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Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 08:00 pm PT (11:00 pm ET)

Final days to save big on Apple's Mac line

With just days left before the December holidays, several Apple authorized resellers have sent notice that they're about to close out their holiday deals, which still offer up to $200 off new iMacs and MacBooks, and up to $300 off new MacBook Pros.

In addition, readers note that in every case except the 1.8GHz 13-inch MacBook Air, resellers this holiday season have undercut Apple's educational discounts by anywhere from $50 to $150. As such, we've been asked to add a column with Apple's educational pricing to our Mac Price Guide (also below).

MacConnection, whose sale was set to end on Monday but remains active for the time being, continues to offer the best deals on 10 of Apple's 15 current Mac models. The reseller's highlights include $250 - $300 off unibody MacBook Pros, $150 - $200 of unibody MacBooks, and $99 to $199 off iMacs.

MacMall, ClubMac, and OnSale.com are each scheduled to wrap up their sales on Thursday. Of the three, ClubMac and OnSale are offering identical pricing to MacConnection on 8 Mac systems while remaining competitive on the remaining systems, which includes offering the best price on the 3.06GHz iMac.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com continues to offer the biggest savings on both of the current Mac mini models, the 8-Core 2.8GHz Mac Pro, and the 2.4GHz 20-inch iMac. The online retailer also continues to offer $30 off Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac ($49.99), $42 off VMware Fusion 2 ($37.99), and $340 off Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition ($159.99).

Mac Price Guide updates

The below Mac Pricing Guide aims to make it easy for readers to find the lowest price on all of Apple's current generation Mac models. The best prices are highlighted in bold. The "Discount" column to the far right reflects the amount of savings between Apple's retail price and the lowest price offered on December 18th for that respective model through the company's authorized resellers. The final price factors in any rebates or instant discounts that may be offered by the resellers. Each price is a link that will take you to the reseller's product page for that specific Mac model.

AppleInsider will attempt to update the Mac Price Guide at least once a day for the foreseeable future. A link to the guide can now be found below the search bar in the header section of all AppleInsider web pages.

Product
Apple
Amazon
MacMall
MacConnection
Best Buy
On Sale
ClubMac
Education
Discount
2.40GHz 15" MacBook Pro $1,999.00 $1,798.98 $1,798.97 $1,749.00 $1999.99 $1,748.97 $1,748.97 $1,899.00 $250.03
2.53GHz 15" MacBook Pro $2,499.00 $2,248.98 $2,248.99 $2,199.00 $2499.99 $2,198.99 $2,198.99 $2,299.00 $300.01
2.50GHz 17" MacBook Pro $2,799.00 $2,568.98 $2,568.97 $2,499.00 $2799.99 $2,518.97 $2,518.97 $2,599.00 $299.01
2.1GHz 13" MacBook (white) $999.00 $919.99 $919.99 $899.99 $999.99 $899.99 $899.99 $949.00 $99.01
2.0GHz 13" MacBook $1,299.00 $1,218.98 $1,218.97 $1,149.00 $1299.99 $1,149.00 $1,149.00 $1,249.00 $150.00
2.4GHz 13" MacBook $1,599.00 $1,468.98 $1,468.97 $1,399.00 $1599.99 $1,399.99 $1,399.99 $1,499.00 $200.00
1.6GHz 13" MacBook Air $1,799.00 $1,744.00 $1,699.99 $1,699.00 $1799.99 $1,699.00 $1,699.00 $1,699.00 $99.01
1.8GHz 13" MacBook Air $2,499.00 $2,339.00 $2,339.99 $2,349.00 $2499.99 $2,349.99 $2,349.99 $2,299.00 $200.00
2.40GHz 20" iMac $1,199.00 $1,099.98 $1,099.99 $1,099.99 $1199.99 $1,119.99 $1,119.99 $1,149.00 $99.02
2.66GHz 20" iMac $1,499.00 $1,393.98 $1,393.97 $1,349.99 $1499.99 $1,349.99 $1,349.99 $1,399.00 $149.01
2.80GHz 24" iMac $1,799.00 $1,618.98 $1,649.99 $1,599.99 $1799.99 $1,599.99 $1,599.99 $1,699.00 $199.01
3.06GHz 24" iMac $2,199.00 $2,199.00 $2,094.00 N/A N/A $2,094.00 $2,094.00 $2,059.00 $105.00
1.83GHz Mac mini $599.00 $549.99 $549.98 $569.94 $599.00 $559.99 $559.99 $579.00 $49.01
2.00GHz Mac mini $799.00 $734.97 $734.96 $759.99 $799.00 $759.99 $759.99 $779.00 $64.03
2.8GHz Mac Pro 8-Core $2,799.00 $2,458.98 $2,458.97 $2,599.00 $2,799.99 $2,599.99 $2,599.99 $2,599.00 $345.03