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The best AirPods Pro deal we’ve seen is available during Walmart’s Black Friday sale: Starting at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 25, you can buy Apple AirPods Pro for $169.
[UPDATE: As we expected, the $169 AirPods Pro deal was also available at Amazon.com, on the night of November 25. But at some point, Amazon changed the price to $199, and then changed the offer again: As of the morning of November 27, the price for AirPods With the Wired Charging Case on sale for $109.99, down from $159 regularly.]
That’s $80 off the regular price of $249, and it’s the lowest price Money has ever tracked for what are routinely categorized as the best earbuds you can buy.
Previously, we’ve seen AirPods Pros on sale for $194 at Amazon and Walmart, and prices have occasionally dropped as low as $190 at Woot, a discount shopping site owned by Amazon. But the new AirPods Pro deal undercuts those sales by at least $20.
Walmart is the only retailer we know of that has been advertising the $169 AirPods Pro deal, but in all likelihood other retailers — namely, Amazon — will match the price during the Black Friday sales period.
If paying $169 for a pair of earbuds still sounds like too much, especially for tech that’s very easy to lose, you should be on the lookout for low prices on regular AirPods. Earlier in the season, Walmart had the basic AirPods (with a wired charging case) on sale for $99 (down from a list price of $159), which was the lowest price we’d ever seen. Odds are, this deal will pop up again, and it’s possible that some retailer will drop the price even lower.
Finally, AirPods aren’t the only option for headphones and earbuds, of course, and you’ll generally pay a lot less by going with a brand other than Apple. What’s more, virtually every brand of headphones will be available at a discount during the period around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So the smart move is to check out headphones reviews, browse the latest deals from Walmart, Amazon, and others, and then be ready to jump on a good deal for the headphones you want as soon as it goes live.