buying from B&H Photo/Video?

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  1. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

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    Hey all,

    Probably about to pull the trigger on a new MBP to replace my 3 year old MBA (it'll be for sale soon). Leaning towards picking it up from B&H Photo out of NYC, but buying online. The item is not only less than Apple, but saving on sales tax as I live in Texas. So all in all, saving about $200.00.

    Any opinions on that place? I know they have a huge store in NYC but otherwise don't know much about them. I did see that once bought and opened I'm stuck with the item. No returns.

    I assume that with any issues I can still take it to the Apple Store for warranty work, no?

    Thanks
     
  2. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

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    They have always been excellent. Quick shipping, responsive customer service, and good return policy if necessary. There is another, similar internet electronics seller out of NYC, on the other hand, that is horrible and the name of which I will not mention. But B&H is rock solid.
     
  3. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    We use them as our main vendor for our school district, I'd highly recommend them.
     
  4. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    I've purchased multiple times from B&H, but smaller stuff like external drives, etc.

    I've read a concern or two in the past about their return policy on computers, so I would read their policy good before ordering:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/HelpCenter/ReturnExchange.jsp

    No Return/Exchange on the following:
    • Computers and Computer Software, once any of the manufacturer's packaging has been opened.

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  5. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that's my main concern. But as long as Apple still will warranty it, I can live with that.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about them - great company and great service :)
     
  7. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    They'e solid and they take their work seriously.

    I always check them first before anywhere else for electronics. Also no tax outside of NY :D
     
  8. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    You get a full Apple warranty, and can get Applecare at a discount from them as well if you want it. They usually have deals with bundles; and their used/clearence prices are pretty good but I rarely see the latest MacBooks there.
     
  9. DFWHD macrumors regular

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    Their customer service has been outstanding for me in the 10 years I've been buying from them. I've spent a ton of money with them in cameras and computers with no issues at all.
     
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    Thank you. This is very flattering.
     
  11. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks all for the replies. Ordering tonight. Hopefully have it by this weekend!!!
     
  12. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Geez, the decisions.......B&H is having a sell on the 15inch and I can get a 2.2GHz i7 16GB ram, 256SSD for just a few dollars more than the 13inch 2.9GHz, 16GB ram and 256SSD
     
  13. Moki808 macrumors newbie

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    They have been 100% reliable in dozens of transactions in computer and camera equipment that I have conducted with them over the years. They are totally legit and, as you know, an Apple authorized reseller. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
    When I am ready to buy something in electronics, I always turn to them first. They are truly the mensch of the business.
     
  14. austinpike macrumors 6502

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    Are you looking at this 13"?
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1128946-REG/apple_z0qn_mf8403_13_3_macbook_pro_notebook.html

    You can get also get last year's 15" 2.5 w/512GB SSD and dedicated video for $1900
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072689-REG/apple_mgxc2ll_a_15_4_macbook_pro_notebook.html
    (note that one is also $100 cheaper at that "other" NYC retailer...)
     
  15. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was. But ended going with the 13 inch like above but upgraded to the 512gb ssd. I decided on the portability of the 13 as I'm not really a gamer and don't really do much video editing.
     
  16. M1Lance macrumors newbie

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    Just purchased a 15" rMBP from B&H and could not be more pleased with the experience. Shipping was free, lightning fast, and my brand new computer came in perfect condition. They had a $200 discount over the same product from the apple store and with no tax I ended up saving $400. Will likely be buying from them again when I need a new computer.
     
  17. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Been going to that store for a long time. Never had any issues, and they always seem on top of everything. Even when the place is crowded, there is still a short wait on line. They are very efficient in how the operate. Can't comment on there online service.
     
  18. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the store is very fun to visit if you're in NY. Lots of interesting conveyers with boxes shooting across the ceiling.

    I buy hardware direct from Apple because I get an education discount, but I always get the AppleCare package through B&H.
     
  19. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    It's a little late to chime in, I only have to say that B&H Photo has never had items arrive when they say they will, so be careful! Every item I've ordered online from them has arrived early, often the next day! The last hardware and software items I ordered were placed late in the business day, on the West Coast - and the FedEx guy was there around 8 a.m. - the next day! This coming from a Murray Hill NYC ex-pat - I couldn't have gotten there faster in traffic! :D

    They're an Authorized Apple Dealer, so there's some security built-in to your purchase. I'm buying a Blackmagic 4k camera and lenses soon, and I'll be buying from B&H. QED.
     
  20. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well it was a great experience. Bought Tuesday night late. And it arrived yesterday. Thanks for all the feedback. Coincidentally the wife and I just booked a family trip to NYC for next spring. So I'll be sure to stop in the store as well.
     
  21. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Grrr. Envy.

    While you're near there, make sure you visit Best Bagel & Coffee (on W 35th St.) and NY Pizza Suprema (on 8th Ave.). Both are only a couple of blocks away from B&H and your tummies will be very, very happy you went.
     
  22. jlc1978, Nov 6, 2015
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    Just remember they are closed on Saturdays so you need to plan your visit around that. Definitely worth a stop, they are a great company.
     
  23. dilgreene macrumors newbie

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    They also close during most Jewish holidays--Passover is at the end of April, and they'll likely be closed for some, if not all of it.
     
  24. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, we're certainly one to never miss a meal so we'll check it out.

    Thanks

    BTW, this new MBP rocks. It's way faster than my 3 year old iMac. Whose 27inch screen I'm using BTW. :)
     
  25. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    Chiming in late, but just to echo everyone's comments, B&H Photo ROCKS! I have spent THOUSANDS$$$ with them, in fact I'm about to buy a 5d Mark iii from 'em in the next few weeks
     

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