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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rye9, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. rye9 macrumors 65816

    rye9

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    Why should I buy a new iBook at the Apple Store for 999 when I can get one at Amazon.com for almost 100 cheaper. Why is this? Its cheaper bc there is an instatnt discount of 20 and then a mail in rebate of 50.
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Well, if you don't want an amazon.com card (or if you already have one), then you don't get the $20 discount. Apple has free shipping, but Amazon might not charge you sales tax, depending on where you're shipping.

    I generally buy from the Apple store to get the .edu discount, but I'd gladly buy from a reputable retailer such as Amazon if I could get a better price.
     
  3. jmulls macrumors newbie

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    I buy Apple products from amazon all the time as long as it isn't BTO. The free shipping and no sales tax beats apple.com.

    jm
     
  4. Lucky8 macrumors regular

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    Amazon.com does not provide BTO optios on Apple products, but they have much better return policy.
     
  5. nagromme macrumors G5

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    Amazon is indeed a great source for Apple stuff--and other tech products. Hardware, software, etc.--the often have the best price around.

    Use Apple.com if you wish to customize build-to-order, or if you qualify for Apple's big student/educator discounts.

    (Apple's other promos and deals generally apply no matter WHERE you buy from.)
     
  6. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Amazon has a great return policy. But only Apple can BTO, and I always BTO something. So I end up buying from Apple to bump up the HD or whatever.
     
  7. roadapple macrumors regular

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    Don't forget the 1.57% A9 discount on a large purchase like this as well.
     
  8. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my PB on apple's site. I think that both sites give free shipping on products over $50. Apple's educational discount made it more worthwhile than amazon. Plus, I don't like mail-in rebates; have had bad experiences with them before. Even if amazon were a bit cheaper through mail-in rebates, I'd still go apple, to drop in a little more cash for peace of mind.

    I should looking into that A9 thing though...
     
  9. Lucky8 macrumors regular

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    Never really liked the BTO option at Apple.com as it is not-returnable.
    The worst is FREE iPod engraving, they mind as well engraved "not-returnable" right on your iPod.
     
  10. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Well, my daughter lost her iPod once, and the way she got it back was because of the engraving. Seems like a reasonable precaution to take for such an expensive product.

    And regarding BTO, do you know any other retailer where you can get an 80 GB HD installed in an iBook?
     
  11. roadapple macrumors regular

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    B+H Photo has many BTO options tax free outside of NY.
     

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