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Should You Buy Apple Devices on Amazon?

Amazon sells Apple products — everything from iPhones to AirPods, MacBooks to AirTags — at big discounts. So, what's the catch?

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There's an obvious reason why you'd buy an Apple product from Amazon rather than directly from Apple: price. Whether you're in the market for a new iPhone or iPad, AirPods or Apple Watch, MacBook or iMac — you can almost always find a better deal on Amazon. But is it legit? Short answer: yes.

Here's what you need to know.

Are the Apple products on Amazon real?

Yes, if you're looking at the official Apple store on Amazon. Amazon is an officially authorized Apple reseller. So are a number of its competitors including Adorama, B&H, Walmart, Target and Best Buy.

Amazon struck a deal with Apple in late 2018 to be become an Apple Authorized Reseller, meaning it gets the devices directly from Apple and Apple has given it the green light to sell them. Effectively, it's almost just exactly the same as buying Apple devices directly from Apple. Almost.

But! Amazon also plays host to many, many smaller third-party sellers, many of whom have a history of trying to pass off counterfeits as legitimate Apple products. This was a problem with AirPods a few years back.

Amazon has since made efforts to crack down on this behavior from sellers so there are fewer than ever. And as long as you are buying from the official Apple store on Amazon, you are getting a real Apple product.

Why are Apple products so cheap on Amazon?

The answer is pretty simple. Amazon buys Apple products in bulk, in advance and at a wholesale price (i.e. not the MSRP), which allows them to sell the devices at a discount and still make a little bit of a profit. The fact that Apple rarely ever offers discounts on its devices is a subtle nod to its resellers, to give them the advantage of selling them at a discount. This is how all Apple Authorized Resellers operate.

Do Apple products from Amazon have a warranty?

If you purchase an Apple product from Amazon, you get the exact same warranty as if you'd purchased it from Apple itself. All its products have a one-year warranty and if there's some defect in the product within that time, you can return it to Apple (even if you purchased from Amazon). To see the warranty status of your purchase, all you need is to find the serial number of the product and enter it on Apple's support page — here.

Can you get AppleCare+ for your product if you buy from Amazon?

The short answer: yes.

When you buy a product from Apple — be it a Mac or iPhone, iPad or AirPods — you can also buy AppleCare+, which is an insurance policy that extends the initial warranty and helps cover the product in the event you accidentally break it and need a part repaired or replaced. Basically, if you have Apple Care+ for your iPhone and break its screen, it's going to cost significantly less to get your screen repaired than if you didn't have it.

When you buy an Apple product from Amazon, it typically gives you the option to buy AppleCare+ as well. The only downside is that you have to pay monthly, whereas Apple also gives you the option to pay for a two- or three-year policy in one fell swoop. If you don't see the option to buy AppleCare+, the good news is that you can buy AppleCare+ directly from Apple after you buy the Apple product from Amazon; you just have to do so within 60 days of receiving the product.

Is the return policy the same?

No. It's not a given that Apple and Amazon will have the same return policy for your Apple product. If you purchase the product directly from Apple, you have a 14-day window to return it from the date you received it. If you purchase the product from Amazon, the return policy is typically within 30 days of the purchase. It can vary, however, so double check the return policy when you make the purchase.

Are there downsides to buying Apple devices on Amazon?

The main thing to keep in mind when looking at Apple devices on Amazon is that you may not get the full picture of what's available, especially right after new releases have dropped. Not all new Apple products are immediately available on Amazon.

Are there upsides to buying directly from Apple?

Even though you're not likely to get the best price if you purchase a product from Apple rather than Amazon, there are still several valid reasons to opt for Apple.

Colors and configurations: Apple has a larger inventory than Amazon, of course, so if you can't find the exact configuration and color of a product on Amazon, Apple is more likely to have it.

Special promotions: With every new purchase of an Apple product (whether you buy from Amazon or Apple), you get a free three-month trial of Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and Apple Music. However, sometimes Apple runs special promotions that extend those initial free trials. And Apple only ships them with products purchased directly from its website or its store.

Free engraving: There are a number of Apple products that let you add a custom engraving (with text, numbers or emojis) at no extra charge. However, you have to purchase from Apple to get an engraving, as Amazon can't do it. You can add a custom engraving to iPhones (all models), iPads (all models), AirPods (all models), AirTags and an Apple Pencil (second-generation).

Employee and student discounts: If you have an employee discount through your company, it's likely that you can get a better deal if you purchase directly though Apple. Same is true if you're a student, parent (of a college student) or somebody working in education and you qualify for a discount through Apple's Education Store (here). Amazon will occasionally match the promotions, but they won't throw in the pair of free AirPods or discounted AppleCare that you get with a purchase through Apple.

Which Apple Products Do You Most Recommend Buying from Amazon?

The easiest Apple products to recommend buying from Amazon are the ones with the fewest customization options, meaning they don't come with a multiple choices for storage, color or size (like iPhones, iPads and Macs), as well as the ones that most frequently go on sale. This is why it's easy to recommend buying any of Apple's line of AirPods from Amazon, as well as their various accessories such as AirTags or MagSafe chargers.

Here are seven products we can easily recommend, six of which are on sale right now.

AirPods Max


AirPods Max

$479.99 (13% off)

Apple sells its wireless noise-canceling headphones for $549, but Amazon frequently discounts them. They're normally going for $479, but we've seen them drop even lower during the holidays.

AirPods (Gen 2)


Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)

$99.00 (23% off)

Apple's most entry-level AirPods normally cost $129, but frequently drop to below $100 on Amazon.

AirPods 3

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)


Apple's mid-range wireless earbuds boast improved sound and wireless charging, but lack noise-cancellation.

AirPods Pro (Gen-2)


Apple AirPods Pro (2nd-Gen, USB-C)

$199.99 (20% off)

Apple's flagship noise-cancelling wireless earbuds normally cost $249, but frequently drop below $200 on Amazon.



Apple AirTag

$23.99 (17% off)

Apple's little Bluetooth trackers can be bought in packs of one or four. And thanks to an iOS17 update, AirTags are good for tracking pets.

MagSafe Duo


Apple MagSafe Duo

$98.50 (24% off)

Apple's 2-in-1 portable charger can wirelessly charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time.

MagSafe Battery Pack


Apple MagSafe Battery Pack


Apple's portable battery pack is designed to add juice to any iPhone 12 or later that support MagSafe charging.

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