is just under 40 days away, and
is already burning the candle at both ends to make sure deal-hungry shoppers keep it top of mind for electronics purchases. Having already guaranteed Black Friday prices for a swath of high-end
, the Minnesota-based retailer is now kicking off weekly sales on
products, starting today. First up: Up to $200 off select
models, and $20 off the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 5.
The only requirement to cash in on the deal is that you need to a member of the company's My Best Buy rewards program, the basic tier of which is free. Discounts will be available online and in store. Note, however, that My Best Buy members will get these Apple discounts instead of reward points, unless they are also using Best Buy credit cards. "New My Best Buy Credit Cardmembers will continue to receive 10% back in rewards, and existing Cardmembers will continue to receive 5% back in rewards (or 6% back in rewards for Elite+ Cardmembers) on their Apple purchases when choosing standard credit," Best Buy told CNET in an email.
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Are the first week's deals worth snagging? Well, any discount on Apple products will beat the prices at the Apple Store and apple.com, which effectively never cut below the list price (not counting Apple Card discounts). But Best Buy is currently beating or at least coming within a dollar of Amazon's prices on the products listed above. In fact, checking CNET's weeks-long tracking on iPad and Apple Watch pricing, it appears that Best Buy is matching the best price we've seen for the 11-inch iPad Pro ($650) and setting a new all-time low for the 12.9-inch version ($850).
Keep in mind, though, that there are still rumors of an iPad Pro refresh coming before the end of 2019 (though the window for that possible announcement is closing -- last year's Apple iPad/Mac event was on October 30).