As we reported two weeks ago, Apple’s annual Back to School promotion will begin tomorrow, according to sources. The program will be similar to last year’s offering, which provided $100 Mac App Store gift cards alongside Mac purchases and $50 cards with iPhone and iPad purchases. Apple will be re-decorating its stores overnight with a new education theme to go along with the new promotion. Earlier today, Apple unveiled upcoming iTunes U updates for the iPad, and the timing seems like anything but a coincidence.
Apple’s annual Back to School promotion was supposed to end yesterday, Friday, September 6, but we understand that the cut-off date has been slightly extended by Apple. The promotion offers a $100 iTunes gift card with the purchase of a new Mac or a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone or iPad.
The promotion will be extended until the end of the weekend through Apple’s Online Store, and we’re told that the extension is also occurring at Apple’s retail stores. It’s unclear when the promotion will end in Apple’s brick-and-mortar chain, but we are told that Apple Store employees have been instructed to keep the 2013 promotion alive until further notice.
Apple has not updated its promotional materials to reflect the slight extension.
In addition to a $7.99 back to school collection, Apple has sent out an email to U.S. iTunes customers to let them know of some $6.99 specials also available for a limited time – now through September 5th.
Ten albums are mentioned in the e-mail:
- Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
- Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
- Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
- The Lumineers – The Lumineers
- Pink – The Truth About Love
- OneRepublic – Native
- Blake Shelton – Based On a True Story…
- Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
- Various Artists – Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Apple on Monday began reminding folks that a number of states are holding sales tax holidays beginning on August 2nd. As the name implies, sales tax holidays enable consumers to purchase certain types of items and forgo having to pay sales tax. Come early August, 10 different states will hold sales tax holidays for varying lengths of time wherein certain Apple products will qualify..
The states where deals can be had include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Note that every state has its tax holiday begin on a different date, so make sure to check out Apple’s website for more details.
Further, keep in mind not every item under the sun qualifies for the holiday sales tax exemption. You see, the intent of the sales tax holiday is to help subsidize back to school shopping, which is why computers in some states are included. So unfortunately, that big screen TV you’ve been eyeing at Best Buy doesn’t qualify, which is a shame because there really is a lot of educational programming out there these days.
Kidding aside, it’s worth noting that the sales tax exemption can be applied on top of Apple’s current back to school promotion. Also note, per Apple’s informational page, that when you purchase a qualified item from Apple’s online retail store, the normally applicable sales tax will show up in your shopping cart. The “correct no-tax amount”, however, will be evident upon receipt of your email purchase confirmation.
Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion today, both online and in retail stores. The promotion offers an iTunes gift card worth up to $100 when qualified educational purchasers buy a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The program kicks-off today, and will run through September 6th.
From the Apple website:
Buy a Mac for college, get a $100 App Store Gift Card – and also save with education pricing. Or buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 card.
The Mac mini is not an eligible product for the promotion, while all iPads and iPhones are eligible. To qualify for the App Store Gift Card and get
education pricing on a Mac, you must be a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member from any grade level.