Apple vs B&H

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  1. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any reason why I would not want to buy a new MacBook Pro (2015) - customized with 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD - from B&H Photo, versus directly from Apple?

    The advantages would be that I would likely get it quicker, and I would save over $200 in sales tax.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Nope! Just make sure that $200 saved goes towards buying AppleCare :)

    There are updates imminent for the MBP line, but the current generation are still extremely capable machines; the 15" especially is an absolute behemoth when it comes to performance. So wait a couple of months if you can afford to wait – it may mean even more savings on the older model – but don't hesitate to buy now if you need to buy now.
     
  3. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I needed a new MBP 2 months ago. Need to buy one today. A 13" Retina.

    So if I get a 13" MBP w 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD (Early 2015) then it will be a brand new one and as good as anything from Apple?
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yeah, providing it doesn't say used/open box in the description!

    If you're looking to BTO to that sort of configuration though, you do get much more bang-for-buck with the 15". The quad-core processor really bumps up the performance.
     
  5. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    If it's important to you, does this customization make the computer nonreturnable?


    (Bolded by me)
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/HelpCenter/ReturnExchange.jsp?origSearch=Returns
     
  6. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't think so, but I'm not sure. It'd be best to read over their entire policies and maybe to talk to them. Written is obviously what counts.

    I posted because I'd read here at MR and elsewhere that their policy was less favorable than Apple's. I've also read many posts by members who were very happy with B&H.
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    BTW, I missed and didn't mention/bold an item in my post#5. So sounds as if it's nonreturnable, period.

    Look at the second nonreturnable... Unwrapped/opened computers and computer software
     
  8. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So what should I do?

    The only way I would return it is if it is defective - I know what I want.

    But saving $200 isn't worth it if I am putting myself at any risk somehow.
     
  9. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Try to get some clarity from B&H.

    Apple's policy is very clear.
     
  10. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I will be fine. They said that I can return defective items within 30 days.

    That is the only reason I would return a computer, because one I put data on it I will never service it or return it!

    (This makes me more nervous than buying a car!)

    Guess I am ready to buy a new MBP today...
     
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    Thanks!
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    B&H is now saying that they are out-of-stock and it is 7-14 business days before they could ship the MBP I described above. :mad: (THat could spill into mid-October before I get something!)

    Looks like I should break down and buy from Apple, or is there just as much a wait time with them?

    And is paying the extra $200 in sales tax worth it?

    This really screws up my plans!!
     
  13. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    I checked out refurbs for your desired specs. Didn't see a 13", only a 15. :(

    Go through the Apple order process for a new machine without committing to an actual order to see if they'll reveal a shipping date. See if it's worth the extra cash to you.
     
  14. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's quicker by far. Crap! This screws up everything. Will have to sleep on it and decide what to do. probably will just donate $200 to the gov't.
     

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