Buying a Macbook from China- Need help

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  1. 2001zr800 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2010
    I am looking to buy a macbook pro from china. The part number is MacBook Pro MA897CH/A. I googled the model number and nothing comes up but companies is china selling them. Has anyone every bought a macbook from China? Does anyone of this model number... I just want to make sure it is legit and I dont know alot about Macbooks. Thanks!

  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    MA897CH/A is the Chinese version of this MBP, just as MA897J/A is the Japanese version.

    Is there any particular reason you want to buy a Chinese MBP? You do know it will have a Chinese keyboard, right?
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    are you buying from a reputable dealer or a ripoff scam artist?

    what's the name of the dealer? there are lots of fakes and disreputable dealers from china.

    I'd be less worried about the model number and far more worried about who you're buying from.
  4. Qin Zhi macrumors newbie

    Qin Zhi

    Dec 21, 2009
    For the benefit of everyone, Apple computers (MBs, MBPs, etc.) from Mainland China and Hong Kong ALL use U.S. English keyboard because in the Mainland, Chinese characters are entered using the Pinyin input method--meaning, you type their phonetic equivalent in English letters to produce their equivalent Chinese characters. Using an English keyboard, you type "ni hao" to produce "你好". Thus, Apple computers from Mainland China are identical to those being sold in the U.S.

    Likewise, you don't have to worry about the language used by Mac OS because you set it up the first time you boot it up. The ONLY difference is that the computer's thin printed instruction booklet is in Chinese--which is sooo very negligible, and you can always download an English version of it from Apple.

    But I must warn you, if you are buying an Apple computer from Taiwan, it might come with a Chinese keyboard, because unlike Mainland China, they use a different input method, Bopomofo (which is based on characters) and not Pinyin (which I briefly described earlier).

    By the way, my MacBook Pro is from Mainland China. And it's genuine! ;)

    To be sure, either buy it from the Apple Store in Beijing, or check out their list of authorized resellers at (if you can understand Chinese). :)
  5. 2001zr800 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2010
  6. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    My computer is set up so that someone from Taiwan can use it and when they do, they select Pinyin - Traditional as the input methods.

    Just as an aside; its weird watching someone from Asia typing.
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Then it probably isn't legit.

    With these cases the former wants you to pay by Western Union and the latter is way too cheap. If its less than the US dollar price its too good to be true. Western branded stuff is usually significantly more expensive in China than in the UK or US.
  8. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I don't know if I would trust either of those two, but the first one is used; not new so it most likely isn't an Apple retailer. The second doesn't say used, but it seems like it, it just says "original" which could mean a lot, such as CoreDuo not the Core2Duo which isn't nearly as good. But the price is a surprise, it seems kinda low if you ask me, thus making it seem fishy in my eyes.

    I haven't ever dealt with anyone from Alibaba, although I have put in quotes for things before, none ever responded.
  9. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Thank you for this important correction. I assumed that the Chinese had special keyboards just like the Japanese. I also enter/use Japanese on my Mac with no problems using a US English keyboard and entering words phonetically but the standard Japanese keyboard has less keys and Japanese text in addition to English. It's interesting to learn there is no particular Chinese keyboard in China.
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Neither of these offer credit cards, which is a prime indication of SCAM. I wouldn't deal with either one. They want you to pay via Money Transfer or Western Union, which is the favorite method of Nigerian Scammers since you have ZERO recourse if there is a problem. What do you do if the computer arrives DOA? You would be SOL. Buy from Apple or a real dealer, not a scammer.
  11. Qin Zhi macrumors newbie

    Qin Zhi

    Dec 21, 2009
    Yes, it's probably a scam, so be careful.

    But my question is: do you live in the US? Because if you do, then why would you want buy a Macbook Pro all the way from China?

    Even if you disregard the shipping costs, the listed retail price of an MBP at the online Apple Store of China is 9,498 RMB, which is equivalent to $US1,391. Authorized retail outlets there can still give you discounts, like I got mine for only 9,200RMB because I had to buy Office 2008 and other stuff. But it is so obvious that you can definitely get it cheaper in the US than in China. The online Apple Store price in the US is just $1,199, and you might get better discounts from authorized retail outlets.

    As I've written earlier, the MBP from Mainland China and Hong Kong are in all aspects identical to those sold in the US, except for the small instruction manual printed in Chinese.

    If the price is too good to be true, then chances are it ain't. So please be very careful. ;)
  12. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    Thanks for the insight, Qin! How popular are Macs in China, these days? Are they gaining notoriety? Also, given the rise of consumerism, do Macs have the same aesthetic appeal in China as they do in the U.S.?


    Habitus :apple:
  13. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
  14. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I have sent a request to the company, and have heard nothing back. If I hear anything I'll post the response. But I get a bad feeling about it.
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Waste of time in my opinion; scammers can't be trusted.
  16. allianfreed macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010
    Hi, Did you get back the response from the company? I would be thankful, if you post your feed back. Because it will helps to all, who are looking for the same,,,
  17. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Nope, nothing, just like the last few times I tried to get information from someone on Alibaba (for actual work purposes!) Not sure what is going on with that service, maybe it would be better to skip Alibaba, get the company contact information and contact them directly --- maybe that would work?

    I may try again shortly because I'm going to need to buy some USB cables in massive bulk soon.
  18. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The company is obviously a scam, so don't bother trying to contact them directly. If you need usb cables try
    (I presume you are referring to the original post, not some other company).
  19. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    No, I was talking about Alibaba in general. I have been buying cables from Monoprice but when you are buying 1000's at a time a cost difference of a few cents start to add up (Monoprice raised the price from $0.80 to $1.00, that's a big increase). Plus Monoprice is very nice, they ship the cables in individual bags and wrapped with twist ties... both take time to open and remove. :D

    But yes, I agree that original company is most likely a scam, but if they aren't responding to buyers, how can it be a scam, they aren't taking anyones money.
  20. appleshampoo macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    china supplier, legit or scam?

    Hi im wondering if anyone can help me. Id like to know if the email of a price list from a source in china is legit or a scam???? If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful.

    Hi Sir/Madam :

    Thanks for your interesting about our company Laptop.

    Please check the attachment for your look about our company Laptop pricelist.

    10% Discount for the Below Laptop Price

    Apple MacBook

    Macbook Air (MB003CH-A) 13.3" $470
    MacBook Air(MB543CH/A) 13.3" $570
    MacBook Air (MB403CH/A) 13.3" $440
    Macbook Air 128GB $470
    MacBook Air (1.8GHz) 13.3 " $460
    MacBook Air (MB940LL/A) 13.3 " $500
    MacBook Pro (MB604LL/A) 17" $540
    MacBook Pro (MB471LL/A) 15.4" $520
    MacBook Pro (MB766LL-A) 17" $490
    MacBook Pro (MB403CH/A) 13.3" $440
    MacBook (MB466) 13.3" $415
    MacBook (MB467LL/A) 13.3" $450
    MacBook (MB062CH/A) 13.3" $450
    MacBook Pro (MB470CH/A) 15.4" $490
    MacBook Pro (MB134CH-A) 15.4" $475
    MacBook (MB063CH-B) 13.3" $440
    MacBook (MB404CH-A) 13.3" $455
    MacBook (MB402CH-A) 13.3" $440
    MacBook (MB061CH-B) 13.3" $450
    MacBook Pro (MB133CH-A) 15.4" $480
    MacBook Pro (MB166CH-A) 17" $495
    MacBook Pro (MA611CH-A) 17" $580
    MacBook Pro (MA895CH-A) 15.4" $530
    MacBook Pro (MA896CH-A) 15.4" $550
    MacBook Pro (MA897CH-A) 17" $570
    MacBook Pro (MC026CH-A) 15" $480
    MacBook Pro (MC118CH/A) 15.4" $580
    MacBook Pro (MB985CH/A) 15.4" $590
    MacBook Pro (MB986CH/A) 15.4" $620
    MacBook Pro (MB990CH/A) 13.3" $520
    MacBook Pro (MC226ZP/A) 17" $590
    MacBook Pro (MB991CH/A) 13.3" $580
    MacBook Pro (MB604CH/A) 17" $590

    DELL Laptop

    DELL XPS M2010 T7500 320GB 1.83GHZ $620
    DELL XPS M1710 T7500 160GB 2.2GHz $570
    DELL XPS M1730 T9300 160GB 1.83GHZ $520
    DELL XPS M1730 T9300 320GB 2.5GHz $570
    DELL Studio 1735(R511011cn) $490
    DELL XPS M1730(T9300-2G-160G) $520
    DELL Precision M6300(R620803CN) $510
    DELL XPS M1710 $590
    DELL XPS M1730(Q511230N) $580
    DELL XPS M1530(T7500) $450
    Dell XPS M1640 (P8400/2G/250G) $530
    DELL XPS M1730(T9500/4G/320G ) $610
    DELL XPS M1730 (X9000-4G-320G) $590
    DELL XPS M1330 $500
    DELL XPS M1730(X7900/2G/160G) $540
    DELL XPS M1330(R510534) $470
    DELL Inspiron 1525(R510906CN) $430
    DELL Studio 1535(T5800/2G/250G) $445
    DELL Studio 1536(R510994R) $580
    DELL Studio 1536(R510991R) $550
    DELL Inspiron 1520(R510713) $490
    DELL Inspiron 1545(NC1B) $430
    DELL Precision M6300(R620203C) $600
    DELL Precision M4300(R620202C) $545
    DELL Precision M2300 T8300 $550
    DELL Latitude D830(T7700) $480
    DELL Latitude XT(R720242C) $560
    DELL Latitude D830(T7500/2.2G/2G/160G) $510
    DELL Alienware M17X(S510605CN)4GB 320GB 17" $520
    DELL Alienware M17X(QX9300/4GB/640GB) 17" $540
    DELL Alienware M17X 8GB/1024GB 17" $620
    DELL Studio 1737(T5800/2G/250G) $560
    Dell Latitude XT2. 4 GB $580
    Dell vostro laptop 1320 $480
    DELL Inspiron 1555(202)2.1GHz 15.6" $440
    DELL Vostro A860(T1400/1G/120G)15.6 " $400
    Dell vostro 1088(T6670/4GB/320GB)14" $460
    Dell vostro 1014(T6670(2.2GHz) 4G/320G)14" $450
    dell vostro 1400(T7250 2.0G/2G/160G)14.1" $510
    dell vostro 1200(T7250/1G/120G)12.1" $430
    Dell vostro 1310(T5670/1G/160G/DVDRW)13.3" $440
    dell vostro 1320(T6570/1G/160G)13" $480
    Dell vostro 1520(T6570/2GB/160GB)15.4" $450
    DELL Vostro 1510 (T5670/1G/160G)15.4" $470
    Dell Vostro 1520(P8600/1G/160G/GF9300)15.4" $440

    HP Laptop

    HP Pavilion dv7-1015TX $530
    HP Pavilion TX2000Z Touch $480
    HP Pavilion HDX16 $510
    HP Pavilion Dv2799 $520
    HP Pavilion dv9700t $560
    HP Pavilion DV2700T $460
    HP Pavilion DV6700T $420
    HP Pavilion dv2817TX $470
    HP Pavilion TX2102AU $530
    HP pavilion dv3-2022txhp $500
    HP pavilion dv-51218TX(nk924pa) $510
    HP pavilion dv4-1212TX $480
    HPCompaq 2210b(KU919PA) $400
    HP Pavilion HDX9306TX(KU797PA) $465
    HP Compaq 2210b(KU919PA) $400
    HP Compaq 8510w(KB659PA) $445
    HP Compaq 8710w(GU453PA) $460
    HP Compaq nw8440(RQ715PA) $475
    HP Compaq nw9440(GA869PA) $450
    HP Compaq nw9440(GA870PA) $470
    HP Compaq nw9440(GA872PA) $480
    HP Compaq nw9440(GA873PA) $500
    HPCompaq nw9440(GA874PA) $520
    HP Compaq nw9440(RQ718PA) $490
    HP COMPAQ 6710b $500
    HP TouchSmart tx 2 z $500
    HP HDX18t P8700 2.53GHz 4GB 320GB 18.4 $550
    HP Pavilion dv5-1129tx $580
    HP pavilion dv 9910us $460
    HP Pavilion DV7 $540
    HP Pavilion TX2500Z $510

    Sony Laptop

    Sony Vaio N130GW $380
    Sony Vaio BX640PS2 $400
    Sony Vaio VGN-FE670G $430
    Sony Vaio VGN-C150P/B $450
    Sony Vaio VGN-UX180P $470
    Sony Vaio VGN-TX790P $480
    Sony Vaio V505EC29 $460
    Sony Vaio VGN-TX790P $480
    Sony Vaio VGN-AX580G $490
    Sony VAIO UX180P $500
    Sony Vaio VGN-SZ280P/C $500
    Sony VAIO SZ480NW5 $490
    Sony VAIO LS36N $450
    Sony VAIO SZ680N05 $510
    Sony VAIO SZ480NW9 $520
    Sony VAIO SZ440N17 $500
    Sony VAIO FZ290N2 $480
    Sony VAIO BX740N1 $530
    Sony VAIO BX760P3 $540
    Sony Vaio BZ21XN $540
    Sony Vaio BZ12XN $540
    Sony Vaio TT11LNB $550
    SONY VGN-Z19N(Z020) $540
    SONY VAIO VGN-P17H $490
    SONY VGN-P70H $470

    Please tell us your order details:

    1. which brand /model ?

    2. which capacity ?

    3. How many quantity of each capacity ?

    4. Delivery time: in 24 hours after received your payment.

    5. Payment: T/T, Western Union

    6. Shipping cost: depend on your order quantity, if you order large quantity, we can free shipping to you by EMS or DHL. EMS need about one week; DHL need 3 to 5 days.

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    Mr.Xu puli
  21. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Most likely a scam.. but try it and let us know. :D

    Look at the terms of sale, you basically have to put cash up front with no way to get it back if it is wrong. But if you're a risk taker, give it a try. . . and as I said, if it works, let us know.
  22. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Don't waste your time even thinking about it.
    Scammers often produce long lists of computers and other stuff with ridiculous prices.

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