Buy macbook(pro) from Best Buy or Apple store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mbleopard, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. mbleopard macrumors regular

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    Im not sure if this has been posted before, it probably has. But anyways, I am getting the new macbook or macbook pro in the next couple weeks and I was curious if I buy the laptop from Best Buy and something goes wrong with it can I bring it into the Genius Bar at the Apple store or is that only possible if I buy it from the Apple store?

    Its not too big of a deal if I need to go to an Apple store it just depends on what city I'm in at the time. Also if I buy it from an Apple store in Chicago for example I can bring it to any Apple store for repairs if needed correct?

    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    yes, you can take a computer purchased at Best Buy to Apple for service. The one advantage I see to buying at Best Buy is they offer 18 months free financing on their credit card a lot of times. Otherwise, I always buy from Apple since it's part of the experience.
     
  3. mbleopard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm ok thanks for the advice I didnt know that about Best Buy. Yea this is the first Macbook that Im gonna buy so I want the full experience, but it just depends on where im at at the time
     
  4. PhilaScott macrumors regular

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    And $5 Reward Points for each $200 purchase... ;)
    Hmmmm...
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    I didn't know that about Best Buy; my preference too, would be (indeed, has been) to buy at an Apple store as it is "part fo the experience". The Apple warranties/guarantees are valid wherever you buy the computer. Good luck with it.

    Cheers
     
  6. mbleopard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to everyone for all the advice! I'm really hoping by next Monday or Tuesday to pick one up
     
  7. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I would buy it from Best buy any day of the week. Returns are much easier and usually question-free. And free (unlike Apple's required restocking fee). Besides, I absolutely hate having to go to the Apple store for anything; the "experience" is not my cup of tea, I guess (perhaps it's my age).
     
  8. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    Not true about the restocking fee, at least for laptops. I was there last night buying an MSI Wind (soon to be running OS/X), and their policy is a 15% restock fee for laptops. Didn't look for desktops.
     
  9. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Hmm. I wonder when they added that?
     
  10. osin macrumors 6502

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    About 3 years ago I had to pay 15% restocking fee for some car electronics, so I would say that they have it for some long time now... :)
     
  11. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I know they have had restocking fees for certain things for quite a while, GPS units being the last one that I noticed. I just didn't know they had a restock fee on laptops.
     

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