We're posting this a day before Apple announces a new product for the fall. Whatever Apple puts out will likely be on your shopping list. Although Apple products aren't heavily discounted, you can expect to save a little. For the umpteenth year in a row, Apple will have its very own Black Friday sale. It'll be in stores and online, but beat the crowds and take advantage of Apple's sitewide free shipping (normally a $49 minimum applies). As for the deals, expect Apple to repeat last year's specials, slicing up to 10% off its newest products. In addition, they've historically offered from 5 to 10% off iMac and MacBook purchases, as well as modest discounts on select accessories, peripherals, and software.
Large capacity hard drives have fallen in price by 50% since a year ago. We predict that this Black Friday will be a great time to buy that external hard drive you've been keeping your eye on. 5 cents per GB will be the magic number, so expect to find 1TB USB 2.0 external hard drives for $49.
Name-brand 24" LCD monitors have plummeted by 40% over the past year. Expect to see one on Black Friday for $145. You'll see a smaller name-brand 22" LCD monitor for $99, but those haven't dropped much at all in the past year. For either size LCD, look for better deals in December and January. That's when they were 15% cheaper last year, compared to Black Friday.
Summary: Black Friday Predictions for iPods, Macs, hard drives, and LCD monitors
- Free shipping no min at Apple Store online
- The newest Apple product for 10% off
- iMac and MacBook computers for 5% to 10% off
- 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $49
- Name-brand 22" LCD Monitor for $99
- Name-brand 24" LCD Monitor for $145