Awesome deal on RMBP

mstgkillr

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Using my student discount, 5% Discover, 2% Discover for Father's Day, and $45 off $300 coupon, I can get the following after taxes... Are there any better deals out there? If I decided to sell in 3 years which one could I get a higher percent of my money back?

2012 RMBP
2.3GHz
256GB
16GB RAM
AppleCare
$2339.30

OR

2012 RMBP
2.6GHz
512GB
16GB RAM
AppleCare
$2930.78
 

jamesryanbell

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In my experience, the lower the initial cost, the more I've gotten back out of it (%-wise).

Are you going to lose more money in depreciation on a $100k Porsche or a $60k Porsche over several years?

9 times out of 10, it's the 100k Porsche.

I'd get the base model unless you HAVE to have 16GB of RAM.
 

charlieegan3

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Feb 16, 2012
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Not sure about you getting a better deal but the resale value is still likely to be pretty good 3 years down the line. (condition depending)
 

mohsy90

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Feb 4, 2011
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It looks like the best deal, you will definitely get more money back %-wise on the base model.

higher the value, the faster it depreciates
 

Rizzm

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It looks like the best deal, you will definitely get more money back %-wise on the base model.

higher the value, the faster it depreciates
Higher the PRICE, the faster it depreciates. I'd say value is entirely different, based on many things.

But yeah, for the best value get the base model.
 

SeanZy

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I got the base model for 1849 from best buy... but they were extremely lucky and random circumstances :p

 

mohsy90

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I got the base model for 1849 from best buy... but they were extremely lucky and random circumstances :p

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whoa wtf, how is that possible??!?! PLEASE EXPLAIN NOW!!!

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I got the base model for 1849 from best buy... but they were extremely lucky and random circumstances :p

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Seems like you did some sort of exchange and then got an additional $150 discount. Did they just apply the $150 gift card??? Or, did you also get that?


looking at it further, doesn't look like an exchange. Looks like a tax credit???
 

SeanZy

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So basically they price matched the education discount at the store I bought it from.

Then I went to my local store to ask about the 150 gift card i did not get, long story short they decided the easiest way was to just price adjust it down 150 more dollars, so I got 160 cash back instead of a 150 gift card.
 

mohsy90

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So basically they price matched the education discount at the store I bought it from.

Then I went to my local store to ask about the 150 gift card i did not get, long story short they decided the easiest way was to just price adjust it down 150 more dollars, so I got 160 cash back instead of a 150 gift card.
Wow, I think i might just take this route. Just have them give me just the discount and then go back to get the gift card. You think it's worth the risk, or should i just make sure i get it the first time?
 

SeanZy

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Wow, I think i might just take this route. Just have them give me just the discount and then go back to get the gift card. You think it's worth the risk, or should i just make sure i get it the first time?
I will tell you this, the mac specialist said that they absolutely should give the discount and the gift card together as the promotion.

So if you buy it somewhere and they only price adjust it, go to another best buy that has an apple section and see what they do. Of course they might repackage it with the gift card, but you never know.

For sure though you are entitled to the 150 gift card regardless.
 

mohsy90

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I will tell you this, the mac specialist said that they absolutely should give the discount and the gift card together as the promotion.

So if you buy it somewhere and they only price adjust it, go to another best buy that has an apple section and see what they do. Of course they might repackage it with the gift card, but you never know.

For sure though you are entitled to the 150 gift card regardless.
Alright, thanks for info! Im just going to mention the student discount and if they fail to mention the gift card I will go through with the transaction. Ill then come back the next day or later in the evening and see if I can just get the $150 credit back to my card. If not, I guess ill just take the $150 gift card. Definitely worth the try!! Don't have to worry about selling the gift card and also save an extra $10+ in taxes.:D

It's my first laptop purchase over $1600, so im trying to save every dime!
 
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SeanZy

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Alright, thanks for info! Im just going to mention the student discount and if they fail to mention the gift card I will go through with the transaction. Ill then come back the next day or later in the evening and see if I can just get the $150 credit back to my card. If not, I guess ill just take the $150 gift card. Definitely worth the try!! Don't have to worry about selling the gift card and also save an extra $10+ in taxes.:D

It's my first laptop purchase over $1600, so im trying to save every dime!
Good luck man. I think you will love it.

I just bought a macbook air in January and ate a 600 dollar loss from selling it, but I feel it wil be well worth it.
 

mohsy90

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Good luck man. I think you will love it.

I just bought a macbook air in January and ate a 600 dollar loss from selling it, but I feel it wil be well worth it.
Yea, I'm upgrading from my early 2011 13" MBP. Hated the weight of the 15" MBP, but this one will be perfect weight for me with an and increased screen real estate. Sold my 13" MBP last week knowing a retina 15" was coming out. Sucker paid $1025, bought it for $1100. :D
 

mstgkillr

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I got the base model for 1849 from best buy... but they were extremely lucky and random circumstances :p

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I am not sure why you got a $150 gift card... I thought the iTunes card that Apple is offering was only $100.
 

SeanZy

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I think Best Buy just wants to persuade people to shop there... although its weird because they are not promoting it
 

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