Finding the best MacBook deals this Black Friday

Updated Nov 17, 2022 - With the Holidays right around the corner, shoppers are gearing up for yet another Black Friday and Cyber Monday filled with deals, offers and discounts on popular MacBook models. Maybe you've been waiting all year to see these prices drop, but lucky for you, Back Market offers even better discounts on refurbished MacBooks all year long. Let's take a closer look at Black Friday MacBook deals and how they compare to refurbished options at Back Market.

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MacBook deals to expect this Black Friday

Finding the best deals on Black Friday can be difficult, but we can predict the type of savings that we should expect to see this year based on past trends. For the MacBook series in particular, many consumers rely on Holiday deals to be able to afford these expensive laptops.

For example, in 2021 we saw deals for the MacBook Pro (Intel chip) at $200 off or about 16% savings compared to the listing price at the time of $1,249. For shoppers looking for a faster processor, you could find the M1 Apple MacBook Pro for $200 off or about 13% savings compared to the listing price at the time of $1,499. You could find even bigger savings on higher retail price items like the 16-in MacBook Pro, which sold for $600 off of $2,399 for a 25% discount.

So what does that mean for this year? Simply put, you’ll probably find the same average range of 10-15% discounts among big retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. In 2022, Apple currently lists a 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro for $1,999, so on average, you’ll probably find $200-300 discounts (10-15% off) this Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Not bad, but another option when it comes to finding great deals on the Macbook is to look at refurbished retailers like Back Market. Right now, for example, you can find an M1 MacBook Pro on Back Market starting at $1,579 (~21% discount compared to new) with free shipping, a 12 month warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee. The best part? Back Market offers these type of discounts and up to 70% off on some items all year long. So you don’t have to stress about finding the best deal, waiting in line or over-researching to score an awesome discount on a MacBook.

Here’s a quick look at a few popular MacBook models and Black Friday deals we might expect compared to Back Market.

 

MacBook Model

Retail Price*

Estimated Black Friday Price

Current Back Market Refurbished Price Starting At*

MacBook Air M1

$999

$849 (15% off)

$659 (34% off)

MacBook Pro M1
(14-inch)

$1,999

$1,699 (15% off)

$1,579 (21% off)

MacBook Pro M1
(16-inch)

$2,499

$1,999 (20% off)

$1,829 (27% off)

*Prices as of Nov 202

Why buying refurbished can get you the best MacBook deal

What’s the deal with refurbished tech? Consumers often write-off buying used and refurbished electronics as a risky investment since you can’t predict how it will perform. That may be true for buying used/secondhand products from sites like Craigslist, eBay or Amazon, but refurbished products are completely different. They have been carefully inspected and old parts are either fixed or replaced completely to ensure the device is working the same as new. Back Market in particular has a really strict screening process to ensure that each of our devices perform to the high standard of a new product. 

So if you’re in the market for a new MacBook, you shouldn’t be deterred from great deals on refurbished products if you’re concerned about performance. Refurbished means that the MacBook (or any other laptop or desktop for that matter) has been fully inspected, tested and updated with new parts when necessary. 

To give you more confidence, Back Market also offers a 30 day money back guarantee on ALL electronics plus at least a 12 month warranty to put your mind at ease. So if you’re really looking for the best savings this Holiday season, then you should consider buying refurbished. On top of that, you’ll be doing the planet a favor by helping reduce electronic waste :)

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Should I upgrade my laptop to a MacBook on Black Friday?

If you’re in the market for a new laptop and you’ve got your eye on the MacBook then as we mentioned before, you’re likely to find some decent deals and save some money this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, if you absolutely need a new laptop right now, then you can shop any time on Back Market for up to 70% off MacBooks compared to new.

On the other hand, if you’re not in dire need of an upgrade to MacBook, then it’s likely your current laptop still works great. Black Friday shouldn’t be the only reason for you to look for an upgrade and you can also help reduce e-waste by not buying the newest tech every year.

That being said, we completely understand if you simply want a nicer laptop with more capabilities. The MacBook series is certainly a great computer option especially since releasing their M1 and M2 core processors to better compete with PC performance. You could wait for Black Friday deals, but why stress during the Holidays when you can upgrade any time for a discounted refurbished MacBook.

Which MacBook should I get?

Apple has given us a great lineup of MacBook computers, but how do you decide which one is best for you? Honestly it comes down to how you use the computer. If you’re using it for general browsing or have very light app usage, then you can probably save some money by looking at models with the Intel Core series. If you have heavier usage in gaming, media creation or data, then you might want to consider a more powerful processor to help your computer complete tasks faster. In this case, the M1 and M2 processors are great options.

Aside from processing power, you’ll just need to decide between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Both are great options, but it comes down to if you need a bigger screen, longer battery or sharper display in the MacBook Pro.

Here’s a quick breakdown of important specs on popular models that you should consider:

 

Technical Specs

MacBook Air (Retina, 2020)

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

MacBook Pro (M1, 2020)

MacBook Pro (M2, 2022)

Price on Back Market
(Updated Nov 2022)

From $669

From $659 (save $340 vs cost of new)

From $835 

From $1,149 (save $150 vs cost of new)

Retina Display

13.3”

13.3”

13.3”

13.3”

Processor

Intel Core i5

Apple M1 Chip

Apple M1 Chip

Apple M2 Chip

Display Color

Full Standard (sRGB)

Wide Color (P3)

Wide Color (P3)

Wide Color (P3)

Memory

16GB

16 GB unified memory

16 GB unified memory

24 GB unified memory

Battery Life

12 hours

18 hours

20 hours

20 hours

Weight

2.8 lbs (1.29 kg)

2.8 lbs (1.29 kg)

3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)

3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)

 

When will 2022 Black Friday sales start for MacBook products?

The main day for MacBook sales and ‘doorbusters’ will take place the day after Thanksgiving on Nov 25th. Some sales might continue through the weekend and others will probably be newly released on Cyber Monday, Nov 28th. However, every year retailers seem to be starting online sales earlier and earlier making the entire month of November an opportunity to find a discount.

This year is no different as we’ve already seen retailers drop some of their prices. You’ll likely find deals on Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and other big tech retailers. Keep in mind however, that if you miss these deals or didn’t get a chance to get the discount you wanted on a MacBook, all hope is not loss. You can still save some serious cash on MacBooks and laptops by shopping at Back Market any day of the week!

How do I find the best MacBook deals on Black Friday?

Black Friday is always somewhat of a consumer competition to find the best price and score a deal quickly. This can definitely be stressful (especially if you’re shopping in person) and there’s always a concern that the MacBook that you’ve been waiting for all year gets sold out or the price was raised again. To ensure you get the best deal on a MacBook, here are some tips:

  • Know exactly which MacBook you want: Do your research beforehand and come prepared during the week of Black Friday to search for exactly what you want. You should filter down your offers to a select few options and be able to make a decision much quicker.
  • Don’t sit around for a better deal to come: If you see a great price for the MacBook you’ve been looking at, then don’t hesitate to buy. Either way you’re going to save money and waiting for an extra 5% discount that may not even happen will just cause you unneeded stress.
  • Research early and decide early: Stay on top of your research and know when retailers are planning to release their deals. As we mentioned before, the deals have started earlier and earlier over the years, so don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on a purchase before Black Friday weekend.

Having said all of the above, the best and least stressful option for finding a MacBook on Black Friday is to buy a refurbished Macbook from Back Market as early as possible! Our prices are already cheaper than any other retailer that is offering a new device, and you’ll get a 1-year warranty plus 30-days to return hassle free!

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