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Since launching in 2016, Apple AirPods have reinvented how we listen to music, make phone calls, interact with Siri and enjoy life on the go. AirPods eliminate the hassles of wired headphones, effortlessly connect to iOS devices and offer noise-cancellation technology, depending on their make and model.
As one of the most popular tech accessories on the market, shoppers can find AirPods at several retailers, including in-person and online.
However, before you select a retailer, there are a few things you may want to consider. Do you want added insurance? Does shipping time matter to you? Would you prefer in-person returns?
To help guide your shopping journey, we compared six popular tech retailers in Canada that sell AirPods. For key information on Amazon, Apple, Best Buy Canada, The Source, Staples and Walmart Canada (and to shop, of course), scroll below.
What are AirPods?
Apple AirPods are the wireless alternative to headphones that pair easily with your Apple device without compromising sound quality or performance.
Their wireless charging case holds multiple full charges and has more than 30 hours of total listening time (for 3rd generation AirPods). Each charge delivers up to six hours of play time and four hours of talk time.
Because AirPods pair to your iOS device (iPad, Apple Watch, iPhone or MacBook) you’ll receive a push notification when their battery is running low. To charge, simply connect the case to a power source using the included Lightening cord.
An upgrade to Apple's 2nd generation AirPods, the 3rd generation ear buds are sweat and water resistant, feature a longer battery life and come with improved microphone quality.
Best places to buy AirPods online in Canada
Unsurprisingly, Amazon Canada stocks Apple's entire AirPods range, including the brand's over-ear AirPods Max.
Why buy on Amazon? Shoppers who buy Airpods on Amazon enjoy all of Amazon's infamous perks, including same-day, next-day, or two-day shipping (depending on your address), fuss-free checking out and easy returns — plus, AirPods are currently on sale on the site.
What's Amazon's return policy? According to the site: "You may return most new, unopened items sold and fulfilled by Amazon within 30 days of delivery for a full refund."
While a handful of retailers carry AirPods, it's never a bad idea to go straight to the source.
Why buy on Apple? Apple offers customers free engraving on many AirPods products so that shoppers can use a mix of emojis, names, initials and numbers to make their AirPods unmistakably theirs. Additionally, shoppers can choose to add AppleCare+ to their order and get up to two years of tech support and accidental damage protection.
What's Apple's return policy? According to the site, "You can return your items to an Apple Retail Store within 15 calendar days of receiving your order." Shoppers can also return online if they so choose.
In addition to AirPods, Best Buy Canada stocks dozens of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks, iPads and AirTags.
Why buy at Best Buy Canada? Similar to Apple, shoppers can enjoy free in-store pickup or free shipping on (most) orders over $35 from Best Buy's online store. For added insurance, Best Buy customers can supplement their order with the retailer's protection plan, which covers replacement costs without any deductibles or hidden fees.
What's Best Buy's return policy? According to the site's Returns & Exchanges section, you can return/exchange your purchase at any Canadian Best Buy store. The retailer only accepts mail-in returns for items purchased online.
4. The Source
Like its competitors, The Source stocks Apple's entire AirPods range, including several colours of the brand's over-ear AirPods Max headphones.
Why buy at The Source? Customers who purchase their AirPods via The Source can enjoy easy monthly financing from PayBright, if they so choose. Orders ship free to store in 2-3 business days, or if you want the headphones sent to your home, The Source offers free standard shipping on orders over $50.
What's The Source's return policy? According to the site, shoppers can exchange/return their order within 30 days from the date of purchase with the original receipt, depending on the type of product and the condition of its return.
While Staples is best known for its back-to-school and office supplies, the site also stocks an impressive selection of tech, including Apple AirPods.
Why buy at Staples? Shoppers who buy online and choose same-day pick-up in-store will receive a $5 coupon (minimum spend of $20). For added insurance, users can add a warranty plan to their order: Staples' 1-Year Easycare Replacement Plan for Electronics.
What's Staples' return policy? Shoppers can use the retailer's self-serve portal to return an order online. Only items purchased in-store can be returned in person.
Alongside online grocery delivery and back-to-school essentials, Walmart shoppers can pick up a pair of Apple AirPods both in-store and via the Walmart Canada website.
Why buy at Walmart? Most Canadian shoppers can pay with a six-month installment plan if they so choose (conditions apply). Walmart customers can select in-store pick-up or free delivery.
What's Walmart's return policy? While most items purchased via Walmart have a 90-day return window, electronics must be returned between 14-30 days, depending on the product (click here for more information). For online purchases, the return timeframe begins on the date of your order's arrival.