Any Advantage Buying at the Apple Store vs. Best Buy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by BearDown37, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. BearDown37 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2016
    Just curious if people see any advantage of buying at the Apple Store. The gift card at Best Buy is better than nothing so unless there is a reason was planning to buy there. Any thoughts?
  2. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2013
    Mckinney, TX
    I don't see any reason why it would be better to buy at the Apple Store vs Best Buy. It will come with the same manufacturer warranty and have the option to add AppleCare on it. If Best Buy is offering a gift card with the purchase, go for it.

    I have bought many Apple products from various retailers, they have all had the same return period and since the products were brand new I've never had any issues.
  3. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Less of a hassle during purchase experience (prepare to be asked for extended warranty, open BB account, and Geek Squad membership). Also, if in 3 weeks you decide you'd really rather have a model with different specs, the Apple Store is more likely to let you return your purchase.

    That's all I can think of for Apple. On the flip side, if you have a BB card, then you can pay it off over 18 months without interest or get a 5% discount if you plan to pay it off in one billing cycle. The 18 months no interest thing is probably the biggest differentiator, IMHO.
  4. Hym tix macrumors member

    Hym tix

    Sep 21, 2012
    14 day return window at Apple is super easy.

    I'm not sure how difficult returns are at BB
  5. mbrink12 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    You can do that at Apple too, if I'm not mistaken
  6. gazzy644 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2015
    They won't take it back in the 14th day. At least that's how my local store is.
  7. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    My first paragraph is about the Apple Store. Wasn't clear enough in my post.
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    If you are part of the rewards program at Best Buy you earn points for your purchase which gives you modest discounts on future purchases. If you earn enough they also extend your return period which is nice.

    The buying experience at Apple tends to be nicer but it's the same product so who cares.
  9. gui0312 macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    The Best Buy GC promotion I believe is over, it was for pre-ordering. It doesn’t show up anymore for me on the site. Also, if you are an elite/elite plus member you get 30 or 45 day return period respectecfully. Now if you don’t have any of those program features you get the same 14 day period as the Apple Store. The Apple store experience may be a bit better in the sense that I have never been able to walk into a BB (and I am a huge BB advocate) and get the accessories I want that day, namely Smart covers, sleeves, what have you.
  10. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    I usually get stuff from the Apple Store because there is one relatively close and something I ran into at Best Buy. I buy stuff for work and personal use at Best Buy (and a lot of other places) but they use The Retail Equation to track returns.

    When I got my 13" MBP I had them do a price match. The customer service person admitted she didn't know how to do a price match so she returned it and resold it to me. That counted as a strike against me with TRE and the next thing I returned, which was a $10 adapter, flagged me and they told me I might be refused future returns. The manager told me it "probably wouldn't be a problem" but it's easier to just go to the Apple Store for future purchases.

    So I'd say not fearing a refused return is an advantage of the Apple Store over BB. Of course, that is if you've previously returned something within whatever window they use.
  11. gui0312 macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    I guess it depends on something I am not aware of. I’ve returned a LOT of things at BB. Testing products out, just not happy, etc., and this is way into the return periods, 30-45 days. I’ve never been told anything. Are you Elite/Elite plus member?
  12. bliggs macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2012
    Broken Arrow
    I purchased mine from BB. The $25 GC (or $50 for the 12.9) isn't much, but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Looks like some stores are already getting some stock on the 10.5.
  13. gui0312 macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    Can anyone else confirm that this promotion for the GC is over at BB? I don’t see it on the web.
  14. gatorknight904 macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2011
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    I always buy Best Buy when I can... rewards points and 45 day return period for my silver status level.
  15. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Apple is far more reliable and does less shady business practices (example: geek squad v AppleCare.) Best Buy can be amazing at times, but generally I'd say they're not as reliable as they could be.
  16. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    -Best Buy will occasionally put Apple products on sale. Other than their refurb store, Apple has almost no sales other than the educational discount.
    -14 day return period + price match if item goes on sale (Elite Members get 30 days and Elite Plus get a 45 day return policy).
    -Reward zone points that can further discount purchases.

    Now that they sell AppleCare, you can pretty much do everything in the store.
  17. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    Frankly, I pretty much always buy from bandh photo or adorama as the 10% tax hit in CA on a product like this (or laptop) ends up paying for applecare or just stuff.
  18. Haust macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2011
    Apple will be honest if they have the item you want in stock. BestBuy will lie to you. Take your pick.
  19. Hym tix macrumors member

    Hym tix

    Sep 21, 2012
    Best Buy rep told me I would get a 10% discount if I signed up for their credit card.

    I walked out while he was checking stock for a 12.9 256 GB. (I thanked him, but had a meeting and couldn't wait)

    Is this real? That would be a $89 gift card if he was right... not a bad deal.
  20. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    Yes, that was a preorder special
    --- Post Merged, Jun 13, 2017 ---
    Yes, you get 10% back in rewards on your first purchase. Not sure if they expire though

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