Where to buy an iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by savar, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    Where's the best place to buy a 24" iMac? I wanted to BTO some extra RAM, the big HD, and the nicer video card, but if I can save a lot of money on sales tax by buying somewhere else, that might sway my opinion?

    Where do people here generally buy new computers from?

    Is anybody aware of a tax-free holiday for computer purchases in virginia, maryland, DC, or west virginia?

  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    if you want BTO you have to go through apple....(unless if all your upgrading is RAM)
  3. iKwick7 macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    www.amazon.com and www.macmall.com both have no tax and free shipping (macmall free ship is after rebate). Macmall also gives you other stuff for free (after rebate) that you may be interested in, such as a laser printer. Both also offer a $150 mail in rebate on the 24" iMac, making the price $1999 at purchase and $1849 after rebate.
  4. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    You can't get the upgraded graphics card from anyone BUT apple. And the HD too. But then again, to be honest, with firewire 800, I'd just as well go with the 250 and set up an external drive if you need more space down the road. Memory always gets cheaper and firewire 800 is blazing.

    I just ordered my 2' iMac and its coming on Thursday. I upgraded the RAM and graphics card to the 7600...the small HD I can remedy externally.
  5. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    yep, for the upgraded video card, must do it with apple.

    but for the rest, you can do it elsewhere, easier to get external HD, but it is messier.

    your choice. enjoy your new computer.
  6. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    Its messier but it also has it advantages...can use it as a scratch partition for video editing...or boot camp...

    IMO the advantages outweigh the negatives...you can hide the drive behind the desk or something too. Just a thought.
  7. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    you asked about md, dc. va.... I'd take the hour or two and drive to the christiana mall in delaware(where they have an apple store). Delaware is completely tax free.
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You could also try craigslist. I havent had any problems buying in person.
  9. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring

    do you think the 500 HDD upgrade is a bad buy at $170. That's my discount.
  10. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    Thats not bad. But like I said, the main thing for me is setting up a scratch disk for video editing. I don't like to do that on my primary drive.

    It just depends on your needs and your video collection.

    I got a lot of music and some movies but I'm not anywhere near filling 250 gigs. In fact, I've been on a g4 lampshade iMac with a tiny hard drive so 250 and using the firewire 800 for a scratch disk for vid editing will more then suit my needs. :)

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