$$$ maximum value on a MBP

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  1. macNEWBIEswitch macrumors newbie

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    $$$ maximum value on a MBP - is it had by purchasing:

    1) a refurb MBP at the biz agent store
    2) applying a coupon code for $100 off
    3) upgrading your ram from a recommended after market dealer ($100 vs.
    $300 at apple).

    Or:

    1) a new MBP at store with Education discount $200
    2) Getting all the ram you need in the box
    3) paying with Bank of America cc (I saw someone mention this in another thread, don't know any details)

    Or:

    ?
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    If you are a student you can try joining the ADC and get a big once-a-lifetime discount on a piece of Apple hardware.
     
  3. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure how big the ADC discount is (I think 20%). However, I do think that the refurbished models from the Apple Store are a great deal. I think the next computer I buy will definitely be from the Refurbished store.
     
  4. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Buy at Amazon. Get $150 rebate. Pay NO tax. Free Shipping. Use Discover Card and get 5% cash back (until 12/31). Get ram from a third-party.

    15" MBP C2D 2.16
    $2000 - $150 - $100 = $1750

    15" MBP C2D 2.33
    $2500 - $150 - $125 = $2225

    (For comparison)
    15" MBP C2D 2.16 at Apple Store
    $1999 - $200 (edu discount) + $108 tax (based on 6%) = $1907
     
  5. macNEWBIEswitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will look into the ADC discount to see if we qualify. Our edu. discount is made possible because we homeschool our children, so don't know if ADC still applies. Also, I am taking a fully-credited course from our pastor, Dr. Winter, in the church, but no student IDs to speak of.

    In the meanwhile, I have to say that the refurb prices are looking pretty good. In fact, I would venture to say that ALL (incl. new) MB MBP prices will start dropping.....THIS being the reason for the cheap refurbs.:)
     
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Does Apple have the habit of dropping prices only to raise them again?
     

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