Advantages to buying iPod from Apple?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by devburke, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. devburke Guest

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    So I’m gonna be buying a new iPod Touch to replace my broken 2G after they update them next week. In the past, I’ve bought from apple.com to get the free engraving (name & phone number, just in case I lose it and whoever finds it is nice). But I have noticed that you can get over $50 off the biggest size on Amazon. Even going to an Apple Store I could get $40 off bringing in my busted 2G. But it doesn’t seem that there’s any way to get both these discounts and the engravings (unless I’m missing something). So what other advantages would I get by buying from apple.com? Convince me! I’d love to have the engraving, but not if I’m paying an extra $50 for it.
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Typically, right after a refresh, you're not going to find Amazon (or anyone else) selling the new model for $50 cheaper than Apple does.

    AFAIK, apple.com is the only place to get it officially engraved.
     
  3. 184550 Guest

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    There's no tangible benefit aside from the possibility of student pricing (do they even do that any more, or ever, on iPods?) You'll get the same warranty regardless of where you buy it. (.com, Bestbuy, Amazon, etc...)
     
  4. devburke thread starter Guest

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    You’re probably right. But what about the 10% discount in-store through the recycling program?

    Nah no student pricing on the iPods. I think you’d be able to get that in-store anyway, I did with my MBP.
     
  5. SlovakApple macrumors 6502

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    That's true. I think that's the only advantage you get when ordering from Apple. Since I was not interested in having it engraved, I bought from Amazon for the same price as on the Apple site.
     
  6. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Let me turn this around. Advantages from buying from bestbuy?

    They don’t look into damages at all. If you have an extended warranty (50 bucks for two years; covers everything) and walk in with a smashed screen, they will just look at it and give you a new one. They didn’t even require the power cord or headphones. AFAIK, Apple checks it out before handing over a new one.
     
  7. devburke thread starter Guest

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    That probably depends on your Best Buy. I’ve had them open up the box on my new one and remove all the packaging and accessories, only giving me the iPod itself, since that’s all I brought in. It was lame.
     
  8. Derkatwork macrumors 6502

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    Does this program have a limit of one? Obviously they won't give a new ipod touch just because you hand over a pile of scrap ipods. Also, does this ipod need to be in working condition?
     
  9. devburke thread starter Guest

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    I imagine it has a limit of one. All it says on http://www.apple.com/recycling/ipod-cell-phone/ is

     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Limit one per transaction, it can't be a shuffle, and it doesn't have to be working. It does need to be in one physical piece and not leaking any battery goo. Plan to add an extra 10-15 minutes to your visit when doing this "recycle", there is a form that needs to be filled out, and it takes a little longer to ring the transaction through. :)
     
  11. imkingofjungle macrumors member

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    the advantage is that you get to step into an apple store
     
  12. EllieV macrumors 6502

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    THE EXPERIENCE

    and what does AFAIK mean, lol?
     
  13. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    AFAIK = As far as I know.

    Interwebs language.
     
  14. EllieV macrumors 6502

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    Lol ya, I recently learned what IMHO means :D
     

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