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Finding the best price for an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac or any Apple product is easy. Typically, you can do much better than the Apple Store. This article details how to find the best price for an iPad or any other Apple product.
Find the Best Price with Google Shopping
Originally known as Froogle, Google Shopping is a great way to find the best price for any Apple product. Microsoft has recently launched a negative ad campaign, contending that Google promotes retailers who pay them the most. This isn’t entirely true. Google Shopping allows the consumer to search for a product and sort by price, including shipping and tax. This is, by far, the easiest way to find the best deal on any product, even Apple products. Let’s try to find the best price for a 16GB iPad Air using Google Shopping.
First, go to the Google Shopping website. Next, type “ipad air 16gb” in the search box at the top of the page.
A list of search results will appear. Look for the one that represents the product you want. For the purposes of this demonstration, let’s click on “Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi 16 GB – Space gray”. Don’t worry about the color — most retailers will offer the option when you purchase the item.
Clicking on the link pops up an enlarged view of this selection. Click the link at the top to view the prices at different retailers.
As you can see, this result offers options from 10 different stores. To find the cheapest price, click on the Total Price link. This will sort the list from cheapest to most expensive.
Look at the result — you can buy an iPad for $107 less than the Apple Store! You can even see the ratings of different retailers. If you are concerned that a seller might be sketchy, go for the cheapest option with a highly rated seller. You’ll still save about $50 compared to the Apple Store. I own lots of Apple products. I’ve never bought one from the Apple Store.
Are There Even Lower Prices?
It is possible that Google Shopping won’t find every online retailer. You might want to try searching with the regular Google web search. This can be exhausting, however. You might not save much money, and spend hours trying to find the best deal.
I haven’t had much luck with Bing. Bing is a decent search engine, but I find that its shopping features don’t find as many results as Google. Regardless of Microsoft’s anti-Google campaign, Google Shopping is the best and easiest way to find the lowest price for any product.
Best Price for the iPhone
Unless you wish to purchase an unlocked iPhone, Google Shopping might not find you the best deal. It does return results for iPhones, however, you might get a better deal from your carrier. Most people already have a cell phone or smartphone. Most cell phone carriers offer deals on devices, in return for signing a two-year contract. They will typically offer reduced prices or even free phones, especially if you haven’t bought a phone in a few years. If you don’t want an unlocked iPhone, check with your current carrier. You might also get a good deal by switching carriers. (continue…)