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As was the case last year, several Apple authorized resellers are getting a jump-start on the 2009 holiday shopping season by launching early Black Friday sales that offer up to $220 off Mac desktops and $250 off Mac notebooks. [Updated Nov 26th with steep MacConnection price cuts.]

Update: As of Thursday morning, MacConnection has undercut all resellers on MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac prices. Please see the price matrix, below.

For example, MacMall (sale), ClubMac (sale), and OnSale.com (sale) each kicked-off 72-hour Black Friday sales at midnight that are scheduled to run through 11:59 p.m. pacific time on Friday. Meanwhile, others like MacConnection and Best Buy have similarly put into effect their lowest prices on Macs this calendar year.

For those unaware, Black Friday is the day immediately following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, marking the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season. The term "Black Friday" dates back to the 1970s, when it was coined as such by retailers who saw heavy foot traffic on that day as a means of getting out of the red and returning to the black (or turning a profit).

MacBooks and Mac minis

Thus far, MacMall and MacConnection are offering the lowest price we've seen this year on Apple's white MacBook at 884.99, a savings of $114 after rebates. And for its part, MacMall is extending the deepest discounts on new Mac minis, selling the 2.26GHz model for $549.99 and the 2.53GHz model for $744.98, also after rebates.

MacBook Pros and iMacs

For MacBook Pros and iMacs, MacMall, ClubMac, OnSale, and MacConnection all offer fairly competitive pricing. Some noteworthy standouts include the 2.26GHz 13" MacBook Pro and 3.06GHz Dual 21" iMac, each for $1,068.99 at MacMall -- a $130 savings. The reseller is also offering the 2.66GHz 15" MacBook Pro for $1,798.97 ($200 savings) and the 3.06GHz Dual 27" iMac for $1,584.99 ($130 savings). The best price on the 2.80GHz 17" MacBook Pro is $2,248.99, a savings of $250.

Meanwhile, Best Buy is also offering the new 3.06GHz 21.5-inch iMac for $1,099 -- a $100 savings without a rebate, unlike many reseller deals.

MacBook Airs and Mac Pros

Finally, MacMall is extending the lowest prices on MacBook Airs at $1,398.98 for the 1.86GHz model and $1,689.98 for the 2.13GHz configuration. Discounts on Mac Pros span $200 to $220 from the vast majority of the resellers.



Apple's Black Friday Sale

Apple on Friday will also launch its annual Black Friday sales through its online and brick-and-mortar retail stores, however the Mac maker's discounts have historically (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005) been more modest than those of its authorized resellers. For instance, last year's most compelling deals amounted to $50 off white MacBooks and $101 off aluminum MacBooks and iMacs.

Mac Price Guide

AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide (also embedded above) offers a side-by-side comparison of Apple's retail and educational pricing with those of its most popular resellers. It'll be updated constantly throughout the week. Lowest prices are in bold typeface.
post #2 of 35
Micro center has the new unibody plastic MacBook for $800 on Friday.
post #3 of 35
And your local Best Buy, those set up to resell Apple Computers, have significant discounts on all their Apple Computers.

This is the case through today, at least.

Just picked the 21.5In 3.06GHz model for $1399.00,
PLUS 18 months free interest on their Best Buy Card.

Pay for that baby in 17 equal payments of $88.05

Now THAT's A DEAL!!
post #4 of 35
When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
When Black Friday comes
I'll collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road
When Black Friday falls you know it's got to be
Don't let it fall on me

When Black Friday comes
I'll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book
Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos
When Black Friday comes I'll be on that hill
You know I will

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til
I satisfy my soul
Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across
I'm gonna let it roll
When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna stake my claim
I'll guess I'll change my name
post #5 of 35
If your planning on getting a large $$ Mac or Apple gear within the next 18 months or so, do get one during this holiday deal season.


Mail order from company without a physical presence in your state to avoid the tax (ask them too to make sure, they might collect it anyway) Apple collects tax in all states regardless.

Prices and unemployment are set to rise the beginning of the new year.
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post #6 of 35
I wish the $599 mini was $100 off
post #7 of 35
I wish the Magic Mouse were 1/2 off.
post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I wish the Magic Mouse were 1/2 off.

I wish the magic mouse was an actual usable mouse for me.
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by ghostface147 View Post

I wish the magic mouse was an actual usable mouse for me.

I am quite happy that it is, for me.
post #10 of 35
any advantage to buying direct from Apple?
post #11 of 35
WTF? Macbooks for $549.99? That's too cheap to be true.. who says Apple doesn't do cheap?

EDIT: nevermind, that was the mac mini's. my bad, got excited for a moment.
post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

any advantage to buying direct from Apple?

In my opinion for general purchases, no. I've never bought a computer / iPod directly from Apple, but have always registered the product serial number with Apple as soon as I can. If you need to customize the computer to a decent degree, I think Apple is the only bet.

However, for computer purchases, I cannot stand the usual mail-in rebate. At least with Apple, that's off the table. So whatever money you save by going the authorized seller route (lower price / no state tax) may be lost in time waiting, plus frustration should you have to argue anything.

Others may have different opinions / stories.
post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by bartfat View Post

WTF? Macbooks for $549.99? That's too cheap to be true.. who says Apple doesn't do cheap?

EDIT: nevermind, that was the mac mini's. my bad, got excited for a moment.

Are you sure that's not a MacMini for $549.99?
Meanwhile I just picked up LG Blu-ray player for $99.99 at Amazon today only.
Pure 1080P in the living room and now in the bedroom.
post #14 of 35
Black Friday should be called Black and Blue Friday.
post #15 of 35
Yeah, notice how the "story" dismisses the Apple Store, and doesn't even mention Best Buy, etc.

You'd think Apple Insider gets a cut of Mac sales linked to from its website. Oh, yeah, I guess it does.

Another "story" from AI that's just an ad. It's really getting disgusting. If it's an ad, label it as an ad. If it's a story, write a real story and leave the ads out.
post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Are you sure that's not a MacMini for $549.99?
Meanwhile I just picked up LG Blu-ray player for $99.99 at Amazon today only.
Pure 1080P in the living room and now in the bedroom.


Ahhhh....the porn viewing possibilities at your house are endless!
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by TheTroupe View Post

When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
When Black Friday comes
I'll collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road
When Black Friday falls you know it's got to be
Don't let it fall on me

When Black Friday comes
I'll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book
Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos
When Black Friday comes I'll be on that hill
You know I will

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til
I satisfy my soul
Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across
I'm gonna let it roll
When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna stake my claim
I'll guess I'll change my name


Was just listening to that song last night.
post #18 of 35
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Originally Posted by elroth View Post

Yeah, notice how the "story" dismisses the Apple Store, and doesn't even mention Best Buy, etc.

You'd think Apple Insider gets a cut of Mac sales linked to from its website. Oh, yeah, I guess it does.

Another "story" from AI that's just an ad. It's really getting disgusting. If it's an ad, label it as an ad. If it's a story, write a real story and leave the ads out.

I don't have any problem with this story. We are told that certain retailers are starting early with their sales, and we are given details. (The Apple Store is not one of them, nor are there any details available yet regarding what their deals will be on Friday.) This is all valuable information for someone looking for a good deal on Macs, and it is all in one place. So I am really glad to have this info compiled for me here, and I don't care whether Appleinsider gets a cut from my purchase (but just for the record... I very much doubt that they do).

Also, Best Buy is indeed mentioned, even called out as a retailer that offers instant savings as opposed to rebates.

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post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by Cubert View Post

Ahhhh....the porn viewing possibilities at your house are endless!

post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post

Micro center has the new unibody plastic MacBook for $800 on Friday.

I looked at their site and cant find a single unibody MacBook. I need to pick up 4 of these for them for them so that would save me a bundle. Do you have a link to the sale?
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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by TheTroupe View Post

When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
When Black Friday comes
I'll collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road
When Black Friday falls you know it's got to be
Don't let it fall on me

When Black Friday comes
I'll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book
Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos
When Black Friday comes I'll be on that hill
You know I will

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til
I satisfy my soul
Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across
I'm gonna let it roll
When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna stake my claim
I'll guess I'll change my name

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post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Are you sure that's not a MacMini for $549.99?
Meanwhile I just picked up LG Blu-ray player for $99.99 at Amazon today only.
Pure 1080P in the living room and now in the bedroom.

whats the black friday price for ipod touch 32 g
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post #23 of 35
Why no Black Friday Apple sales worldwide? It's not as if the rest of us remain unaffected by worldwide recessions! The Tokyo Nikkei dropped more than the Dow on that day but Apple Japan has no BF sale.
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post #25 of 35
Yeah Microcenter has had the new Macbook for $800+tax AR for 2 or 3 weeks now. Continues until Dec 2.
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post #27 of 35
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Why no Black Friday Apple sales worldwide? It's not as if the rest of us remain unaffected by worldwide recessions! The Tokyo Nikkei dropped more than the Dow on that day but Apple Japan has no BF sale.

Maybe it's because holidays tend to be country-specific?

Do any other countries have anything like Black Friday? Has Apple ever had a sale like this in other countries? It's pathetic, but a sale is a sale.
post #28 of 35
Looks like MacConnection updated their pricing on a lot of models again - Macbook is down to 849 - count me in.
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by BuffyzDead View Post

And your local Best Buy, those set up to resell Apple Computers, have significant discounts on all their Apple Computers.

This is the case through today, at least.

Just picked the 21.5In 3.06GHz model for $1399.00,
PLUS 18 months free interest on their Best Buy Card.

Pay for that baby in 17 equal payments of $88.05

Now THAT's A DEAL!!

better do that payoff early or you'll get hit with a friggin busload of charges that'll smack your daddy into the year 2100. OMG worst APR ever:

Program A: Variable Standard APR: 24.24% as of 11/01/2009. Variable Default APR: 29.24% as of 11/01/2009. Program B: Variable Standard APR: 27.99% as of 11/01/2009. Variable Default APR: 29.99% as of 11/01/2009.
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post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by trip1ex View Post

Yeah Microcenter has had the new Macbook for $800+tax AR for 2 or 3 weeks now. Continues until Dec 2.

They list until 12/06. There is a catch. Its $999 up front with a mail-in rebate. On top of that, the rebate is a $200 MicroCenter prepaid Visa Card. it looks like you can use it anywhere Visa is accepted but you cant get cash from ATMs. After the first 6 months of issuance there is a $3/month deduction on the card and itll take 2 to 2.5 months (February 2010) before you receive it. Of course, this assumes you actually sent in everything properly, they filled it properly and nothing got lost in the mail since you send in the original proof of purchase. Personally, Id rather just pay the extra $50 and be free and clear without any hassle.
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post #31 of 35
PERCENTAGE, PERCENTAGE, PERCENTAGE. The key information is the percetage off.
post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

any advantage to buying direct from Apple?

yes fresher products

micro improvement/s to macs shipped straight from asia
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post #33 of 35
[Updated 8:39 pm ET with Amazon.com price matches]

They dropped the price, then increase back. Are they trying to give the best discount or try to maximize their profit.
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Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post

Maybe it's because holidays tend to be country-specific?

Do any other countries have anything like Black Friday? Has Apple ever had a sale like this in other countries? It's pathetic, but a sale is a sale.

It's not labelled as 'Black Friday' or anything, but Apple sent me an email telling me that the UK store would have discounts on Friday.

Not having any Thanksgiving, we just have a long slog between summer and Christmas, with no respite or sales. I suppose Haloween is getting more popular these days, and there's always bonfire night (5th Nov, where we celebrate someone not blowing up Parliament -- it would be the other way around these days!).

The big sales in the UK start after Christmas. I think they even have them on Boxing Day -- but that's mostly attended by Chavs who get bored of drinking lager and watching television 24x7!
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Originally Posted by brucep View Post

yes fresher products

micro improvement/s to macs shipped straight from asia

Faster cash to Apple's pockets!
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