You’ve likely already been inundated with ads for various Black Friday specials. Just about any gadget or device you could imagine will be on sale this Friday at a variety of retailers, both online and traditional outlets.
While some of these deals really are outstanding (the various discounts on the latest iPad models stand out in particular- if you’ve been waiting to get a new iPad now is definitely the time) but for those of you that aren’t fixated on a particular gift (and this IS the best time of the holiday season to start Christmas shopping) or are just looking for a good value for yourself, consider one of the various deals on iTunes cards.
I know, I know- a gift card? To a media store? Yes- the iTunes Store has the largest and most complete library of music, movies, television, and books online, and an iTunes card allows the receiver to tailor the gift to their particular tastes. Very few out there can accurately predict what another will love when it comes to media, and this takes the guesswork out of the equation. Best of all, there are some fantastic deals on the cards. Many retailers are offering a higher face value for the card than the purchase price- $40 for a $50 card, for instance.
If you really have your heart set on a new Apple device then consider the Apple online or retail outlets- Apple is running a promotion offering various gift cards with the purchase of a device instead of traditional discounts on the price of the purchase.
As for me, I refuse to brave the crowds on Friday. Any shopping I do will be via my preferred method- at my desk in front of my iMac. There are more deals to be had this year than in recent memory, so if you don’t see what you’d like don’t settle- the extra shopping just may net you the deal you’re looking for.
Quick update: apparently European Apple customers will be getting traditional discounts instead of the iTunes gift card offers that US customers have been offered per several news outlets Friday morning.
- Apple Black Friday 2013: Meijer Offers Major Deals (gottabemobile.com)
- Apple’s 2013 Black Friday to be based around gift cards, not product discounts (centraltechstop.wordpress.com)