Question for imac G5 owners who ordered from Apple Online Store

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Superhob, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Superhob macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2004
    Did you get the iMac in its white box (the one with the picture of imac on the outside), or did you get the imac inside 2 boxes essentially (the white one inside another brown box)?

    The reason I ask is because my relative just got an imac 20 inch from the Apple online store and he got just the white box. Apparently it was banged up a bit during transport and he's pretty miffed.

    I always thought that Apple put the product box inside another box, or at least that's been my experience.

    Nonetheless, he likes the imac, but now he's considering buying the Applecare just in case all the banging may have caused some problems that would crop up later down the road...
  2. nospleen macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2002
    I received it in the white box only. All the laptops I have ordered have come in two boxes though.
  3. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Yes, FedEx beat up my box too......and when he sat it down on the ground for me to sign for......he sat it sideways. I was PO'd and let him know about it.....b/c you can see clearly that the top has a handle, not the side. That along with many other instances has led me to really not like FedEx.
  4. yellow5 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2005
    My PowerMac box was roughed up a bit during shipping. So much in fact that the UPC code was unreadable, and made it a bit difficult to sign up for the Student Union promo.

    That and the fact that I had to sign for a $30 lock and not my $4000 computer. :rolleyes:

  5. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
    My iMac was shipped in the white box alone, and was far from pristine. However, while Applecare is a good move to make regardless of how it arrived, I wouldn't worry about the condition of the computer based solely on the appearance of the box, since another cardboard box wouldn't have offered much more protection.
  6. Superhob thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2004
    I know what you mean about applecare. I told him to wait, since he has one year to buy it, and see if the imac acts up. I'm surprised to hear that he's not the only one that got the box in a shoddy condition.
  7. Alter Ego macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2005
    Were there holes in the box? Or was it just smashed up? Any evidence that it had been dropped or thrown around?

    I'm getting my iMac G5 next month and I'm a bit worried it'll get damaged during shipping.
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Actually I ordered mine over the phone, but it also came in just the white box. Luckily it wasn't too beatup though.
    AppleCare is a no brainer, you have to get it. It's one of those things, you may waste $100 or save yourself $4000. $100 isn't that much. Besides, it allows you to call up AppleCare for any questions, trust me, it can come in handy even if you think you already know everything ;)
  9. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Ordered from Apple Online... received it in the white box, banged up, but the machine... well, the optical drive was busted and essentially took 3 weeks to fix supposedly because a part was backordered. *shrugg*
  10. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    I bought mine direct from an actual store (Northridge Apple Store) and it was still pretty beat up. My school ordered iMacs, eMacs, and PowerMacs from Apple Online and they were beat up too. The Powerbook box was in good condition though.
  11. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    My cinema display box was a little dirty, when it arrived, but overall in decent shape. I figured those boxes are approximately the same size, so I thought my input might still be valuable.

    I find Fedex is very gentle on my packages. UPS are the ones where I get opened packages and whatnot. I guess it depends on luck and your region maybe.
  12. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    My iMac G5 and my Powerbook both came in just their apple boxes. I never had a problem with them being banged up though. They were both fine.
  13. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    My iMac 17inch is on its way. I would expect there to be little damage to the unit, even if the box is bashed in. We shall see I guess. I also took the advice of many from these forums and bought the Applecare - it's the first time I've taken out any extended warranty for ANYTHING, but I'm still keen on this machine.
  14. sebisworld macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2003
    White box only (actually, it was rather black from all the dirt). The TNT guy congratulated me for my purchase.
  15. LGRW3919 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2005
    cupertino (no joke)
    apple box only, but the box was in decent shape compared to what i've been hearing in this thread. i am considering applecare, but i still have until next august to decide. i hope everything turns out fine.

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