Buy now through school or wait til Black Friday?

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  1. Ralzy macrumors member

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    My school is having a sale on Nov 19 on macs
    http://itstore.ou.edu/onedaysale/

    I wanted to get one of the 27'' iMacs to replace my mac mini. Should I buy it through my school or are there gonna be better deals through Amazon or Apple possibly on Black Friday? Its not easy to return anything and if they let you there is a pretty hefty restocking fee.
     
  2. tardman91 macrumors 6502a

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    Those are some pretty good prices. I would probably wait though. I you live in a state that doesn't have to pay sales tax on amazon.com then they might be a better buy, especially if they have a sale for Black Friday. That's what I'm hoping for. Their price is already a better buy than the Apple Education Discount for me since I won't have to pay sales tax.
     
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  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Wait, it's just a week. To clarify, you are not legally relieved of paying taxes just because Amazon doesn't charge them.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Definitely buy through your school. 27" is 350$ from there while Apple will give ~100$ off on Black Friday.
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    There is a decent chance that sites like MacMall and other third-party retailers will have discounts that will be equal or greater along with other promotions like free printers. In addition, you can (illegally) avoid paying tax.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    buy it.

    even if you paid 10% sales tax -- $1350 + $135 = $1485

    over $100 cheaper than the cheapest no tax + rebate price there is

    apple's black friday deals wont even come close
     
  8. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    i'd wait until black friday... but DUDE those prices are good! [​IMG]
     
  9. Ralzy thread starter macrumors member

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    What are the chances that Amazon has a sale on them on Black Friday considering I've noticed their stock says 4-7 weeks?
     
  10. ehduque7 macrumors member

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    Those are some really good education discounts. I'd jump on the school discount. I really can't see it being that much cheaper on Black Friday.
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    A sale – yes. A discount that large – probably not. The better chance is some other third party retailer having bigger discounts.
     
  12. js81 macrumors 65816

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    I put my vote in for buying it on the school discount. I've been oogling the 27-inchers and I can only get $100 off as a K-12 teacher. GO FOR IT! :D
     
  13. Bbusyb macrumors member

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    If the School discount is going to be available to you later, It might be worth waiting till Black Friday, Just in case to see if a better deal is available. After all its only a matter of a few days.

    If there is one, yo can get it. If not You can always buy through your educational discount.

    I Do believe however that Applecare is usually pretty discounted with Edu Pricing so you might want to tally that cost as well when making your decision.
     
  14. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    i'd buy from the school...i don't see any chances of more discounts better than these...

    these prices are awesome
     
  15. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Bbusyb has the right idea, only a risk.
     
  16. Shownarou macrumors regular

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    It says one day only, November 19th. I'd definitely buy from the school.
     
  17. Corrupt.Tears macrumors newbie

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    Buy it from the school. Don't open it. If there is no other sale, open it and enjoy! If you find another sale. Buy it from that sale and return the one from the school. It is that simple. Unless it is final sale.
     

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