with 21.5” LED display, a quad-core 2.5GHz Intel processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, and OS X Lion! Uncovering a surprise like that would ruin Jobsmas Eve!”

It's curious that Woot would offer a current-model new-in-box iMac. To sell it as a main-item suggests the site has a fair number of the iMacs in-stock. Woot may be selling the machines near cost or as a loss-leader on Christmas Eve, or it's possible that iMac sales are slower than Apple expected and it is using Woot -- which was purchased by Amazon.com last year -- to clear out surplus holiday inventory.

Top Rated Comments

ninjadex Avatar
122 months ago
Does it ship with a mighty mouse stuck to the display? Or is that optional?:p
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Lancetx Avatar
121 months ago
They're back again today at the same price...

http://moofi.woot.com/moofi/retailempowerment
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jayse Avatar
122 months ago
Dare i say it?

...WOOT!
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Surely Avatar
121 months ago
Talk about a slow news day...

How original!
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Btrthnezr3 Avatar
122 months ago
No, but it may ship with the magic mouse attached. :-p
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macmastersam Avatar
122 months ago
Oh dear... Look at the iMac picture. I mean, who sticks a magic mouse to the chin of the iMac? but of course, only me would probably point that out :P
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