updated 09:47 pm EST, Fri December 6, 2013
One of several annual 'gifts' Apple gives retail and other workers
Again this holiday season, Apple has indicated it will be offering its retail and other workers steep discounts on selected accessories, in addition to a modest break on the price of iTunes Gift Cards. The company annually changes up its holiday-season offers to employees, but usually reveals price breaks on certain store items on top of the normal discount employees routinely receive on hardware and software purchases. Discounts can be as high as 65 percent off the retail price on third-party items sold at Apple Stores.
So far, Apple workers have been offered $10 off on a $50 iTunes gift card -- a promotional price that is often seen at other consumer retailers as well. In previous years, Apple would reveal a new third-party discounted accessory each week throughout December. Past discounts have included LifeProof cases for the iPad (at half off), the Nike + FuelBand SE (also discounted by 50 percent), the JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth headphones (at a 50 percent discount), Beats by Dre In-Ear headphones at 40 percent off the retail price and Speck Smartshells for various Mac notebook models at 60 percent off among other such offerings.
The list of this year's discounts have not yet been revealed beyond the iTunes gift card promotion, but will be unveiled as the month continues. By contrast, reports 9to5Google, Google employees will receive a complimentary Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 tablet -- a generous gift, but a curious choice as one would presume most Google employees would already have one.