First coined by businesswoman Ellen Davis in 2005, the term “Cyber Monday” is now a commonly used phrase referring to the Monday after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce to date, Fortune reported. And 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal predictions and “leaked” store ads began hitting rumor websites and blogs as early as September.
Amazon launched its Black Friday deals store on Nov. 1, focusing heavily on its own products, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV. Read on to discover the best Cyber Monday deals on the Apple products you want most.
Apple’s Cyber Monday Deals History
Apple has been historically unwilling to follow traditional marketing methods for holiday sales, and typically does not offer deals on Cyber Monday. Instead, the Apple Store offers one sale a year, on Black Friday, with 5 percent off its standard retail offerings. Although shoppers won’t find much in the way of Cyber Monday deals on the Apple website the Monday after Thanksgiving, they might be able to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales and discounts from authorized resellers such as:
- Best Buy
- Best Buy
The general consensus among Apple fans and retail bargain hunters is that the best Apple deals aren’t from the Apple Store. Although the products are the same if you buy at the Apple retail store versus Walmart, the prices are not. You’ll find better deals at authorized resellers.
iPhone Deals for Cyber Monday
Apple’s iPhone X might just be the biggest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal to be had. With a $1,000 price tag, the phone might give some shoppers sticker shock. If you’re on a budget, consider looking for less pricey phone alternatives, as older versions of the iPhone are still powerful and packed with great features. But if you’re desperate for the 12-megapixel dual camera with FaceID and animoji avatars that come with the iPhone X, you could get a great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal.
The best iPhone Cyber Monday deals will be at Apple Authorized resellers, as Apple isn’t expected to offer deals in stores or online. Wireless carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T will offer deals to entice shoppers to upgrade their smartphones. Anticipated deals include store gift cards with $0 down, and 4 percent to 5 percent off cash purchases of unlocked iPhones. And Walmart’s 2017 ad reveals that the retailer will be offering the iPhone 6 for $129, down from $199.
Apple Watches Cyber Monday Deals
Cyber Monday deal trends apply to iPhones and other Apple products, as well, with Apple authorized resellers offering the highest savings. Target will likely offer a Cyber Monday gift card deal on the Apple Watch 3. Depending on the purchase, the free store gift card could be valued at up to $250. Couple that with a qualified phone trade-in, and you might be saving yourself a mint. As an added bonus, this gift card can be used to purchase AppleCare for your purchase.
iMac and MacBook Cyber Monday Deals
Big-box stores like Walmart and Best Buy traditionally offer the best deals on Apple desktops and laptops. Although many Black Friday “leaked ads” have already been published online, it’s unclear if Black Friday deals will extend to Cyber Monday. According to the Best Buy Black Friday ad, the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch display with Intel i5, 8GB memory and 128GB flash will be $700, and the Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Intel Core i5 and 8GB RAM will be $899.
iPad Deals for Cyber Monday
With the availability of cheaper laptops and newer smartphones boasting bigger screens, tablet sales have dropped over the past few years. Still, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in November that the company sold 10.3 million iPads the previous quarter, up 11 percent. Best Buy’s “leaked” Black Friday ad showed $125 in savings on the Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB.
Be Patient: Reasons You Should Wait for Cyber Monday
Getting the Best Cyber Monday Deals on Apple Products
As a general rule, any discount of 10 percent or more on an Apple product is a good buy, because Apple does not typically offer sales. The one time you might score a special deal at Apple is on its factory-refurbished products, which are certified and offer a one-year warranty — but quantities are extremely limited.
Similarly, Apple Cyber Monday deal availability is often limited, even online, as resellers are not required to disclose how many products they have for sale at a certain price. In some cases, deals only last minutes. If you see an advertised Apple Black Friday or Apple Cyber Monday deal, don’t wait, as the product might sell out.
Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: What Items to Buy Each Day