Best Buy ratchets up the Apple sales with dedicated Apple ad against increased pricing competition [video]

The above ad has entered heavy rotation this weekend, while Best Buy has new deals on Apple- and Apple-related products (including $25 off $250+ purchases):

Best Buy takes 15 percent off all iTunes Gift Cards, both physical and digital, with free shipping.

Best Buy also continues to have significant discounts on iPod Touches, Nanos and Shuffles, as well as the rest of Apple products (including refurbished Airports starting at $39).

The competition is also moving, as MacMall continues to have big savings with its Cyber Monday sale and impressive “Door busters”:

11.6″ MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz, 4GB & 64GB Flash Storage $849.99 ($150 off)
13.3″ MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz, 4GB & 128GB Flash Storage $1,019.99 ($180 off)
iPad 2 16GB Wifi: $329 ($70 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen new)

…while Amazon continues to match many competitive prices.

Of note, MacConnection’s Tech Holiday sale has some pretty remarkable prices, including: MacBook Airs starting at $699Retina MacBook Pros starting at $1,559  ($140 off Apple’s Price), and Mac Minis starting at $549.

As always, check our Apple product pages for the latest best prices on iPadsiPad MinisiPod TouchNanoShuffleMacBook ProsAirsiMacsMac Minis, and Apple TVs. More of our holiday shopping coverage below: Read more

Best Buy knocks 15% off of iTunes gift cards (Update: 20% off for Rewards members)

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Today only, Best Buy is knocking 15% off of iTunes gift cards in all denominations both in physical and online with free shipping. Update: Best Buy Reward Zone members can get 20% off (free to sign up). The discount applies to all of Apple’s media including music, videos, movies, books, iOS and Mac Apps and more.

Perhaps you can knock out your holiday shopping a little earlier this year?
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Walmart offers $100 iTunes/App Store downloadable gift card for $80

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For a limited time, Walmart.com is offering a $100 downloadable Apple iTunes/App Store gift card for just $80. These popular gift cards can be used on iBooks, iTunes Movies, Videos, music, Mac and iOS Apps.  We’ve heard these do work internationally if paid for with a US source and used in the US iTunes/App Stores.

You are basically getting 20% off every Apple media purchase you make.  Also makes a great gift…we imagine.

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Best Buy takes 20% off of iTunes credit – from $15 to $100 now $12 to $80

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Today only, Best Buy takes 20% off select iTunes eGift Cards, as listed below. We saw Walmart has a similar deal last week but only on $50 denominations. Note that international US iTunes users are eligible to purchase because the gift cards will be emailed for redemption but must use a US credit card or Paypal.

iTunes gift cards are good for Mac Apps, iOS Apps, iTunes Music, Videos, iBooks and more.

The deals:

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$50 iTunes gift card for $40 delivered through email

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For a few more hours, Walmart is offering the $50 iTunes gift card for $40. That’s 20 percent off and the lowest price yet. The card comes immediately through email, and it counts toward free shipping on other items. It can be purchased for use in the US iTunes Store on iBooks, Mac and iOS Apps, Music, Videos, Movies and more.

Limit two per customer (You can get around the 2 per customer limit if you have multiple credit cards). International readers are telling us that their foreign credit cards are rejected (though US based Paypals are working).

Update: This ended over the weekend  – subscribe to 9to5toys for the latest deals on tech.

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$50 iTunes gift card for $40 delivered through email

From 9to5Toys.com:

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For a limited time, Walmart is offering the $50 iTunes gift card for $40. That’s 20 percent off and the lowest price yet. The card comes immediately through email, and it counts toward free shipping on other items. It can be purchased for use in the US iTunes Store on iBooks, Mac and iOS Apps, Music, Videos, Movies and more.

Limit two per customer. International readers are having mixed (mostly turned down) results.


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Apple brings 25 billionth app download winner to Beijing to give her this $10,000 iTunes gift card

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Earlier this month, we told you Apple awarded a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card to Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China for downloading the 25 billionth app from the App Store. As part of her prize, Apple flew Fu to Apple headquarters in Beijing for a visit to the corporate offices and then the Sanlitun retail store to collect her prize at a press event and award ceremony. Several local reports from qdqss.cn and elsewhere were summed up in a story over on MIC Gadget.

According to the report, Fu was an iPhone user for only a month before being contacted by Apple about the contest:

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Best Buy takes 20% off of iTunes credit – from $15 to $100 now $12 to $80

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Best Buy takes 20% off select iTunes eGift Cards, as listed below. At up to $20 off, each is tied with our mention from early February and at or near the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Note that international US iTunes users are eligible to purchase because the gift cards will be emailed for redemption. iTunes gift cards are good for Mac Apps, iOS Apps, iTunes Music, Videos, iBooks and more.

The deals:

Bonus: Get a $10 Amazon gift card for $5 at Amazon. Read more

9to5Toys: 20% off iTunes gift cards, Minis starting at $551, iMacs at $1086

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Staples has 2x$25 iTunes gift cards for $40 with free shipping.  At 20% off, that matches the lowest price we’ve seen.  The promo lasts until Feb. 25th.  iTunes gift cards can be used on Music, Videos, iBooks, iOS Apps  and Mac Apps (including Mountain Lion).

Also, remember we’re partnering with MacMall until the end of the month to bring you the lowest prices on new Mac desktops including Minis starting at $551.88 and iMacs starting at $1086.82

All discounts, including higher end models listed below:

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Get 20% off iTunes eGift cards at Best Buy (Digital Delivery) today until 7PM ET

From 9to5Toys.com:

Today only, until 7 pm ET, Best Buy takes 20% off iTunes eGift Cards, as listed below. At up to $20 off and no shipping, each is tied with our mention from four weeks ago and at or near the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Sales tax is added where applicable. The gift cards will be emailed for redemption so those overseas with US iTunes accounts can take part.

iTunes credit can be used for Mac Software, iOS Software, Games, iBooks, music, movies or just about anything besides hardware.
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20% off iTunes gift cards at BestBuy (Digitial Delivery)

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Update: 20% discount is over

Best Buy offers Digital Delivery of iTunes Gift cards for 20 percent off across the board.  Sizes range from $15, $25, $50 and $100 that are marked down to $12, $20, $40 and $80.  These cards can be used toward music, movies, TV, books, apps and more.  This might be particularly interesting to our overseas readers who use the United States iTunes store.

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20% off $50 iTunes gift cards

Best Buy has had $100 iTunes gift cards (both online and physical) for $80 since Black Friday but they’ve just opened up $50 gift cards for $40.  iTunes gift cards make great gifts and can be used on Music, Videos, iBooks, iOS Apps  and Mac Apps.If you buy two, you can additional $10 Best Buy Gift Card free if you pick them up in store.

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