Base models: $999 early 2011 or new $1199

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  1. Big Macs macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this was addressed elsewhere, but I need to decide fast. I have to do schoolwork and college applications. :eek:

    So...$999 13'' at a Microcenter 2 hours away? I haven't called to research yet. Does the Apple servicing automatically come with it? The MacBooks will be new?

    Or...

    the bumped $1199 at a mall 45 minutes away? Are the new models out in stores already? Is the extra $200 worth it?

    Thanks! :eek:
     
  2. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Micro Center does not have the new one's in yet. They are Apple Authorized and Apple service is valid with those, just like any MacBook under warranty. New and sealed of course, they are an Apple authorized reseller.

    My Micro Center is 90 minutes away, so it's, in my case, $1060 w/ tax + $20 in gas. Over $100 savings, so it's worth the drive IMO, whenever they get the new one's in. Should be tomorrow or Wednesday.
     
  3. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with the $999 MBP. It's a great Mac. A 100MHz speed-bump and 500GB drive isn't worth an extra $200 to me...
     
  4. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but if you wait a day or two, you can have those upgrades for free since Micro Center's price for the base 13" is always $999.
     
  5. Big Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    o_O Fo shizzle? That seems too good to be true.

    I'll call tomorrow.
     
  6. Ironsoccerman macrumors member

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    Apples online store is selling them for 999 + tax. Refurbished.

    Consider it cause you'll save gas and it will come to you.

    Refurbished are basically brand new, usually returned by the buyer right after receiving it.
     
  7. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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  8. yanki01 macrumors 68030

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    just bought that one last night :)
     
  9. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

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    Can't beat that deal. I'm considering adding a laptop to the family collection now, and that sounds like a winner.

    Purchased many Apple refurbs in the past and always satisfied, while having a few more $$$ in my wallet!
     
  10. yanki01 macrumors 68030

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    3rd Mac but 1st refurb and heard nothing but good stories about them. figured I'd save $200 than the new units and purchase AppleCare with the savings. It's actually a graduation gift for my GF and I'm converting her from a PC.
     
  11. cardinalryan macrumors 6502

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    One week ago, I got Best Buy to match the Micro Center price on a base 13" MBP. Yesterday, I went into BB to exchange for the refreshed version and BB matched the $999 price again, so I've got the brand new MBP for $999. I realize that the upgrade isn't that significant, but since I just bought it a week ago, I'm glad I have the most recent bump.

    I guess the moral to my post is that you can end up with the newest base model for $999...it may take a little effort, but it can be done.
     
  12. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    Tonight, while at my local Best Buy, they had an early 2011 13" base MBP open box. Since they have a coupon promo going, I wound up getting it for $875+tax. Looks just like brand new and in the box with everything. I bet the guy bought it this past weekend just ahead of the refresh.

    I know it's not the latest one that just came out, but even compared to the MicroCenter price-match, I figure $125 less for a 0.1 GHz slower processor is not bad, right? I'm going to yank the HDD for my SSD anyway.
     

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