If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you’ll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores. This isn’t to say that Apple isn’t participating in Black Friday; it’s just that they’re not offering any discounts whatsoever on any of their products as part of the sales promotion.
Instead, the entirety of the Black Friday promotions at Apple will apparently consist of free gift cards. The sales have already started over in Australia and they could be indicative of what we’ll get when Black Friday officially hits our shores. For example, buying a Mac in the land down under will score you a AUS$150 gift card. You get a AUS$75 gift card with an iPad purchase and a AUS$50 gift card when you buy an iPod, though there does not appear to be any free gift card if you buy a Retina iPad Mini. You’ll also get gift cards when you buy select accessories.
These free gift card deals are a little better than the similar deals offered last year, but if you really want to score a good deal on some Apple gear, you’re probably better off visiting one of the third-party resellers and retailers. Good luck! May the Jobs be with you.