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MacMall Black Friday 2014
What’s in store for this year’s MacMall Black Friday sale? Browse through the 26-page ad scan below:
Best MacMall Black Friday Deals From 2013
If you’re looking for Apple products this Black Friday, make sure to check out MacMall. An authorized Apple reseller, MacMall sells products from the popular computer brand at a discount. The retailer has a popular e-commerce website, a store in Chicago and stores in Santa Monica, Torrance and Huntington Beach, Calif.
During MacMall’s Black Friday promotion last year, Apple fans could find some low prices on computers, tablets and more. The 60-hour sale began online the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and ended at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Black Friday. For consumers in Illinois and California, MacMall’s brick-and-mortar locations also featured discounts.
Online shoppers should keep in mind that MacMall charges sales tax in nine states: California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Among its best deals, MacMall offered the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (with Retina display) for $1,149.99 – that’s a discount of $349 – and the 15.4-inch version of the same laptop for $1,699.99, or $449 in savings. The non-Retina display version of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro cost even less: at $1,096, MacMall’s price offered shoppers $102 in savings.
Shoppers who opted for a laptop with an even smaller screen racked up more in savings, as the 11.6-inch MacBook Air cost only $819.99. That’s $279 off and an exceptionally low price for an Apple laptop.
At Best Buy, in comparison, MacBook Air computers were marked down by $150 – that’s $129 less than the discount offered by MacMall. Best Buy did do slightly better in some areas, however. As good as MacMall’s price of $1,149.99 was, the Retina display 13.3-inch MacBook Pro sold for $1,100 at Best Buy – a difference of $49.99.
Other great prices at MacMall:
- Apple 21.5-inch iMac quad-core Intel Core i5 2.7GHz: $1,196.99 ($102 off)
- Apple iPad Air (16GB with Wi-Fi and cellular capability, AT&T contract): $587.99 ($41 off)
- Apple Mac mini dual-core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB: $569.99 ($29 off)
- Apple AirPort Time Capsule (2TB with 802.11ac Wi-Fi): $279.99 ($21 off)
Although Apple is infamous for its rare and modest sales, not all MacMall discounts were necessarily better than those offered directly from Apple stores. Last year, in lieu of discounts, Apple offered an array of free gift cards with purchases. Depending on the shoppers, these could even surpass MacMall’s actual discounts.
At MacMall, both the 16GB and 32GB version of the iPad Air sold for $41 less than their retail prices of $499 and $599. Although those prices were lower than those offered by Apple, which did not mark them down from their retail prices, Apple did offer a $75 gift card alongside the full-price purchases. For shoppers planning on spending at Apple again, that resulted in a deeper discount than MacMall’s savings of $41, though one-time shoppers did find better savings at MacMall.
For more Apple deals, check out Apple itself, as well as the electronics departments of Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Staples. For similar electronics from other brands, consider visiting Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft and RadioShack.
Written by Melinda Szell
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