.Mac ONLY $79.99!

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  1. t300 macrumors 6502a

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  2. CramSoup macrumors member

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    I think apple is offering it for 69.99 right now!!!
     
  3. jenniff macrumors member

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    That's an online only dealio, obviously. That code gives you 20% off of all software. There are other codes for 20% off accessories, 15% off movies and games, and 10% off upgrades, LCD monitors, printers, and digital cameras.

    That's pretty clever to apply it to .Mac, though. I wouldn't think of that being categorized as software.

    I believe that's a thirty dollar rebate, only with the purchase of a computer.
     
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    I am awaiting the arival of my new 12 pb but I bought it though the Military and not from the apple store. Do you think I'll get the 30 dollars off???
     
  6. jenniff macrumors member

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    Visit Apple's online store and you'll see that:

    Purchase a new Mac between June 27, 2004 and September 25, 2004, and get .Mac for $69.95 1 --that's just 19 cents a day 2 for everything you need to get more out of the Internet​

    Download this pdf and mail it in to redeem it.
     
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    <salespitch>

    With .mac, you get

    • Backup ($50 value)
    • Virex ($50 value)
    • 100 MB of online storage (varying values, depending on where you look)
    • An email address with 15 MB of storage
    • An easy way to publish photos, writing, etc.
    • Free stuff that Apple gives to members. Right now, they're offering a one year subscription to MacAddict for $19.99 instead of the normal $29.99
    • Other stuff that you can learn by going to www.mac.com

    So, for $69.95, it's a pretty stellar deal. You get $100 worth of software that you can keep. You likely will not regret getting it. On top of that, you get the extra stuff.

    If you already have a backup program and virus protection, it may not be as worth it. However, I know that I use my .mac account daily.

    </salespitch>
     
  9. CramSoup macrumors member

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    good job, you set the hook.....

    A- ALWAYS... B- Be... C-Closing... ALWAYS BE CLOSING!!!
     
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  11. t300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh well...This is good for people who may have just purchased a Mac and passed up .Mac and now want it. I find it quite solid.
     
  12. sgtlmj macrumors member

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    It should be noted that the rebate(s) only apply to the actual software package.

    If you just sign up for .Mac online you don't get the rebate, since you won't have a UPC label to send in.

    I just signed up for .Mac online and didn't read the fine print of the rebate first. Out $30. :(

    Got all excited having just switched to a 12PB and lost my head. Oh well!
     
  13. Sabbath macrumors 6502a

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    I wish I could get it for that, is there anyway I can buy it at this price from the UK. Do you just get a code in the box to enter online, if so I must be able to figure out someway of getting it.
     
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    Hehe, I was going to say the exact same thing, except I was going to use $69.98 instead of $68.99. ;)
     
  15. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    That is why its a free world and economy.

    I find my .MAC well worth the purchase price. You do not. I buy it, others do not.
    Econ 101.

    That said, they should beef it up with more storage to compete with Yahoo/Google/Etc.
     
  16. svenr macrumors regular

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    • Where did you get that value? Backup is not sold separately, there's no price for it. And besides, it's very limited and doesn't work very well.
      Virex sells for $28.88
      http://gizmos2go.com/xcart/customer/product.php?productid=1299
      And, anyway, who here has ever had a virus under OS X?
      No scripting, no databases, no FTP access. Useful only for amateurs.
      Others give you several addresses with 1 GB of storage for free!
      Yeah, iPhoto integration is nice, although others offer the similar functions for free.
      Who needs a magazine for $20 when you can get all the Macintosh info you could possibly want more up-to-date on the net ... free? Other "stuff" is mostly discounts on things you wouldn't have bought if they were offered at the discounted price in the first place, like silly children games.
    Like... ??
    No, you don't.
    Now, after all that ranting, guess what ... me too! I also use mine daily. So what made me keep it? It's really nothing but the email. I got a really nice address back in the days when it was "iTools" and just couldn't get myself to let go of it. Apple hooked me in best bait-and-switch manner. But everytime renewing comes around, I'm debating with myself if it's worth it, because with the other "stuff" I've been underwhelmed.

    But at the end of the day, it's pretty much a moot argument and has been discussed here about 2758 times. Everyone values different things differently and has to make up their own mind...
     
  17. reaper macrumors 6502

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    Actually, CompUSA wants to move .Mac subscriptions. I went in and, without purchasing a new computer, told the Apple-guy that I would buy it for $69.99. He didn't want to do it at first, but just as I said I was going to walk, he was more than happy to make a sale. Just a little tip, prices are always negotiable. :)

    - reaper
     
  18. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    My exact situation. I got a great email address in the days of iTools, and loads of people have it, I don't want to loose it, but it is getting very hard to justify the cost, especially with my gmail account (1GB FREE! vs 15MB £££!!!) :rolleyes:
     
  19. jenniff macrumors member

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    My goodness. How do you get through life being so negative? There's a song, "Accentuate the Positive," that you should probably listen to in the morning. You right well may be a happier person in the end.

    I'm getting that value from the Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO), in their .mac sales unit. It compared it to Retrospect Backup, which they said retailed for $49.99. I just look on Amazon, and it was $92.99 on sale. Oh well.
    If you don't think it works very well, then I'm sorry. I had lots of customers be very pleased with its performance.

    Again, I got it from ASTO. It's called a sales pitch, my friend. I've never gotten a virus. If people were intelligent, PC users would never have viruses either. Unfortunately, some people manage to get viruses (viri, whatever), and they need virus protection. OS X is actually more susceptible to getting viri than OS 9, because
    Hackers and viruses pose more of a threat than ever for the Mac platform due to the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X.

    —Robert Franklin, Symantec's senior product specialist

    Yea, no offense to him, but he sounded like an amateur. Something told me that he wasn't a pro web developer. Besides, not everyone has an abundance of time to spend on things. Not everyone has their life revolve around their computer. Sometimes you want something short, simple, and sweet.

    First of all, Gmail isn't available for everyone right now. Second of all, I don't like Gmail as much as .mac mail. I like the integration with Mail of .mac mail. Why would I need 1GB of storage anyway? Why don't I just download it on my computer?
    Cripes, that's not even the main selling point of dotmac. The point is that you get an address@mac.com, ad-free, and you get it with all this other stuff. It's a package. The individual elements by themselves are not worth it necessarily, but all together it is, MAINLY the two software pieces: backup and virex.

    Yea, integration is nice, and that's why you buy it. If you want something free that doesn't integrate, then go for it. I like integration. I will pay money for integration.

    The point is this: They give away things from time to time. I got a free versiontracker plus account through them. I get free shareware from time to time. I got StickyBrain for free through it. They give you discounts on books and magazines. This is merely one example of discounts and free stuff. Perhaps eventually, you will find something of value through it as well, and you will be happy with it.

    Go there and look, my goodness. In the day and age where we have this plethora of information at our fingertips, and I'm typing out what you can right well learn yourself by going to a website. I'm already typing out way more than I should. You should already know it all anyway, since you have a dotmac account.

    Then go yell at Apple if you don't think so. Having sold Apple products in the past, and having taken their sales training courses online, these are the things that Apple told us to tell people in order to sell dotmac.

    Well, good for you. I'm glad you pay money every year for something that you can't stand that much. That really shows your devotion to Apple. Truthfully, I would be upset too if all I used my dotmac account was for the email. That's a lot of money for email. But, I use all of the features, and it's a great value for the package.
     
  20. paulypants macrumors 6502a

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    you guys are just too witty... ;)
     
  21. svenr macrumors regular

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    Wow, I think I really stepped on someones toes! Sorry 'bout that!
    Of course, Apple themselves can make up any "value" they want. I'd call that "slightly" biased. Please don't compare Backup to Retrospect. Have you used both? It's like comparing Apple Works to MS Office 2004.
    Check the discussion board in the .mac support forums. I actually sent a long feedback to Apple after I tried to use Backup for a major system overhaul. Here is a pic with one of the hilarious error msgs: [​IMG]
    Intgerestingly, I had a virus once way back under OS 9 or 8, but never under OS X. But maybe that's just me. After all, the specialist from the anti-virus software firm says I'm susceptible. Who would think they just wanna sell stuff...
    Funny, why are you writing in the 3rd person suddenly? Didn't you say "you" earlier? Anyway, no I'm not a "pro" web developer. But I do web pages occasionally. Here is one: bustspammers.com/macfanaticshop-fraud/ It's all hand-coded, so it's pretty basic, but I am learning and I'd like to do more than simple, static pages. That's why I signed up with another hosting company for that site. With .mac I can't even use my own domain name.
    Did I mention Gmail anywhere? Have a look at this:
    • 3 (Three!) GB: Spymac Wheel ($40, less than half of .mac; including everything .mac has - only more of it, e.g. 250MB WheelDrive vs. 100MB iDisk)
    • 2 GB: Adventure Mail (free)
    • 1 GB: Spymac (free, including almost everything else .mac has)
    • 1 GB: Walla (free)
    • 1 GB: Rediff (free)
    • 250 MB: Hotmail (free)
    • 100 MB: Yahoo (free)
    • 15 MB: .mac ($100)
    Because you may work with more than one computer, e.g. laptop + desktop? And you want all your mail including sent mail, drafts, message markers, sub folders etc. available on all machines?
    Agreed. That's exactly why I kept my account.
    I hope you read the fine print when you did that. You had to give your .mac email address to Versiontracker, you couldn't change it. And VT said they will send you offers, including through "trusted third parties". You know what happens once your email address is out on the lose. I'd like to keep my .mac email spam-free and politely declined.
    I did look. And I found the "Learning Center" all very basic, mostly geared towards beginners. Don't wanna sound like a smartass, but I couldn't learn much from it.
    You're pretty proud of that, aren't you? No wonder you're such an .mac enthusiast. You have to be.
    I didn't say I can't stand it. I do use my .mac homepage and some of the other things, since I paid for it anyway. I did say different ppl value diff things differently. For me, I really like my email address and so far that was obviously valuable enough for me to grit my teeth and pay up. Luckily, I'm not a student anymore, and $100 a year don't make me go broke. But, you're right it's expensive and I will take a hard look again when renewal comes up in Oct. Here's what sums up my feelings about iTools / .mac.
     
  22. jenniff macrumors member

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    Hehe, that's true. I'm entirely biased. I had to believe all that stuff, otherwise I couldn't tell it to other people.

    I see all of your points, I was just being ornery because I was tired. All apologies.

    I still don't agree with some of your points, but I don't have to sell dotmac anymore, so I don't see why I should debate the issue.

    I was referring to the fellow who originally started the thread. You had previously said
    , and I was saying that the reason why I brought that up was that I thought he would appreciate it.

    I was just frustrated because you entirely bashed the product, and I didn't feel that it deserved that bad of a lashing. Granted, I got my first dotmac account for free, and when I renewed I got it for free, and then I got a discount for another renewal code. I admit, I probably wouldn't have purchased it for the original $99. But, now that I have it, I don't mind paying for the service, since I can't get it for free or discount anymore. Having used it, it's more valuable to me.

    Does this make sense? Sorry for being flippant earlier, again. Ever changing moods are fun, yes?
     
  23. svenr macrumors regular

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    So we are cool? :)
    I checked out your blog at neatlysliced.com. Very nice. Somehow, it feels different when you can attach a personality to these anonymous posts. I almost feel bad now for bashing so hard.... but only almost. :D

    Hey, dunno if u had a chance to see the site I mentioned about the MacFanaticShop scam. You see, another poor soul fell in that trap just today. His experience is in the Mac Whiz thread, which is currently still on the front page of this Buying Tips section. I set the site up to stop this, but it doesn't help if ppl don't find it in time. Do you think you could put a link on your site? It would be good to spread the word and warn as many ppl as possible. Thanks!

    Sven
     
  24. SillyKary macrumors member

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    Wow, that's an interesting list. Doesn't make Apple look very good. Any experiences with these services?
     
  25. SillyKary macrumors member

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    I saw that. It really sucks. I don't have a web site, but I put it in my signature. Hope it helps...
     

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