Apple Store Dealmaking

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sarcasmo, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Sarcasmo macrumors member

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    Hello Forumers:
    I just wanted to get a sense of people's experiences in the Apple retail store. Though Apple's pricing is pretty rigid, have people had any luck making deals for themselves in the stores, perhaps on accessories or RAM or anything like that?
    I am in northern Virginia so there's 2 or 3 nearby that I can choose from, if that helps.
    I know there's not a secret handshake or anything like that. Just wondering if there's any wiggle room, as I'm no longer a student and still poor. Thanks!

    :apple:
     
  2. Neptunian macrumors member

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    Work for Apple....
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    They don't make deals. At all. Basically they don't care if you just turn round and walk out without the product.
     
  4. Sarcasmo thread starter macrumors member

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    Helpful, thanks. I'll get right on that....

    Well they might if I didn't pay for it... :)
     
  5. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    Seeing that Apple Store employees don't make commission on sales (I believe) they have absolutely no reason to deal with you.

    One thing I have seen on the forums though is people who leave purchases in their online Apple Store "shopping cart" have gotten phone calls from Apple with incentives to purchase (though I can't remember what those incentives were).
     
  6. Badradio macrumors 6502

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    When I bought an iMac about three years ago, I ordered over the phone (there weren't any Apple Retail Stores here at the time). The guy taking the order offered me a discount on .Mac, which I didn't want, and then said he had about £30 "to play with" in getting me to buy anything in addition to the computer. I'd assume they have the same option available if you call, but I'm not sure that £30/$60 is worth waiting for delivery.
     
  7. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    I did this. It was a $20,000 Mac Pro setup. I did it as a joke. :rolleyes:
     
  8. bailey35mm macrumors newbie

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    At the Nagoya, Japan Apple Store I got 1 year of free Procare when I bought my Macbook Pro back in August. Think it's worth around $90usd.
     
  9. rotlex macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it depends on what you consider a deal. I was recently given a free HDMI and Component cable set along with a 2nd free Leopard T-shirt when I simply asked after purchasing an external drive for my new iMac. I ordered the iMac in store, from Apple's web site and the store got "credit" for it. Don't know if that had anything to do with it, but hey, it NEVER hurts to ask for stuff. :D

    (I know, just cables and a T-shirt, but still)!
     
  10. Surely Guest

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    They do make deals. Sometimes. If you live in Canada.

    I'm looking to buy a new MacBook in the next day or so, so I called 1-800-My-Apple yesterday. After asking a number of good questions, I told the rep that as a Canadian, it is my duty to complain about the pricing in Canada. He actually agreed with me, and offered me a $60 discount on any MacBook I buy, as long as it was through him. He gave me his extension #. Nice guy. It may not be a huge discount, but it is a discount.

    I believe that this $60 discount may be a new unadvertised Apple policy that is offered only to those who complain about the pricing in Canada.
     
  11. TheDPR macrumors member

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    Can Americans complain about pricing in Canada, too?
     
  12. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Yes! Please do. Tell your rep that you're tired of paying less than consumers anywhere else in the world for Apple products, and demand that Apple lower their pricing structures in other countries to reflect the fact that the US dollar is no the leading benchmark.
     
  13. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    As a former Apple retail store employee, that's the only way you're going to get a deal...:rolleyes:
     
  14. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Or be in the inner circle of an Apple retail employee. As a former employee that can help when you go back to your friends who still work there. Me, I waited too long, when I was ready to get my new iMac my last Apple co-worker had just left. They get some turnover.
     
  15. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    hmmmmmmm i wonder

    If you guys in Canada can gt a discount from complaining about you small price difference, I wonder if it would work for some of us in the UK?

    Afterall even if we pay vat on the US price it still only comes to £1374. So that is a saving of £325 on our standard price.

    And you can't say it cost more to move everything, they have a factory in Ireland.
     
  16. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Small business customers spending over $5000 can sometimes get small breaks on things...but usually only when you are buying AppleCare with the machine. .Mac and Procare help too.

    Retail stores are evaluated on their APP/.Mac/ProCare metrics so you can sometimes get a bit off of the CPU if you are willing to purchase those extras.
     
  17. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    The grove apple store once gave me 10% off my total purchase in 2005, But I had bought quite a bit on one receipt. A 12" PB, 60 gb iPod video, 1 gig ram, a few cables, applecare on the PB and iPod and a couple other small things. I am not sure exactly why they did it, but when they offered it to me, why would I pass it up? I have pretty much only bought from the refurb store since then, and I have not been back to the grove for a while since I no longer live in LA, so I don't know if they still do anything like this anymore, but it would not surprise me if they do not. But that year alone, between my father and I, we spent around $25,000 at that store, so that may have quite a impact on their dealing.
     
  18. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    as some have already mentioned I have heard of few cases (in Germany) where buyer's got some deals on .mac subscriptions and on software (iwork).
     
  19. chelseasian macrumors regular

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    I've bought over the phone before from Apple and I was able to get some pretty good discounts (about 17%) and some freebies- i.e. .mac thrown in. Your other option is to work with a company that has a deal with Apple that offers corporate employee discount. That way, all you have to do is show your employee ID at any Apple store and your discount will be applied to it. The discount varies from item to item.
     
  20. BenHoleton macrumors regular

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    They'll cut a small deal for buying in bulk. I bought 3 computers recently. 2 MBP's and a MB. Got a 3% discount
     
  21. RichP macrumors 68000

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    Im no patriot but youre wrong. The US dollar is and always will be the benchmark as long as we hold military superiority. This has been the way the world has worked for millenea and the US caught on during the industrial revolution...:confused:

    perhaps china will have a new point of view over the next 100 years but... do you really want to see that?
     
  23. GAS macrumors regular

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    Military superiority - Iraq...hmm. Debatable.
    That's the way it's worked for millennia - Pretty sure the British Empire was bigger than the US up until the last couple of 100 years.
    But you definitely don't set the financial benchmark, the dollars value is terrible.
     
  24. laravia18 macrumors member

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    I received one of those when the Macbook Pro first came out! I was creepied out and intrigued at the same time!!!
     
  25. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    I think perhaps better logic would be that Apple is an American company, incorporated and traded here, which would make the US$ benchmark more convenient/logical.

    That being said, I really wonder how much Apple's pricing is based on currency rather than Apple determining that people will still buy their products at that price?
     

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