You may find that some stores offer steeper discounts than others, and if you shop around for your Apple devices, you won't have to resort to the low-hanging fruit to save money. This post originally appeared on DealNews. Even though we didn't see new hardware at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, chances are you or someone you know will purchase an Apple device in the near future. And where you buy your Apple devices often dictates the type of deals you'll see.
Advertisement Take for instance the Apple Store. With roughly one sale per year, it's the worst place to go for deals on new Apple products. Other stores, like Amazon or Best Buy , offer better prices on the same items. But out of all the authorized Apple retailers, does one merchant stand out from the pack?
To find out which stores offer the best prices for your Apple fix, we tracked several years worth of deals on the hottest Apple products, including the iPhone , iPad , and 11" MacBook Air. While we found that there's no ultimate go-to store for all of your Apple needs, we did find that certain stores offered better deals on specific Apple gadgets. Best Store for iPhone Deals: Sprint and Walmart Advertisement Surprisingly, the store with the highest number of iPhone deals wasn't a big box retailer, but instead a mobile carrier.
That's right, Sprint was the first retailer to offer a current-generation iPhone for free with contract renewal. Since then, Walmart has consistently been the first retailer to draw blood when a new iPhone is announced.
For example, Walmart discounted the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c just two days after Apple's announcement. It was also the first retailer to discount the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5. However, all of these deals required an in-store purchase, meaning none were available online. Honorable mention goes to RadioShack and Target , which represented the rest of our iPhone deals. Best Store for iPad Deals: Even better, all of eBay's deals are available online with free shipping, making it that much easier to score a deal from the comforts of your home.
All of Best Buy's sales were available online with free shipping. The rest of our iPad sales were split across various stores including Walmart , Meijer , Target , and Staples. Advertisement For the iPad mini, eBay was again the winner. Unlike other Apple devices where we clearly saw some distinctions, no single retailer stood out from the pack when it came to MacBook Air deals.
With Apple's latest MacBook Air refresh and price cut , potential shoppers will want to keep an eye on Best Buy to see how it reacts. Advertisement So while we didn't find a single store that offered the best Apple deals all of the time, we did find that certain stores offer better deals on Apple devices than their competitors.
And that alone is a great starting point for the avid Apple fan who wants the latest tech at discounted prices. Of course, buying refurbished Apple products is another great way to save money— Apple's refurbished gear has a great reputation as being as good as new.
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