BestBuy or Apple?

Am Kestrel

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Original poster
Feb 16, 2014
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Pennsylvania
Well if I buy the latest 13 rmbp base model from BB,I would save $150.00 But I would not get one to one,which I think could be useful since I am coming from Windows. I like saving some money,but if I buy from authorized resellers like BestBuy,what can I do & not do as far as support & tech help if I go to a apple retail store? Thanks
 

RoboWarriorSr

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Feb 23, 2013
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Support and tech is the same, main difference is price and options (Apple Store carry the highest spec BTO options for some odd reason but most aren't likely to purchase that). If you're a student, Apple will likely start their Back to School sale on July 1st so I would wait until then if you can. Additionally, during this period, Best Buy tends to increase their student discounts matching very closely to Apple Back to School sale.
 

ApoorvPrem

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Dec 25, 2011
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India
Support and tech is the same, main difference is price and options (Apple Store carry the highest spec BTO options for some odd reason but most aren't likely to purchase that). If you're a student, Apple will likely start their Back to School sale on July 1st so I would wait until then if you can. Additionally, during this period, Best Buy tends to increase their student discounts matching very closely to Apple Back to School sale.
What kind of extra discounts are available during the back to school sale other than the education pricing? Excuse me but my country doesn't have an apple store.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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If you can save some money with BB then absolutely, go with them. Your warranty will be the same regardless of where you buy it.
 

zhenya

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Jan 6, 2005
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If you go Best Buy, make sure to sign up for their rewards program as well, which effectively gets you an additional 2% cash back and, if you spend enough with them (and a laptop gets you most of the way there) extends your return window to between 30-45 days.
 

JackieInCo

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Jul 18, 2013
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I bought mine at BestBuy at the $2374 price. I also had $60 in reward certificates so I paid $2314 for mine. I can still take it to Apple if I need to for warranty and you can do with an Apple product bought at BestBuy.

I have 45 days to return anything except phones so I still have another two weeks to return my MBP if I want which I will not do.
 

RoboWarriorSr

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Feb 23, 2013
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What kind of extra discounts are available during the back to school sale other than the education pricing? Excuse me but my country doesn't have an apple store.
Usually they match Apple's additional discount giving another $50~$100 off. For example they'll give 5% off in store and for edu accounts send in a coupon for additional $150 off or something like that.
 

ApoorvPrem

macrumors regular
Dec 25, 2011
173
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India
Usually they match Apple's additional discount giving another $50~$100 off. For example they'll give 5% off in store and for edu accounts send in a coupon for additional $150 off or something like that.
Thats awesome! How long does this sale last? I am reaching US mid August. :p