With August quickly approaching, it's time for consumers to prepare for the back-to-school deals that are slated for the second half of the summer. Retailers once typically unveiled their best deals closer to the summer's end, but this is no longer the case. The academic year's start differs countrywide, making it necessary for stores to bump up its annual sale events.

Many parents nationwide may opt to hold off on gathering supplies for the academic year, but more retailers are expected to move up their annual back-to-school sales. According to CNBC, online retailers are reportedly taking "advantage" of Amazon Prime Day on July 11 as a seasonal launching point for their own sales.

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Who will be rolling out the best deals? Read on for a list of some of the best back-to-school scores and sales for 2017 academic year.

Apple: Consumers who buy an eligible Mac or iPad will be supplied with a complimentary pair of Beats by Dre wireless headphones or earphones. The deal applies to students, faculty, staff and parents. Apple will also offer $300 off on eligible Macs and Beats headphones. 

Amazon: Amazon users can check for deals using the online retailer's back-to-school checklist, which has guides designated per grade level and one for teachers, too. Available deals are visibly marked down with a slash across the original price. 

Staples: Staples claims to have the "110 percent lowest price guaranteed" on back-to-school supplies. The office supply store's best deals include Staples-branded products like composition notebooks, glue and folders. These items are marked down to $0.50 each at the start of the academic year.

Office Depot: From school supplies, lunch bags, backpacks and locker stuffers, Office Depot has it all. Customers who want to avoid the stresses that come with shopping at a standalone Office Depot store can use the company's website to shop the deals, which also gives the customer the option of one-hour in-store pickup.

Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart is known to be cost-effective, which makes them a great store from which to nab school supplies. The store has deals on various tech essentials, including $200 off the Samsung 50" Smart TV and $250 off a Dell Inspiron laptop. Customers who choose to shop online have the option of two-day shipping, which applies to select items. 

Best Buy: Best Buy is allowing customers to "save big" on student deals, boasting "unbelievable tech [at] unbelievable prices," according to the store's website. To gain access to exclusive student deals, sign up on Best Buy's website here. All coupon codes are redeemable online and in-store.

Barnes & Noble: Consumers can receive up to 90 percent off of new and used textbooks. Free shipping is included with all textbook orders.

eBay: eBay claims that Amazon's Prime Day prices are daily prices on its website. Consumers can purchase laptop under $399 and score up to 50 percent off school supplies, among other deals. 

Dell: Dell will allow consumers to take an extra $150 off student PCs. 

Microsoft: Students, parents, faculty and staff can receive a 10% discount on all Microsoft products like the Surface Pro. Students and teachers are also eligible to receive Office 360 for free by registering with a valid school email address. 

Chegg: Chegg will offer students up to 90 percent off on textbooks, adding on free shipping to orders over $50. Students who rent or buy their textbook through Chegg will also get a free four-week trial to Chegg Study, which gives students  24/7 access to Q&A experts and step-by-step solutions to difficult assignments. 

Spotify: Students can say goodbye to ads and limitations on Spotify because students are guaranteed students unlimited access to music through the streaming service's premium plan, which will be 50 percent off the regular membership price. Students will only pay $4.99 monthly. 

T-Mobile: Staff and students have access to a campus exclusive offer, saving them $60 on select smart phones. 

AbeBooks: AbeBooks will offer free shipping on all book and textbook orders. Students can receive $3 off their AbeBooks purchase through a Groupon-exclusive deal. 

Bed, Bath & Beyond: College students and parents can signup to receive discount emails for ongoing back-to-school deals upon online registration here. Bed, Bath & Beyond will offer 'Campus Ready' events nationwide, providing assistance in styling their dorm or apartment. The retailer will also initiate Move-In events, bringing the store's bestselling items to select college campuses in the United States. 

BookRenter: Students will be able to receive up to 90 percent off on their book and textbook needs. BookRenter also guarantees an easy return option, claiming to offer several return options through UPS and more.

Rosetta Stone: By clicking on 'Student Discount' at the bottom of Rosetta Stone's homepage and verifying one's student status with the code 'UniDays,' students will get 10 percent off their next order.  

Acer: Free shipping is included with all back-to-school tech purchases.

1 800 Contacts: Students will receive 10 percent off on all contact orders. Free shipping is also included with purchase. 

The Economist: Students can receive The Economist for 12 weeks at $12. 

Kmart: The retailer will offer deals on standard school supplies and electronics until August 26. Deals include one-subject notebooks for 25 cents, and college-ruled or wide-ruled 150-sheet filler paper for 88 cents.

QVC: The televised home shopping network is offering a sale on all back-to-school tech items, which includes clearance items, too. For those on a budget, tech items can be purchased through a payment plan.


School Supplies Crayola markers, pictured July 28, 2003 at an Illinois Wal-Mart, back-to-school deals are rolling out for the 2017 academic year. Photo: Getty Images