Amazon - GUARANTEED delivery tomorrow (& cheaper)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ontheuptick, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. ontheuptick macrumors member

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    I have a Core Due 17 iMac ordered, I placed the order over a week ago, and it still hasn't shipped. Amazon says that they will guarantee shipping next day for only 33 bucks, or I can get it in 2 days for 20 bucks. Should I cancel my order at apple and get it at amazon?


    Has anyone bought and received their amazon computer yet?
     
  2. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I'm planning on buying mine from Amazon as the rebate and no tax makes it well worth it. Shipping is really up to you, really how soon do you want it :p
    The $20 would be nice to have it within two days but if you have waited this long...why pay for it then :cool:
     
  3. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    the advantage with apple online is BTO. If you just want a basic off-the-shelf mac, then amazon might be a good deal. But, if you update video card, hdd, etc. and u don't like to open up your machine (like me), then apple is the better value. I have not ordered computers from amazon so i don't know what to expect.
     
  4. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Having it sooner now sounds great. However, in a week you'll feel different about it. Try to resist the temptation to spend more money just to get it a couple of days earlier! (however hard that may be)

    You can do it! :D
     
  5. ontheuptick thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I added 1 GB memory to my order on apple store, so I'd like to just keep it there and not have to put memory in myself. But I don't want to have to wait another week, when I could get it cheaper and sooner with Amazon, and then put the memory in myself.

    Who here has bought the Intelmac from amazon and has a report? Did everything go smoothly?
     
  6. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I haven't ordered this particular from Amazon yet, but I'm sure your order will go smoothly. Amazon has some of the best customer service on the planet, and I have ordered computers from them plus my cinema display. They are top notch.

    Also, try to see if they offer you a *trial* of Amazon Prime during checkout. If they do, you can get 1-day shipping for $3.99. I'm an Amazon Prime member myself. $79 a year is really worth it for free 2-day on everything. I calculated I saved $1000 in shipping during 2005.

    As far as memory, just order some and put it in yourself. You're going to save a lot buying from Amazon, with the rebate. I may order from Amazon today myself.
     
  7. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    I placed my order for a iMac 20" Duo on Amazon yesterday and I wanted to get it before the weekend. Well, they said it is 2-3 days to ship so I did overnight and it was going to cost $30. Like the previous poster said, Amazon has a trial membership to Amazon prime which allows you to get free 2nd day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping. I opted for overnight and now I am supposed to get my iMac on the 26th or 27th (*crosses fingers*). I bought a Mushkin stick of 1GB PC5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM from Fry's today for $108 after tax so I am just waiting on my fun new toy to arrive.

    I was going to order from Apple to get the upgraded VRAM and 1GB of RAM but I couldn't pass up the Amazon deal.

    Apple BTO w/ edu discount:
    Base - $1599
    VRAM - $68
    Mem - $90
    Subtotal - $1757
    Free Shipping (slow) - $0
    Total after Tax - $1867

    Amazon:
    Base - $1695
    Shipping - $4
    Tax - $0
    Memory from Fry's - $108
    Mail in rebate - ($150)
    Total after rebate - $1657

    So with Amazon, I get it faster, get 512MB more RAM and spend $200 less and all I miss out on is 128MB of VRAM.
     
  8. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe it's just me but my ordered wasn't shipped slow from Apple at all. I got it 2 days after it left China with standard shipping. The build time did take three days for a total of 5 but I think the extra day or two was worth the upgraded VRAM and RAM.
     
  9. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Well, I bit the bullet and ordered my iMac Core Duo. In a way, I wanted to wait, for future announcements to see what happens to Mac Mini and if there would be a smaller MacBook Pro. However, I felt this was a well-rounded machine, and I could always sell it, in the future, if need be.

    The Amazon price was great after rebate, plus $20 more off with A9 reward, plus I had some gift certificates, and I paid $4 for overnight shipping. It should be here tomorrow (January 25).

    I got the 17 inch because I wanted to keep my 20-inch ACD, so I will connect it to the iMac. I'm keeping my Powerbook to use around the house and for travel. I love my Powerbook, and it is hard to say it will no longer be my #1 Mac. However, I'm thinking I might even use my Powerbook more around the house now. With it has my main machine I have to disconnect display, USB connections, Firewire connections, audio out, power, etc. whenever i want to take it somewhere else in the house. However, now that it will only be connected to power, its just one plug to have a mobile mac ready to go. Nice.

    I'm going to order memory tonight or tomorrow. I don't know, if I should get a 512 stick, so that it will match the other stick, or gig a 1 gig stick. I might get a 512 stick for now, to save money. I think 1 gig of memory would be enough, for my needs.

    On a side note, I wish this thing could boot Windows, so I could sell my PC. Maybe someone will figure it out.
     

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