Buying Apple products online
By Phil Hornshaw
The popularity of Apple products means that they can tend to get a little expensive. Apple makes a lot of high-end gear, ranging from iPhones and iPads to Mac computers and laptops. The price range on these products can vary significantly. If you’re looking to figure out what everyone loves so much about Apple and its products, you’ll need to spend some time shopping around.
The good news is that Apple is pretty great about price reductions on older products, so if you’re happy with last year’s iPhone instead of this year’s model, you can earn yourself some significant savings.
The not-so cutting edge
Apple’s mobile devices lean toward the higher end of the pricing spectrum, especially in the iPad department. Buying a new iPad is going to run you at least $499, and there’s really no getting around it. You can lessen the impact with free shipping and cash back offers from Apple, but you’ll probably never see a brand-new iPad “on sale.”
But if you’re willing to check out an older model, you can find some great deals. The older an iPhone or iPad is, the more Apple discounts it, as do other retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Walmart. When it comes to iPhones, the best way to get a serious reduction is to get an older phone on a fresh contract with a wireless provider. With the iPhone 5 now available, you can get an iPhone 4 – a phone two iterations old – for free with a new contract. Throw in some cash back offers you can get with AT&T and Verizon, and you can offset the higher smartphone wireless bill you’ll be receiving.
Another great trick is to turn in your old cell phone or smartphone through a trade-in program. Doing so at Verizon or AT&T can often leave you with a few bucks toward your next upgrade. You can also go for a better price by trying to sell your old device on eBay.
Save on software
Apple’s line of new computers, much like its mobile devices, somewhat rarely see discounts. But refurbished models and older ones generally come with reduced costs when buying from Apple. For more potential savings, you can branch out to other specialty sellers, such as Mac Mall, Mac Connection and The Mac Store, which often provide specific deals and cash back offers to go with them.
Another solid way to reduce the price of your Mac is to shop around on another essential ingredient: software. Apple, as well as the Mac sellers mentioned above, are good places to start, and online retailers like CompUSA often discount software with cash back offers, too.
Finding Apple products without emptying your wallet can be tough, but it is possible if you know where to look and the areas from which discounts can come.