Apple Deals and Black Friday

The holiday season is upon us and that means buying gifts for friends and family and, if you're lucky, yourself. I'm a big bargain hunter and years ago I would be on of the crazies out at 4am on "Black Friday" in search of deals. These days, I've found  that I can do just as well, if not better shopping online. Here are a few of my favorite tips. Black Friday is one of the few days that Apple will put products on sale. You can find discounts around 5 - 10% on Macs, iPod, software and accessories. If you're looking to buy from Apple direct and are not otherwise eligible for a discount from Apple, Black Friday is typically one of the best days of the year to do it.

In addition to Apple, many Apple Resellers will be offering great deals on Macs and other Apple products. If you're in the market for a new computer or looking to buy one as a gift, Black Friday can be one of the best days of the year to get a discount, especially if you can find an older model. I've had several friends and family members buy Macs on Black Friday and have gotten killer deals. Check the Mac resellers, specifically MacConnection and MacMall.

Check the deal aggregator sites, they tend to gear up for Black Friday. Two of my favorite sites are DealMac and DealBrothers.  You can also preview the Black Friday ads early (though take their accuracy with a grain of salt) on the Deal News Black Friday site.

Lastly, once you've got the best deal you can get, try to sweeten it a little bit more with a coupon. Free shipping, an extra percentage off, every little bit helps. A couple of my favorite sites are RetailMeNot and DealCoupon though there are others.

What are your ways to save money on Apple products?