Amazon vs MacMall

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wwwdotcomdotnet, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. wwwdotcomdotnet macrumors member

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    Can anyone recommend using MacMall vs Amazon for ordering a Mac? Both offer free shipping, no tax, rebates, and freebies (MacMall mostly). This seems a bit better than ordering directly from Apple because of the tax break. Can anyone recommend any other sites that are dependable as well? I'm just seeing which one offers the best overall deal. Thanks! :apple:
     
  2. Niko macrumors newbie

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    I don't know about anyone else but buying a computer is big investment and I would need a lot of assurance from whoever I am buying it from. I usually buy stuff from amazon and most come through ok but they are times when I just get the raw end of the deal. Aside from the tax break, buying from the Apple store would be the best move. If something should go wrong, it would be a lot easier to deal with Apple than Amazon or anyone else.

    I would say the best of the two would be Amazon because they have been reliable for me. I have not used or heard of Macmall. If it is something big like a macbook pro, I would buy from Apple to get that piece of mind.
     
  3. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Amazon ... best return policy and I've had 40+ transactions between ($3-$2500)

    MacMall ... worst return policy (psst NO RETURNS)
     
  4. vixapphire macrumors 6502

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    smalldog.com is great; i've bought a few puters from them and never a problem. free ship and no tax.

    i've also had good luck with two computers from cdw.com (which owns macwarehouse, i think).
     
  5. MacDude415 macrumors member

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    I know a few people who have bought from MacMall and have been happy with the price/speed of delivery etc. but not the return/replacement situation. As far as the freebies the MacMall carrying bag is a joke. It a HUGE box-like case with a big MacMall logo.
     
  6. valdore macrumors 65816

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    I've read in other threads that MacMall sucks.
     
  7. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

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    If you order from Amazon, you're likely going to get a machine with Tiger installed and no Leopard drop-in (like I did last week), but you will get a good price and better service if you need something, imho.

    After amazon.com's $150 rebate, I'm only paying $10 more for my new MBP than I would have paid after tax at Apple.com for a refurb.
     
  8. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I'd go with Apple or Mac of all trades first! But if I had to choose, I'd pick Amazon, easily. *NO RETURNS* is unacceptable from a retailer, under any circumstances.
     
  9. cowm007 macrumors regular

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    Amazon all the way. Fast shipping, great return policy. I've ordered 2 Mac Minis and a MacBook from them and no issues what-so-ever.
     
  10. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

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    I ordered both my MacBook and my Mac Pro from MacMall and had no problems whatsoever. They had the best prices available at the time(s) I purchased my systems.
     
  11. Boxcar Edit macrumors member

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    I will no longer order from MacMall.

    I ordered a MacBook Pro last January from MacMall with express shipping. It arrived with a faulty video card or display out of the box (with a completely unreadable scrambled image on the screen).

    I called MacMall expecting them to immediately provide an RMA number and get a new computer on its way to me once I returned the defective one, but they refused and referred me to AppleCare for a repair that might take several weeks and leave me with essentially a refurbished computer for full price. Apple insisted MacMall owed me a new computer, as all their resellers are required to provide. MacMall claimed they were under no such obligation. It took a herculean effort to get them to relent and accept the broken laptop back, swapping for a new one.

    I have not ordered from them since.
     
  12. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Ordered my second Macbook via Amazon. They shipped fast even though it was the free shipping! It came out cheaper than a new one from Apple cause it had a $100 rebate.
     
  13. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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  15. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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    Would Apple's service be the same if I had a problem and took it into a retail store (ie gradient issue on the iMacs)?
     
  16. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you'd still have a one year warranty from Apple.
     
  17. PDE macrumors 68020

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    Amazon. Great prices, free fast shipping and a terrific return policy with no hassles. the main reason I always buy from amazon is the return policy - when gambling with Apple laptop purchases it gives me peace of mind. Buying from apple is fine, but you'll spend a lot more.
     
  18. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon is great! I like it because I don't get charged tax and most items have free super saver shipping.

    Mac Connection is also a good place to shop. But they started to charge tax since my last purchase so you might as well just go to the Apple store.
     
  19. Antimatter macrumors regular

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    I just ordered my MacBook last Monday and I got it last Tuesday in the morning with Next Day Air. They couldn't have been any better for me and the MacBook with leopard is awesome.
     
  20. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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    From Amazon? How much did it cost to ship it next day?
     
  21. Antimatter macrumors regular

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    Ahh yeah from Amazon, forgot to mention that. It was around $35 I think for the next day air.
     

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