How to save money on your next MacBook


“Once you go Mac, you can’t go back” is a phrased used by many in the tech industry, and it’s something we’d agree with. Apple is the undisputed champion of desktop and portable computers, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Macs are expensive. Indeed, even the cheapest Mac, the MacBook Air, has seen its price balloon in recent years, with the starting price now at $999 for an M1 variant or $1199 for an M2 variant.

Below, we’ve put together some simple tips to save money on your next macOS device…

Trade in an older Mac

One of the best ways to save money on your next Mac is to trade in an old device. Apple allows consumers to enter the serial number of their old computer during the checkout process online, and you’ll get the trade-in value deducted from your price. Bear in mind that you might find a better deal by trading in your old Mac elsewhere.

Don’t shop on

Although Apple has created a world-leading eCommerce experience on its website and app, it’s unlikely you’ll ever score a discount on a new Mac when you buy direct. Websites like Amazon, Costco, and Best Buy, on the other hand, regularly run promotions and deals that could save you hundreds off your next MacBook.

Consider second hand

If you’re looking to save some money on your next Mac, then consider a pre-owned device instead. Sure, it might not look brand new, and it won’t have all of the latest and greatest features, but Macs stand the test of time and hold their resale value. Shop around and consider Apple’s own refurbished range to score a brilliant discount.

Wait for shopping holidays

Although Apple doesn’t directly discount its products, it does take part in some shopping holidays and offers customers free AirPods or a gift voucher when they buy MacBooks during select periods. You can use your gift card towards software on your new machine or accessories like cases and MagSafe chargers.

Do you have any other tips? Let us know and check back soon for the latest! 

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