17" high res in apple stores?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Addo, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Addo macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Is it possible to pick up a high res 17" MBPs in an Apple Store? I seem to remember reading when the high res screens were introduced the local Apple Stores were going to keep a limited stock.

    I'm tempted to pop over the pond to replace my current 17" even in New York and paying the local sales tax I reckon I can save close on £400 against ordering it here in England....

    Many Thanks
  2. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    There's a simple answer that was even easier than posting on these forums. Call the apple store you would be going to and ask them. The fear of making a simple phone call is going to hurt you in the future.
  3. stylishgeek macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I haven't found any stores with Hi-rez 17" MBPs. I was directed to order online when I asked if they had it.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I've been in a store (I think the Blue Water one) that had a demo model with the hi-def screen. I assume that they had stock as well...
  5. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    I got my HI-RES in store... The Grove Los Angeles.
  6. Addo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Thanks for the responses.... I'm still trying to decide whether to buy over here in England or take a trip over the pond and buy over there and then to complicate it even more I don't know whether I'd buy in New York or elsewhere ( maybe a tax free state like Delaware)

    thanks again! :)
  7. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    So you would fly all the way to the states for the sole purpose of buying a MBP in order to save money?

    Having lived in Europe (France), I realize VAT can be pretty hefty. I realize that airfare can be pretty hefty, too.

    Unless you have another reason to come to the U.S., how does this make sense?
  8. Addo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I wouldn't fly over just to buy a MBP - By the time i'd paid for the airfare, hotels and car hire I wouldn't make any savings, that is obvious. Of course, there is always the possible ( albeit slight ) that I'd get shafted by customs and end up paying VAT too - it's unlikely but it could happen!

    I would, however, make use of the time over there not only to buy my MBP ( that's if I can find the high res spec in stock ) but a few other things to actually make it more worth while. Seeing that the exchange rate is still reasonably quite good, between myself and the g/f, I'm fairly sure that we could save enough to cover our expenses!!! :D

    At the moment though I'm leaning more towards buying over and swallowing the VAT because I'm not sure when we can afford the time to fly out :(
  9. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    You could try a shipping forwarding company. They are commonly used to let people overseas order stuff from companies that won't ship internationally, but many companies refuse to ship to forwarding companies because of export restrictions or other reasons. Also, I'm not sure if they will make you pay tax on things they ship to you (You can probably find one that won't).
  10. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    New Hampshire doesn't have a sales tax last time I was there-10 years ago.

    Store in Concord?
  11. NKA macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Fly to Boston. 35 miles North there is an Apple Store in New Hampshire (0% sales tax)


    There's a Holiday Inn within a mile which would properly also provide a shuttle service to and from Boston airport.


    17" MacBook Pro 2.6 Hi-res
    GBP £2048 ($4000 aprox)
    USD $3149 (£1500) + UK VAT = £1762 approx
    Flight £270 pp
    Etc Etc...

    IMHO it's not worth it just for a single purchase, but for a full on shopping spree it might be. There's more risk of getting stopped with all that shinny new Apple gear;) + the lappy will have the (much better) US keyboard layout which might be a bit of a givaway at customs.

  12. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Well, if you don't want to get stopped by customs, don't fly straight into England. Go through Frankfurt or Paris, as customs is pretty nonexistant at those airports.
  13. scott9s macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    I saw some Apple Stores in the Chicago area that had the 17" hi res matte in stock.

Share This Page