Apple recently announced their annual “Back to School” promotion. Usually, Apple offers a free iPod touch with a purchase of a new Mac during this promotion but this year they decided to do something different. This year, Apple is offering a $100 App Store Gift Card with the purchase of a qualifying Mac.
When you buy a new qualifying Mac with Apple education pricing* from June 16, 2011, through September 20, 2011, you’ll get a $100 Back to School Card to use on the Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore.
However, if you are disappointed with the new offering (like myself), Best Buy is offering an alternative. Best Buy is offering a $100 Best Buy gift card to the same qualifying customers. Not only can this gift card be used to purchase an iTunes gift card, but also for any other item in store! This isn’t an advertised promotion, so customers will have to ask for it specifically.
In order to be eligible, you must be a college student, student accepted to college, parent of college student or faculty/staff at any grade level. Qualifying Macs are the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro. The promotion from offer is valid until September 20th, 2011, but there’s no word on how long Best Buy will be offering this for.