Back to school sales: Complete Guide

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Back to School sales this year will kick off early. Stock shortages, shipping delays, and inflation are causing retailers to start their back-to-school sales for 2022 earlier than expected.

We’re recommending that consumers begin shopping on Back To School deals early this year. Although we’re normally wary of early deals, this case is different as shipping delays on products like the 16-inch MacBook Pro stretch till August. Covid restrictions throughout China also cause shipping delays on electronic gadgets of all kinds.

So your best bet is to secure an early sale if you’re shopping for a particular device, to avoid any potential shipping delays. This article provides the best back-to-school deals on everything from backpacks to laptops and tablets. 

When do back-to-school sales start?

Back to school sales start in early July and run through early September. Unlike Prime Day or Labor Day which last a few days, Back to School season lasts for several weeks. However, be informed that some of the best deals occur in mid-July and before September most of the highly sought-after and attractive deals are gone or out of stock.

What to buy for Back To School supplies?

Bluetooth speakers, Tablets, and Laptops are part of the best back-to-school sales you’ll find this season. Some of your favorite gadgets and laptops like the MacBook Air M1 are already seeing price slashes up to $100. Some other essentials like cheap bedding sets, coffee makers, or backpacks are also available at slashed prices in stores like Walmart and Wayfair.

Early back to school sales

Below is a list of all the early back to school sales/supplies, which include: Laptops, Backpacks, etc. Here’s a link to a shopping guide on Amazon back to school supplies as well

Laptops

Dell XPS 13:

Now $832 from $1,049 at Dell
One of the best Windows laptops you can buy, the XPS 13 packs a 13.3-inch 1080p InfinityEdge touch display, Core i5-1135G7 CPU, a 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. This price is one of the lowest we’ve seen for this product all year.

HP Pavilion 15t 

Now $499 from $899 at HP
For Back to School sales, the HP Pavilion 15t is one of the most affordable laptops offered by the manufacturer in the ongoing sale. This laptop packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 Liquid Crystal Display, Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. For an extra $10, you can upgrade to the 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display during checkout. 

Gateway 14″ Laptop: 

Now $399 from $449 at Walmart
For its size, the 14-inch Gateway GWTN141-4RG offers an incredible amount of power. This laptop comes with a 14.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 256GB of storage, 16GB RAM. It also has built-in Cortana and Tuned by THX Audio and built-in Cortana making it one of the best and cheapest deals you can find.

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MacBooks

MacBook Pro 13″ (M2/256GB):

For $1,299 at Best Buy
but Best Buy is now offering the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, although not entirely a back-to-school sale. This new laptop features a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560 x 1600), Apple’s new M2 CPU w/ 10 core GPU, a 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. The starting price is still maintained as is, but in a few days, we believe that the first price cuts would kick in, and are expected to take at least $50 to $100 off. 

MacBook Air (M1/256GB):

Now $899 from $999 at B&H Photo
Thanks to its Apple Silicon the MacBook Air offers incredible performance. It also reached over 14 hours on battery test due to its M1 CPU. This MacBook features an Apple M1 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch Retina display, all for a solid deal at $899. 

MacBook Pro 13″ (M1/256GB):

Now $1,049 from $1,299 at Best Buy
With Apple’s M1 chip, the MacBook Pro delivers performance that trumps some Windows laptops. The MacBook offers you better 8-core graphics and a brighter display and it lasted over 16 hours on battery tests.

Bluetooth Speakers

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Back to School Supplies – Bluetooth Speakers  ©Sebastian Scholz (Nuki)

UE Wonderboom 2: 

Now $83 was $99 @ Best Buy
The UE Wonderboom 2 portable Bluetooth speaker delivers up to 13 hours of rich 360-degree sound and is IP67 waterproof. This speaker comes in a highly portable package and delivers quality bass.

JBL GO2:

Now $28 from $48 at Amazon
The JBL GO2 is one of the best and most affordable Bluetooth speakers you can find. It can last up to 5 hours on a single charge and is IPX7 waterproof. It’s one of the best back-to-school deals and a must-have tech accessory for every dorm room.

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Tablets

8.3″ iPad mini (64GB/2021): 

now $474 from $499 at Amazon
The 2021 iPad mini features a larger 8.3. inch Liquid Retina display, 12MP wide camera, A15 Bionic CPU, USB-C connectivity, and an all-new thin-bezel design. It also has Apple Pencil support and is available at $25 off.

10.2″ iPad (64GB/2021): 

now $299 from $329 at Amazon
The 2021 iPad comes with Apple’s A13 Bionic CPU, 64GB of storage (unlike the 32GB in the previous model), and a new 12MP front camera. This iPad also offers support for Center Stage, which is especially useful during FaceTime video calls for adjusting the front-facing camera using machine learning. Deals like this are rare, so I recommend you jump on them as quickly as you can. You can also get the 256GB model for $429 ($50 off). 

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Backpacks

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Back to School Sales – Backpack  ©Waldemar Brandt

Matein Laptop Backpack

Now $29 from $41 at Amazon
The Matein Laptop Backpack is one of the best and cheapest laptop bags on the market. Don’t be fooled by its cheap price, the 27-liter bag features a padded laptop sleeve that can fit up to a 17-inch laptop. The laptop also comes with a USB-charging port that allows you to charge your devices and connects to a battery backup in the bag (battery not included). 

Mancro Laptop Backpack

Now $23 from $29 at Amazon
The Mancro Laptop Backpack features over 10 compartments, one of which can contain a 15-inch laptop. The Mancro Laptop Backpack also comes with a combination zipper lock, which is a great security accessory and ensures that no one can access your bag and its content while you’re not looking. You can use the on-page coupon to lower its price to $23. 

Back to School Supplies / Sales – Conclusion

Our Reviewers have combed the internet on the latest back to school supplies on Amazon and other shopping guides. The list of supplies here would help anyone make choice on what to buy this season

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