PDA

View Full Version : Advantages to buying iPod from Apple?




devburke
Aug 25, 2010, 02:37 PM
So Iím gonna be buying a new iPod Touch to replace my broken 2G after they update them next week. In the past, Iíve bought from apple.com to get the free engraving (name & phone number, just in case I lose it and whoever finds it is nice). But I have noticed that you can get over $50 off the biggest size on Amazon. Even going to an Apple Store I could get $40 off bringing in my busted 2G. But it doesnít seem that thereís any way to get both these discounts and the engravings (unless Iím missing something). So what other advantages would I get by buying from apple.com? Convince me! Iíd love to have the engraving, but not if Iím paying an extra $50 for it.



aristobrat
Aug 25, 2010, 02:40 PM
Typically, right after a refresh, you're not going to find Amazon (or anyone else) selling the new model for $50 cheaper than Apple does.

AFAIK, apple.com is the only place to get it officially engraved.

184550
Aug 25, 2010, 02:40 PM
So Iím gonna be buying a new iPod Touch to replace my broken 2G after they update them next week. In the past, Iíve bought from apple.com to get the free engraving (name & phone number, just in case I lose it and whoever finds it is nice). But I have noticed that you can get over $50 off the biggest size on Amazon. Even going to an Apple Store I could get $40 off bringing in my busted 2G. But it doesnít seem that thereís any way to get both these discounts and the engravings (unless Iím missing something). So what other advantages would I get by buying from apple.com? Convince me! Iíd love to have the engraving, but not if Iím paying an extra $50 for it.

There's no tangible benefit aside from the possibility of student pricing (do they even do that any more, or ever, on iPods?) You'll get the same warranty regardless of where you buy it. (.com, Bestbuy, Amazon, etc...)

devburke
Aug 25, 2010, 02:43 PM
Typically, right after a refresh, you're not going to find Amazon (or anyone else) selling the new model for $50 cheaper than Apple does.

AFAIK, apple.com is the only place to get it officially engraved.

Youíre probably right. But what about the 10% discount in-store through the recycling program?

There's no tangible benefit aside from the possibility of student pricing (do they even do that any more, or ever, on iPods?) You'll get the same warranty regardless of where you buy it. (.com, Bestbuy, Amazon, etc...)

Nah no student pricing on the iPods. I think youíd be able to get that in-store anyway, I did with my MBP.

SlovakApple
Aug 25, 2010, 02:46 PM
...AFAIK, apple.com is the only place to get it officially engraved.

That's true. I think that's the only advantage you get when ordering from Apple. Since I was not interested in having it engraved, I bought from Amazon for the same price as on the Apple site.

Corndog5595
Aug 25, 2010, 02:49 PM
Let me turn this around. Advantages from buying from bestbuy?

They don’t look into damages at all. If you have an extended warranty (50 bucks for two years; covers everything) and walk in with a smashed screen, they will just look at it and give you a new one. They didn’t even require the power cord or headphones. AFAIK, Apple checks it out before handing over a new one.

devburke
Aug 25, 2010, 02:52 PM
Let me turn this around. Advantages from buying from bestbuy?

They donít look into damages at all. If you have an extended warranty (50 bucks for two years; covers everything) and walk in with a smashed screen, they will just look at it and give you a new one. They didnít even require the power cord or headphones. AFAIK, Apple checks it out before handing over a new one.

That probably depends on your Best Buy. Iíve had them open up the box on my new one and remove all the packaging and accessories, only giving me the iPod itself, since thatís all I brought in. It was lame.

Derkatwork
Aug 25, 2010, 02:56 PM
Youíre probably right. But what about the 10% discount in-store through the recycling program?

Does this program have a limit of one? Obviously they won't give a new ipod touch just because you hand over a pile of scrap ipods. Also, does this ipod need to be in working condition?

devburke
Aug 25, 2010, 03:02 PM
Does this program have a limit of one? Obviously they won't give a new ipod touch just because you hand over a pile of scrap ipods. Also, does this ipod need to be in working condition?

I imagine it has a limit of one. All it says on http://www.apple.com/recycling/ipod-cell-phone/ is

Bring your old iPod to an Apple Retail Store and receive a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a new iPod.*

Ö

*10 percent discount does not apply to iPod shuffle.

aristobrat
Aug 25, 2010, 03:28 PM
Does this program have a limit of one? Obviously they won't give a new ipod touch just because you hand over a pile of scrap ipods. Also, does this ipod need to be in working condition?
Limit one per transaction, it can't be a shuffle, and it doesn't have to be working. It does need to be in one physical piece and not leaking any battery goo. Plan to add an extra 10-15 minutes to your visit when doing this "recycle", there is a form that needs to be filled out, and it takes a little longer to ring the transaction through. :)

imkingofjungle
Aug 25, 2010, 03:45 PM
the advantage is that you get to step into an apple store

GregR
Aug 26, 2010, 10:09 AM
Advantages to buying iPod from Apple?

THE EXPERIENCE

and what does AFAIK mean, lol?

skiltrip
Aug 26, 2010, 10:28 AM
THE EXPERIENCE

and what does AFAIK mean, lol?

AFAIK = As far as I know.

Interwebs language.

GregR
Aug 26, 2010, 10:30 AM
AFAIK = As far as I know.

Interwebs language.

Lol ya, I recently learned what IMHO means :D