As soon as the dishes are cleared and the pumpkin pie is
polished off, the sales begin. Holiday deals may have been going on
for weeks now, but on Friday, November 26, Black Friday weekend
will officially kick off, so stay tuned to Macworld for all of the
latest deals as they arrive. But before the big day arrives, here's
our guide for making sure you get the best bang for your buck.
Normally, we'd recommend waiting for just the right deal to show
up, but this year is very different. Even before Black Friday,
several major Apple products are backordered until at least
December, and some won't arrive at all before the holidays. Many
stores are offerings Black Friday guarantees for anything bought
before a certain date, so if you see a discount on something you
want, don't hesitate. You can always return it later.
Make a list and check it
Black Friday will bring loads of deals on Apple products, but
they're going to go quick. So before the sales hit, make a list of
the ones you want, including the color, capacity, and style. That
way you'll be able to quickly select the Apple Watch or iPad model
that you want. Products are going to sell out quickly, so you don't
want to waste time thinking about what colors and styles while the
clock is ticking on a killer deal.
A list of things you want will also save you from making
unnecessary impulse buys that harpoon your budget. As the saying
goes, it's only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway. There
will be plenty of Black Friday deals that are tempting but pass
them up if it's not something you need.
We know of a couple of deep discounts on products during Black
Friday week that probably won't be around very long:
Walmart will be selling the AirPods
Pro For $159 ($90 off) beginning November 22.
Walmart will also have the Apple
Watch Series 3 for $109 ($90 off) beginning November 22.
Target will be selling the Apple Watch SE for $220 ($59 off) beginning
The Apple Watch SE
will be cheaper than we've ever seen it.
Don't sleep on Apple's
Normally, Apple's four-day shopping event isn't much to
write home about. For one, nothing's actually on sale, since Apple
offers gift cards on future products rather than actual discounts.
For another, none of the newer products are part of the event, so
the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini, 3rd-gen AirPods,
and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will miss out on the fun.
But the 24-inch iMac, M1 MacBooks, iPad Pro, and iPhone 12 will be included, and you'll be able
to get up to $100 in gift cards, depending on what you buy. Apple
is guaranteed to have a healthy stock of products as well, so
considering many of those products will be quickly sold out until
after the holidays, Apple's shopping event is shaping up to be a
sleep Black Friday hit. So keep your eyes on Macworld.com for more
information about it Monday.
Know who you're buying
These days every store also has a third-party marketplace and it
can be tricky to tell who you're buying from, especially when
things start selling out. So whether you're shopping at Amazon, Target, Walmart, or some other
retailer, make sure you check to see who's selling the device
you're buying. A third-party retailer isn't necessarily a
deal-breaker, but make sure you read the description, as it could
be refurbished and returning could be more difficult.
Don't forget the
Getting the Apple product you want at a great price is the
ultimate Black Friday score, but you might need to make a few more
purchases. None of Apple's devices come with a charger, so you'll
want to look for a 20W USB-C one to enable fast charging. If
you're buying an iPhone, you'll want to consider a case. There's
also MagSafe accessories, Magic Keyboards, AppleCare+. So whether you're buying a gift for
yourself or someone else, make sure you have everything you need to
complete your purchase.
Expect deals to sell out
There will be deals to be had across all of Apple's product
lines, so be sure to check Macworld.com regularly. In the meantime,
you can read about what we expect as well as deals that are
Black Friday AirPods deals
Black Friday iPad deals
Black Friday Apple Watch deals
Black Friday iPhone deals
Black Friday Mac deals