Apple App Store Discounted Cards

Hoping this is the right place to post this.

I have only recently entered the Apple iPad world. The discount and a rebate from my employer made it a no - brainer for me.

I wanted to get a few Apps and had a few questions:

  • Can I use both an App Store and an iTunes card to download apps?
  • If so, are there any discounts for either?
  • If I buy apps for work, are they tax deductible (I presume so)?


  • there's free apps (like QuickThoughts) where you do 5-10-15mins surveys for money which you can redeem for itunes credit (or a JB Hifi voucher). But best bet is to wait until Colesworth have their 20% off iTunes gift cards

    • I don't mind free apps, but some are completely useless trying to direct you to their paid version etc. I'll keep this in mind, but I'd rather pay than use an inefficient free version when I'm working (time is money - especially when you're WFH and you can do something else).

  • 1) Yes, those cards are exactly the same.
    2) Yes, see 1 and 2 for where discounts may be available.
    3) Start by reading this page on the ATO's website to identify if they're a claimable expense for you, and the documentation you must keep: Deductions you can claim

    • Thank you very much. This is very useful, especially for someone asking newb questions.

      Point 2) was perfect. I am happy to wait for a discount, just wanted to know roughly how much they usually give off etc.

      • The usual discount for iTunes Gift Cards is 15% (with the rare 20% off).

        Also every time you make a purchase in the Apple App Store/In-App, Apple emails you a receipt for your purchases (which has Apple ABN in the footer).

  • Be mindful that there are also Apple Store vouchers, which are not able to be used for digital purchases, AFAIK. As long as the voucher mentions iTunes or App Store credit, then you'll be fine.

    They're regularly discounted from 10-20% at supermarket, low-middle tier department stores, or officeworks. 20% used to be quite common, but is rarer nowadays with 10-15% the norm. I'd recommend stocking up on them, when on sale; especially @ 20% off. Keep in mind you can pay for subscriptions like cloud storage, apple music, and a number of in-app subscriptions with your credit, instead of using a bank card - this helps to reduce costs rather significantly over time.

    • Agreeed that the supermarket discounts are great. Makes it heaps cheaper when the tax department calls wanting their payments. Don't even need to stay on the phone with them while I go to buy the vouchers, can just get the iTunes codes straight of the fridge.

  • Question answered, but check out appsliced or appshopper where you can set alerts for discounts on apps you want.
    Not a big deal with 99c apps, but these days there seem to be lots of $20 and $30 apps.

  • If you are a Costco member it is worth looking out for their iTunes discount specials.

    • I'm not, but have often been tempted. I like their bargains sometimes but I don't quite live close enough to make the most of them. I can see the novelty wearing off and me not bothering to drive there after a while.

      • We are a free tram ride from the Melbourne Docklands store. We have the opposite problem it is just too easy to go there and the scratch and dent area is toooo tempting. They had a pair of SONY WH-1000XM3 headphones for $199. Costco offers money back on anything you buy, if you aren’t happy, so we thought “why not”. The pair seemed to have a low level buzz noise so we contacted Sony to get them looked at; they sent us a brand new replacement pair. We now have two sets of accessories as well.

        The point with Costco is they will refund your membership, at any time, if you aren’t satisfied. The real problem is not that you don’t go there it is that you get addicted.

  • Just my luck, the day after I ask about this, many of my questions were asking:

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