At the online Apple Store free shipping starts at $50. That's why it's so frustrating when you put a $49 cable into your cart and realize you've just missed that mark.
Today, I was buying a cable for my pal Damien Stolarz, whose O'Reilly iPhone Hacks book is getting near completion. (Long story short: I "borrowed" his iPhone cable a while back and finally gave up trying to remember to ship it back.) The cable, as you've already gathered, costs $49.
So I popped over to Apple support and begged them to tell me about any cheap items they had on sale. Of course, according to script, they first suggested that I buy iTunes gift cards. When I mentioned that although Stolarz is held in deep regard, that I didn't feel personally responsible for enriching his musical library. It was only then that I learned the secret.
Turns out that Apple is still selling its Airport Extreme 802.11n enabler. For just two bucks. For a grand total of $51, my cable was shipped and Damien's getting a cool (but for him useless) Airport enabler.
After all, who listens to music anyway?
Thanks Andrew P, awesome Apple Store rep.