Online vs. Apple Store

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  1. sb58 macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a difference between the two? is there any like price difference?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    No - but the Apple Store does not usually have any CTO options in stock - most all their machines are the stock configs.
     
  3. rxl125 macrumors regular

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    don't buy from an apple store... their return policy is a joke... go to comp usa where it is a no questions asked return for a few weeks.
     
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    Google this and get enlightened:

    "comp usa return policy, apple"
     
  5. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    Buy from Amazon.com, sometimes up to $100 off computers and another $150 in rebates, not too sure about returns tho...
    just go on over and check it out, crunch some numbers and find the best deal.
     
  6. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    No price difference. But, as stated, only stock options available. If you're looking to save a pretty penny, amazon is your best bet (though I've "heard" the rebate can take forever and a day to come through).
     
  7. Rovman macrumors regular

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    Damn why don't Amazon UK ever have rebates, or money off deals :/
     
  8. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    also if you are using an edu. discount, the online store has been said to be much better. They sometimes have gotten a bit testy about the discount from word i've heard, so i always try stuff in the Apple stores and buy online :)
     
  9. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    this cannot be more true, everyone should try out a computer before they buy, with an investment this big, you simply cannot rely on what other people say, or what you see on the internet(although it does not hurt to do some research on the internet). it helps tremendously if you actually go to an Apple store (or a retailer near you) and try out the MB MBP Mini iMac etc. that you are considering purchasing.
     
  10. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    For awhile, some MR members mentioned something about Egg rebates?
     
  11. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    Order from apple.com then call and complain that your 3G computer (17" MBP in my case) is desparately needed before its estimated ship time (of June 8th :eek: ) and you get $125US off plus free 2-3 day shipping.
     
  12. sb58 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i dont get that at all. Why does that make sense?
     
  13. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    what doesn't make sense, i just spent THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS on a computer and it's not shipping until june 8th... so i called because i figured that, ya know, i spend all that money, i should be able to get my product a wee bit faster, so they offered me $125 discount, plus free 2-3 day shipping, on top of my education discount.
     
  14. Doctorsti macrumors regular

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    my first post! anyway I am a former PC user and I am looking into the macbook through my edu institution. If the "call and tell them you need it sooner" trick works I might go ahead and buy this thing tomorrow online. I figure I was going to wait but 125 dollars is too good of a discount to let slip by while they increase production rate or just catch up. My PC took the big dive last week so I really do need a new computer ASAP but I will survive if it's not until June 10-12th. So two confirmations on the 125 dollar discount huh? Do you think I can call them before I order and see if they will do it for me?
     
  15. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    the offers seem to vary between $75 and $150, and its always been offered post-sale. On top of Edu pricing, any discount is GREAT, that's why i kept my order w/ apple.com. don't call threatening cancellation, but if they don't offer, politely mention it... if that doesn't work then go all out against it. If still nothing, you can just cancel and order somewheres else.
     
  16. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    Not sure I quite understand this...
    After you order it online, you can call 1-800-Apple and just say that you need your new Mac sooner than the estimated ship date? And they will ship it sooner WITH a discount? That doesn't make sense. Do you need to give a reason for this?
     
  17. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

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    i dont think so, all the Macs in my apple store 5 mins from my house have all decked out with amazing apps and such, like CS2 aperture and final cut pro, plus many more.
     
  18. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Rickay you're thinking about the computer models on display- those aren't sold!
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    He means hardware upgrades. And he means the ones they have for sale, not the demos.
     
  20. Doctorsti macrumors regular

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    my guess would be that that it still ships out when it was going to ship out but they are trying to compensate you for having to wait. discount and getting it earlier = way too good to be true.
     
  21. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    its still going to ship later... June 8th exactly, but they did compensate me for having to wait... its not shipping any earlier...
     
  22. wako macrumors 65816

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    except for their macbooks that are on display which I believe is misleading...
     
  23. sb58 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok well, i have another question. I know that apple offers student discounts. But do they by any chance offer any gov't worker discount? like say if you work in the Treasury Dept?

    EDIT: nvm, i found it online but i can't get it to work right it just says :
    Sorry

    Unable to enter the requested store.
     
  24. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    I think you have to access it from the actual institution where you work.

    Well, I know that I can only access the "Higher Education Contract Store" (which is even cheaper than the education discount store) from an internet connection at my university.
     
  25. lonepilgrim macrumors regular

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    Just to confirm: there was a promotion in the UK where if you had an Egg Mastercard you got 5% instant cashback - but the promotion is now over. Before Christmas it was 10% !! (and this worked in the education store as well).
     

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