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Old Apr 30, 2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Where is best place to buy a Macbook rpo

Hi all, am new to this forum so be gentle.

I am planning to take the plunge into Mac and get my first macbook pro when the next new ones are out. Am looking to get the 13" model.

I was wondering where is the best place to buy one? Is it worth going to states to get one or is it just the same everywhere?

I feel that going into a mac store will be premium price, is there any difference going to a different store?

Any advice would be helpful.

thanks

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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Check with your neighbour first i just picked up my second macbook pro 13", less then a year old for $285 from my neighbour. i did however buy new one from apple 8 weeks ago for 1700.00. neighbours rule!!!
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:04 AM   #3
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lsdinc, might be best to give us a rough geographical location so that people can make recommendations. Your mention of "the states" leads me to believe you're not in the US?
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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Check Microcenter - good deals at times.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:17 AM   #6
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To be fair, usually every shop I've been in that sells Macbooks, have all sold them at usually a very similar price to what Apple sells them at; give or take 100. The best place to get a substatial discount would be through buying end-of-line models, I've once seen the price dropped by a third on a previous generation model.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:35 AM   #7
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Best place I've seen is bhphotovideo.com. Click on "buy together and save" to get a great deal on AppleCare, as well as SSD, memory and software options. If you don't want warranty and such, there are other places that offer the same prices. But they are by far the cheapest on the warranty that I could find (50% off already discounted prices.)
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:38 AM   #8
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If refurbs are available from Apple where you are, that generally gives the most savings. Refurbs are as good as new from my experience.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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Ah, apologies forgot to say am in London UK.

Thanks for advice so far, If you have any advice for buying in UK would be great.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 11:44 AM   #10
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Honestly - buy it from the Apple store either in person or online. If any retailers are discounting from RRP then it's only a few pounds if anything, not really anything worthwhile for the drop you'll get in customer service.

If you are still in education or work for certain employers then you may be eligible for EPP pricing from Apple. Saved me a couple of hundred quid on mine.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 11:49 AM   #11
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I know a few students. How would it be if I got them to go in and buy it for me with their student cards. Would I still be able to register it in my name etc?
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:09 PM   #12
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Check with your neighbour first i just picked up my second macbook pro 13", less then a year old for $285 from my neighbour. i did however buy new one from apple 8 weeks ago for 1700.00. neighbours rule!!!
Dumbest advice ever.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:12 PM   #13
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No trolling please. The guy just wanted a little boast your just jealous XD.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:13 PM   #14
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Best place? Apple.com
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:33 PM   #15
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Amazon.com (not 3rd parties through Amazon) usually has decent pricing if you're in a state where you don't have to pay sales tax. I have a corporate discount and the prices on Amazon are usually better than the corporate discount through apple.com for MBPs.

MacMall.com also offers some specials every now and then through their rebates.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:42 PM   #16
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got my "new" 2011 17mbp from ebay of all places (macmall) for 1779.

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Old Apr 30, 2012, 12:52 PM   #17
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im also from London and own a macbook (2011 white) i found the prices are reasonably similar in apple, curry's/pc world and places like John Lewis. The only upside i found was that some shops offer free waranty for longer than apple. I believe i have a year on my macbook with the offer of paying for more whereas when i purchased my ipad from John Lewis they gave me 3 years warranty at no extra cost so really depends on your preference of shop rather than the price as it doesnt really vary.
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im also from London and own a macbook (2011 white) i found the prices are reasonably similar in apple, curry's/pc world and places like John Lewis. The only upside i found was that some shops offer free waranty for longer than apple. I believe i have a year on my macbook with the offer of paying for more whereas when i purchased my ipad from John Lewis they gave me 3 years warranty at no extra cost so really depends on your preference of shop rather than the price as it doesnt really vary.
Amazon.co.uk and John Lewis offer small discounts in comparison to apple, especially near the end of the product's lifecycle, but you won't get the bto models.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 03:16 PM   #20
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Amazon because of their return policy, tax free and because I support e-tailers
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 11:56 PM   #21
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Apple refurb store has always been the best bang for the buck in my eyes. Still get a one year warranty and mine have been brand new with no signs of use at all...I think they have been overstock rather than actually refurbs. Some people even report bonuses like extra RAM etc.
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John Lewis give you a free 2 year guarantee for the same price as the Apple store, and they have a great reputation for returns and service etc.
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i think partly it depends what you want, obviously when you buy a product from apple you are entitled to have it set up there, im not sure any other places in the UK do the same, prices dont tend to vary much.
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Old May 2, 2012, 06:40 AM   #24
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In the USA it's bhphotovideo.com, hands down. Last year, I got a new 13" with 3 year applecare for less than a refurb 13" with applecare direct from apple (same make and model)! Plus there was no tax and free shipping...
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http://www.appleinsider.com/mac_price_guide/

Here is a good summary of Mac prices.
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