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Nov 10, 2018, 05:27 PM
 
It’s going to happen anyway, so I figured I’d start a thread on it for a wee bit of organization.

Sharing deals on Apple products is a good thing. Arguing about whether something “is a deal” or not is a bad thing, so arguing and kvetching about what folks share will get edited, infracted, or at least severely made fun of.

I’m currently looking at replacing my ELEVEN YEAR OLD iMac, and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES, or “the Base/Post Exchange”) is offering 12 months 0 interest on Apple purchases over $499 on their in-house credit card. With the (small) discount AAFES is allowed to price Apple products at, plus the excellent lack of sales tax, this looks like a very good deal to me. Caveat: this isn’t really a Black Friday deal, since it only runs until November 22, and you gotta be an authorized AAFES patron (military or retired military or dependent thereof) to participate.

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Nov 18, 2018, 10:09 AM
 
Not so big so far...

Aren’t there any Apple-specific deals out there? Yes there are:
Best Buy has the 27” iMac on sale for $200 off list price. They also have the Home Pod for $100 off list price (same web page), and similar savings on iPad Pro and MBPs/MBAs on this page.

Who’s next?

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Nov 18, 2018, 07:04 PM
 
I may consider an external hard drive, whether it be flash or whatever... one of the Black Friday deals will be WD Easystore USB 3.0 Flash Drive, 128 GB for $18.99.
Just mad cheap...

Also seriously considering a tripod for my iPhone. (Any recommendations?)

On the other hand, I would like to get a P3 color gamut (or better) external monitor (or a TV with extremely minimal lag and TB3 connection) with at least 500 nits and around the 32" range for sub-$500.
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Nov 20, 2018, 10:14 AM
 
Samsung 1TB SSD for $127.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078DPCY3T...v_ov_lig_dp_it

What are the odd there will be a better deal out there? This is pretty tempting.
     
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Nov 20, 2018, 07:30 PM
 
Isn’t about $130-$140 the going rate?
     
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Nov 22, 2018, 10:00 AM
 
$127 is an OK price, but storage prices are on the way down, and Samsung just announced that they will go to market with QLC flash, which will further drive down the price of large slowish SSDs (which is what that is).
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Nov 22, 2018, 10:23 PM
 
I haven’t seen many particularly great deals. Lots of old inventory blow-out...
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Nov 23, 2018, 04:05 AM
 
Lots of blowback this year here as retailers are exposed as generally hiking prices in the run up in order to manufacture apparent big savings, old inventory is touted as bargains and offers turn out to be cheaper elsewhere off Black Friday.

Five years ago there may have been some genuine bargains on offer but a combination of hype marketing, saturation and online prices already being bone thin silvers above suppliers prices means its become a hollow shell of a consumerist frenzy.
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Nov 23, 2018, 06:18 AM
 
Yes, it feels the same here this year. There are deals on some things, but there are silly deals like this every other week now.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Nov 23, 2018, 06:42 AM
 


I mean, it was $330 last January down to $130 today. It's the cheapest "name-brand" SSD by $5-15.

     
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Nov 23, 2018, 08:39 AM
 
I thought the idea was a “Black Friday deal” is worth murdering someone over.

You need to slip me a $20 for that.
     
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Nov 29, 2018, 10:50 AM
 
I grabbed the SSD and also an XFX RX 580 8GB. The plan is to use it to install Mojave on my Mac Pro then throw it in the gaming PC for a nice upgrade from my current R7 265 2GB. Oh yeah, I kind of accidentally bought 6 Mac Pros last week. One was a cheap 8-core and I was able to use the eBay 15% off coupon to make it better, one was a legit 8-core Mac Pro 5,1 but was mislabeled as a G5 and the pictures weren't working, and the other four were a package deal from Ted Cruz's campaign, complete with stickers still on them. The plan is to make the best one of the four with case/components, then flip the rest.
     
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Nov 29, 2018, 12:56 PM
 
No knock-em-over deals here either. I bought some small USB flash drives, but more because I wanted them anyway. The price seemed inline with where the normal price would be today.

Edit: make that a definite regular price. Just checked - they're the same today as when I ordered.
     
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Nov 29, 2018, 01:00 PM
 
I bought an external hard drive, but didn't really shop around. someone else did.

lol ted cruz computers.
     
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Nov 29, 2018, 10:13 PM
 
Not a single deal on the new Mac Mini, unfortunately. I haven’t even seen it available up here in Canada except on the Apple Store.
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