How to score Apple products for less

ipod_nano.top.jpgSnag these previous generation iPod nanos for as much as 30% off. By Jessica Dickler, staff writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- This holiday season, any gift that starts with a lower-case i is sure to be in hot demand. Apple's iPhones, iMacs and especially iPads are on most people's wish lists. But at a few hundred dollars a pop, those are expensive tokens of affection.

Although most tech hungry shoppers file into Apple stores or go to the company's website, they end up paying the retail price, plus sales tax, and miss a valuable opportunity to save.

Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to purchase the same products for at least 10% off -- despite the company's strict price controls.

"What you should never do is just walk into the Apple store," says Brad Wilson, the editor-in-chief of Bradsdeals.com. "I cringe when I see people inside that don't know they could be saving money by doing something else."

The best deal on Apple products is from Apple itself. The online clearance store has discounts of more than 30% on discontinued or refurbished models of iPods and Macs.

While they are mostly previous generation products, the discounts are significant and everything comes with a one-year warranty. Right now there are refurbished nanos for just $99 and a previous generation iPod Touch for $149 (the newest version starts at $229).

You may not find the iPad there but each day a slew of other discounted products from the online store's inventory are temporarily made available until they sell out.

Apple also offers discounts up to 10% to students, teachers, faculty and anyone with a .edu email address, as well as government employees.

Those willing to wait until Black Friday may also find such savings extended to all shoppers on Apple's site. Last year Apple's Black Friday deals included $101 off the 13-inch MacBook Pro and $31 off a 32GB iPod Touch. (Calls to Apple about a Black Friday sale this year were not immediately returned.)

There are still more ways to save for others eager to shave some cash off the purchase price by shopping any time of year.

A few online retailers, like Amazon.com, offer notebooks, iPods and accessories for 10% off the retail price right off the bat -- plus you may even avoid sales tax, which will double the savings.

That could at least leave enough leftover for a few stocking stuffers.  To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed3.96%3.94%
15 yr fixed3.08%3.03%
5/1 ARM3.33%3.33%
30 yr refi4.04%4.02%
15 yr refi3.16%3.09%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,195.62 221.31 1.30%
Nasdaq 4,568.16 18.93 0.42%
S&P 500 1,995.41 13.11 0.66%
Treasuries 2.31 -0.01 -0.60%
Data as of 2:21pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Facebook Inc 74.25 -1.61 -2.12%
Bank of America Corp... 17.08 0.09 0.53%
Intel Corp 32.72 -1.20 -3.55%
Avon Products Inc 10.04 -0.92 -8.39%
Apple Inc 107.10 -0.24 -0.22%
Data as of 2:05pm ET

Sections

An annual federal government census found about 578,000 homeless individuals nationwide, down about 2% from last year. More

Plasma TV production is about to end, as LG says it is going to stop producing the once-popular TV sets. More

San Francisco-based Tumml is an accelerator fostering 'urban impact start-ups' that aim to tackle civic problems -- and turn a profit. More

Amy Kukec thought leaving her abusive husband would be the beginning of a new life, but so far she's hit one debilitating financial roadblock after another. More

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.