“Last winter for my birthday my father gave me a $250 Apple gift card that I could use in Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores or its online store,” David Carnoy writes for CNET. “I was pretty stoked at first.”

“But I ran into a problem: As I contemplated a purchase I kept seeing better deals on Apple products in stores where I couldn’t use my Apple gift card,” Carnoy writes. “During the 2015 holiday season Best Buy ran specials on the iPad Air 2, Apple Watch, MacBooks and iMacs. Staples, Target, and B&H Photo were also in on the Apple discount game. The Apple Watch was $100 off. The iPad Air 2 got $125 price chop. And so on.”

“Flash forward to today. Best Buy has the latest Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB for $850 shipped (regularly $999) and ‘open-box’ versions available for even less. It also has $100 off an entry-level 21.5-inch iMac. Amazon has it for the same price, too,” Carnoy writes. “The long and short of it is the Apple Store rarely offers anything in the way of deals or discounts. And yet it allows other stores to sell its products for less — sometimes substantially less.”

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