The Apple Store is not known for having frequent sales or opportunities to get discounts on their products. However, there are some ways that you can save some money at the actual Apple Store and on Apple's own website if you're in the know.
- Black Friday deals
- Apple Gift Cards
- Apple Trade In
- College students
- Teachers and educators
- Tax Exemption
- Company discounts
- Government employees
- Military and veterans
- Business owners
- Random promotions
- The right credit card
- Certified Refurbished
Black Friday deals
Though Black Friday isn't nearly as big a deal at Apple as it is at other retailers, Apple often has some kind of offer going on the biggest retail day of the year. Usually, Apple gives away up to $200 in Apple gift cards with the purchase of certain big-ticket items. If you're considering a large Apple purchase, you should definitely wait to unwrap your Apple gift until then.
Apple Gift Cards
Speaking of gift cards, there are stores that sell gift cards at a discount or where you can get store rewards for buying gift cards. Giant Eagle, for example, sells Apple gift cards and give you rewards toward free gasoline at their GetGo gas stations with purchase. It might be more hassle to you than it's worth, but it is a way to save money. I did this before purchasing a MacBook Pro and I got a free tank of gas out of it.
Apple Trade In
If you have an older Apple device gathering dust, why not take advantage of Apple's Trade In program? Get an estimate right now to find out what your old device is worth. Mail it or bring it into Apple to get an immediate discount off of what you're buying. Or if you prefer, you can receive an Apple gift card that you can use for a later purchase.
College students get discounts on computers, iPad Pros, Apple Music, and Apple Pencils all year round. If you are a college student, you can shop either in the store or online through the Shop for College portal, found at the bottom of Apple's website. The discount is not percentage-based, rather, it will be different for each item. Shopping through this portal discounts the items automatically, it does not show original pricing. When shopping in the brick and mortar store, you will need a college ID or some other proof of attendance as well as a valid driver's license.
Note: During Back to School season, Apple has traditionally done additional promotions. This year, Apple offered free AirPods with purchase of a computer, iPad Pro, or iPad Air, plus 20 percent off AppleCare+ on top of the education discount.
Teachers and educators
All teachers and educators at any level from preschool to graduate school are eligible for the exact same discounts and deals on Apple products as college students as described above. This doesn't apply to Apple Music, however. You'll need to bring in proof of employment such as a teacher ID badge or pay stub. Your school will also need to be listed in Apple's system in order for the specialist to be able to apply your discount. In addition, if you're buying Apple products for your school, you can get a tax exemption.
If you work for a school, charity, place of worship, or other tax-exempt institution and are buying Apple products for your workplace, you can be exempted from paying sales tax. You'll need to bring in all of the paperwork from your workplace that proves your tax-exempt status. This will be in addition to any discounts you receive.
Many companies have a relationship with Apple and their employees can get a discount at the Apple Store when buying items for their own personal use. If you work for a fairly large company, ask your HR person if you're eligible for discounts at the Apple Store. If so, you'll just need to bring documentation such a work ID badge or business card and ask your specialist to apply the discount.
If you work for the government, you can get discounts on select Apple products at the Apple Store. Like the education discount, you can shop the government page on Apple.com to access the discounted prices. You'll find different portals where you can get discounts depending on if you're buying for your government agency or for your own personal use. You can also shop at the brick and mortar store. Be sure to bring your government ID to show the Apple employee so he or she can offer you the appropriate discount.
Military and veterans
You're eligible for a 10% military discount on Apple products and accessories if you are currently serving in the military, you're a veteran, or you're an immediate family member residing in the same household. Access the discount through the military page on Apple.com or in a brick and mortar Apple Store. If you're buying online, you'll need to verify your status via ID.me. You'll also need your Military ID in order to access the discount in person.
If you own a business, you'll want to meet with Apple's business team. You can ask anyone in the store to get you an introduction, or you can click on the Shop for Business link at the bottom of Apple's website. As a business owner, you will be eligible for discounts once you reach a certain spending threshold. You are also able to arrange financing and leasing through the business team. If you're buying Apple products for the whole company, your savings could be substantial. There are many other benefits to connecting with Apple's business team, so definitely make a point of doing so if you own any kind of company.
From time to time, Apple will have a sale on certain accessories, such as Beats headphones. While these special prices will be on Apple's website, they are not otherwise advertised and there won't be signage in the Apple Store. Sometimes you just get lucky; the discount will just pop up when you're ringing out. If you subscribe to Thrifter's newsletter, you can be alerted next time one of those random promotions pops up.
The right credit card
Using the Apple Card at the Apple Store will get you 3% cash back on your purchase. That may not sound like much, but it adds up. It's not your only option, however. You can stack a $150 statement credit and 1.5% cash back with the American Express® Cash Magnet card. This card also offers accidental damage protection and 15-month free financing. Business owners can reap even higher cash back rewards with the American Express® Business Gold card.
If you don't need the very latest and greatest, you can shop Apple's Certified Refurbished online store for up to 15% off retail prices. Note that this is avaliable exclusively online, not in Apple's brick-and-mortar retail stores. Buying from certified refurbished directly from Apple doens't feel like buying used. If any parts have been replaced, they will be genuine Apple parts. The device is cleaned and inspected and has a brand new battery and shell. It ships free and comes in a new box with all of the normal accessories. You get a one-year warranty and the option to purchase AppleCare. Another advantage to buying refurbished is that you can get a specific older model you might want that Apple no longer offers new.
How do you get deals at Apple?
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