So you want Apple products cheap? You want a shiny new Apple iPad but there is no way that you can justify it. Same holds true with most Apple products. Sure they are nice and shiny, but when you get to the nuts and bolts – unless you are using the Apple product for business, (on someone else’s dime) it’s hard to justify the expense. Well at least for us common folk with kids who suck every last penny out of us…. *raises hand*
As you may have noticed, Apple doesn’t necessarily mark down prices or throw massive discounts – because well, they don’t have to. Even third party stores, such as Best Buy, often limit any discounts you receive on Apple products – supposedly due to minimal margins, so in order to save here is where to shop.
I’m going to share with you how I’ve been able to save hundreds of dollars over the last few years and hopefully these tips of where to buy, how to get discounts and the truth about buying Apple cables for cheap will help you next time you go to make a purchase.
How to Save on Apple Products
Purchase Apple Refurbished Products
Visit THIS link on the Apple website. You will be taken to the refurbished Apple items that you will see at prices MUCH lower than full price! The Apple products vary in discount, but typically you can save around 15-25% off the retail price of an Apple item – and this folks is much larger than you will find elsewhere.
Before you roll your eyes on refurbs, let me tell you this – most Apple refurb items carry the same 1 year warranty that brand new items do! That’s right, you are getting the same warranty! Do note, that occassionally you may receive a refurbished Apple product with a ding or a dent. I had a friend who I had told about buying Apple refurbs so she bought a Macbook Pro. When she received it, she didn’t like the scratch on the cover and was able to return it and purchase another – NO problem from Apple. Her new(ish) Macbook Pro that she swapped the first one on was in mint condition.
From Apple’s website:
Before we put a refurbished Mac, iPod, iPad, or Apple TV up for sale in Special Deals, it undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process to make sure it’s up to Apple’s tough quality standards. We back it with our standard one-year limited warranty. And you have the option of purchasing an AppleCare Protection Plan for it.
We have purchased a few items refurb from Apple and can happily say we have not had any issues with them and most definitely appreciate the cost savings.
Let’s face it – if you are an Apple fan, you know the pain that can come in the form of a price tag. Hopefully this will help you save a few dollars, that you can put back for the next new thing. (Pssst…. I hear that the Apple iPad Mini will be launching soon….)
I’ve rounded up a few deals to give you a feel for what type of savings you can expect!
Gazelle Refurbished – Perfect for Replacement iPhones!
Gazelle not only buys products, they now sell them! You can buy used and like new Apple products for a fraction of the cost of a new product. BONUS – you are buying these out right, so NO contract if you are needing to buy a new iPhone!
I have a friend who has had the worse luck at keeping an iPhone. One was stolen, several were dropped and a few were lost. Gazelle would be perfect for her to find a replacement iPhone.
Apple Education Discount
You maybe eligible for the Apple Education pricing which will save you up to $200 on the purchase of your Apple product! Here is Apple’s criteria for using the Apple Store for Education discount:
Those eligible to purchase from the Apple Store for Education Individuals include faculty, staff, students and parents as follows:
K12 – Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States is eligible, including homeschool teachers. In addition, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members are eligible. PTA or PTO executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers are eligible.
Higher Education – Faculty and staff of Higher Education institutions in the United States; and students attending, or accepted into a Higher Education institution in the United States are eligible to purchase. Purchases from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale.
Higher Education Parents – Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private Higher Education Institution in the United States, are eligible to purchase.
Unfortunately, unless you work at a school, or are a homeschool teacher – they do not discount products for grade school children. Hopefully this will change as more and more kids are being asked to bring iPads to school.
Best Place Find Deals on New Apple Macbook Pro
If you are in the market for an Apple Macbook Pro and are looking for a deal, your best bet for retail is Microcenter. While again, Apple doesn’t typically discount it’s products – Microcenter is known for slashing prices on Macbook Pros.
Amazon does discount new Apple Macbook Pros as well – and if you are in a tax-free state, definitely worth checking out. Currently they have the newest (non-retina) Apple Macbook Pro for $1155.47.
Looking for older model Macs? Check out CowBoom. I scored a cheap iPad 1st generation (yes, after selling mine!) for the kids last year that was in perfect working order. The iPad was just missing it’s cables which were an easy purchase on Amazon.
Apple Cables for Cheap
Here’s the deal with Apple cables – they are SUPER proprietary meaning – Apple products don’t just charge with your standard USB or mini-USB – you are stuck with Apple cables and that’s that. I will say you CAN buy cheap cables, but is it really worth it? Well that’s a matter of opinion.
I have replaced my Mag-safe 60W on my Apple Macbook Pro twice. It’s 2.5 years old and they seem to last me about a year. (The Mag-Safe is the power cord for the Macbook Pro.) This last time, I didn’t want to fork over another $80 to Apple so am taking my chances with this one I purchased off Amazon:
I’ve been using it for around a week and the only major downside is that the cord is not as long as the Apple version. The reviews are mixed, but like the original Mag-Safe it comes with a year warranty – BONUS: it’s $50 cheaper, that’s why I took my chances.
Our lightning cables disappear all the time. My husband decided to make the move from Android to iPhone last year so needing to have both phones charged we bought bulk Apple cords. One thing you need to know with lightning cables – they need to be Apple certified. The “deal” we got for $3 cables BLAH! TOTALLY did not work as soon as iOS 7 released. We ended up buying several 3 and 6 foot cables from Amazon – and these haven’t given us any problems. The AmazonBasics cable do come with a one year warranty.
I know this is a lot of information thrown at you! But if you are like me, and love Apple products but hate the prices – hopefully these will save you some money!
Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.