Buyer, please beware of sales and bundled items that go with Apple products – sold through different vendors. Apple (usually) offers its annual sale/discount on Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend/Cyber Monday. You can get about $100 off when you purchase a laptop, and they do offer other discounts for some of their other devices.
Also, if you have a child in high school or college, or you are in the education field, log onto Apple’s educator division. They always discount for educators and students; and for a laptop, that can sometimes mean $200 off the starting price.
Some Internet companies offer sales for Apple products, and they bundle additional merchandise with the device. For example, with an iPad purchase, they’ll include a keyboard, a case, ear buds, a car charger, etc., but their price can sometimes be $200 more than Apple’s starting price for the same device.
Apple products, purchased through Apple, usually come with whatever you need to get you started, such as a wall charger/USB. Cases and car chargers are extra, but you can choose your own, and spend as much or as little as you want if you create your own bundle.
So, when you see an add (and there are some floating out there right now), call the vendor, and ask who manufactures these extra items. Also ask which model device they are selling - sometimes they don’t make this clear. Then log onto http://www.apple.com
Check Apple’s specs against the sale item’s. Vendors often list items and specs that are standard for the device you are buying. To put it simply, you’d get some of their bundled items anyway if you purchased the device directly from Apple.
Their bundle may look as if you are getting a lot of stuff, and that’s exactly what it is – stuff. There’s a good chance you might not like or use the gadgets that come with this bundle, and this stuff might not be worth the extra money you are paying.
In closing, their deal might not be such a big deal – pun intended. The money you save by buying through Apple can be used to purchase what you want, not what they put in their bundle; and as I said, their prices can be much higher than Apple’s starting price.
iPads and iPhones can be purchased at the Apple Store, Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT, and your local Best Buy (Simsbury and Newington). These devices can also be purchased through ATT, Verizon, and T Mobile.