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AirPods on sale: Get the standard charging case for $115 or wireless charging for $165

You can get refurbished AirPods on eBay at rock-bottom pricing, or pay a little more for new ones on Amazon. And BJ's has AirPods with wireless charging for just $165.

The Apple AirPods 2 are selling for $129 again. 
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Cheap AirPods are back. We've been frequent passengers on the AirPods roller coaster price ride for months now, watching the AirPods with the standard charging case routinely dip down into $130 territory. But right now, you can get second-generation AirPods with a charging case for just $115 -- that's $44 off the regular $159 price tag. Of course, when the price is that low, you might suspect "refurb," and your instincts would be as sharp as always -- these are refurbished units with a 90-day warranty. 

The second-gen AirPods have an updated chip (the H1 versus the old W1) that allows faster and more reliable pairing. The AirPods 2 also have about an hour more talk time, and hands-free Siri. Of course, the AirPods Pro with their noise cancellation and silicone tips are another matter altogether, but I'd personally rather get the AirPods 2 for $129 than pay $249 for the AirPods Pro. 

And we're not done. If you don't mind spending a few extra dollars to get new -- not refurbished -- AirPods, Amazon is still offering the second-generation AirPods for $129, which is the lowest price we've ever seen new earbuds hit (though they've been at this price before). That'll save you $30 over the usual list price of $159. 

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AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

One more deal for you: You can also nab the AirPods with a Wireless Charging Case for $165 at membership club BJ's. That's close to the lowest price we've seen on the wireless charging version, and a few dollars less than the current deal at Amazon. To take advantage of this, you'll need to get a BJ's membership, but you can get that very affordably: You can sign up for BJ's Online Access, which includes a complimentary one-day pass, and then costs $10 per year thereafter. Even if you miss this $165 deal, the site's usual price is $180, which is $20 less than Amazon's. 

Of course, these are the same latest-generation AirPods, but they come in a case that you can charge with any Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. Or, if you like to flout authority, top them off with your Samsung Galaxy S10's PowerShare mode. 

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Originally published last month. Updated to reflect current deals and pricing.   

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