Best place to buy a macbook pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imachack, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. imachack macrumors newbie

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    Ok guys so im in line to buy a new macbook pro. I am ready to purchase one, but i just wanted to come to you guys to see whats the best deal. Right now i am looking at macmall.... you get apples college discount for everyone and you get like 8% bing cashback. What would be the diffrence if i purchased elsewhere. Are there any pros? Is there any promotions going on where i could get freebies with a new mac? Thanks guys!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Apple offers free iPod Touch for students, but hurry, it ends on 8th of Sep. I prefer Apple Online Store or Store/reseller if you're going to buy it from store not online. MacMall offers great prices but their customer service sucks
     
  3. safetyobc macrumors 6502

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    Apple Online store has buy a mac get a free iPod Touch promo going on.

    Other than that MacMall is a good outlet. Just make sure you are getting the current model. Sometimes they sell the dated models for a discounted price.

    Good luck and congrats!
     
  4. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    go straight with apple before 8th of sep and get a free ipod
     
  5. Sndsrtaud macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping to use a local independent seller for a new MBP as I try to support local businesses. They offer an "student/educator" deal, but the package doesn't have the peripherals I need and they weren't flexible i doing a different package. If the price difference was <$50, I'd use the local guy, but it's a bit more. So... it looks like I'm going to buy directly from Apple.
     
  6. googlia macrumors newbie

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    What do people think about buying one from best buy.. I'm not a fan of best buy, but they will accept the eduction discount, and then you can get the best buy protection plan, any suggestions?
     
  7. TXbug macrumors member

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    "best buy protection plan?" Is that different from Apple Care?

    Shop around compare prices.
     
  8. shrtmkr macrumors regular

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    Although it's sincere of you to support the local businesses, we have to face the fact that it's 2009 and the local businesses already lost the war. Hello neo-socialism :apple:
     
  9. imachack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    only problem with that is im not in college, it's my 16 birthday gift
     
  10. creon macrumors 6502

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    Apple Store.

    Customer Service Rocks and you get to bust it open and review it over with genius.

    Dead Pixels and the many other new machine fails.
     
  11. metanoia macrumors member

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    An Apple Store in Oregon, where there's no sales tax. If it wasn't for the 9 hour drive from San Francisco, I would have gone for it. I would have netted out $120 but then ended up driving 18 hours :)
     
  12. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

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    I'm kind of surprised that no one has mentioned Amazon.com
    I purchased a PowerBook from Amazon.com a few years ago, and everything went well. They had a rebate, plus no tax (in FL at least).
    Haven't looked at them lately, not sure if they have any special deals.

    I doubt Best Buy would be a good place to buy. They'll want to sell you their "protection plan" which is different than Apple Care. They will likely argue that it's the same, but when you have a problem and go to them, they will direct you to Apple. They don't have an Apple counter or Apple techs in the stores, just Apple retail sales people.

    You could also buy from your local Apple Store, or online at their site. The latter is my primary choice if I need anything to be customized on my Mac.

    Good luck and congrats!
     

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