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mj1108
Jan 25, 2013, 09:58 AM
$999.... a heads up and a hell of a deal for anyone looking to buy now.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%26%23174%3B+-+MacBook+Air%26%23174%3B+-+13.3%22+Display+-+4GB+Memory+-+128GB+Flash+Storage/4775291.p?id=1218524519689&skuId=4775291



SandboxGeneral
Jan 25, 2013, 10:03 AM
Sounds like a good deal. I'm half tempted to jump on it, but I really want a 15" MBP. Such tough decisions! :D

heq2011
Jan 25, 2013, 11:17 AM
Looks like $200 off all air models today and tomorrow.

turbineseaplane
Jan 25, 2013, 12:00 PM
Interesting timing...
Refresh soon perhaps?

Seems unlike Best Buy to actually have good deals on Apple stuff.

Buck987
Jan 25, 2013, 12:16 PM
thanks for the info...just got $107 refund on purchase from last week

markintosh
Jan 25, 2013, 12:54 PM
I just checked and Amazon is matching the price. Saved another $60 by not having to pay tax. Just ordered another base 13"!

53x12
Jan 25, 2013, 12:57 PM
Interesting timing...
Refresh soon perhaps?


No way. Refresh with what? Haswell is still 5-6 months away. What would Apple refresh with? New and exciting colors? :rolleyes:

roguefury
Jan 25, 2013, 01:26 PM
Just bought the 11" 128g one for $899 at Amazon, which is matching Best Buy's price.

Dealing with a Blue Shirt avoided, which is a win!:)

emyers
Jan 25, 2013, 01:57 PM
So should I wait until June for the new one? Or buy it now? Any advice?

Josh125
Jan 25, 2013, 02:08 PM
Just bought the 11" 128g one for $899 at Amazon, which is matching Best Buy's price.

Dealing with a Blue Shirt avoided, which is a win!:)

Macmall also states they will price match any authorized retailer, which Best Buy is. This is helpful for those of us that live in states that Amazon charges sales tax on.

http://www.macmall.com/n/macCustomPages-macCustomPages.115

They may get ticky tacky on the special promotion, but I believe it would work especially since Amazon is price matching.

edit: no go, and what a crappy reason. My chat is below, I don't think he understood sales and margin....but hey worth a try.

them: Hello my name is xxx and my extension is xxxx, I'll be happy to assist you. please give me a second to check on your question.
Josh: Are you price matching Best Buy & Amazon's sale on MBAs?
them: hi Josh
Josh: Hi xxxx
them: not always
because some of the purchases made thru amazon will directly come to us
Josh: Best Buy though?
them: and from best buy there will be sales tax in their purchases
Josh: That is true, but sales tax is a pass through and doesn't impact your margin.
them: its not about the margin, its about the price that the customer is paying
Josh: It's always about the margin! Ok, fair enough. Thanks for the chat.
them: youre welcome

53x12
Jan 25, 2013, 02:15 PM
So should I wait until June for the new one? Or buy it now? Any advice?


Need a computer now? Buy now.
Don't need a computer now? Wait until later.

QCassidy352
Jan 25, 2013, 02:53 PM
The thing that sucks is no customization though. I'd love to get one if I could get it with 8 gb ram.

ahog
Jan 25, 2013, 04:28 PM
Just bought the 11" 128g one for $899 at Amazon, which is matching Best Buy's price.

Dealing with a Blue Shirt avoided, which is a win!:)

Where do you see that?

CalsonicGTR
Jan 25, 2013, 05:34 PM
Unfortunately, Amazon charges sales tax in PA so it is actually better for me to order from BB. Thanks to this thread for the heads up!

blackhand1001
Jan 25, 2013, 05:39 PM
Absolutely. This is pretty much the only apple machine I genuinely think doesn't have any big flaws at the moment and its priced very well.

The 13 and 15 inch macbook pros are too overpriced.

The retinas are just too expensive and have problems and lagginess.

waa1futs
Jan 25, 2013, 09:05 PM
From the research that I've done on comparable ultrabook's for the same amount of product quality and customer service, the 13" macbook air at $999 is a good value... so I joined the club :)

Plus I was coming from a 4 and a half year old Asus EEE netbook that was on its last legs... so this thing is amazing :D

roguefury
Jan 25, 2013, 09:24 PM
Where do you see that?

On Amazon's site. Mine was just shipped...Prime rocks

ahog
Jan 25, 2013, 09:43 PM
On Amazon's site. Mine was just shipped...Prime rocks

Hm, it seems they are out of the 128gb version at that price. Too bad, looked like a good deal:)

Lunchbox700
Jan 25, 2013, 09:51 PM
And squash any refresh ideas (I agree a ways off) they are doing a special sale on a bunch of things this weekend. They actually refer to it as Black Friday type deals. They've done this at least once before since mid December. Just grasping for sales

Bits&Bytes
Jan 25, 2013, 09:55 PM
I wonder if Apple is trying to clean out their inventories to make way for new iPad Airs?

Spink10
Jan 25, 2013, 10:02 PM
I wonder if Apple is trying to clean out their inventories to make way for new iPad Airs?

Nope - BB running tons of sales right now - Amazon just price matching.

racer1441
Jan 25, 2013, 10:05 PM
Macmall also states they will price match any authorized retailer, which Best Buy is. This is helpful for those of us that live in states that Amazon charges sales tax on.

http://www.macmall.com/n/macCustomPages-macCustomPages.115

They may get ticky tacky on the special promotion, but I believe it would work especially since Amazon is price matching.

edit: no go, and what a crappy reason. My chat is below, I don't think he understood sales and margin....but hey worth a try.

them: Hello my name is xxx and my extension is xxxx, I'll be happy to assist you. please give me a second to check on your question.
Josh: Are you price matching Best Buy & Amazon's sale on MBAs?
them: hi Josh
Josh: Hi xxxx
them: not always
because some of the purchases made thru amazon will directly come to us
Josh: Best Buy though?
them: and from best buy there will be sales tax in their purchases
Josh: That is true, but sales tax is a pass through and doesn't impact your margin.
them: its not about the margin, its about the price that the customer is paying
Josh: It's always about the margin! Ok, fair enough. Thanks for the chat.
them: youre welcome


Don't shop with macmall. I had a importent order in with them earlier this week. Got a call, I had purchased to many different products from them so they flagged my account. I was asked to justify my purchase.

I explained you can give things away at the end of the year, have this thing called Christmas. I also explained they can justify me canceling my order.

Big bunch of self inflated asshats over there.

Spink10
Jan 25, 2013, 10:09 PM
I hear more bad things about MacMall all the time. Almost purchased something from them. Glad I did not!

robvas
Jan 25, 2013, 10:12 PM
I hear more bad things about MacMall all the time. Almost purchased something from them. Glad I did not!

I buy from them all the time - no worries

Spink10
Jan 25, 2013, 10:16 PM
I buy from them all the time - no worries

Have you ever tried to return products?

robvas
Jan 25, 2013, 10:49 PM
Have you ever tried to return products?

We never have had to.

chocoyo00
Jan 25, 2013, 11:39 PM
My 2009 MB Pro with an upgraded SSD and 8GB of Ram was still kicking ass, but I couldn't resist this deal and I've always liked the looks of the Air...so I picked one up tonight at BB! Now time to sell my MB pro :D.

superpepino
Jan 26, 2013, 12:36 AM
i was on the fence about buying a macbook air to replace my much older macbook and this was enough reason to make the upgrade :D

sam2428
Jan 26, 2013, 01:10 AM
This is a great deal... I don't need a laptop until this summer because ill be going to grad school starting in the fall, but now I'm debating if I should jump on this deal or wait until a refresh. ?!?

burnout8488
Jan 26, 2013, 01:33 AM
This is a great deal... I don't need a laptop until this summer because ill be going to grad school starting in the fall, but now I'm debating if I should jump on this deal or wait until a refresh. ?!?

There will be an update before Fall '13. Wait. You will regret it if you don't.

Hell, there might even be two updates by then, you just never know with the Mac lines.

babond
Jan 26, 2013, 02:40 AM
I have a late 2007 Macbook 13in that functions great but could kick the bucket @ any given time. I notice it is starting to show its age in speed. I wasn't in the market for a new laptop but this deal seems almost too good to pass up. Opinions?

urkel
Jan 26, 2013, 07:55 AM
There will be an update before Fall '13. Wait. You will regret it if you don't.
While it's true a MacBook Air update will likely be out in a few months, what exactly will that update offer that this one will lack? And before anyone jumps to the default "RETINA" response then lets not forget that Retina came at a surprisingly high added cost and many of us who were waiting for Retina felt like we were punched in the gut when we saw it would cost 40% more to have it. And when it comes to the Air, is Retina really necessary for a machine meant to be an ultralight?

I'm not trying to be negative, but the guy said he's a college student and the 2012 MBA is an amazing machine that has few drawbacks so if a deal like this comes along then you really have to decide whats a better purchase. Buying "last seasons Mac" at a big discount vs waiting 6mo for next seasons price gouge with no discount?

CaneCollegeboy
Jan 26, 2013, 08:43 AM
Im so tempted to get one that found open item + 10% off just on price alone but truthfully don't think i need it. Im just wondering how long an (latest model) 11 air with 128gb would last? 3 or 4 years? just kinda hard for to me justify since i have the latest iPad and a hand me down macbook (late 2006)thats still alive and kicking

KPOM
Jan 26, 2013, 10:54 AM
This is a great deal... I don't need a laptop until this summer because ill be going to grad school starting in the fall, but now I'm debating if I should jump on this deal or wait until a refresh. ?!?

I'd probably go for it. I doubt we'll see a true Retina Display MacBook Air in 2013. We'll probably just see a price cut on the 13" rMBP. The 2012 Air is very nice and these prices are better than Apple refurbished prices.

burnout8488
Jan 26, 2013, 12:09 PM
It will be close to 10 months before they will need the Mac, I feel we might even see two updates to the MBA in that time period. (Early '13 and Late '13)

The latter update may even change form factor. It may not be Retina, but you will get more for your money buying an MBA in Late '13 versus now, even consider the $200 discount we have right now. (You will be eligible for Apple's student discount in the future, for what it's worth) 8GB of ram may be the norm on the base model at that point too. Ivy Bridge will be gone and the integrated graphics will be significantly better.

If you're one that doesn't tend to be envious of the latest and greatest however, you may not mind. This deal was great for people like me that needed a laptop *now*. I'll still love it come a year from now, but if I didn't need one and *could* wait, I sure would wait for the '13s to show their face.

soulvoid
Jan 26, 2013, 12:48 PM
Picked up a MBA 11in for $799 at frys last night. Love it.

dmk1974
Jan 26, 2013, 01:00 PM
Here's a table that I compiled for the various MacBook's at Best Buy. The new price for the MBA's is only through today, but the 10% off open box runs through next Saturday. Pre-tax and pre-RZ certs earned of course. (Sorry about the formatting)

Best Buy Open Box Mac Database
1/26/13
Description Model # BB New BB OB BB -10% OB
2012 MBA 11" i5 1.7 4/64 MD223LL/A $799.00 $826.99 $744.29
2012 MBA 11" i5 1.7 4/128 MD224LL/A $899.99 $904.99 $814.49
2012 MBA 13" i5 1.8 4/128 MD231LL/A $999.99 $979.99 $881.99
2012 MBA 13" i5 1.8 4/256 MD232LL/A $1,299.99 $1,218.99 $1,097.09

2012 uMBP 13" i5 2.5 4/500 MD101LL/A $1,099.99 $979.99 $881.99
2012 uMBP 13" i7 2.9 8/750 MD102LL/A $1,419.99 $1,236.99 $1,113.29
2012 uMBP 15" i7 2.3 4/500 MD103LL/A $1,709.99 $1,480.99 $1,332.89
2012 uMBP 15" i7 2.6 8/750 MD104LL/A $2,079.99 $1,811.99 $1,630.79

2012 rMBP 13" i5 2.5 8/128 MD212LL/A $1,614.99 $1,406.99 $1,266.29
2012 rMBP 13" i5 2.5 8/256 MD213LL/A $1,899.99 $1,636.99 $1,473.29
2012 rMBP 15" i7 2.3 8/256 MC975LL/A $2,079.99 $1,811.99 $1,630.79
2012 rMBP 15" i7 2.6 8/512 MC976LL/A $2,649.99 $2,307.99 $2,077.19

waa1futs
Jan 26, 2013, 01:41 PM
While it's true a MacBook Air update will likely be out in a few months, what exactly will that update offer that this one will lack? And before anyone jumps to the default "RETINA" response then lets not forget that Retina came at a surprisingly high added cost and many of us who were waiting for Retina felt like we were punched in the gut when we saw it would cost 40% more to have it. And when it comes to the Air, is Retina really necessary for a machine meant to be an ultralight?

Yep. Even if "retina" comes to the macbook air this year it will cost an additional $500 :eek: like it does on the macbook pro ($1199 vs $1699).

I'm not trying to be negative, but the guy said he's a college student and the 2012 MBA is an amazing machine that has few drawbacks so if a deal like this comes along then you really have to decide whats a better purchase. Buying "last seasons Mac" at a big discount vs waiting 6mo for next seasons price gouge with no discount?

Exactly. Do you really want to pass on a big discount and have to wait an additional 6 months just so you can get price gouged at full retail?

I don't...

GiRARDsays
Jan 26, 2013, 03:28 PM
Just bought an Open-Box Base Model 13in MBA for $850 after tax and the 10% off coupon at a semi-local Best Buy location. Battery had 2 Cycles on it and it was completely clean!! :D

Josh125
Jan 26, 2013, 03:33 PM
Don't shop with macmall. I had a importent order in with them earlier this week. Got a call, I had purchased to many different products from them so they flagged my account. I was asked to justify my purchase.

I explained you can give things away at the end of the year, have this thing called Christmas. I also explained they can justify me canceling my order.

Big bunch of self inflated asshats over there.

The more I thought about it the more I realized there was no reason for them not to honor their price match policy. The lame excuse didn't help them either.

deezayy
Jan 26, 2013, 04:05 PM
I snagged a base 13" and its great but the 4 gigs of ram has me worried for the long run. I've got 60 days to try it so who knows :D

mj1108
Jan 26, 2013, 06:44 PM
I snagged a base 13" and its great but the 4 gigs of ram has me worried for the long run. I've got 60 days to try it so who knows :D

I have my 2011 MBA with 4 gigs of RAM and it's still a fantastic machine. I still love it as much as the day I got it. Of course it does all depend on what you use it for, but I can't see myself upgrading from this for at least another year or two at least.

Technarchy
Jan 26, 2013, 07:05 PM
I snagged a base 13" and its great but the 4 gigs of ram has me worried for the long run. I've got 60 days to try it so who knows :D

4 gig of RAM has never been an issue for me so far. My 13" MBA works like a champ.

awtryau89
Jan 26, 2013, 07:08 PM
Well I purchased an 11" Air 128 4gig from Best Buy on Dec 29th. It was an open box and marked down. I talked them down more to $879 and they threw in a Superdrive. I went back today and they wouldn't give me any additional off. The guy told me I got a great deal and my unit would actually be $849 with the open box discount and I wouldn't get the Superdrive. He said the guy that did it could get int trouble. Not sure if he was lying but I wasn't going to press the issue too much. I have enjoyed mine for almost a month and its not going back.

racer1441
Jan 26, 2013, 09:27 PM
The more I thought about it the more I realized there was no reason for them not to honor their price match policy. The lame excuse didn't help them either.

Good for you. They have gotten full of them selves. I have been sharing my story with everyone I can find, and even filed a complaint with the BBB.

Spink10
Jan 26, 2013, 09:40 PM
Well I purchased an 11" Air 128 4gig from Best Buy on Dec 29th. It was an open box and marked down. I talked them down more to $879 and they threw in a Superdrive. I went back today and they wouldn't give me any additional off. The guy told me I got a great deal and my unit would actually be $849 with the open box discount and I wouldn't get the Superdrive. He said the guy that did it could get int trouble. Not sure if he was lying but I wasn't going to press the issue too much. I have enjoyed mine for almost a month and its not going back.

Too bad - always like to hear those stories of getting even more back. :) Glad you are enjoying your AIR!

cramazing
Jan 26, 2013, 10:02 PM
I just checked and Amazon is matching the price. Saved another $60 by not having to pay tax. Just ordered another base 13"!

on amazon now, i dont see the price match.

timeconsumer
Jan 26, 2013, 10:33 PM
Thanks OP, been looking to purchase an MBA for portable use. Picked up the 11.6" for $899. What a great deal.

Vikinguy
Jan 27, 2013, 06:39 PM
I snagged a base 13" and its great but the 4 gigs of ram has me worried for the long run. I've got 60 days to try it so who knows :D



Good lord, what do you folks do with your machines? It wasn't long ago I was running and HP with 512mb of RAM and a core solo chip. Thing ran great.



I snagged the base 13 air last night over the phone with best buy and picked it up today. I cannot wait to get it home. Replacing the first unibody macbook that still runs pretty solid. Gonna sell it for a couple bills if I can get it. :D

KPOM
Jan 28, 2013, 08:22 AM
Good lord, what do you folks do with your machines? It wasn't long ago I was running and HP with 512mb of RAM and a core solo chip. Thing ran great.

I snagged the base 13 air last night over the phone with best buy and picked it up today. I cannot wait to get it home. Replacing the first unibody macbook that still runs pretty solid. Gonna sell it for a couple bills if I can get it. :D

RAM is one of those things where the more you have, the more you use. I was fine even using a Windows 7 virtual machine with 4GB. I recently switched to a 13" rMBP and like the additional RAM (of course, on the MBP forums, people complain about not being able to put in 16GB :)). The Best Buy promotion was a good deal, and I'm guessing we'll see more of it in the coming months. Good luck with the MBA. If you are replacing an original unibody MacBook I think you'll be in for a treat.

markintosh
Jan 28, 2013, 01:04 PM
I was concerned about only have 4GB RAM in a machine as well. That was until this last week. I was working on a 16x20 photo in Photoshop and had 7 additional files in Photoshop from my D7000. Was making a poster for my daughter from our trip to Disneyland. It was the first time I have not had a Beach Ball of Death when working on a project like this. I'm coming from a MBP with 16GB RAM. I can honestly say the speed of the SSD more than makes up for the RAM.

Your mileage may vary, but I'm more than happy with the 4GB RAM.

dmk1974
Jan 28, 2013, 06:43 PM
My local Best Buy had an 11" MBA that was an open box price reduced from the special sale price. Combined with the 10% open box coupon that is still active, I got the 128 GB version MD224LL/A for just $705 pre-tax!

jtinch
Jan 28, 2013, 07:02 PM
For a couple weeks I had been going over the MacBooks and really had my eye on the rmb. This deal made me want to jump the gun. I had my local best buy hold a high end 13" for me. I looked around at the Macs before I went up to the customer service counter. The rMBP won me over so I left with the base 15" model.

Vikinguy
Jan 28, 2013, 11:18 PM
My local Best Buy had an 11" MBA that was an open box price reduced from the special sale price. Combined with the 10% open box coupon that is still active, I got the 128 GB version MD224LL/A for just $705 pre-tax!



:eek:

chael
Jan 29, 2013, 02:30 AM
My local Best Buy had an 11" MBA that was an open box price reduced from the special sale price. Combined with the 10% open box coupon that is still active, I got the 128 GB version MD224LL/A for just $705 pre-tax!

NICE, you came UP!

deezayy
Feb 24, 2013, 10:40 PM
Good lord, what do you folks do with your machines? It wasn't long ago I was running and HP with 512mb of RAM and a core solo chip. Thing ran great.



I snagged the base 13 air last night over the phone with best buy and picked it up today. I cannot wait to get it home. Replacing the first unibody macbook that still runs pretty solid. Gonna sell it for a couple bills if I can get it. :D

A few Safari tabs, tweetbot, app.net and a bunch of terminal windows open will cause paging pretty fast. I ended up returning it for a 13" rMBP and i'm way happier, the Air is a good machine but no comparison after having the retina pro IMO.