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Apple is known for its high quality products, immersive advertising, clever marketing lingo, minimal design, and top-rated customer service. One thing it’s not known for is its low prices.
One could argue that Apple products are worth it, that they’re on par with similarly-priced products, or that Apple doesn’t do cheap. One could alternatively argue that you’re paying for the brand. Pricing aside, one might wonder if Apple ever clearances out any of its products. The answer may surprise you.
The holidays are just around the corner and if you missed out on any of the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals on Apple products at your local Best Buy, you might be feeling that you’re out of luck. However, it’s true Apple doesn’t do huge discounts, they do have some deals that might be right for the shopper who’s already planning on buying Apple toys this holiday season.
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in awhile Apple decides to clearance some products. If you’re interested in getting new products for a great deal you’ll want to keep your eye on Apple’s Clearance Items page. As of writing the page is… blank.. but, don’t worry. Apple has factory refurbished items right around the corner.
You can find all of Apple’s current deals here. Here you’ll find a link to the clearance section mentioned above, as well as links for refurbished Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod, Apple TV, and accessories.
Apple refurbished products are backed by Apple’s standard-one year warranty and are put through a stringent refurbishing process so that Apple can guarantee they’re up to the standard we’ve come to expect from their brand. Additionally, products come with the option to extend the warranty by purchasing AppleCare.
Don’t expect any gigantic savings though, as these products are usually still practically new. Apple offers them with a discount that typically ranges between 10 and 25 percent. For example, an Apple Pencil that generally retails at $99 can be had for $85 factory refurbished, while you’ll save $280 on a 21.5-inch quad-core iMac with 4K Retina Display.
In addition to refurbished products and the occasional clearances, Apple has a trade-in option known as the Apple Renew Program. In addition to a possibility of credit toward your new purchases, Apple will give your old products new life, use them for parts, or recycle them in a responsible and environmentally-friendly fashion.
It doesn’t matter if the device is working or not and—in some cases—it needn’t be an Apple manufactured product. If Apple determines the product is eligible for reuse it can be traded for credit toward your purchases. If the product isn’t deemed reusable Apple will recycle it free of charge. The Apple Renew Program is available online and in stores. You can learn more here.
Just in Time for the Holidays
While Apple’s discounts may not be as big as the tech deals we saw Thanksgiving weekend, they’re still very relevant.
Unlike some deals where you get last years’ model at a discount or an additional gift card with your purchase, Apple’s refurbished devices look, feel, and function like new. Additionally, they include the same great warranty and AppleCare options as their “new” counterparts.
If you were planning on buying a new Apple product this holiday season, a trip to the refurbished section could save you some hard earned money.