While it only seems like just yesterday that we were preparing for our Black Friday shopping trip, we are now less than two weeks away until Christmas. Major retailers, like Target, have amazing deals on Apple products hoping that if you missed their Black Friday rush, you still have time to capitalize on the deals. This week, they are offering great discounts on the iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.
Target is advertising up to $400 in Target gift cards when you purchase the iPhone 6s. You will get $200 just for trading in a working smartphone and another $200 when you buy an iPhone 6s from them with $0 down. They have Sprint, AT&T and Verizon phones available. Or you can buy the iPhone 6s at the subsidized price, starting at $169.99 for the 16GB iPhone 6s and $269.99 for the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus.
Target is continuing their Black Friday deal by offering the Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch for full price with a free $100 Target gift card. In addition if you buy and activate an iPhone 6s at the same time, Target will take 10% off the price of the Apple Watch.
With the purchase of an iPad Air 2 at regular price (starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model), you’ll get a free $80 Target gift card. If you purchase the iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 4 (starting at $269 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2), you’ll get a free $50 Target gift card.
In addition to these deals, Target is also offering 20% off all Beats headphones and speakers.
These deals are good from December 13th to December 19th, while supplies last.
Best Buy has stood the test of time in the world of electronics and has outlasted many competitors, including Circuit City and Radio Shack. Today, Best Buy is known for having a huge selection of all kinds of electronics and gadgets. Although the prices tend to be reasonable, they are often not as low as they could be, which makes it even more important to know how to shop smartly and save money. Use the following techniques to get great electronics for great prices at Best Buy.
Join My Best Buy
Best Buy recently revamped and renamed its rewards program to attract more customers. The “My Best Buy” program is free to join at the basic level and provides a number of money-saving benefits.
You can join My Best Buy in store or by registering online at BestBuy.com. All you need to create an account is your full name, email address, and phone number. If you join in store, you can easily enter your member ID when you create an online account. My Best Buy comes with a number of benefits, including these three:
Rewards certificates: As a My Best Buy member, you’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend at Best Buy or BestBuy.com (excluding taxes and fees). Once you hit 250 points, you’ll receive a $5 rewards certificate. Rewards certificates work similarly to coupons and can be used for nearly any purchase that is over the certificate amount, like an iPhone case or Apple TV. You can also choose to save your points until you hit 1,000 points and redeem them for a $20 rewards certificate. Although this is a better deal, it can take longer to reach and is the maximum amount you can reach before the points reset. Note that it can take 15 days after a purchase for the points to be applied to your account and the points expire after one year.
Member-only exclusives: My Best Buy customers are often the first to know about upcoming sales and are given early access to many promotions and store events. You will also sporadically receive exclusive special offers, which can vary from a coupon for 15% off a certain type of product or extra rewards points when you buy certain brands.
Free shipping on $35+: Many expensive items, like the iPad Air or MacBook Pro, come with expensive shipping costs, which makes this offer of free shipping on all order of $35 or more even more appealing. This offer excludes items with scheduled delivery, like refrigerators.
Elite and Elite Plus Memberships
Although the basic free membership has its share of perks, you can also opt for the Elite and Elite Plus versions of My Best Buy if you are a very loyal customer. You must spend at least $1,500 at Best Buy in one calendar year to become an Elite member, and you must spend $3,500 in a single calendar year to become an Elite Plus member. The elevated reward status comes with bonuses, including:
Extended exchanges and returns: Instead of the typical 15 days to return an item, Elite members have 30 days after making a purchase and Elite Plus members have 45 days to return or exchange.
Point banking: While basic My Best Buy members have a cap of $1,000 points for a $20 reward certificate, Elite and Elite Plus members can accrue points with no limits. Unlike basic membership, the points never expire so you can save for a huge reward. Note that you have to maintain the Elite or Elite Plus annual spending levels to keep your points active—if you fail to spend the right amount of money in a year, you will be demoted to basic status and lose your points.
Bonus points: Instead of the basic one point per dollar spent, Elite members get 1.1 points for every dollar spent and Elite Plus members get 1.25 points for every dollar spent. That means basic members get $5 back for every $250 they spend, Elite members get $5 for ever $227.27 they spend, and Elite Plus members get $5 back for every $200 they spend.
If you are a frequent Best Buy customer and take great advantage of the My Best Buy program, a My Best Buy credit card could be a good option. Cardholders get 5% back in points on every purchase compared to 2% for basic members or they can choose interest-free 12-month financing on purchases of $399 or more. You can also use the My Best Buy credit card to get to Elite or Elite Plus status more quickly, as the $1,500 and $3,500 spending requirements can be met with any purchases made on the credit card, not just those at Best Buy and BestBuy.com
Shop Deal of the Day
Aside from its regular clearance sales online and in store, Best Buy also runs a Deal of the Day section that is similar to Amazon’s Lightning Deals. The Deal of the Day section is easy to use. Best Buy releases a new deep discount on a specific item every day, but the deal only lasts for one day before it is replaced by a new product with a deep discount. Daily Deal discounts are almost always at least 25% off and frequently more than 50% off. There are also sporadically Bonus Deals of the Day with extra items with low prices for a single day.
Because Deal of the Day products come with such great discounts, many items sell out quickly. Stay on top of the best discounts by signing up for the Deal of the Day email newsletter so you can score a product as soon as it is released.
Shop Best Buy Outlet
Best Buy was one of the first stores to create an online outlet shop, which is a great place for bargain hunters to get a great deal.
The outlet section of BestBuy.com features clearance, open-box, refurbishes, and pre-owned items. This is a great place to pick up Apple products for less. Search by category, brand, or savings level to find the perfect item. Outlet items can be picked up for free at Best Buy stores and can even be returned or exchanged, which is rare for online outlets. Products fall into the following categories:
Clearance: Items that are discounted by the manufacturer or that are no longer in stock
Open box: Practically new items that have been returned
Refurbished: Items that have been repaired so they are as good as new
Pre-owned: Restored used items that have passed tests to make sure they are in like-new condition
Clearance and open-box items from the outlet still qualify for manufacturer warranties, but pre-owned and refurbished items may not have an applicable warranty, so be sure to ask customer service before making your purchase.
Use the Best Buy Price Match Guarantee
Best Buy rewards loyal customers with an extensive price match guarantee that allows them to shop for everything at Best Buy while knowing they are getting the best possible price. Best Buy will match any local competitor’s in-store or online price and the price of identical items sold at online-exclusive stores like Amazon.com, bhphotovideo.com, crutchfield.com, HP.com, newegg.om, and tigerdirect.com, as well as BestBuy.com
The price match guarantee applies to identical products from other retailers, but it doesn’t apply to third-party marketplace sellers on BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, or other similar sites. Clearance items, coupon offers, flash sales, mail-in rebates, open-box items, and refurbished and pre-owned outlet items are also disqualified from the price match guarantee. Best Buy doesn’t match any sale prices from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so don’t plan on price matching during Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Buy Discounted Gift Cards at CardPool.com
Save even more money at Best Buy by purchasing a discounted gift card from CardPool.com, a site that also sells discounted gift cards for many other stores. CardPool.com sells Best Buy gift cards at a great 5.5% discount, which can add up to great savings online or in store. Best Buy allows up to 10 gift cards to be used in a single transaction, which means you can buy two Best Buy gift cards from CardPool for $181.50 and save $11.59 instantly on a $200 purchase. In addition to selling the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV, Best Buy now sells the Apple Watch (*hint* *hint*). When used with sale or clearance items, the savings can be even greater. The smallest amount for an electronic gift card is $20, but physical gift cards can be mailed with free shipping and come in amounts as small as $10.
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If you have waited until now to buy someone an iPad or an iPhone, Target is giving you the last opportunity to buy one. They are having great deals on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV. In addition, many accessories are on sale too.
If you missed out on scoring some amazing deals on iPad and iPhone during Black Friday, you are still in luck. Since it’s Christmas shopping season, many retailers have great discounts on Apple products. Here’s a list of a few great deals:
Target Cartwheel app: 20% off Verizon phones plus an additional 5% off when you use your Target RED debit or credit card (expires December 13th)
Best Buy online: $100 to $50 off iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 plus free shipping
Black Friday is coming up in a few days and it’s time to decide which stores to shop at and which ones to skip. We have compiled all of the ads we have seen for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre products to determine which retailers will have the best deals. Apple has not announced their sales yet, but they typically have modest price decreases. In this post, we look at the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (5th gen.), Apple TV and iTunes gift cards. We display the top three deals with the lowest starting price.
16GB iPhone 6: $99 at Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club: $99
Best Buy: $99.99 with trade-in of any working iPhone
Walmart: $179 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $104)
16GB iPhone 5s: $1 at Best Buy
Best Buy: $1 with trade-in of any working iPhone
Walmart: $79 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $4)
Target: $79.99 with $30 Target gift card (total price: $49.99)
iPad Air: $295 at Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club: $295 for 16GB
Staples: $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB
Walmart: $397 for 16GB with $100 Walmart gift card (total price: $297)
iPad Air 2: $399 at Best Buy
Best Buy: $399.99 for 16GB, $499.99 for 64GB, $599.99 for 128GB
Target: $499 for 16GB with $140 Target gift card (total price: $359)
16GB iPad mini (1st gen., non-Retina display): $199 at Walmart
Walmart: $199 with $30 Walmart gift card (total price: $169)
Target: $249 with $80 Target gift card (total price: $169)
16GB iPad mini 2: $239 at Staples
Target: $299 with $100 Target gift card
16GB iPad mini 3: $324 at Best Buy
Best Buy: $324.99
Target: $399 with $100 Target gift card (total price: $299)
Apple TV: $79 at Staples
16GB iPod touch (5th gen.): $149 at RadioShack
Best Buy: $149.99, 16GB iPod nano for $119.99
Toys R Us: $149.99
2 x $100 iTunes gift card multipacks: $158.94 at Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club: $158.94 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $79.47 or $50 iTunes gift card for $39.98)
Walmart: ~$167 ($30 iTunes gift card multipack for $25)
Target: $170 (Buy one iTunes gift card and get one for 30% off)
RadioShack: $170 (15% off all iTunes gift cards)
Staples: $170 (15% off $50 or more in iTunes gift cards)
Best Buy: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card for $85)
Cosco: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $85)
For the iTunes gift cards, many retailers advertised buy one and get one for less, so we calculated the price of two $100 gift card multi-packs (or $200 in gift cards) to find the best deal. We included the other retailers on this list since it was difficult to compare them and everyone else tied for 3rd place.
Check out full Black Friday 2014 Guide for store hours, sales flyers, deals on other Apple products (like iPad 4) and more.
In a new theme this year, many retailers are offering Black Friday deals leading up to and through the special day. Amazon, like Walmart and Best Buy, will have amazing deals starting November 21. Amazon will post a new deal every 10 minutes and since they sell thousands of items, it could be anything from clothing to music to Apple products. During their deals, they will offer the following discounts:
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD headphones for $99.99
Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones for $224.82
16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $483.34
16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 3 for $369.95
Apple TV for $92
In addition they have great deals on Apple accessories, like 30% off Wireless & Bluetooth speakers, 50% off headphones and 20% off unlocked smartphones.
Amazon may not be offering better deals than Walmart or Target, but they do offer free two-day shipping to Amazon Prime members and allow you to shop from the comfort of your home. If you are venturing out on Thanksgiving, Walmart will match Amazon prices on any product as long as you print off the ad and bring it with you.
Two of the largest retailers have posted their Black Friday flyers and we have the deals here. Target and Best Buy both have some great deals on iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone and Beats by Dr. Dre. Plus iTunes gift cards, Apple TV and iPods are also on sale.
Target Black Friday sale flyer
For Target, they are sticking with the same prices but are offering gift cards with each purchase: Open 6pm Thanksgiving, iPhone deals available at 9pm
Buy one iTunes gift card and get a second for 30% off
Apple TV (3rd generation) for $89
iPod touch (5th generation and 32GB) for $249 with $50 Target Gift Card
iPad (all 16GB and Wi-Fi only models)
iPad mini for $249 with $80 Target Gift Card
iPad mini 2 for $299 with $100 Target Gift Card
iPad mini 3 for $399 with $100 Target Gift Card
iPad Air for $399 with $100 Target Gift Card
iPad Air 2 for $499 with $140 Target Gift Card
iPhone (16GB and on Sprint, Verizon or AT&T with start of 2-year agreement)
iPhone 5c for $0.01
iPhone 5s for $79.99 with $30 Target Gift Card
iPhone 6 for $179.99 with $30 Target Gift Card
Beats by Dr. Dre
Solo HD headphones for $97
Studio headphones for $249
Although aren’t saving money up front for the Apple products, you are getting large gift cards that can be used to purchase accessories, iTunes gift cards and more.
Best Buy Black Friday sale flyer
Best Buy is offering discounts on Apple products, including Macs, and the only gift card they are handing out is for Apple TV (which is the same price as Target). Open online all day Thanksgiving and Black Friday, store opens at 5pm on Thanksgiving (close at 1am) and re-open at 8am on Black Friday
$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85
Apple TV (3rd generation) for $89.99 with $10 Best Buy Gift Card
16GB iPod touch (5th generation) for $149.99
16GB iPod nano (7th generation) for $119.99
iPad ($100 off new iPads)
iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi only): 16GB for $399.99, 64GB for $499.99, 128GB for $599.99
iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi only): 16GB for $324.99, 64GB for $424.99, 128GB for $524.99
iPhone (16GB, on Sprint, Verizon or AT&T with start of 2-year agreement, requires trade-in of any working iPhone)
iPhone 5s for $1.00
iPhone 6 for $99.99
Beats by Dr. Dre
Solo HD headphones for $79.99
urBeats earbuds for $59.99
Beats studio headphones for $199.99
Beatbox portable speaker for $249.99
Pill XL portable speaker for $269.99
Save 10% to 40% on all Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and speakers
Unlike Kmart and Kohl’s, Sam’s Club actually sells the iPhone and iPad. The retailer just posted their Black Friday ad and have some great deals going on, like the iPhone 6 for $99 and $50 iTunes gift card for $10 off. See more in the post below:
Sam’s Club Black Friday Sale: All weekend long: online on Thanksgiving and 7am to 9pm on Black Friday for members only and Saturday/Sunday open to the public
There are eighteen more days until Black Friday and Kohl’s and Kmart just released their Thanksgiving/Black Friday advertisements. Although they don’t really sell Apple products and aren’t advertising any Apple products for sale on Black Friday, they do list many deals for accessories. We have a few good ones to check out below.