Best place to buy a new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stanw, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I qualify for an education discount from Apple, though I do not think it comes out to much. Besides buying directly from Apple:

    1. Are there other reputable places I can buy it for less money?
    2. Are there any advantages to buying directly from Apple?

  2. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2007
    You can always look at the refurb section on the apple site. That is where we bought our 2 27" 2011 iMACS. They were like new and have the same warranty. And we saved I want to say close to 800 for the two of them.
  3. TheyCallMeBT macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Short of going refurb, the price should be about the same no matter where you go. So if there's a place you can go and not pay tax, then that would be good. But then they probably won't honor the edu discount (I qualify for educators discount, too).

    I'm going to just buy through the online Apple store. And I'm going to use PayPal's Bill Me Later. You get 6 months no interest, no payments. I've bought my past two cameras ($2,500 to $3,000 cameras) for work using it, and it's an awesome service. Doesn't go on your credit report, either, from what I understand.

    Using the online Apple store, I like that I can go back and pull up my previous purchases. It makes it a little more convenient. This will be the fourth Mac that I've bought (the first one was late 2007).
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The nice thing about buying from Apple is that you can customize it to the max. I always order from the online store because no retail store sells maxed-out Macs.
  5. Username Here macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Best Buy is the best place in my opinion...30 Day returns and coupon usage...
  6. cledet macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    I think MacMall is another great option. Great discounts and they have a refurb section as well.
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Their refurbs are not the same as an Apple refurb and will not come with an Apple warranty that the Apple refurbs come with.
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
  9. MikeChicago macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2013
    If you plan to order any of the standard configuration models I would recommend If you are looking for a BTO option then Apple or B&H Photo are your best bet in my opinion. That's one thing I really like about B&H, that you can find custom build units. Both will be tax free purchases as long as you live outside of Washington or New York respectively. This alone offers considerable savings.

    Also, with B&H Photo you are unlikely to find lower priced Applecare outside of the Education Discount at Apple (or Ebay, which I would not recommend).

    Oh, I see no advantage of buying directly from Apple (other than BTO options, obviously) and you'll always pay sales tax.
  10. Dekard macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    Although no returns on ANY PC or MAC purchases from B&H. So, if you fancy a possible return, don't go through B&H.
  11. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2012
    In the UK, Amazon is offering £109 off the base 27" model.

    Which education discount do you qualify. I think mine equated to about 12% - not too bad considering how little Apple usually offers you off the consumer price.
  12. MikeChicago macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2013
    OMG, I'm glad you mentioned this! I had no idea and I bought stuff from them before!

    This, in my opinion, eliminates B&H Photo as a viable option.
  13. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    I bought a refurb from Apple, and Ididn't pay tax in the end (refunded). If you're tax exempt then you're tax exempt.
  14. TheyCallMeBT macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2013
    You're not saying that refurbs are tax exempt, are you? So you're tax exempt for some reason?

    Granted, I'll get to write this off as a business expense. Which honestly, I still don't fully understand how that works. lol. My brain wants to make me think that it essentially means, once it comes time to pay taxes, that about the same amount as the sales tax that I paid on the item will be deducted from what I owe (unless it reaches $0, which it won't). Anyone want to tell me if I'm more or less on the right track? And yes, I do pay someone to do my taxes. lol.
  15. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    I bought my first Mac on The computer is exactly the same in any store, so free to get the store that offers the best discount.

    On Black Friday, Apple Store matches the price other authorized resellers already give. And there mgiht be even more discount from the resellers...
  16. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    Small Dog computer in VT, Expercom in UT ,
  17. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    One advantage of buying from Apple is that you have two weeks to return it even if it is a BTO. I believe no one else will allow a return on a BTO Mac.

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