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A handful of MacBook Pro configurations that received steep price cuts several weeks ago are nearly sold out and won't be replenished after having been discontinued by Apple. Meanwhile, the Mac maker is blowing out hundreds of refurbished 13" MacBook Airs for $899, in addition to several other models and iPads, all of which have now been added to our price guides.

Update: Apple affiliated eBay power seller Jonny's General Electric is blowing through brand new iPad minis for $319 Wednesday, March 20th only. That's an unusual 3% markdown below MSRP.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products

MacBook Pro Closeouts



MacMall, which has teamed with AppleInsider to offer the lowest prices anywhere on the vast majority of Apple's notebook offerings, recently reduced the price of several MacBook Pro models, five of which are expected to sell out in the next week or so: 3 Retina models and 2 17" legacy models.

In the case of the 3 Retina MacBook Pros, each are being phased out and replaced by models with just a 100MHz speed bump but priced several hundred dollars more. As such, these closeout models represent exceptional value while the last. Along with the two additional legacy 17" MacBook Pro non-Retinas, all five configurations are now officially EOL (End-of-Life) by Apple and won't be restocked.

(MD213LL/A) 13.3" MacBook Pro with Retina (2.5GHz/8GB/256GB SSD) for $1,469.13 ($529.87 savings)
(MC975LL/A) 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina (2.3GHz/8GB/256GB SSD) for $1,881.79 ($317.21 discount)
(MC976LL/A) 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina (2.6GHz/8GB/512GB SSD) for $2,279.49 ($519.51 discount)

In order to get these rock bottom prices, readers need only to click through the MacMall links in this article or our price guides and then manually apply Promo Code APPINSDRMWB38717 on the retailer's product landing pages.


Refurbished 13" MacBook Airs for under $900



Meanwhile, Apple continues to blow through thousands of refurbished iPads, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros through its secret eBay Refurbished outlet. AppleInsider recently noted that Apple has been using the storefront to sell through its refurbished inventory at prices that are sometimes $100 cheaper than those listed on the company's official refurbished outlet.

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For example, Apple this week is blowing through hundreds of Refurbished 13" MacBook Airs (1.8GH/4GB/128GB SSD) for just $899, which is the cheapest entry point for a 13" MacBook Air we've ever seen. Several additional models continue to pop on and off the storefront, all of which can now be seen in real-time on our Closeout & Refurbished Apple products price guide (also, below).



Final days this month for Mac+AppleCare discounts from B&H Photo



Finally, Manhattan Apple power seller B&H Photo let us know that they'll be closing down both their physical retail store and online ordering system from Monday, March 25th in the observance of Passover and will reopen a week later on Wednesday, April 3rd at 9:00AM EDT. As such, readers looking to take advantage of the authorized reseller's industry-leading Mac+AppleCare Bundles will need to place their order by 12:00PM Noon EDT on Sunday, March 24th in order to ship before the Holiday. Orders placed after this time will ship when B&H reopens on April 3rd.

Additionally, B&H Photo offers the best price on two additional EOL MacBook Pro Retina BTO configurations which have since sold out from other resellers like MacMall. They are as follows:

13" MacBook Pro with Retina (2.5GHz/8GB/512GB SSD) for $1,899.95 ($599.05 discount)
15" MacBook Pro with Retina (2.7GHz/8GB/768GB SSD) for $2,849.00 ($700.00 discount)

Lowest-Priced MacBook + AppleCare Bundles

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Where to enter the coupon code.I cant see to find any option.
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Click on a MacBook Pros or MacBook Air price under MacMall column in our price guides (or this article text) and the "Enter Promo Code:" field will appear beneath the blue "Buy Now/Customize" button on the right side: Paste in APPINSDRMWB38717 and then click "Apply":

 

 

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The reason those Airs are so cheap is that they only have 4GB of RAM. People buy them then realize it was a mistake not to have 8GB, especially since the video memory is shared. 4Gb is pretty much a bad joke.
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"A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that he has a close relationship with that person or organization."
 

It's very clear MacMall is a sponsor of AppleInsider. So is B&H. They help Apple and we help them. The article clearly states we've teamed up with them. We've also mentioned their sponsorship countless times in the past. So while you're free to express your opinions here, indicating that we're doing something deceitful by reporting great deals once in a while from some of Apple's largest resellers, who are well disclosed affiliates, is not so cool.

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The reason those Airs are so cheap is that they only have 4GB of RAM. People buy them then realize it was a mistake not to have 8GB, especially since the video memory is shared. 4Gb is pretty much a bad joke.

Just because it's not right for you doesn't mean it's a bad joke. 4 GB is enough for many users. I know a lot of people who never do anything but email, web browsing, and perhaps an occasional Word document - and 4 GB would be fine for them.
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