Best pricing on an iMac.....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lwien, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. lwien macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    So a 21.5" 3.6 with an i5 would run me 1880 out the door from Apple, but from MacMall, the same setup would run my 1674 out the door. That's over a 200 dollar savings. Like getting the i5 upgrade for free.

    Is there any reason that one can think of that would make spending the extra 200 bucks at Apple worth it?

    And what's with that 16 dollar recycling fee from Apple. Recycling what?
  2. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2009
    I'm getting ready to buy an i7 and have the same question.

    I'd like to avoid the state tax and get a reseller discount.

    Seems like the reseller is the best bet in terms of price?
  3. thedon1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    If you know someone studying you can save a lot of money with the education discount.
  4. lwien thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    The problem with most resellers though is that you can't get upgrades, like getting the i5 instead of the i3. This is not the case for MacMall though. Don't know of any other resellers that offer these upgrades. It seems like MacConnection does not and neither does Amazon.

    But man, a 200 dollar savings is like getting an i5 upgrade for free as compared to purchasing it directly from Apple. That's nothin' to sneeze at, eh?
  5. Sammy Cat macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    North America
    I just called Macmall to check on my order.

    i3 base is on backorder until at least August 9th. i3 3.2ghz is in stock.
  6. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    I just bought my 27" i3 at BestBuy for $1699 - 10% educational discount (even tho i'm 38) they don't care. I just said "Cut me a deal, i buy all my stuff from you guys". I was only supposed to get $100 bucks off, but I'm not going to tell. $1699-$169=$1530

    Plus they gave me a $30 BestBuy card for future purchases. They even sold me the computer before they had it in inventory.
  7. lwien thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Yeah, but then you have to add back in tax. Wouldn't going thru MacMall be a better deal than purchasing through a brick and mortar with an educational discount?
  8. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Actually No, even with the tax added in I came out ahead. Plus I got the computer that day and I can return it if I have any problems during my 45 day return period. How much will it cost you to send it back if something goes wrong? How long will it take for you to have to wait to get it back?
  9. Sammy Cat macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    North America

    Base i3

    No Tax
    Free 2-3 Day UPS Ground

    It saved me approx. $50 even if I used a student discount.
  10. dmrowley macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2010
    Dortches, NC
    Tax Free Weekends...

    Don't forget many states have tax free weekends coming up. It is this weekend in SC, and I may bite the bullet and get myself an iMac...
  11. lwien thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009

    Really? Wow, I've never heard of such a thing. That'll never happen out here in Cali. We're ****ing going bankrupt as it is. :rolleyes:
  12. thedon1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'm in the UK and with the education discount i got the following.

    Imac 21.5 base model - £878 instead of £1000
    Free ipod touch through rebate - Worth £130
    Epson printer for £20 - Usually £90, £70 rebate.

    If i sell the rebated stuff the computer works out to be about £688.

    These prices include tax.
  13. beejam macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2007
    FYI, if you buy it for business purposes, the Cali Taxman WILL find you and make you pay taxes on the computer. Something about it being used here so it should have been charged tax in the first place... I dunno... but take it from first hand experience, it sucks to have to pay taxes on all your internet "tax-free" purchases all at once!
  14. terry007 macrumors member

    May 27, 2010
    Best pricing on an iMac

  15. steveotron macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    I got my iMac (late '09) from for $1050 on Black Friday. Since that only happens once a year and still is quite awhile away, your best price would be education discount + education rebate (iPod+printer = $300+taxes - $300 rebate) and selling the iPod and printer. With my calculations, it brings the base model to about $1060ish (after receiving rebate and selling iPod+printer). Do whatever calculations you want on whatever model you're looking at.

    I did this before with the MacBook Pro.Had Apple price match Microcenter (MBP = $1000) and then sold the iPod and printer on eBay for about $180 after fees and shipping.\

    @terry: The 21.5 iMac that's more expensive can be upgraded to an i5, although for $200, it's quite the rip-off. Well, it IS Apple we're talking about.
  16. terry007 macrumors member

    May 27, 2010
    best pricing on an iMac

    Thank you for the reply..
    so one can update its Imac!

    so you guys believe its a rip off .
    Ok i l stick to the base model then. I don t gaming but use Protools but don t record too many tracks at a time
    I think the base model will do just fine..

    Thank you guys.

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