Best place to buy a Retina?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JesseW6889, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

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    Like, cheapest without having to worry about not actually getting what you ordered. I'm looking between Amazon, Apple, Best Buy... where is the cheapest place to buy a mac from?!
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    The Cheapest place (for civilians) is usually in MacMall/PCMall, followed by Amazon, and if you are a Reward Zone member, Best Buy (as a last resort).


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  3. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    It's also worth checking to see if you can get credit card cashback with any of your cards. For example, ShopDiscover gives 5% cash back with the Apple Store online.
     
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  5. JesseW6889 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this for any discover card? (or ShopDiscover?) and do you know of any good offers available?

    My intent was to get a card that came with some kind of 90 day insurance / cash-back / points program...

    Also, I'm a student, and based on Apple Insider's chart, Apple's Education discount can't be beat...
     
  6. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Online Apple Store for Education. They don't verify if you're still a student. Plus, each CTO upgrade option is also discounted, so for instance, a higher-capacity SSD will be cheaper than if ordered regularly as will the obligatory 16GB RAM upgrade. AppleCare will also be significantly cheaper, being a good $100 off if memory serves.
     
  7. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    http://www.macmall.com/n/Mac-Back-To-School/macCustomPages-5793

    You get tons of extras, same Apple discount, free shipping and no tax if outside of CA
     
  8. KAWS11 macrumors newbie

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    anyone know if you can get the 5% cashback from Discover in the Apple Education store?
     
  9. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    Yes, ShopDiscover is a setup where you log into your Discover Card account and link to the Apple Store (or other retailers) to make the purchase.
     
  10. Anna stacy macrumors newbie

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    Well I heard that Best Buy is offering a $110 discount on Apple's new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with 256GB flash storage as the July shopping deals keep rolling in.
    So try it there is you think its reasonable.
    Thanks
     
  11. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    MacMall matches the Edu discount and they don't charge tax.
     
  12. JesseW6889 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the heads up! I'm signing up for one soon ($200 cash back after $1500 in 3 months)

    Do all discover cards come with the 90 day accident coverage?

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    Where is that at? I can't find anything about it?

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    Can't find anything about this either... link?
     
  13. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    DWA?! Do they ask for and check to see if I have a student ID? Because Apple DOESN'T do that and thusly remains a better buy.

    Do they do CTOs? That's another thing keeping me from buying my new Macs from anyone other than Apple.
     
  14. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    How is it a better buy if apple doesn't check? I bet you're not even a student if you have to ask that.
     
  15. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy it yet. You will get loop of buying and returning. Welcome to the club if you do. LG display is so bad. Image retention will show up.
     
  16. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    It's a better buy because I spend less money. Plain and simple.

    And you are correct, I'm not currently a student. Unlike a lot of you, I had to save three years to buy the machine that I'll be buying this week; if that means faking an academic discount, then so be it.
     
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  18. JesseW6889 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've already had one and thought it was fine... returned it because... well its complicated!

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    The $200 off never 'ends.'

    The deal that ends on September 21 is the $100 back to school itunes gift card.
     
  19. JesseW6889 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dude... YES!

    I'm not sure why I never saw this link (until someone else reposted it) but MacMall is for sure the best deal... Education discount + No sales tax + Shoprunner free 2 day shipping + all that other crap they give you!!!

    I'm buying it with a $200 cash back (w/ $1,500 spent in 3 months) discover card... final price (after $200 back) will be $1,800!

    ... now that It's only $1,800, it makes me want to add upgrades!

    Thanks again, so much!!!
     
  20. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest to not buy it now. Highly chance to get bad display. I am warning you. It is almost over 200 pages on Apple community forum. Take a look before you decide.
     
  21. anikgol macrumors member

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    dont buy retina

    i have one. thousands of retinas are faulty. its not worth the risk. mine is faulty too, ghosting issues are killing me. apple refuses to do anything about it it seems.
     
  22. JesseW6889 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    link?
     
  23. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Why Best Buy as a last resort?

    They price match Amazon and MacMall; sure you have to pay taxes, but you know what you're getting right away. If there are issues you can return it immediately.
     
  25. TEG macrumors 604

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    Taxes were my primary consideration with saying Best Buy was the last resort, not to mention that some stores won't price match online deals.

    TEG

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