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Apple: No Cyber Monday deals, but free shipping until Dec. 22

Apple isn't following up its Black Friday sale with any Cyber Monday deals

Apple isn't following up its Black Friday sale with any Cyber Monday deals, which is a bummer for those looking for a new Mac or i-device.

But from now until Dec. 22, the Cupertino-based tech giant is offering free shipping on all purchases from Apple.com.

It'd be fair to say that free shipping isn't much of a consolation when compared with the discounts being offered up on competing manufacturers' phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. However, it is also worth keeping in mind that Apple almost never holds a sale, and free shipping is a rarity for the company too.

Given that Apple isn't inclined to cut its prices, it may come as no surprise that, after a bit of hype, Apple fanatics reportedly turned out en masse on Black Friday for in-store and online price drops.

According to the website 9to5mac, Apple projected that it would see a 400% jump in sales on Black Friday. According to a leaked retail-store document, the website said, Apple passed that point by about 7 p.m. that day.

CNN, reporting on the 9to5mac report, offered up a bit of anecdotal evidence from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster who has "spent the day after Thanksgiving as he has every year since 2008: standing in an Apple retail store counting sales."

In eight hours of observation, CNN said, Munster recorded about 14.8 iPads per hour leaving the Apple store in a consumer's hands, and about 10.1 Mac computers being sold per hour.

Munster's unscientific observation found a 68% increase in iPad sales from 2010 and a 23% rise in Mac sales from his Black Friday findings a year earlier.

As of Monday afternoon, Apple officials were unavailable for comment on Black Friday sales performance and the ensuing sales reports.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Image: A screenshot of Apple.com's online storefront, which is offering free shipping until Dec. 22. Credit: Apple

 
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