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This is the seventh article in my Black Friday ‘Nasty Surprises’ series. Working alongside BestBlackFriday.com, I’m analysing the biggest Black Friday 2018 sales to help you understand when high profile deals are not so special. No store is perfect and you can also read my guides to the deals you should avoid: at Amazon, at Best Buy, at Costco, at Kohl’s, at Target and at Walmart (twice!).
But here are the deals which show why shopping at Apple.com during Black Friday would be an expensive mistake…
These are the best Black Friday deals for Apple devices in each product category:
Best Black Friday iPhone Sales
- Walmart – $300 gift card with Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR – View Ad Scan Deal
- Walmart – $400 gift card with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X – View Ad Scan Deal
While there are concerns about Walmart’s inflated iPhone pricing, there is no denying the store has discounts you could only dream of finding at Apple.com. It’s also worth noting that Walmart has a great iPhone SE deal for anyone shopping on a budget.
Best Black Friday Watch Sales
Sadly, the game-changing Apple Watch Series 4 will be absent from all Black Friday sales. That said, Target’s discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3 stand out from the competition and it remains a fine device.
Best Black Friday MacBook Sales
- B&H – 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.9GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Radeon 560X GPU) Space Gray: $4,199 (save $500) – See Live Deal
- B&H – 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.9GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Radeon 555X GPU) Space Gray: $3,349 (save $450) – See Live Deal
- Best Buy – Save up to $250 on Apple MacBook Pros – See Ad Scan Deal
- Best Buy – Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch Display for $799.99 (save $200) – See Ad Scan Deal
For those with the funds available, the B&H flash MacBook Pro sale should not be missed. This one will end before Black Friday so take advantage, if you can. Elsewhere, you should look to Best Buy. It’s $250 MacBook Pro discount lasts throughout Black Friday and it’s MacBook Air deal makes an excellent (if ageing) machine a very solid deal.
Best Black Friday iPad Sales
Like the Apple Watch Series 4, there are no discounts this year for Apple’s brand new and redesigned iPad Pro range. That said, there’s a great deal on the current iPad which puts it into the price bracket of far inferior rivals. This one is a no-brainer.
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