Purchase timing predicament

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacMojo41, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. MacMojo41 macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2006
    First time poster, long time reader, but I'm in a bind and I want everyone's opinions.

    I'm in the market for a MB to start up the new school year. I live in Tennessee right now and they are having a "Tax Holiday" weekend next weekend (4th-6th). Thus, I could buy my MB at the Apple store in Nashville and save about $130-150. The predicament lies in the announcement of the Core 2 Duo. While I've read that most people don't think it'll go into the MB but instead into the MBP, I don't want to buy a computer the day before WWDC and then have Steve announce a better one the next day.

    So the questions are: 1) Do we think MBP is the only one bumping up (considering it's relative similarities to the current MB)? 2) Does the Core 2 make enough of a difference to wait? and 3) Does Apple's return policy allow me to swap to the newer one (with a restock fee and/or price upgrade) if a better MB is announced the next week?


  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Core 2 Duo isn't hugely faster than the Core Duo. I have a 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, and I'm not hugely bothered over the release of C2D. If Apple completely rehauled the MBP then I would be upset, but I know that my MBP is going to give me many years of fantastic service.

    If you want to always have the greatest spec computer available with 2% more speed than others released 10 minutes ago, then get a PC. That isn't what Macs are about though....

    Believe me, it really doesn't matter that much if apple do update the MB a few days after you buy yours. In fact, the 1.83 GHz MBP was discontinued a few weeks after I got mine. I don't care!!!! I still think it's a beast of a machine, and it is.
  3. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2003
    Georgia has the same tax free weekend, so I am in the same boat. Here is what I'm doing. I am buying my macbook and not opening until after the announcements have been made. It will take some self discipline but I think I have what it takes ;) . If they do upgrade I will see if it is significant enough to pay taxes on a different machine. The odds are it won't be worth bring it back and paying taxes......see I'm already trying to make excuses to open in when I get it......Good luck
  4. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    Honestly, I'd take advantage of the tax holiday.

    It's unlikely, IMO, that you'll see the Core 2 Duo in the MB (more likely the MBP) and, even if it does get an upgrade, you're still getting a damn fine machine for your money.
  5. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i'm in the exact same boat as you. which store are you going to? i think i'm going to the one at North Point Mall (i've been to Lenox and Perimeter before). i'm going to try and do the same thing as you. let's hope i can keep myself from opening it :)
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I would take advantage of the tax break. The bump probably won't be enough for you to care. But if you're like many around here, you'll sell that one 2 weeks later, first by putting a feeler out on the boards, then take it to ebay and buy the more up to date machine. I mean, 10ns speed bumps are indeed worth the hassle of selling buying selling buying. ;)
    I'm kidding, buy the MBP, save the tax money, don't give money away that you don't have to give away and you will love that machine.
  7. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2003
    I have been to all 3 in the past 2 weeks.....to get a feel for which one I like....the North Point had a great guy sales man (in his 40's or 50's) who was very helpful. However, he had really bad breath so I decided to go to Perimeter. Perimeter had a younger guy and I'm pretty sure I knew more than he did. He knew the products but he wasn't as informative as the guy from North Point.....and he made me uncomfortable for some reason....I don't know. Then I went to Lenox and I came across the best salesman ever. He was about 40 years old, very informative, easy to talk to and very helpful. He even told me if it stained or whined or mooed to bring it back and he would take care of it. I told him if it did that I would just want it fixed and he said that he could probably get me a new one if it did that. I told him I would see him next week. ;) I like the feel of Lenox.....bigger store....it's pretty much the Atlanta Apple headquarters....good people, and probably more products on display. So, I'm definently going to Lenox.
  8. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    I hope you know a lot of online vendors don't charge tax for the products they sell becuase normally they are shipping out of state. Apple on the other hand, charges tax from at least iTunes... which I find anoying.
  9. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2003
    Most online vendors don't give a education discount


    the apple store is the apple store.....an online vendor can be a hassle sometimes.

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