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Apple UK Black Friday 2009 Better Than Last Year

Apple UK has decided to slash its prices during this year's Black Friday a little more than it did last year, resulting in some excellent deals for customers looking Apple stuff and accessories.

Apart from the iPhone, almost everything else in the consumer range has been discounted and Apple will also throw in free shipping on all orders over £76. Note that the sales (opens in new tab) (or as Apple puts it, a shopping event) last only one day.

The new iMac is now available for £878, a price cut of £71, roughly 7.5 percent which is almost twice the discount Apple applied to the iMac last year.

MacBook Pro purchasers today will save £71 as well on the MSRP of £899 while iPod nano buyers can bag one from as little as £108.

Whether it is worth the while however is another story. Microsoft's Office 2008 for Mac, Home and Student Edition costs £71.30 at Amazon (opens in new tab) but a disappointing £78 at Apple after a £11.95 discount.

But even for something as popular as the iPod Touch, Apple doesn't do much better than the competition. At £138, the Black Friday price of the iPod Touch 3G 8GB is only £1 cheaper than at Amazon; Tesco (opens in new tab) and Currys (opens in new tab) sell it for the normal price of £149 but give a £15 Voucher (and 298 clubcard points) and £25 iTunes voucher respectively.

Our Comments

A £11 on the iPod Touch range means that the cheapest 8GB can be had for £138. However, it is in the accessories range that the steepest savings are to be made. The price of the Power Support Air Jacket with Mirror Film for iPhone 3GS went down by a whopping 40 percent.

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