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Bag Better Apple UK Black Friday Bargains Without Apple

Black Friday, the second most profitable day for US technology retailers after Christmas, is well underway for Apple UK although we've got some slightly disappointing sales - which started earlier today - going on at its online store.

We randomly picked some of the best-loved Apple products and managed to get find them at prices that are not only better than Apple's own "Black Friday" prices - at least in the UK - but which are likely to remain the same past midnight.

Apple sells the iPod Nano 8GB 5th Generation for £108, down from £115. Amazon goes even lower, offering it for £105.62 including delivery for all the shades except the black one which is £1.16 more expensive. The 16GB version is also a few pounds cheaper than Apple's sales price (£128 vs £124.52).

Amazon yet again defies with lower than Apple MacBook Pro prices. The 13-inch model with a 2.26Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 160GB hard disk drive and a Nvidia Geforce 9400M costs only £810.79 delivered. Apple's normal price is £899 while the "sales" price is £828. Sales, it clearly, isn't.

OneStopPCShop sells the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition for £68.24. Apple sells it for £78 this Friday, down from £89.95. This is still is significantly cheaper than the £120 that Microsoft is asking in its online store.

Even the Magic Mouse from Apple can be found cheaper elsewhere. At £51.76, it is more affordable at Lamdatek than anywhere else in the UK. Apple sells it for £55 excluding delivery.

The Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac is on sale at Apple for £84 (normal price is £99.95). Its PC version costs £69.99 at PC World. The only difference between them is the filesystem which means that users will need to reformat the PC drive for Mac use. Whether this warrants the price difference - £30 is uncertain.

The conclusion is to always look elsewhere before buying at Apple (or indeed any company selling their own products - and that includes Dell and Microsoft). Savings can be substantial and are always welcomed especially if you are buying several items in one go.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.