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Best Buy student coupons cut new MacBook Airs to record low $650, Retina iPad minis to $300 [u]

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Best Buy for the next few weeks is serving up coupons to students that knock $150 off Apple's MacBooks & iMacs, and $50 off iPad Airs and iPad minis -- effectively dropping the entry-level buy-in cost to owning a MacBook to $650 and an iPad (mini with Retina display) to $330. [Update: Best Buy has now cut WiFi iPad mini even further, yielding $300 16GB models with student coupons]




For Students

The promotion, dubbed College Tech Savings, began last week and runs through July 12th. It offers any student with a valid .EDU email address a handful of single use coupons, including one for $150 of MacBooks and iMacs, one for $50 off iPad Airs, and another for $50 off iPad minis with Retina display. The coupons exclude "Clearance" or "Marketplace" items.

Update: Contrary to Best Buy's own fine print on the coupons, its online store is currently honoring $150 off the current sale price of MacBooks and iMacs with these coupons, rather than $150 off their regular price. The same goes for the $50 off iPad coupons. This effectively sweetens the pot and produces the lowest prices we've ever seen on MacBook Airs and iPad mini with Retina display.

Among the highlights (prices after coupon/promo codes applied at checkout):

11" MacBook Air (1.40GHz/4GB/128GB) for $649.99
13" MacBook Air (1.40GHz/4GB/128GB) for $749.99
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB) for $1,048.99.
16GB Silver WiFi iPad mini with Retina display for $300.99
16GB Space Grey WiFi iPad mini with Retina display for $300.99
16GB Space Grey or Silver WiFI iPad Air for $399.99 (External via deals.appleinsider.com)


To take advantage of the offer and retrieve the coupons, qualifying students can follow these steps:

1) Follow this link to Best Buy's College Tech Page.
2) Enter your .EDU email address into the field and submit (Best Buy promises not to spam you).
3) You'll then receive an e-mail from Best Buy asking you to confirm your email address. Click the "Confirm Now" button in the email.
4) You'll then receive a second email from Best Buy titled "College Tech Savings." It will include several coupons, including the MacBook and iPad coupons.
5) You can then print those coupons and bring them to a Best Buy retail store, or return to Best Buy.com to shop online and then apply the "Promotional Code" listed alongside each coupon when you check out.


Students should keep in mind that Best Buy does charge sales tax on all of its online orders. There are several other Apple Authorized Resellers listed in the Mac Price Guides and iPad Price Guides that do not charge sales tax in most states, which could yield lower net prices. For example: B&H only charges in NY, Adorama only in NY & NJ, and MacMall only in CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, & WI.

For Non-Students

For those who don't have a .EDU email, Best Buy and B&H have this week similarly cut prices on Apple's retail configurations across the MacBook Air and iMac families by $100-$150. For all other configurations of MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, MacMall currently offers the lowest prices anywhere when using the links in the Price Guides (relevant segments below) and then applying coupon code APPLEINSIDER01 for an additional 3% discount. Best Buy has also discounted all iPad minis with Retina display by $49 this week.
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Very misleading, the $150 discount is for open box items. Normal discounts are $100.
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Originally Posted by mretondo View Post

Very misleading, the $150 discount is for open box items. Normal discounts are $100.

Actually, you are misleading. The offer actually explicitly excludes open box items. Best Buy is currently discounting MacBook Airs by $100 for everyone. If you submit your .EDU email address, you'll get a coupon for $150 off MacBooks and iMacs that bumps that discount up by another $50. 

 

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post #4 of 9
Best Buy moved from "Dads and Grads" promotions to "Back to School" promotions in a week?

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post #5 of 9
Best Buy is still relevant?
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Originally Posted by Moreck View Post
Best Buy is still relevant?

 

It's one of the better places to demo products before going home and buying them somewhere else.

 

Which is why some of them have a COVER CHARGE to get into the store.

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It's one of the better places to demo products before going home and buying them somewhere else.

Which is why some of them have a COVER CHARGE to get into the store.

This is exactly what they're noted for. They try like hell to get people to actually buy the product there but I myself too would never buy much of anything at Best Buy.

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27.0" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,659.99 $1,699.99 $1,659.99 $1,659.99$1,659.99!
$139.01

I'm confused. I can get $139 off a year and a half old model?
I can get $100 off the newest model from Apple itself.

At least the link takes you to the proper page.
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Originally Posted by mretondo View Post

Very misleading, the $150 discount is for open box items. Normal discounts are $100.

 

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Originally Posted by Kasper View Post
 

Actually, you are misleading. The offer actually explicitly excludes open box items. Best Buy is currently discounting MacBook Airs by $100 for everyone. If you submit your .EDU email address, you'll get a coupon for $150 off MacBooks and iMacs that bumps that discount up by another $50. 

 

 

Actually you're both wrong.  Just got the $100 plus the full additional $150 off a 13.3" and paid $749.00...

...especially sweet as I'd just "settled" on a refurbed 2013 11.6" for $719 (close to max what my ex gal pal could afford, tho she felt cramped by the screen res as an artist), so returned that to the Apple Store (with 4 days left on the 14 return window), drove 10 more miles, and got a bunch more machine for $30...!!

 

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Originally Posted by macxpress View Post

This is exactly what they're noted for. They try like hell to get people to actually buy the product there but I myself too would never buy much of anything at Best Buy.

 

FTR, not a huge BB fan-guy, but they told me they'll match any offer... ...including those printed out from legitimate online resellers like MacMall, Newegg, etc....


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