For the most part, Apple rarely puts out sales and promotions for its computer products. The only exceptions would be on special occasions such as Black Friday Sales or on Apple Certified Refurbished Products. For the most part, there are only a few straight-up sales or discounts given by Apple. One regular yearly event where sales can be found is on Black Friday. Another occasion would be when there’s inventory for Apple Certified Refurbished products. In addition to these two is the popular Apple student discount, which can be used by students, teachers and school administrators when they provide valid verification.
Of these three instances when Apple discounts its computers, which one provides consumers the most savings? The answer will vary, but here is a brief summary of the circumstances that will dictate the money that can be saved.
Black Friday has become a gigantic consumer spending day. Apple does not disappoint in joining in on the spending frenzy. Most Apple Macs and MacBooks are discounted approximately 10-15%. That’s a good chunk of money, considering how expensive Apple computers can be. Unfortunately this is only a yearly event. Apple rarely puts out any other sale promotions for the other days of the year.
Apple Certified Refurbished Products come from recently returned or canceled orders. They have been inspected, tested and restored by Apple. Every one of these products comes with a 1 year limited warranty. Because of the nature of these computers, Apple gives a good discount on these systems. Discounts usually range between 15-20%. On higher-end systems, the discounts can go up to 30%. This by far will be the greatest amount of savings consumers will be able to find from Apple. To find these special deals, shoppers will have to look at Apple’s online store. This is the only place to find Apple Certified Refurbished Macs. The inventory and prices for these Mac systems vary depending on availability, so shoppers should regularly check for updates.
Apple also offers discounts to students, teachers, and school administrators. It is part of its education discount program. For those in the United States, the discount is 10%. Often, as part of this educational promotion, Apple will offer a free iPod with the purchase. This offer is great for those that belong to this market segment or know someone in it that can help them buy a Mac. Apple educational discounts need to be redeemed through Apple, either on Apple’s website or through one of its retail stores. These discounts are available year round.
Other ways to save include buying directly from Apple.com and purchasing a printer with your purchase. Apple.com offers free shipping on orders over $50. It also a $100 mail-in rebate when consumers buy a Mac and a qualifying printer from Apple’s Online store.