Black Friday 2012: A List of Discounts on Apple Products and More

Note: Black Friday sales continue through the weekend for most retailers. Apple's sales have ended. Most app and software sales below will last until Monday. We've updated our chart below as of Nov 26, 2:30AM Eastern.



Black Friday kicks off on the day after Thanksgiving and offers customers short term sales on many products. While Apple did participate, their discounts tended to be smaller than other 3rd party retailers.

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:

- Apple, Best Buy: All States
- MacMall: California, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin
- Amazon: California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Washington

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.

Discounts on Apple Products

Apple offered their own modest discounts on specific Apple products. Here is a chart of the most competitive 3rd party Apple retailers:

Current Model Retail MacMall BestBuy Amazon
16GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $499 -$15 - -
32GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $599 -$25 - -
64GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $699 -$35 - -
11" 1.7GHz 64GB MacBook Air $999 -$60 -$100 -$99
11" 1.7GHz 128GB MacBook Air $1099 -$60 -$55 -$59
13" 1.8GHz 128GB MacBook Air $1199 -$79 - -$59
13" 1.8GHz 256GB MacBook Air $1499 -$79 -$120 -$59
13" 2.5GHz MacBook Pro $1199 -$100 - -$69
13" 2.9GHz MacBook Pro $1499 -$100 -$70 -$69
15" 2.3GHz MacBook Pro $1799 -$100 -$90 -$89
15" 2.6GHz MacBook Pro $2199 -$119 -$120 -$119
13" 2.5GHz Retina MBP $1699 -$100 -$85 -$84
13" 2.5GHz Retina MBP $1999 -$139 -$140 -$139
15" 2.3GHz Retina MBP $2199 -$101 -$88 -$20
15" 2.6GHz Retina MBP $2799 -$111 -$150 -$111
2.5GHz Dual-Core Mac Mini $599 -$10 - -$10
2.3Ghz Quad-Core Mac Mini $799 -$10 - -$10
Click on prices to link directly to product.

Amazon's prices tend to fluctuate throughout the day. If BestBuy has no online stock, local stores may have inventory.

iPhone 5 / 5th Gen iPod Touch

AT&T has started offering a refurbished iPhone 5 (with contract) on their online store. Prices are $100 lower than new:

- 16GB Black iPhone 5 - $99
- 32GB Black iPhone 5 - $199
- 64GB Black iPhone 5 - $299
- 16GB White iPhone 5 - $99
- 32GB White iPhone 5 - $199
- 64GB White iPhone 5 - $299

- 5th Generation iPod Touch with Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card

Software Discounts

iOS and Mac App discounts are ongoing and can be seen in real time at AppShopper.com. We'd previously compiled a large list of the more interesting ones:

- Long list of iOS and Mac Software discounts
- MacUtility Bundle ($59.99) - Parallels Desktop 8, Snagit, VirusBarrier X6, MacOptimizer, Rubbertnet ($245 Value)
- MacLegion Bundle - ($49.99)- TechTool Pro, Freeway Pro, djay, Capo, Fantastical, RipIt, iRip, Beamer, Copy Paste Pro, Code Collector Pro ($548.80 Value)
- iStack Mac Bundle 2.0 ($49.99) - Camtasia 2, Circus Ponies NoteBook, CrossOver XI, FX Photo Studio Pro, LittleSnapper, Printopia, xTeam, MoneyBag, Habits, SyncMate Expert, Build iPhone & iPad Games Without Programming.
- MacGameStore - Up to 80% Off on Mac games

Other / Misc

- $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 for $44.99
- iOS Game Controller iCADE, iCADE 8-Bitty, and JOYSTICK-IT
- MacSales (OWC) Black Friday Sale - Mac accessories, hard drives, memory
- Bear Extender Bundle - Wi-Fi extender
- Refurbished iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPads - from Woot

- Freeway Express and Exhibeo are 50% off
- Carbon Copy Cloner - 20% Off with Coupon Code GIVETHANKS
- Equinux - 50% off. Mail Designer, Stationery Pack, iSale, CoverScout and VPN Tracker

Updates:

- Fry's has 13" Retina MacBook Pro for $200 Off ($1699->$1499). (In Store Only now)
- Das Keyboard (Mechanical Keyboard) 20% Off

Please note that prices may fluctuate during the day. Several of the vendors listed are affiliate partners with MacRumors and referred sales may benefit the site financially. Please send in any notable sales to tips@macrumors.com.

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101 months ago
BestBuy seems to be throwing down with competition discounts.

However I refuse to shop today; the fact that national box stores opened earlier than ever this year (Walmart even forced all their employees to work last night) means I will not participate in this out of control corporate market. The holidays should be about friends and family, not dashing into stores to help line the fat pockets of wealthy executives.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! :)
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101 months ago
I like Apple, I like Apple products and I think Apple has an amazing marketing department... but Apples Black Friday sales have been and always will be a joke among bargain hunters.
I understand that they don't want to lower their prices, why risk it?
If the word would spread that Apple hands out 30% discount on Black Friday, a good amount of people will always wait for that one day in the year.

From a business perspective, they're doing it right, from the perspective of a consumer, Apple is the biggest dissapointment on Black Friday.

And guess what, I'm a consumer!
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101 months ago

Which is exactly the reason why I made fun of all of my friends who left Thanksgiving dinner (USA) early tonight to go to one of these brick & mortar retail stores to go shopping (it's 2:41am PST while I write this, hehehe :D).


:-) More turkey for you ;-)
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101 months ago
SALE ????

Hahahahahahaha... Most of the products are CHEAPER on a normal day in every store in Denmark, than the Black Friday prices at Apple Store Denmark.

iPad 2 for 2.799 DKR as a black friday price ??? Normal price in Denmarks Stores is 2.600 DKK - Without a discount :-/

Pay More - Even with a discount. See you NOT at the Apple Store DK
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101 months ago
Office Max $50 iTunes card for $35...

only yes.
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101 months ago

:-) More turkey for you ;-)



Of course. I had two Thanksgiving dinners tonight! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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