best buy store a good place to buy an apple computer

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aa521490, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. aa521490 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2007
    Hello. First apple purchase was a 3G iphone. Now I'm going to buy an apple computer. My sony vaio P4 laptop, which i am typing on now, is near its end (hd has 500mb left) LOL!

    Leaning toward buying from best buy store to take advantage of the 2yr no interest plan. Will purchase it tonight or tomorrow depending on the advice of my fellow forum members. If there are any problems with the imac (no fault of my own), can i visit the apple store or do i need to take it back to best buy? I plan on buying the low end imac model as it will be primarily used for:

    Surfing the web
    Watching dvd's

    Also is the low end imac capable of running handbrake as I want to watch my dvd movies on my iphone ...and is it also capable of editing non-hd video or do i need to purchase final cut express.

    As for the memory, will 1 GB suffice or do i need more for the above tasks? And any advice for an external hard drive? Looking for 1TB. Seagate, WD, Maxtor? Will store photos and videos of my young children. Thanks.
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If the computer breaks in the first 2 weeks, with Apple they will just give you a new computer, with Best Buy they will fix it.

    Yes the base model iMac will suffice; however upgrade to 2GB RAM or more.

    I have a 1TB Seagate, but WD is good too.
  3. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    If you could..i would buy directly from apple. I understand you want that particular payment does offer payment plans..not sure if it is interest free (probably not). With 1GB, you will be able to turn computer on..use it for your needs and probably not be able to tell. Maybe if you get into more detailed progarms..and you have 5 things will notice go online and buy from Install it yourself...I wouldnt even buy it from best buy..they rip you off.
  4. hipvamore macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    well i'm pretty sure you can use handbrake. my gf has the lowest end macbook with the combo drive and no super and it says you cant burn dvd's but we used handbrake and ripped the beatles-yellow submarine perfectly. so i think it just has to do with burning, not ripping.
  5. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Buy direct from Apple. Get your own memory from OWC or Crucial. Handbrake is gonna run just fine. I have a 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Pro, and love it. Make sure you get triple interface. Succinct enough?
  6. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Buy a macbook, pay for it all up front.

    As for the 500mb left, you do know that hard drive space available doesn't mean a computer is used up, right?
  7. mchank macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    I believe that Best Buy will swap it out as well within the first two weeks if you get a lemon. Apple offers a payment plan too, but the interest is insanely high, so get it at Best Buy if you aren't going to buy the whole amount outright. The initial sale price is the same at both places anyways.
  8. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    I have had decent luck with Best Buy for a few other purchases so I would not be concerned with buying from them. I had to take a couple of items back and it wasn't a big issue. Buy wherever it is most convenient for you.
  9. rolex54 macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
    the apple store would most likely be best
    but if you don't have one close than best buy would suffice
  10. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    The Best Buy here has an Apple Store-Like display that lets people sit at a table and try the different computers out. Also has a big iLife projection display behind it.
    Now whether they know anything about Apple Computers or not my experience has been no.
  11. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    I just purchased my MacBook from Best Buy, and got 10% off with my sister's school ID. I also took advantage of the 2 years no interest plan. Overall, I;m very pleased and would buy from Best Buy again.
  12. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Oh! So there is a discount for students, even at Best Buy? Is it 10% on all Apple computers?
  13. rbc2008 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    I bought 2 Macbook Pros from bestbuy in order to get the 2 year interest free. Since I had decided to get the applecare protection plan, it made sense to buy from bestbuy. I got the applecare from ebay for $190 a piece.

    With bestbuy you will have to apply for the rewardzone membership in order to get the 2 year interest free. It is a store credit card and you can pay the monthly dues online at I also earned some reward points and will be getting $100 gift card for the 2 Macbook Pros. Hope this helps.

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