Buy mac in JFK

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  1. Esbenam macrumors newbie

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    Hi..

    I'm traveling through JFK airport next week, and I want to buy a new macbook pro because of the dollar's current value.

    But I can not seem to find any info suggesting that it is even possible to buy a macbook in the airport. So here goes:

    Can you buy macbooks in the JFK airport? (I only found 4 year old posts saying you couldn't, so I am hoping things have changed)

    If not - is it possible to easily get to the nearest apple store with the subway, if you have a 10 hour wait?

    Thank you.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You won't be able to buy one in the airport. If you want to go to the trouble of going all the way into the city, it is doable in 10 hours.
     
  3. Esbenam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay. Damn it.

    Do you by any chance know the easiet way from jfk to an apple store and back?
     
  4. Esbenam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No subway station right next to an apple store that goes straight to the airport?

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    Never mind. I think the Airtrain will do the trick. Thanks a bunch!
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You asked for the easiest way, and the easiest way (especially if you have bags) is by taxi. However, the 5th Ave/59th Street subway station is about a block away.
     
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    Take the Airtrain to Jackson Heights / Roosevelt Avenue
    Take the E train there (manhattan bound) to 5th Avenue / 53rd Street
    Walk 6 blocks to Apple Cube on 5th Avenue and 59th street

    Purchase your MBP from one of the thousand Apple employees milling around

    Do the opposite and return to the Airport

    The whole thing should take about 2:30 hours max
     
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  8. saud0488 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, DO NOT take the taxi unless you have a ton of bags (for which there's a bag check in certain terminals). If you decide to take the taxi, you're looking at a minimum of about 60 dollars charge each way. Actually, even with the taxi, you won't have anywhere to put your bags.

    Take the airtran and subway. Use hopstop.com if you are unfamiliar with the NY transit system, since it recognizes most major landmarks such as the apple store and JFK. By using the airtran and subway, you're looking at about 8 dollars each way.

    Another option is using the New York Airport Service, a bus service that takes you straight to grand central from JFK. It costs about 13-15 dollars but is generally quick and painless, and from grand central you can either walk it or take a short subway ride to the apple store. Btw Manhattan has 4 as of now so make sure you pick the closest (5th ave).

    Oh and it can be done in MUCH less than 10 hours. I'd leave at least 5 hours since you're new to the city, but someone could do it in 3.

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    Oh and I have seen places in terminals 1 and 4 selling apple products, but no MacBooks, that I remember. iPads though I've seen so it's worth checking out. You'll likely be paying a substantial up charge to buy it from there though.

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    That's for Newark, not JFK
     
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  10. dougny macrumors newbie

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    There are 3 Best Buys just a few miles in each direction from JFK, don't they sell Macs?
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Don't forget sales tax. Also if you're leaving the U.S. and re-entering your own country you will likely have t pay import duties as well.
     
  12. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

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    only paid on boxed items.. So you just have to take it out of the box and put it in a carry on. So duties don;t really count...
     
  13. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

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    JFK is the airport in new york city correct? i just flew back into the states from ireland and i could have sworn i saw macs available in the electronic store i was perusing
     
  14. wordoflife, Aug 18, 2011
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    It's doable, but it might not be worth the hassle. I don't know where you are from, but remember the MacBook pro is going to be localized to the US (and it will have the US keyboard, charger, and so on). So, if you're from Germany (for example), the ü, ä,*ö, ß, € keys won't be present. Then don't forget customs and all that other stuff.

    Do you have to go through immigrations/customs if you leave the airport? (idk, I'm asking). *edit* you would have to go through immigration/customs upon arrival in the US so it wouldn't matter.
     
  15. nic2991 macrumors newbie

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    JFK is the main international airport for the NYC area, although Newark Liberty International also has quite a few international flights. If you live in NJ maybe that's where you flew into?
     
  16. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

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    nope i remember now it was JFK :)
     
  17. Esbenam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for all the replies. Great help!

    I have already considered the pros and cons with both the keyboard and the power supply and I think it's worth the while.

    It would be nice if njsa04playa is right though and I could just purchase one in the airport.

    This says I can go from JFK to Penn Station in 35 minutes with the LIRR

    http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-to-from.html

    and it seems there is an Apple store half a mile from Penn Station. Is there any reason why this wouldn't be the easiest/fastest way to do this?
     
  18. saud0488 macrumors 6502

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    Forgot to mention LIRR. Probably the best choice. This can be taken from Sutphin Blvd/Jamaica Station which is connected by airtran to JFK. Good luck and tell us how it goes.
     
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  20. Esbenam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How much is sales tax?
     
  21. duky macrumors 6502

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    10 HOURS!?! Man, you must be walking.
     
  22. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    That's not true. If your home country knows it is brand new you still have to pay tax even if you decided to throw out the box/packaging.

    If you wanted to try and pass it off as old, you might be able to try and get away with it, but it is deception.

    (Most custom declaration forms have a box asking about goods purchased abroad)

    Where are you flying to? It should be available from your local customs, just look on their web page.

    A lot of countries with GST/VAT will want you to pay that on items >~$500.00, as well as import duty. IT may or may not be worth the hastle to save yourself $100 or what ever
     
  23. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    In NYC, total sales tax is 8.875 %.
     
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