updated 02:40 pm EST, Wed November 21, 2007
iMac for 800 at Frys Sale
The electronics retail chain Fry's sold its current-generation 20-inch iMac for less than $800 ahead of Thanksgiving and "Black Friday", according to an ad that has appeared in an issue of San Jose's Mercury News. The image claims to have a new, factory stock 20-inch 2.4GHz model for $794, or just over half the $1,499 asking price for the standard system. This price will be in effect for just the one day, Fry's claims. [corrected: the sale was a one-day sale only on Wednesday, November 20th, according to Fry's]
The discount is notable as it contradicts Apple's historic policy of refusing to run sales on its products until they are replaced by newer models. The company in recent years has allowed Amazon and other major retailers to offer mail-in discounts on new systems, though these rarely exceed $150. It is unclear as of press time whether Apple had approved the iMac sale.