When Apple rolled out their annual Back to School promotion last week, many customers were disappointed because instead of getting a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac, they’ll be getting a $100 iTunes gift card instead. Many people were upset because the $100 value of this gift card is just half the value of the free iPod touch, which has retailed for between $199 and $229 over the past few years.
Now, MacRumors is reporting that Best Buy is set to roll out a virtually identical plan of their own, which would offer a $100 store gift card with the purchase of a Mac. While this deal might appear to be better at face value for most, others might be discouraged because they won’t be getting the $100 educational discount on their Mac that they would obtain by purchasing it through Apple. There are reportedly a limited number of stores that do offer this educational discount, but it is our understanding that customers will not be able to bundle this discount with the free gift card promotion. Those who buy their Mac through Best Buy would also be missing out on potential savings on AppleCare and a $99 mail-in rebate towards the purchase of a printer.
This promotion is open to post-secondary students, students accepted to post-secondary institutions, parents buying on behalf of post-secondary students, or faculty/staff at any grade level. Qualifying computers include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro. Best Buy stores aren’t advertising this promotion publicly, so you’ll have to ask about it specifically.