Best Price on MB&MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BrokenE, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. BrokenE macrumors regular

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    Hello folks,

    Where/how can i get the best price on a new MB and MBP. I am not a student and I do not want to buy a reburb.

    If I buy on line at the apple store, do i get to forgo the sales tax?

    Thanks for your help. :)
     
  2. gothamm macrumors 6502a

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    nope. its too bad you are not a student. You could always claim you are a student and shop online. depends on your personal ethics.

    cheapest you can get a mbp is 1599+tax
     
  3. jasper v macrumors newbie

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    well it hapens that i have also been trolling the web for cheap Macbooks. and there are a vew like

    Expercom.com
    bhphotovideo.com
    jr.com

    there are lots more but this ones are cheap...

    Hope this helped you a bit
     
  4. BrokenE thread starter macrumors regular

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    Gothamm, how and where can i get a MBP for 1599?

    I guess when buying new, the best route is to get the student discount, bringing the price down to $1799 on-line, but then I think that bacause I do live in a state (tx) that has apple stores, i have to pay the sales tax which is 8.25%, bringing the price to $1947.

    I did check out the Macworld link at:

    http://macworld.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=38490354

    Cheapest is ecomElectronics at 1799 and then Abes of Maine at 1815, both with free shiping. These MBPs come with tiger, though. But, I'm pretty sure I would not have to pay sales tax at either of these.

    Jasper, thanks for those links. I'll check them out.
     
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  6. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    First of all, it is considered fraud to represent yourself as a student and not be one.

    Secondly, other online retailers (like MacConnection and MacMall) generally offer better prices than Apple.com (by a small margin) but won't add sales tax directly onto your order. Instead, you'll be required to look up the laws for your state's "use" tax.
     
  7. gothamm macrumors 6502a

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    you get it for 1599 with an adc discount. so you dont need to be a student.

    go to connect.apple.com for adc membership pricing. Again, they have a special $99 dicount for students in the adc program.
     
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  9. senorfrog97 macrumors regular

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    Awesome - I'm happy I was able to show someone on here a good deal.
     
  10. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Isn't fraud a crime? --You'll get arrested if you're caught pretending to be a student? :D
     
  11. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    :p:D

    In all seriousness, this is technically a crime as you are attempting to gain a false advantage (the crucial aspect of fraud).

    Don't do it!

    Also, MR doesn't condone this, so if anyone else asks, I'll be reporting posts to the mods. ;)
     
  12. jnc macrumors 68020

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    You can count me out - I'm a student (of Law, no less... not that we've covered fraud) anyway!
     
  13. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Me too!

    But I get all huffy about it because I <3 MR so much. :p
     
  14. jnc macrumors 68020

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    It would appear so. (Yeesh, I thought I posted a lot...) ;)
     
  15. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    There was a "divine intervention" sometime around September that accelerated my disease. :p
     
  16. BrokenE thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, i would not pose as a student when i am not. I am just saying this is the best discount Apple offers (that I am aware of) and it's only ten percent...about the same as sales tax here in Tx. That's all. Make no mistake...I am trying to get the best price i legally can. Thanks for your help everyone.
     
  17. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    The one thing newer switchers have to come to terms with is that Apple doesn't do deals. Unlike HP or Dell or Sony or <insert every other computer manufacturer out there> Apple doesn't participate in the constant lowering of prices.

    This is a bad thing for those who just want to dabble and try things out without risking too much money (consider how easy it is for one to "switch" to Windows, with dozens of low cost machines that can be had for a couple hundred bucks).

    However, Apple's premium is part of the "Apple experience" as you appreciate your computer inside and out.

    My personal recommendation is to go through MacConnection as they have good prices and have a pretty good rating. The one thing to note, however, is that return policies will be different. Other than that, you'll save yourself a few bucks (there are usually rebates on all Mac models).
     
  18. mojitochica macrumors member

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    Have you looked at Amazon? They usually have $150 rebates on MBPs and $75-$100 on MBs with free shipping and no tax unless you live in Washington or Oregon state - I can't remember which one.
     
  19. ProzacJM macrumors newbie

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    I think amazon is a good option since they don't charge you with taxes, but i had read here on this forum that amazon sends those mac laptops with tiger mac os instead of leopard.
     

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