All things considered, is $1500 on a current gen MBP a good deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by therapistfinder, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. therapistfinder macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2008
    I'm aware of the "imminent" updates that are going to come but frankly, I'm also sick and tired of waiting. That being said, I just found out today that it's possible to get a brand new current generation MBP for around $1500 online without having to pay any sales tax. I heard that the new MBPs may get a price cut, but the question is, is it going to be that big of a difference?

    Lets say they reduce the price of a new MBP to around $1800 or so. That means a student like me could conceivably get one for around $1600 + tax (if they maintain the student discount). Assuming that all of this is true, I would conceivably be able to get the new one for about 250 dollars more (+undetermined amount of wait time). Do you guys think that this is actually worth it?

    I'm also aware of the nVidia fiasco, the screen problems, etc, etc, etc. I'm planning on getting applecare so I'm not too worried about it. Even if something fails spectacularly, I wouldn't mind too much if it had to go to their repair shop for a few days. I'm just wondering if you guys think the new features are worth waiting and paying more for if you were in my current situation.

    EDIT: In retrospect, I realize that this may have turned into one of those "buy now or wait" threads that you all love so much. Please keep the flaming to a minimum : )
  2. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    For a brand new current gen, $1500 is a great deal. Take it.
  3. azharc macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    I second that. And since you said you're getting AppleCare, you have nothing to worry about.

    I had a similar decision to make 2 months ago when college was about to start. At that time rumors pointed to an early September release of the new MBPs. Never happened. Just go with the current one, it's an awesome machine and it'll make you happy :)

    Also pray that the new ones have severe defects so you can mock your friends who waited ;)
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    I third this motion. Purchase yourself that notebook. I hope this is from a trusted source.
  5. jamays00 macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
  6. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I read a rumor that the next generation laptops will be $200. less than the current lineup.
  7. Yoley macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Did you mean to put that period? Because it could be interpreted in different ways. :p
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    This is an awesome deal!

    Probably meant to put a comma since the less is lowercase.
  9. therapistfinder thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2008
    Well, in case anyone is wondering, I pulled the trigger. It was off of ebay by the way. Hope the link works:

    The price was $1685 (Pretty sure there's no tax...:confused:) and with the 20% Microsoft rebate ($200 max) the total comes out to a figure just shy of $1500 :D. I'm relatively confident that this isn't a scam since I checked his feedback and he has consistently dealt in MBPs over the past month or so.

    If anyone here changes their mind, there's still 1 left :) (It's glossy, but I saw some similar prices for matte ones too)

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