is now over. And if you were delaying an AirPods purchase in anticipation of a new model with active noise cancellation or those rumored over-ear noise-canceling headphones, you’ll probably have to continue to wait until 2020.
That noted, the current-generation(with ) have been selling at a discount for months — usually $10 off Apple’s $199 list price. For a few weeks in August, they dipped to $155. At the moment, Amazon, B&H and others are offering them for $170.
Though it’s hard to find brand-new first-gen AirPods at this point, there are other wireless headphones in Apple’s portfolio available for under list price, too. Theheadphones cost $200 when you buy from Apple, but Walmart has them for $91. And the $200 Beats Solo3 headphones are currently available at Best Buy for $130.
One thing to consider: Apple offers free custom engraving on all AirPods cases when you buy from it directly. You’ll get no such offer from third-party retailers such as Amazon.
Apple AirPods and Beats wireless headphones discounts, compared
|Model||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|AirPods (2nd gen)||$159||$145||$140|
|AirPods (2nd gen) with wireless charging case||$199||$170||$155|
|Wireless charging case||$79||$69||$69|
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Apple AirPods (2nd gen) discounts
Apple AirPods with standard charging case: $145 (save $14).
Apple AirPods with wireless charging case: $170 (save $30).
Apple wireless charging case (case only, no AirPods): $69 (save $10). Note that Amazon is currently out of stock but will still allow you to purchase at the sale price.
Beats wireless headphones and earbuds discounts
Beats Solo3: $130 (save $70)
PowerBeats3: $91 (save $109).
BeatsX: $80 (save $20).
Originally published last month. Regularly updated to reflect new sale prices.
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