Better deal: 15" rMBP Apple refurb or Best Buy open box?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ProMod, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. ProMod macrumors 6502a

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    I am eyeing the 15" Retina MacBook Pro 2.6/16/512. Looking to save some cash so I'm going the refurb/open box route. I've come across two deals:

    - Late 2012 2.6/16/512 on the Apple refurb store for $2,289 + tax

    - Early 2013 2.7/16/512 open box at a local Best Buy for $2,420 + tax

    Which one is the better deal? The idea of the refreshed internals on the 2013 model sounds good, but I would rather not get stuck with a SanDisk SSD. It's a give and take with the 2013s it seems.

    I would be using my Discover card if I bought at the Apple refurb store, so I'd get 5% cash back there. I'm a Premier Silver Reward Zone member at Best Buy, so I'd get a longer return period and some Reward Zone points if I bought there. I also already have about $150 in points to spend there anyway.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd try Best Buy first and see if they'll knock any more money off. I was able to get my 2.7/16/512 for $2000 last weekend. They were doing 10% off open box all week, and the machine didn't sell so I low balled the guy and he agreed. Can't hurt to try. Plus, I have a Silver Premier Rewards Zone membership, so I get a 60 day return policy on top of it. I usually go Apple Refurb all the way, but this was a steal I feel.

    (Oh, and both machines are pretty equal. The only difference will be that 2.6 vs 2.7 clock speed (both should have 6MB L3 cache).
     
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Definitely hit up Best Buy and haggle, you'll likely succeed.
     
  4. ProMod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried my best to haggle two local Best Buys down to $2000 on that same machine, and they look at me like I have two heads. They say they have no ability to adjust the price on Apple products. I call total BS.
     
  5. macalec macrumors 6502

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    I would go to best buy. I have negotiated great deals on my macs- with the open boxes, etc. I am always surprised when I walk of there with a good deal on my mac.
     
  6. ProMod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to give it another shot in a few days. Maybe they need to meet a sales quota by the end of the month?
     

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