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clindner
Nov 2, 2006, 01:32 PM
Hi, after years of denial, I'm now officially a mac convert!

I just wanted to pass along a deal I got in case there are others waiting on a good price to make the jump.

Compusa has been advertising a closeout special on the MA206LL/A -- SKU 338490 Mac Mini, which is the Core Duo 1.66 with 512 MB / 80 GB / DL Superdrive, for $649. If you go to their website, click on locations, pick a location, then click on the "blowout items" link, you can see if the store closest to you has it.

So, I went to my store on 2 separate occasions, since my store was reported to have 2 in stock. First, they said they didn't have them any more. The 2nd time, a guy went in and looked around in the back room, and was able to find one. At checkout, I discovered that they were discounted for an additional $130 off, making the final price $519.98!!!!

Many of the Compusa stores I checked at random still listed these in stock, so if you have been concerned about the price of the mini, this should help.

-Curt



roland.g
Nov 2, 2006, 01:39 PM
That is a great deal!!! I just got a 1.66 same specs for $649 refurb'd from Apple. However I did save $100 due to the printer rebate. If you can get one from CompUSA for the extra $130 go that way, but if it is $649 order the refurb from Apple and get a free/discounted printer. I got a $199 printer for $99, or a $199 printer and a $549 Mini. Still $519 is a smoking deal on that machine. Do you self a favor, go to datamem.com or macsales.com and get 2x512 or 2x1GB memory and upgrade it. 512 is ok, but 2gigs flys.

dmw007
Nov 2, 2006, 01:42 PM
That is one heck of a deal that you found for yourself clindner! :eek:

Enjoy your new Mac Mini. :)

camomac
Nov 2, 2006, 01:42 PM
wow that is a smoking deal, thanks for passing it along.

Gurutech
Nov 2, 2006, 01:59 PM
Ahhh dang!
:(

I'm so dumb to pay 570 something for my stocked mini...

Flyinace2000
Nov 2, 2006, 06:40 PM
Ahhh dang!
:(

I'm so dumb to pay 570 something for my stocked mini...

My local store has 2 instock! Very tempting but it would be over kill for my file server project.

Carguy172
Nov 2, 2006, 07:08 PM
Thats a really good deal you got there your lucky

mterlouw
Nov 2, 2006, 07:15 PM
Wow, that's a great price. My local store has a few core solos for $449.98. I wonder if there's an extra discount involved for them as well.

clindner
Nov 3, 2006, 06:20 AM
Wow, that's a great price. My local store has a few core solos for $449.98. I wonder if there's an extra discount involved for them as well.

I didn't ask, because I was at the checkout when I found out. That is actually the machine I was planning on getting, and it was their display unit. Figured it would have been a good unit to do a chip upgrade on later!

-Curt

dwcasey
Nov 3, 2006, 09:51 AM
I'm calling my Tulsa location now.

::: eh, no dice for me. They had a core solo refurb for $499 and a regular core duo 1.66 for $599. I asked if that was the price at the register, she said that is the only price she can see. Oh well.

joe50000
Nov 3, 2006, 10:44 AM
Yeah, CompUSA is really clearing out their stuff. They had a 20" ACD for only $500 NEW. I was tempted but didn't have the cash for it.

G5power
Nov 3, 2006, 01:16 PM
That is an awesome price for that configuration.

I checked with the local CompUSA and all they had was a battle worn 1.5 single marked as $449 managers special.

I asked an employee and he looked up the SKU of 338490 and said it showed a price of $649.

I would jump all over that configuration at that price.

clindner
Nov 3, 2006, 01:25 PM
I asked an employee and he looked up the SKU of 338490 and said it showed a price of $649.

Keep in mind that the additional $130 discount doesn't show up in the system, but kicks in at checkout (or at least it did in my case on Nov 2nd).

The list price in my case was $649 as well....

-Curt

G5power
Nov 3, 2006, 01:28 PM
Did the register receipt line list a discount or provide any clues?

roland.g
Nov 3, 2006, 02:22 PM
I didn't ask, because I was at the checkout when I found out. That is actually the machine I was planning on getting, and it was their display unit.

If I am reading this right, you bought a display model of an older revision, which would explain the additional discount.

Apple does the same thing, sells display units for less than a returned/refreshed unit because it was used in the store. BTW, I would never buy a notebook or iPod from Apple or anywhere else that was a display unit, simply because the thing has probably been plugged in 24/7 meaning, the battery is shot.

I doubt all 1.66 Core Duo Superdrives are $519 at CompUSA, probably only the display units.

clindner
Nov 3, 2006, 02:43 PM
Did the register receipt line list a discount or provide any clues?

No, there wasn't a code of any sort, just a $130 off.


If I am reading this right, you bought a display model of an older revision, which would explain the additional discount.

[..]

I doubt all 1.66 Core Duo Superdrives are $519 at CompUSA, probably only the display units.


The unit I bought was not a display model, and the box had never been opened. The unit booted up with the initial setup routines.

So yes, I did get a 1.66 Core Duo Superdrive unit for $519. I'm glad to know it was a good deal!

-Curt

G5power
Nov 3, 2006, 05:42 PM
I located a CompUSA that had a display unit still of the 1.66 with Superdrive (SKU 338490) and that rang at the register as $649.

clindner
Nov 3, 2006, 10:50 PM
I located a CompUSA that had a display unit still of the 1.66 with Superdrive (SKU 338490) and that rang at the register as $649.

Wow, I wonder why I got the discount? :confused:

Not that I am complaining!

This is my first post with the new machine!

-Curt

savanahrose
Nov 3, 2006, 10:59 PM
Just checked my closest store. Nope nada. It did have a power mac g5 quad for 2299.98

OldSkoolNJ
Nov 4, 2006, 12:09 AM
ALmost all clearance inventory in the stores get %20 off until tomorrow night. We have two 1.66 models and a core solo still in stock. 2 of which are still sealed box. They are listed in the system for 649 and 449. When they get to the register and they actually press total it will take off the 20% instantly. He is infact right and didnt get a special deal or anything. This ,again, is only until tomorrow.

Kevin

tjung
Nov 5, 2006, 07:04 PM
I am now a proud mac owner! I bought my first mac yesterday after reading this thread and i just wanted to say thanks to the person that posted the info regarding the deal at compusa. I had been thinking about purchasing a mac since this past June but just could never pull the trigger...yesterday I couldn't wait to pull that trigger!

Final price was $959 after the extra 20% discount.

20in widescreen iMac
2.0ghz Intel Core Duo
512mb ddr sdram
250 gb sata
superdrive cd/rewrite and dvd burner
ATI Radeon x1600 128mb mem
built in iSight camera
10/100 ethernet
wireless ready
2 firewire 400 ports

Tim

iHateWindows
Nov 5, 2006, 07:35 PM
Sounds great, I had to pay like $800 for my PPC mini :( I remember I thought it was so fast back then.

G5power
Nov 6, 2006, 08:33 AM
OldSkoolNJ - thanks for the explanation of the 20% special. After you posted that I found the reference to it on the CompUSA front page. Funny no one at the store I visited could tell me about that even when I asked them about people reporting getting 20% off on the discontinued mini.

After your post I checked and found a store in Jersey (near a friend) that had the 1.66 duo in stock. A quick phone call later I scored that model for $519. The painful part is she can't ship the package until today.

Clindner thanks for the original post that put us on track for the deal!!

Next up track down a deal on 2GB of memory and wait for the Fed Ex man to bring my package.

clindner
Nov 6, 2006, 08:55 AM
I'm glad to hear a few other people were able to take advantage of the CompUSA sale!

Thanks as well to OldSkoolNJ for confirming that they were offering the extra discount.

-Curt

roland.g
Nov 6, 2006, 10:45 AM
Great Awesome Woohoo. But where were you with this on 10.24 when I ordered my refurb 1.66 SD 80GB for $649. Well at least I got $100 rebate on a printer, but I would have taken the $130 and bought the printer for less somewhere other than Apple. Oh, well. I guess I just couldn't wait another day.

Actually no worries Curt, had I waited 1 more day I would have saved $475 on a 24" iMac which is really what I wanted. There seems to be some cruelty at every corner.

BTW, got 2GBs in my 1.66 now and used Handbrake to Rip a couple movies, not at ipod but full res, 2000 avg bit rate, 48000hz 160kbps audio, averaging 55-65 fps per movie on the mini. I think one took 35 min, the other 28. The first was 2h10min running time the other 2hr3min.

clindner
Nov 6, 2006, 12:09 PM
BTW, got 2GBs in my 1.66 now and used Handbrake to Rip a couple movies, not at ipod but full res, 2000 avg bit rate, 48000hz 160kbps audio, averaging 55-65 fps per movie on the mini. I think one took 35 min, the other 28. The first was 2h10min running time the other 2hr3min.

That's good to know. I'm thinking about upgrading my RAM as well. Did the extra RAM increase the speed at all? I look forward to rendering video at 55-65 fps rather than 20-30 myself!

-Curt

G5power
Nov 6, 2006, 01:16 PM
Curt
If you are thinking about upgrading the memory in your mini. CompUSA has PNY 667MHz DDR2 1GB memory on sale for $99 after rebate. That price looks real good compared to the other prices I've found.

vga4life
Nov 6, 2006, 02:15 PM
FWIW, I picked up a 1.66/SD/80G mini yesterday for $549 from the U-Village Apple Store in Seattle. It was a demo model, but was completely pristine (i guess since the minis just kinda sit there they don't get abused like the Macbooks). Came with the standard 1 year warranty just like new.

Check those back tables at your Apple Store if your CompUSA doesn't have these still. Apple doesn't keep outdated models on display, even when nothing has changed but a CPU bump.

tmp0404
Nov 8, 2006, 09:40 AM
So regarding this matter, if I picked up an open box mini, it was not a display model with the following specs;

Mac mini, Intel Core Solo Processor, 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4

and had to $449 less 20% resulting in a net cost of $359, would you guys go for it. The store manager told me all warranties are valid, etc. Also, please refresh my memory, does this mini have the built in airport card, I thought they did, but don't remember.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

jsw
Nov 8, 2006, 09:45 AM
So regarding this matter, if I picked up an open box mini, it was not a display model with the following specs;

Mac mini, Intel Core Solo Processor, 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4

and had to $449 less 20% resulting in a net cost of $359, would you guys go for it. The store manager told me all warranties are valid, etc. Also, please refresh my memory, does this mini have the built in airport card, I thought they did, but don't remember.

Thanks in advance for your comments.
Yes, it has built-in AirPort and Bluetooth. For $359, it's a fantastic deal (depending on your needs). I would, however, strongly recommend buying extra RAM unless you're not going to use it for anything all that taxing.

clindner
Nov 8, 2006, 03:59 PM
Yes, it has built-in AirPort and Bluetooth. For $359, it's a fantastic deal (depending on your needs). I would, however, strongly recommend buying extra RAM unless you're not going to use it for anything all that taxing.

Also, there are a few sites that describe upgrading the processor to a Core 2 Duo. If you want a low cost entry into the Mac world, like I did, you should go for it.