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Thedebuted in October, and surprise: For the first time ever, they . The good news is that Apple’s AirPods true wireless earbuds have never been more affordable. No, we’re not talking about the price you’ll pay for these headphones at the Apple Store: Those are stuck at $159 for the standard AirPods, $199 for the AirPods with wireless charging case and $249 for the with better sound quality and active noise cancellation. But shop around, and you’ll find much better prices across the board: We saw the AirPods Pro drop to $200 and the regular AirPods dip to $115 during Prime Day sales, for instance.
AirPods pricing 2020
|Model||Apple Store price||Best price right now||Best price (all-time)|
|AirPods with wireless charging case||$199||$160||$140|
Withjust around the corner, big sales are getting ready to start — or have even already started — at retail giants like and . And Walmart has already thrown down the gauntlet with major early Black Friday sales starting at 4 p.m. PT on Nov. 4, including . That beats the earliest price we’ve seen by $16. and now Amazon, meanwhile, have beaten Walmart to the punch by offering them for $100. (Best Buy’s price was also briefly at $100, but has reverted back to $130 for now.)
Now, we can’t guarantee that you’ll see better prices than those between now and the end of the year. But the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t pay full price — the Apple Store price — for any Apple headphones right now.
The AirPods Pro briefly dropped as low as $190 during Prime Day sales at Woot, but that instantly sold out. Woot is now selling Apple’s top-of-the-line noise-canceling true wireless earbuds for $195, and the discounter has kept inventory up for several days. Meanwhile, the Amazon price has returned to $219, but we’d expect it to drop back to $199 later in the season.
The standard AirPods with the wired charging case dropped as low as $115 during Prime Day, and they’re back to $129 on Amazon. But now they’ve hit $100 at Amazon and (with membership) Costco, and later on Nov. 4 they’re slated to drop to $99 at Walmart, too.
Read our AirPods review.
Personally, I would either get the cheaper AirPods or the AirPods Pro. But if you’re really a zealot for wireless charging, know that you can get the standard AirPods with a wireless charging case for $160, which is a $39 savings versus the Apple Store price.
This article is frequently updated to reflect current pricing.