Best Place Besides Apple to Buy an iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mac'nCheese, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    As much as I didn't want to (it looks like my iMac can't be repaired after all and I don't think we can wait to the new ones come out), I guess its time to but a new iMac. Figured I would get the cheapest 2015 21.5 which lists for $1,099.00. Can anyone recommend a reliable place besides apple that I could get one for less? I don't want to buy used. Thanks.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    I always use this price guide at Apple Insider. Looks like right now either Amazon or B&H are cheapest at $979. I think B&H does not charge sales tax outside NY, so that may make them the best deal for you.
  3. briloronmacrumo macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2008
    One other ( not listed on Apple Insider's list ) with no sales tax and free shipping is PowerMax. Located in Oregon they have friendly English-speaking customer service folks ( not affiliated with them ). I don't know if their prices are currently discounted. They run regular sales.
  4. EdwardC macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2012
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    I also use B&H as well as Micro Center.
  5. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2012
    Yeah, I would use B&H as well. Just got mine off there and it I saved a decent amount since they are marked down to begin with then add in the savings of no sales tax. Can't beat it.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote for B&H Video. I've used them before and they're a good outfit.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "I guess its time to but a new iMac. Figured I would get the cheapest 2015 21.5 which lists for $1,099.00."

    A word of warning, disregard at your own risk:
    Do not buy ANY iMac that has only a 1tb platter-based hard drive in it.
    If you do, you are going to be SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED by the computer's overall speed.
    That is to say, it's going to be "as slow as molasses".

    You need either a fusion drive or an SSD.

    You can buy a USB3 external SSD and plug it into the HDD iMac, and that will greatly increase its speed.
    But you'll have to get used to having "an external booter", and you'll have to set it up carefully so that the SSD will continue to run at its best.
    This really isn't "a problem". You just have to get used to it.

    But again:
    If you buy any iMac that has only an HDD in it, you're going to be dissatisfied by the speed.

    Regarding where to buy:
    If you don't live in California, take a look at
    Good prices and fast service.
    I bought my 2012 Mini from them.
    NFI, other than being a satisfied customer.
  8. Mac'nCheese thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    Thank you for the advice. My problem is I was waiting for the new macs and was going to spend more than this, hoping that the computer would be as "future proof" as it could. USB c, a really big hard drive, etc. We only use the computer for photos, internet, some online kids games, occasional video editing. My wife is just done with waiting and wants a computer back for all the holiday and birthday photos and for the internet. That's why I was going to go with the most inexpensive one. But I totally hear you, I'm also worried that the 1T might actually be too small...

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