[Advice] Buying the 13" tomorrow.

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  1. soco macrumors 68030

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    Getting the lowest 13" MBP tomorrow, but I'm not sure about where from.

    My geek lust will not let me buy online. I need it tomorrow lol

    So my options are (at first thought) Apple store or Best Buy.
    The decision comes down to Best Buy's insurance vs. Apple's protection.

    Help!
     
  2. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Microcenter has it for $999.
     
  3. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    +1. If you don't have Microcenter nearby I would get it from Apple due to the great customer service and no pressure tactics to buy external warranties and accessories.
     
  4. soco thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Really?

    I have one two towns over...
     
  5. Ryy macrumors member

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    Absolutely! That is where I grabbed my 2010 MBP from too. You can't beat it!
     
  6. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy insurance from Best Buy either. I'd get a squaretrade warranty before anything from Best Buy.
     
  7. soco thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Checked the site. Hot deal! Here's a question though. Can I use a union Apple discount there? I guess I'll call.
     
  8. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    Best Buy is currently having a sale on MacBooks. I would check Microcenter's price on their site with Best Buy and see which one is the cheapest.
     
  9. soco thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Best Buy's sale isn't as good but it looks like my local Westbury NY MicroCenter is out of stock.

    I think Apple wins here. I know my union discount applies there and it'll be cheaper than Best Buy.
     
  10. kdoug macrumors 6502a

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    Worst Buy has them on sale for $1,140.
     
  11. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Store will price match if the Microcenter is close enough.
     
  12. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    I would not buy any sort of service plan, warranty, or whatever from best buy. good god man! apple has a great plan, and the best service in the industry, so i can't even imagine doing that :)
     
  13. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    So will Best Buy.

    Microcenter had my 15" MBP for $200 off MSRP and I had Best Buy price match it. I also ended up with $60 in reward zone certificates from the purchase in addition. That's the only reason why I would buy from BB.
     
  14. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    I would buy the MBP from Microcenter when they get back in stock, then use your union discount online to get a discount on Apple Care.
     
  15. soco, May 10, 2011
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    soco thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Seriously? They're in the same town!

    Can anyone confirm that Apple does this?
     
  16. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy from Best Buy! I went in there to buy my Macbook Pro and left after having a billion extended warranties shoved down my throat. I was actually willing to buy from Best Buy and pay for their more expensive warranty but when they refused to price match Apple's education discount I just left.

    Apple will give you much better customer service and I don't feel remorse about giving Apple my money. Best Buy, on the other hand, always makes me feel like I just got ripped off.
     
  18. Goohfy macrumors regular

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    How close must the BB or Apple Store be to Microcenter to consider a price match?
     
  19. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I purchased from BB but then we have no Apple or Microcenter here. Other than having them try to push that extended warranty on me, I have no complaints. I even exchanged the 13 inch I bought a week later for a 15, no hassles whatsoever. If you must buy from BB, stand your ground and don't let them sell you that extended warranty or any of the other stuff they try to get you to buy. I'll get my extended warranty through Apple Care before my first year is out.
     
  20. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    I was 18 miles away when I did mine, so I'm going to guess around 25 miles.

    If they refuse to price match, tell them that it's corporate policy. If they still don't price match, file a complaint with corporate and go to another store. That happen to me in 2008 and just a few months ago. I ended up receiving a $100 Best Buy gift card each time because the manager wasn't adhering to policy. I also ended up getting the price match as well.
     
  21. Goohfy macrumors regular

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    Haha, I wanna try that now thanks.
     
  22. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    I was confirming it. I did it at the Apple Store in Denver on April 22nd.
     
  23. DarkFlame macrumors regular

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    Apple does have the best customer service in the world.

    I originally bought a 2011 uMBP 13inch 2.3 i5 for 1099.00 exactly. I used a combination of the education discount and no sales tax in Delaware. 12 days later Microcenter came out with this deal. I was furious so I walked into Apple and explained. I calculated that I would of saved 49 bucks if I went w/ Microcenter ($999 plus virginia sales tax = 1049.00). To keep me happy, the apple store manager put 50 bucks on my credit card on the spot!

    Talk about good customer service, I won't ever buy from anywhere else.
     
  24. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Get it with a 120 SSD directly from Apple, even if you have to wait another 2 days.
     
  25. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Get it from MicroCenter for $999, then buy AppleCare for $200. In the end you pay the full $1200, but instead of the 1-year warranty everyone offers you, you get a 3-year warranty from the best customer service people in the world.
     

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