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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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13-inch MacBook Air on Amazon...

I'm considering buying a MBA to replace my 2009 MBP and found one on Amazon shipped and sold by Amazon itself for $30 off the price of the same spec model on the Apple Store. It lists the OS as 10.7 though, not 10.8. Buying via Amazon would also save me money on tax because I wouldn't have to pay any sales tax, which adds up when it costs $1,139.00.

Question is: Amazon links AppleCare as an optional purchase. If I buy from there, will the computer be registered and show up in Apple's system considering I didn't buy it from them? I also didn't know retailers were able to discount Apple's products, which is why you see these buy an iPad and get a gift card offers, because Apple doesn't allow them to reduce the actual price of the product.

I mainly want to know if I would encounter problems if I were to have to take the computer in to be repaired at some point. Is the old OS a problem? Is it recommended to upgrade to 10.8 and if so, how much would it cost me?
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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Buying from an authorized retailer is no different from buying from Apple aside from return policies so you can get it serviced from any Apple store regardless of whether you bought it from Amazon or an Apple store. Same goes for Applecare, it can be applied to the laptop without issue.

It should also qualify for a free upgrade to Mountain Lion.
http://www.apple.com/osx/uptodate/
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:36 AM   #3
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Also, if you don't need the computer right away, wait a week for BF/CM and it'll likely be either $999 or $1049 as it was last year.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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Also, if you don't need the computer right away, wait a week for BF/CM and it'll likely be either $999 or $1049 as it was last year.
Oooh, thanks for the tip. Can afford to wait and per your advice, will do so. You're talking about the price on Amazon, right?
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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Oooh, thanks for the tip. Can afford to wait and per your advice, will do so. You're talking about the price on Amazon, right?
Yeah, I believe Best Buy originally dropped the price to that level, and Amazon price-matched as is their policy when enough people request them to. Best Buy is already advertising the 13" MBA at $1025 for BF, so you should at least be able to snag it at that price when Amazon price-matches. Be forewarned, though, that Amazon's prices will fluctuate over the holiday weekend and there's usually only a window of 3-4 hours when they are at their nadir before bumping back up by 5% or so.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 12:54 PM   #6
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Currently on Amazon for $1024.99.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 03:44 AM   #7
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I'm so tempted to upgrade. I'm just hoping there are some even better sales if I wait.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 04:05 AM   #8
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When you purchase from another retailer, like Amazon, the warranty will still be valid. However, what you may see is that some of the warranty has already expired when you check it on Apple's site - so a month may have expired already for example.

All you need to do is provide Apple with your invoice/receipt and they will change this information to the date when you first purchased the system, so you get full warranty. the last time I did this I just scanned and emailed them my receipt and they changed it on their system so I got the full 1 year warranty.
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How can you check how long the warranty has been used already
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How can you check how long the warranty has been used already
https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do
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