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MacRumors
Mar 15, 2013, 09:16 AM
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As noted by 9to5Mac (http://9to5mac.com/2013/03/14/apple-now-offering-epp-employee-discounts-for-new-imacs/), Apple yesterday added the latest iMac to its Employee Purchase Program, supporting earlier suggestions (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/28/constraints-on-imac-shipments-soon-to-end-claim-parts-suppliers/) that production constraints have now eased.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook had warned in a January analyst call (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/23/apple-reports-best-quarterly-results-ever-in-q1-2013-13-1-billion-profit-on-54-5-billion-in-revenue/) that iMac shipments would be constrained through Q1, but improving shipping estimates (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/05/imac-shipping-estimates-improve-to-within-24-hours-in-apples-north-american-online-stores/) and the company's decision to allow employees to purchase them at a discount suggests that the issue has now ended.

Current and retired Apple employees are allowed to buy Apple products for personal use at a 25% discount, and last year Apple added an additional layer to the program by offering employees $500 off (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/26/apple-to-give-employees-500-off-macs-and-250-off-ipads/) the purchase of a Mac once every three years, on top of the 25% discount.

Article Link: iMac Added to Employee Purchase Program, Suggesting Production Constraints Have Eased (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/15/imac-added-to-employee-purchase-program-suggesting-production-constraints-have-eased/)



gregwyattjr
Mar 15, 2013, 09:25 AM
God. Those kinds of discounts give me a hard on.

Rocketman
Mar 15, 2013, 09:53 AM
Wow, that took 3-1/2 months!

thedeejay
Mar 15, 2013, 10:35 AM
These discounts can make even a rMBP affordable. Not fair :(

Ice-Cube
Mar 15, 2013, 11:12 AM
Thank god for EPP. Gonna order mine now.

needfx
Mar 15, 2013, 11:23 AM
God. Those kinds of discounts give me a hard on.

could be your cialis still in effect :D

Squilly
Mar 15, 2013, 11:25 AM
So employees can get a 25% discount PLUS $500 off in one transaction?!

unplugme71
Mar 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
So employees can get a 25% discount PLUS $500 off in one transaction?!

Yes

the8thark
Mar 15, 2013, 11:59 AM
So employees can get a 25% discount PLUS $500 off in one transaction?!
Yep on Apple store wages you need these discounts to afford one.

whooleytoo
Mar 15, 2013, 12:07 PM
Previously, you could also buy 3 additional Macs @ 17% (I think) discount; I don't know if that's still true. Nice little perk of working with the company!

onirocdarb
Mar 15, 2013, 12:27 PM
This is awesome!
How easy is it to get a job at an Apple store?

Adam22
Mar 15, 2013, 01:29 PM
Not so much..

Spitfire56
Mar 15, 2013, 01:31 PM
The discount is just yesterday available to companies which have an EPP with Apple. 6%. Better than nothing.

Nightarchaon
Mar 15, 2013, 03:12 PM
So you have to be an apple employee to get apple products at a Stupidly inflated price for the spec of the hardware rather than the standard Outragously insulting inflated price for the spec...




Sweet :rolleyes:

sjjordan
Mar 15, 2013, 04:06 PM
So you have to be an apple employee to get apple products at a Stupidly inflated price for the spec of the hardware rather than the standard Outragously insulting inflated price for the spec...




Sweet :rolleyes:

How do I get one of those "friend and family " EPP discounts? Heard they're 15% off.

asiga
Mar 15, 2013, 04:37 PM
Please, now that iMacs availability has eased, can we have reasonable SSDs across all models? By "reasonable" I mean 256GB and 512GB, and not the 768GB which is a joke.

iChrist
Mar 15, 2013, 05:32 PM
So maybe new 27" thunderbolt displays soon or no??

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gnasher729
Mar 15, 2013, 05:33 PM
So you have to be an apple employee to get apple products at a Stupidly inflated price for the spec of the hardware rather than the standard Outragously insulting inflated price for the spec...

What Apple products are sold for an "Outragously insulting inflated price" in your opinion? Just curious.

MacAddict2000
Mar 15, 2013, 05:52 PM
Previously, you could also buy 3 additional Macs @ 17% (I think) discount; I don't know if that's still true. Nice little perk of working with the company!

I believe you're referring to the Friends & Family discount. It recently changed.
It is now "15% off of reasonable quantities of Macs"

thekev
Mar 15, 2013, 06:48 PM
Wow, that took 3-1/2 months!

I wouldn't have expected this while they were in short supply. It's only logical that they would wait.

Nightarchaon
Mar 15, 2013, 08:14 PM
What Apple products are sold for an "Outragously insulting inflated price" in your opinion? Just curious.

all of them , its well know apple don't sell anything for less than 300% profit , ;)

charlituna
Mar 15, 2013, 11:27 PM
So employees can get a 25% discount PLUS $500 off in one transaction?!

Once every three years.

6264374
Mar 16, 2013, 08:15 AM
Once every three years.

one won't be buying it every year so that sounds nice..

JAT
Mar 16, 2013, 12:09 PM
What Apple products are sold for an "Outragously insulting inflated price" in your opinion? Just curious.
The Powerbook 5300 is one. But I think they are currently sold out.

gnasher729
Mar 16, 2013, 01:16 PM
all of them , its well know apple don't sell anything for less than 300% profit , ;)

I'll assume you tried to be funny. Not that it actually was funny, but you tried.

Nightarchaon
Mar 16, 2013, 06:01 PM
The Powerbook 5300 is one. But I think they are currently sold out.

Damn, i was only 4 months away from saving enough to buy one new :D

ChrisA
Mar 16, 2013, 07:48 PM
So you have to be an apple employee to get apple products at a Stupidly inflated price for the spec of the hardware rather than the standard Outragously insulting inflated price for the spec...


What other notebook computer has the same specs as a macbook pro? Can you actually buy one that has the same or better batery life and unibody aluminum chassis, glass trackpad, firewire, thunderbolt and runs Mac OS X. I don't think is anything else with those specs.

ogee
Mar 16, 2013, 09:29 PM
How do I get one of those "friend and family " EPP discounts? Heard they're 15% off.

You need to be a friend or family of an Apple employee :rolleyes:

Rocketman
Mar 16, 2013, 10:42 PM
I wouldn't have expected this while they were in short supply. It's only logical that they would wait.There aren't very many Apple employees that want an iMac this month. This is about perception.

needfx
Mar 17, 2013, 09:11 AM
on second thought, imacs being in good production yields could mean that new TB displays are right around the corner

acslater017
Mar 17, 2013, 02:34 PM
How do I get one of those "friend and family " EPP discounts? Heard they're 15% off.

Your friend or family member has to order it for you from within their firewall. Walking into a store with the employee present gets you only 10%.

Nightarchaon
Mar 17, 2013, 04:49 PM
What other notebook computer has the same specs as a macbook pro? Can you actually buy one that has the same or better batery life and unibody aluminum chassis, glass trackpad, firewire, thunderbolt and runs Mac OS X. I don't think is anything else with those specs.

Your right, i can get a Sony laptop with a better spec for less (and who the hell wants Firewire or Thunderbolt ? All thats needed is USB 3 and an HDMI out)

Thunderbolt . like firewire before it, is a dead duck, to expensive for anyone but the Must haves and technological snobs.

Same goes for retina displays, Until they can get a mobile GPU in there powerful enough to drive that resolution (which most desktops use two or three card SLIs to run at those resolutions) and until i have a pressing need to sit hunched over my keyboard inches from my screen then the current "normal" resolutions are already "retina" because i sit a sensible distance away from my systems during use, i cant pick out individual pixels anyway.

Battery life is also something ill disagree on, id rather have half the battery life, and the ability to carry a swappable spare or two, to have a built in battery that (on my current MBP) reduces its "life" after only a few cycles (im down to 74% "life" after 117 cycles and lost about 2% per cycle now, and the apple store says that its not Faulty ... Battery life is plummeting every day and i can't easily replace the batteries should they fail completely)

My next laptop Purchase is probably going to be an Alienware, and im going to install OSX on it for best of both worlds, Top line hardware and awesome OS.

The more apple try and make the machines they sell into disposable items, the less and less i like them as a company, they have gone from making functional systems you can actually trust to work to making fashion statements that you have to dispose of every couple of years.

MR.HFG
Mar 17, 2013, 06:42 PM
I purchased my MBP through Best Buy as an open box item and saved roughly $400. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I was short on money and needed a laptop for school. The $500 discount + 25% OFF is ridiculously sweet for a Mac.