MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

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MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We’ve listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall’s full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB – $1,197, $102 off
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,397, $102 off
13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,697, $102 off
15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,829, $170 off
15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB – $798, $101 off
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $998, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB – $898, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,098, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $459, $40 off
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $589, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $559, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $679, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $649, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB – $998, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,198, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,398, $101 off
27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,698, $101 off
27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,878, $121 off
27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB – $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,698, $301 off
4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB – $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
1.4GHz/4GB/500GB – $468, $31 off
2.6GHz/8GB/1TB – $658, $41 off
2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $948, $51 off

MacMall will be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20.

The site is also offering discounts on several different Mac and iPad/iPhone accessories, such as the LaCie 20TB Thunderbolt External Hard Drive, which is available for $1,119.99, a discount of $779, and the ASUS 31.5-inch 4K monitor, available for $1,469.99, a discount of $530. A full list of MacMall’s accessory deals can be found in the Black Friday section of its website.

In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores — California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin — making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.




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