Apple Loan

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Mr. Anderson, Jun 7, 2003.

  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Anyone do this recently? I'm comtemplating it for my new machine when the 970s come out - but I'm not sure. I could put the whole thing on a credit card, but with what I'm buying it would be a bit much.

    And I have other options, I'm just interested in finding out what peoples' experiences are with the thing.


  2. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    IMO, apple loan isn't competitive w/ interest rates going around today. the only upside is easy credit for people with maxed out credit cards. i bought my quicksilver with the instant loan. the rate they quoted me at purchase was 12%, but the rate on my first bill was 24.99%. the next morning, i transfered the balance to a 0% 12 month credit card. i couldn't pay it off in a year, so i transfered it to another card when the 0% was up. if you play your cards right (no pun intended or achieved) you can get the new machine interest free. but not if you stay with the apple instant loan.
  3. macktheknife macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2002
    Check your FICO score. If you have a very good score, you should be able to get a pretty low rate on your credit card. My current APR on my card is about 9.99%, although some companies have offered me an APR as low as 7.99%. I have another card that has 0% APR through November 2003.

    If you are looking for a longer-term loan with a fixed APR, check your local credit union. They usually offer competitive rates. I spoke to a representative at my local credit union and he quoted me a flat rate of 7% for a $3,000 personal loan.
  4. Captnroger macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2002
    Apple loan = high interest, but slightly easier to qualify for than a low-interest Visa/MC/Discover.
  5. The Shadow macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
  6. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    The problem I have had with Apple Loan is they are through MBNA. MBNA is the worst credit organization I have ever worked with my entire life. I will not publish the entire story here, let's just say, a bad company.
  7. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    MBNA sucks. Stay away. Do it through your bank or, better yet, a credit union. If those aren't options you like a credit card with a low interest rate is the way to go.

    They gave me some BS 23.99% when my credit was absolutely perfect and I was getting offers for 8.99% (permanently) cards.

    It was supposed to be something around 14%. It sucks. You don't know what your interest rate is going to be until you get your first statement, i.e. after you have the Mac.
  8. destroyboredom macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2002
    Washington, DC.
    I bought my iBook this way, when they had same as cash for 180 days(interest free)...couldn't pay it off in that time so just took a personal loan from my credit union. 20 something % from mbna compared to about 10%.

    Go with a personal loan or an interest free credit card.
  9. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Thanks for all the replies - I'll probably go with a credit card if that's the case. Pretty crazy rates!

    As a home owner I won't have a problem getting a decent rate. Thanks.

  10. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Apple, competitive? LoL

    Sorry, I have to rant...
    Non competitive speeds, price, loans, warranties, lol.

    Anyways... for all the college students out there, use a student loan if at all possible.
  11. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    It's not just Apple that uses MBNA. A lot of major companies do. I got a Vaio through PC Mall and they use MBNA as well.

    I am in whole-hearted agreement with you about the student loans. That's how I intend to buy my Powerbook. The rates are insanely low right now.


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