Best Buy cuts prices on Apple's Mac line for 4-day sale

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Looking to get a jump-start on the holiday shopping season, Best Buy is working with Apple to host a 4-day only sale that offers instant discounts across the entire Mac product line, including $100 - $150 off the latest MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro notebooks, and $50 - $150 off Mac minis, iMacs, and Mac Pros.



The specialty electronics reseller is said to have brought in "huge stock" over the weekend to support the promotion, which runs through Wednesday evening, and will be receiving additional stock sometime later today. In addition, Apple employees will be on hand at most Best Buy locations to interact with customers and help seal the deal.



The sale is also in effect through Best Buy online. In both cases, the retailer is offering no interest financing for 18 months. Anyone who purchases an Apple notebook will also qualify for two additional promotions, one which offers $39 - $70 off select printers, and another that offers 15% - 20% off notebook accessories.



Among the Mac offerings in stock and on sale are the following (prices after discount in parenthesis):



$100 off 2.0GHz Unibody MacBook ($1199.99)

$150 off 2.4GHz Unibody MacBook ($1449.99)

$100 off 2.1GHz White MacBook ($899.99)

$100 off 2.4GHz Unibody MacBook Pro ($1899.99)

$100 off 2.53GHz Unibody MacBook Pro ($2399.99)

$100 off 2.5GHz Aluminum 17-inch MacBook Pro ($2699.99)

$150 off 1.6GHz NVIDIA-baed MacBook Air ($1649.99)

$150 off 1.86GHz NVIDIA-baed MacBook Air ($2349.99)

$100 off 2.4GHz 20-inch iMac ($1099.99)

$100 off 2.66GHz 20-inch iMac ($1399.99)

$150 off 2.8GHz 24-inch iMac ($1649.99)

$50 off 1.83GHz Mac mini ($549.00)

$50 off 2.0GHz Mac mini ($749.00)

$150 off 2.8GH Mac Pro ($2649.99)







Best Buy is also offering the original 1.6GHz MacBook Air for $1299.



Update: According to one reader, some Apple retail stores may be willing to price-match Best Buy for the next three days. "If you bring in a flyer or ad to an Apple Store, they will match the price after getting it approved through the manager," the reader said. Readers may be best suited to call their local Apple retail store ahead of time to inquire about their price-matching policies.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    Honestly, I can't say that Apple's "slashing" of prices are anything short of a joke. I mean, I just can't see 1199 being that much more affordable than 1299. When we see prices of TV's being dropped like 30-40% and apple drops about 5% while we all know they are making 30% plus on it I just don't get the big draw... You want to sell a massive # of Macs in a few days? Do what the other guys do and have a Black Friday sale on about 50 units which'll get people in the door and when you sell out you can convince them to buy a full priced unit instead
  • Reply 2 of 28
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    Slashes? More like 'trims'.

    $100 off a $2400 laptop is not going to be much of an incentive other than to those who had planned to buy one.
  • Reply 3 of 28
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    Originally Posted by bigmc6000 View Post


    Honestly, I can't say that Apple's "slashing" of prices are anything short of a joke. I mean, I just can't see 1199 being that much more affordable than 1299. When we see prices of TV's being dropped like 30-40% and apple drops about 5% while we all know they are making 30% plus on it I just don't get the big draw... You want to sell a massive # of Macs in a few days? Do what the other guys do and have a Black Friday sale on about 50 units which'll get people in the door and when you sell out you can convince them to buy a full priced unit instead



    Having worked retail myself, you would be very surprised how little of a price break is needed to grab people's interest. 32" TV for under $200? Did you read the pre-sale price, which was only $220? Yet people will wait in line and fight over saving a measly $20 on a crappy TV.
  • Reply 4 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigmc6000 View Post


    Honestly, I can't say that Apple's "slashing" of prices are anything short of a joke. I mean, I just can't see 1199 being that much more affordable than 1299. When we see prices of TV's being dropped like 30-40% and apple drops about 5% while we all know they are making 30% plus on it I just don't get the big draw... You want to sell a massive # of Macs in a few days? Do what the other guys do and have a Black Friday sale on about 50 units which'll get people in the door and when you sell out you can convince them to buy a full priced unit instead





    $1299.00 to $1199.00 is more like 11.55% price break and hey, this is Apple, and "Price Breaks" of any kind are rare outside of events like this. So take 'em when you can get 'em.



    At least these machines are new (hopefully) versus the 13%, 15%, 17%, or 20% price breaks for "refurbished" Macs found at the Apple Store Online!
  • Reply 5 of 28
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    Originally Posted by TheMadMilkman View Post


    Having worked retail myself, you would be very surprised how little of a price break is needed to grab people's interest. 32" TV for under $200? Did you read the pre-sale price, which was only $220? Yet people will wait in line and fight over saving a measly $20 on a crappy TV.



    You probably have some horror stories to tell. My brother-in-law is a cameraman for a local news station. Worst assignment of the year? Covering black Friday insanity. Fights over $30 toys.
  • Reply 6 of 28
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    Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post


    $1299.00 to $1199.00 is more like 11.55% price break and hey, this is Apple, and "Price Breaks" of any kind are rare outside of events like this. So take 'em when you can get 'em.



    At least these machines are new (hopefully) versus the 13%, 15%, 17%, or 20% price breaks for "refurbished" Macs found at the Apple Store Online!



    Huh? How does $100 off something over $1000 give you anything higher than 10%? $100 off of a $1299 computer is 100/1299 which is 7.7%. Now the 100 off the whitebook is almost exactly 10% the other deals are ALL less than 10%. In order, from top to bottom the %'s off: (I rounded to the even dollar i.e. 999.99 = 1000)

    7.7, 9.4, 10, 5, 4, 3.6, 6, 8.3, 6.7, 8.3, 8.3, 6.3, 5.4 for an average % off of 6.8 (if going by average %'s). If you bought one of each of those your total % off would be 6.3%
  • Reply 7 of 28
    So are these the discounts we should expect from Apple on Black Friday?
  • Reply 8 of 28
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh View Post


    So are these the discounts we should expect from Apple on Black Friday?



    No one knows, though in past years Apple has limited discounts to the consumer family of products (iMacs and MacBooks).



    Best,



    K
  • Reply 9 of 28
    boogabooga Posts: 1,077member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post


    $1299.00 to $1199.00 is more like 11.55% price break and hey, this is Apple, and "Price Breaks" of any kind are rare outside of events like this. So take 'em when you can get 'em.



    At least these machines are new (hopefully) versus the 13%, 15%, 17%, or 20% price breaks for "refurbished" Macs found at the Apple Store Online!



    IMHO, buying Macs "refurbished" just means that someone's actually tested them out to see if they work before shipping them to you. I've never had a DOA refurbished machine.
  • Reply 10 of 28
    ivladivlad Posts: 739member
    Honestly Black Friday is really nothing special, these stores take advantage of stupid people who fall for crap that is last years or doesn't sell. Apple already give these kind of prices to MacMall for example, which you can get any day. Apple is not some cheap store that fights for number of customers, they fight for quality customers.



    iTunes plus is nice, finally its expanding. I love my iTunes, I do see some pluses in Amazon, but its much easier to find new music and get in on iTunes for me. I guess I am a successful tied customer of Apple.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    I for one like Apple's stiff prices, it gives me piece of mind when buying a Mac when I need to, and not worry about missing any major sales or missing some major store slashing prices.
  • Reply 12 of 28
    It may not be much but a discount is a discount. I got a price adjustment for the MacBook is bought at Best Buy last week. I got $100 for the sale and they also gave me my $50 Educational Discount in addition. $150 off for newly introduced Apple notebook isn't too bad!
  • Reply 13 of 28
    robb01robb01 Posts: 148member
    This is pretty exciting, although not sure if its a great move





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  • Reply 14 of 28
    I bought my MBP 13 days ago and when I sale this sale, I went into the Apple Store and they gave me a price adjustment on the spot. Great service.....as Black Friday will be more than 14 days for me to ask for the price adjustment..



    Great Apple Store in Madison WI.
  • Reply 15 of 28
    tbagginstbaggins Posts: 2,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post


    $1299.00 to $1199.00 is more like 11.55% price break and hey, this is Apple, and "Price Breaks" of any kind are rare outside of events like this. So take 'em when you can get 'em.





    Actually, $100 off of $1299 is more like a 7.7% price break.



    Not saying it's chopped liver, but it sure ain't 11.55%. Maybe you were thinking of $150 off? That'd match up with your percentage almost exactly.



    Also, you can often get price breaks at Amazon, so events like Black Friday are kind of overrated, far as Macs are concerned.

    (emphasis added)





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  • Reply 16 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post


    At least these machines are new (hopefully) versus the 13%, 15%, 17%, or 20% price breaks for "refurbished" Macs found at the Apple Store Online!



    Get a clue. Refurbs are also new.



    They didn't come out of a dumpster or a 2nd hand computer store.



    Most of the time they are simply returns because someone thought the Mac didn't match their drapes. Since Apple opened the retail stores, they've had to deal with a lot of returns that they can't sell new with returns that had nothing to do with any hardware issues.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    tbagginstbaggins Posts: 2,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by satchmo View Post


    Slashes? More like 'trims'.



    $100 off a $2400 laptop is not going to be much of an incentive other than to those who had planned to buy one.





    Agreed. The price 'trims' are pretty weak, especially on the MacBook Pros (4 or 5% discounts? LOL). You can already beat those prices on Amazon (albeit with a wait for the rebate), WITHOUT subjecting yourself to Black Friday madness.



    *visualizes getting body-checked into aisle 4 by a rampaging 350-lb woman looking for a Nintendo Wii for the kiddies*



    The discounts are indeed kinda 'meh', but I guess sometimes it's just about getting your name featured prominently in the Black Friday ads. Apple's playing the BF game just enough to get noticed, without offering that much in the way of a price break.



    Typical Steve. Gotta luv him.





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  • Reply 18 of 28
    Being one of the Apple Certified associates at my Best Buy, I can say that while these prices aren't bringing in more customers to look at Macs, they are causing many more customers coming in to look at computers in general to walk over to our Mac table. I worked earlier this morning and sold 6 Macs in 2 hours, during one of the slowest times of the entire week. Typically, 1 or 2 Macs are sold suring Monday mornings, and while some of it may be holiday shopping, I have to think a lot of it has to do with the prices being that much more affordable for people. Plus, it drops our base Mac down to what it should have been to begin with, 899, and people have been eating that one up so far. Maybe it will tell Apple something, but who knows.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    The base white Macbook for $899 is probably the best deal there.
  • Reply 20 of 28
    i;m pretty sure Apple will be having nearly the same sale on their own website (stores) on black friday. I have been hearing, the sales will be modestly better then last year's black friday. $100-$150 off macbooks is my best estimate.
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