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AirPods Black Friday deals 2021 — what to expect

AirPods Black Friday deals
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Apple's AirPods make the perfect holiday gift. As a result, we expect to see AirPods Black Friday deals as early as late October. Last year, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Staples offered the best AirPods Black Friday deals with prices as low was $99. We expect to see even lower prices for 2021. 

To be fair, you can AirPods deals anytime of the year. However, Black Friday deals offers the lowest prices with all-time price lows that you typically won't see all year.  So if you plan on shopping for AirPods Black Friday deals this year, listen up. We're analyzing 2021's best deals long with prices we saw last holiday season to predict what type of prices we'll see in 2021. 

Last year's best AirPods Black Friday deals

AirPods (with Charging Case): was $159 now $99 @ Amazon
Apple's top-notch audio quality earned these headphones an Editor's Choice award, and their ergonomic design is comfortable. The base AirPods dropped to $99 last year, which is still its lowest price ever.View Deal

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $139 @ Amazon
The AirPods with wireless recharging case dropped to an all-time low of $139 last holiday season. They're identical to the standard AirPods, but come with a Qi-compatible case that allows them to be charged wirelessly.  View Deal

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $169 @ Amazon
The AirPods Black Friday deal to beat in 2021 — Amazon had Apple's AirPods Pro for a low $169. Walmart matched Amazon's price. However, in 2021 the lowest they've hit was $179. View Deal

Free AirPods Pro + $200 GC  with a new iPhone 12 @ Visible
If you're in the market for a shiny new iPhone 12 and a pair of AirPods Pro, you can bundle them together at Visible. It doesn't matter which iPhone 12 you buy, you'll get a free pair of the best AirPods plus a prepaid Mastercard. Those range from $100 for the iPhone 12 Mini all the way up to $200 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.View Deal

AirPods Black Friday deals — where to find sales

When it comes to AirPods Black Friday deals, we tend to gravitate toward the deals offered by Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. Staples has also proved to be a noteworthy contender when it comes to sales. In fact, it was Staples that first dropped the AirPods Pro price to $199 last September. Amazon and B&H Photo immediately followed suit. That said, these four retailers will lead the charge when it comes to AirPods Black Friday deals this year. 

Buy now or wait? 

If you're in the market for new AirPods, we 100% recommend waiting till Black Friday. Today's AirPods deals are good, but November's prices will set new records. For instance, the AirPods will $99 again this holiday season. Likewise, we expect the AirPods Pro to possibly drop to $149 or $159 this year, which would be $10 to $20 cheaper than last year's price and a full $50 cheaper than today's deals. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.