Buy or Lease Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CTYankee, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. CTYankee macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    Helping advise some IT decisions at our organization. It is a non-profit that has about 75 users in our location where we are rethinking our IT. 50 of these are mac users. We can either buy our systems outright, or lease for $30-50+ (depending on model) with a buyout option at the end (fair market value).

    I'm thinking that the buy option is cheaper in the long run. We can keep them 3 years (until Apple Care is about to expire) then sell them. Downside is we have to handle all the administrative work of managing them, selling them, etc.

    I can't really think of a reason to lease other than it is less of a headache. Anyone run the numbers on these scenarios for your organziation or have any educated opinions?
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    Well I have never in my life seen a lease option being cheaper than outright purchase so buy. Aside from the leasing companies markup on the deal there are usually clauses in the lease to cost you extra money besides the payments, read it carefully if you go that route.

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