Apple Stores to give gift cards in lieu of product discounts on Black Friday

Apple Stores to give gift cards in lieu of product discounts on Black Friday
The Apple Store is the wrong place to go to on Friday if you're expecting Black Friday discounts on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad. Instead, those purchasing certain products will receive a free Product (RED) gift card that can be used for purchases made at U.S. versions of the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, Apple App Store, or iBooks Store.

Those purchasing the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c will receive a $50 card. There is a two gift card limit for each household. Apple iPad buyers will receive the same exact thing with the same exact restriction. Apple iPod touch or Apple iPod nano buyers will receive a $25 gift card. And yes, those buying Beat Audio gear will also receive a $25 gift card. The two gift cards per household restriction applies on the $25 gift card as well.

If you're looking to get a nice fat Black Friday discount on the iPhone 6, Best Buy is selling the 16GB model for $99 with a two-year signed contract for Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Sam's Club, where you need to be a member, has the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of the iPhone 6 at $99, $199 and $299 respectively. Again, you must sign a two-year pact with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.

If you can manage to go without a new Apple iPhone until after the holidays, there are sure to be some nice sales then. Once the Christmas lights are turned off, retailers look to get rid of any excess inventories that they are holding at that time.

source: AppleInsider

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25 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

This is how a smart company makes money on Black Friday. Give the customers money back on their NEXT purchase. But, of course, all Apple will say they are just being greedy. Haters gon' hate. -Android lover who has never owned an iDevice

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

This deal sucks. It's for iTunes gift cards; not Apple gift cards. You can do better at any other store than Apple. Their pathetic this black Friday.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Here goes Apple hater #1. Yeah, thanks for the obvious info. I can read. No one is going to go buy an iPhone or iPad because of this deal. This is an incentive for those who were probably going to buy one anyway. Guess what, man. They don't have to give you ANYTHING for free. A deal is a deal. Get over it.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro, post 3 was plain dumb hate.

18. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Fail!!!

17. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Don't know what your problem is. It's an article about a crappy deal. fanboy pointed out its a crappy deal. I don't see the hate in #3; I see someone who isn't blinded by marketing.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

What marketing am I blinded by? I've never bought iDevice in my life & I don't intend to. They're giving free stuff for a purchase people were going to make anyway. It's not like anyone is saying "oooooh, they're giving away a $50 gift card to iTunes, I have to buy one now, even though I wasn't planning on it before!" I don't see the harm in that. It's not like Apple is hurting right now. They don't have to offer a thing & they would still be selling out left & right. Free stuff is never a crappy deal, especially when you were going to make the purchase anyway. Continue to let your hate blind you, though.

19. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Worst bloke!

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

*all the Apple haters will say

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why there so much passion for a gadget? So strange this generation.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll take a giftcard for quality content.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup still a good deal. Anything free is still better than nothing.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

Bingo! My point exactly. +1

5. Rydsmith unregistered

Or just go to Target and get a $140 Gift Card with the purchase of an iPad Air 2 and a $100 Gift Card for all other models. Seems like an obvious choice to me.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Exactly my point above but because I said what I said I’m a Apple hater. Why should you settle for a pitiful iTunes gift card when you could obtain better deals at Target, Walmart or Bestbuy? Even Staples is knocking the price down by $100 on older gen iPads. I never said that Apple products suck. All I’m trying to say is that there are far better deals than the one posted here. How does that make me a hater?

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The article above centers around Apple and not other retailers. So the comment on you being a hater is referencing the fact that you "appeared" to not get the point of the article above. Yes of course there are better deals else where. But we are not talking about other retailers; we are talking about "Apple" and so now when you critique apple on how this deal sucks it appears that you don't know what your talking about. It would be like if I said I like Honda, and you said there are way better cars out there. Ofcourse we know this but I'm stating the fact that I like Honda.

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Point 1: “The Apple Store is the wrong place to go to on Friday if you're expecting Black Friday discounts on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad.” I was only agreeing with the very first sentence of the article. Point 2: “If you can manage to go without a new Apple iPhone until after the holidays, there are sure to be some nice sales then. Once the Christmas lights are turned off, retailers look to get rid of any excess inventories that they are holding at that time.” "If you're looking to get a nice fat Black Friday discount on the iPhone 6, Best Buy is selling the 16GB model for $99 with a two-year signed contract for Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. " And the article was not all about the Apple store.

16. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

fanboy1974... +1 to you. Can't talk sense in here without someone labeling you a hater.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

+1 to both of you. Pointing out that the deal sucks and that other places can give better deals (even if they're on Apple products) makes you "haters"? The joke is on them, not you. Here the article obviously said that the deal isn't cool and other places can give better deals. But even if the article were about Apple stores alone, you should be welcomed to say that other places can give better deals if that's true (for the sake of consumers reading this site). Same thing applies onto other articles about other brands and stores.

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Apple not discounting its products is a clear demonstration that they are confident in their products. If people are paying high end prices and are lineing up around corners to get these products; and are not complaining then why discount. That would actually reduce the value of the product and cause concern for the "Apple Consumer". This is strictly business. So instead they are giving apple consumers more access to its services which actually will bring more money due to the fact that they will heavily sink their teeth into the ecosystem. Thus creating another apple fan. I mean I don't know about another apple fan, but definitly another happy "hooked" customer.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's simple economics. You don't give out huge discounts when you can't keep your product in stock. This is Apple doing fan service. They could have no Black Friday deals at all & the Apple stores would still be completely full that day.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I finally used ApplePay today, at McDonalds and Walgreens. Easy and seamless, mobile pay is the new cash for me.

12. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

do you have experience with Google wallet and is that seamless? waiting to see how others do?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Honestly never used Google Wallet. My sister and her husband use it all the time, and have never complained. They have S5's, so I'm assuming Google Wallet is what they're using for mobile payments.

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Should get more if you buy the mini "classic" since the specs are a little on the retro side

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