Who doesn’t like a bargain this time of year? Hey, money only goes so far, and when you have nearly adult, college-age kids who come home for the holidays for a reason, then an occasional bargain for a product that can be used for years is what holiday shopping is all about.
Who wouldn’t want high school or college kids to have a new Mac notebook? Apple doesn’t put the Mac on sale too often, if ever, but occasionally there are bundles, sometimes discounts for students, and even refurbished models available.
How about a new Mac notebook for $699?
That caught my eyeball and even my credit card was getting warm. I’m ready. I hope there isn’t a limit on a per-customer basis. Here is Maren Estrada’s headline:
Apple’s $1,000 MacBook Air is only $699.95 if you buy it today at Amazon
Hey, folks, it’s still on sale days later. I checked Best Buy. Same price. MacBook Air, $699. What about B&H? Their MacBook Air was on sale, too, but only $200 off.
What’s going on? I checked the details:
- 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor
- Intel HD Graphics 6000
- Fast SSD Storage
- 8GB memory
- Two USB 3 ports
- Thunderbolt 2 port
- SDXC port
Wait a minute. MacBook Air? $699. See the problem above? This is why fine print cannot be ignored, and knowing a little about a product before you buy can keep you from being misled.
Nowhere on the product page– BGR, Amazon, or Best Buy– is there mention of what year this MacBook Air belongs to. Or, rather, what generation. This is an OLD product. New, yes, but OLD.
Thunderbolt 2 vs. Thunderbolt 3. USB 3 ports vs. USB-C ports. It does come with 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD storage so it’s equipped somewhat like a real 2019 MacBook Air, but that $300 discount also means you don’t get the improved display, Touch ID, and Apple’s
famous infamous butterfly-design keyboard.
That means Apple, or somebody with a big warehouse of old MacBook Air models, has a bunch of unsold inventory they’re trying to unload on customers who don’t read the fine print.
We saw something similar earlier this year when the iPhone SE kept popping up on Amazon and elsewhere. Dirt cheap. New. But not new enough, of course. Apple may not have many sales in or on the Apple Store, but if you search regularly, particularly at Amazon or big box stores, you can catch a newer notebook with a $200 to $300 discount.
Just read the fine print, and compare what you read in the ad or order page to what shows up on Apple’s website.