MBP Pricing Options

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wahgnube, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. wahgnube macrumors member

    wahgnube

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    After resolving some confusion as to what laptop I wanted, I've finally returned to wanting the Macbook Pro. The specs I am shooting for are the MBP 2.0 GHz with 2 x 1 GB of RAM and a 7200 rpm 100 GB hard disk. Before I went ahead with the purchase, I wanted to make sure if the following options seem correct.

    Being tax season and everything, I hope the numbers below don't scare anyone away. :)

    Option 1---Everything from the student store

    Base computer (2 GHz, 1 GB, 5400 rpm): $2299.00
    Additional RAM (1 GB): $270.00
    Faster hard disk (7200 rpm): $90.00
    Total: $2659.00
    (MI Sales tax 6%)
    Total with tax (1.06 x Total): $2818.54

    Option 2---Lowest possible cost (ADC Student discount, RAM from outside)

    Base computer (2 GHz, 1 GB, 5400 rpm): $2499.00
    Faster hard disk (7200 rpm): $100.00
    Total1: $2599.00
    Total1 with tax (1.06 x Total1): $2754.94

    Above with 20% ADC Student Discount: $2203.95
    ADC Student Membership Registration: $99.00
    Additional RAM (1 GB) from elsewhere: $160.00
    Final Total: $2462.95

    The difference between options 1 and 2 is ~356$ in favour of 2. Additionally, an ADC membership supposedly gives me OS updates for a year, and this fits nicely in the time frame for 10.5.

    While there are no problems with option 1, is there something funny about the way I am computing option 2? I am going blindly with hearsay that there is a 20% discount on the prices on the regular Apple store. Is this correct?

    And if yes, is there some reason I wouldn't want to choose option 2?

    (I am a student at the university working on scientific computing---among other things---and writing code as a researcher is what financially supports me in grad school, so there is no funiness regarding using the ADC student membership.)
     
  2. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

    ®îçhå®?

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    Your calculations in 2 are corrected

    I'm probably being stupid hear but what is an ADC student discount?? I've not heard anything about it but is it because i live in the UK??
     
  3. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    You should subtract $110 from Option 1 since you can buy the 1GB from elsewhere on that option as well.

    Also, with Leopard, since you're at a university, getting a Mac OS X license is cheap (at my school, it costs $15 for a full Tiger license with media).

    That said, it seems that you would still save close to $200. Not bad.

    Option 3
    Amazon: $2499.99
    - rebate: $150
    - A9 discount: $39.25
    - Amazon Rewards: $73.82
    + 1GB RAM (from elsewhere): $160
    TOTAL: $2396.92
    No Tax and free shipping

    However, it's the slower hard drive (upgrade not available). Not necessarily a better option, but it is an option.
     
  4. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    I had the same decision, but at the end of the day I was only saving about 250 bucks with ADC as compared to the student pricing and it wasn't worth the hassle. (i would have had to have someone else sign up for ADC etc since I've allready used mine)

    Main thing, I was not going to get RAM from anywheer besides Apple. a) I dopn't know how to install it, b) the possibility of something going wrong is much higher.

    Also, keep in mind, if you get Applecare, it's actually a $100 cheaper with the student price than ADC.

    All in all, the savings fo 250 just weren't worth the extra hassle, so I went with the student store.

    eV
     
  5. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Corrected? Did you mean "correct"? :)

    If you're a student at the university and would like to learn more about developing on the Apple platform, you can join the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) as a student member. Apart from giving you access to recent development tools and OS updates, it also gives you the opportunity to buy one machine at a discount of 20%.

    That is the 20% I subtracted from the calculations.
     
  6. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I should. I was just listing the "easiest, hands-off" option for comparison.

    That is cool, except that in my university, it's $69. I checked it out earlier this week.

    This seems like a workable option, except , 2397+90 (just adding the hard drive cost) is very similar to my option 2. And there is no rebate to work (or the need to use A9 often enough!).

    Thanks for the information.
     
  7. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    The reason why I listed the first option was for this "hands-off, Apple does everything" scheme. I personally don't have a problem with installing memory, but there is a nice (probably placebo) effect of knowing it's all factory fit, "properly".

    And I can still buy AppleCare separately from the Apple store using my student status, giving me this $100 off.
     
  8. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Then add $112 to your option 2.
     
  9. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I should. I was just trying to list two extremes, that's all.
     

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