Buying MPB 13" Apple Store or Apple.com?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mdgolom, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    I just sold my 3 year old MBP and want to get a base 13" MPB. I'm probably going to let Apple bump the RAM from 2GB to 4GB. With my education discount, it's only $90 more which isn't bad since buying 4GB is arounf $70 from Crucial or OWC and I don't need the memory I remove. That being said, if I buy from the Apple store they can take a couple of days to install the memory (according to them) or I can order from Apple.com as a BTO. Does anyone know how long it takes Apple.com to prepare and ship the order? Do they ship UPS ground? I want a larger HD at some point, but I'd rather do that myself.

    The trade-offs are that the Apple Store I'll get it sooner. If I order from Apple.com I get a better choice of "Free" printers. I found most of the printers they sell in the Apple store for $99.00 are junk with poor reviews.


    Just looking for thoughts or opinions.
     
  2. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    Well, kind of a trade-off: If you buy from the online store, I imagine they have people all day putting together machines and would be practicing best practices such as grounding themselves so to not short-circuit anything. But when you get your MB through FedEx or UPS, it's likely to be through a war as evidence by banged up corners on the box. Let me be clear: No dents on the machine itself, but the cardboard box ripped a bit and banged up to the point the MB box is affected.

    At the store the geniuses are rushing around trying to do things as fast as possible . . . they could easily not ground themselves. Sort of like all those Employees Must Wash signs you see in restaurants. I wonder how many do wash, especially when the restaurant is busy.

    There you go. :) Probably over-analyzed, but since you asked such a question, I am sure you'd appreciate an over-analyzed response. :)
     
  3. mrj205 macrumors regular

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    All BTO's from the online apple store are assembled in China. From order placement to completed assembly is from my experience about 3 days. Then international transit can cause some issues with delays and what not. If I were you, I would just let them take care of it in the Apple Store unless you are determined to get a different printer. It would be much quicker that way.
     
  4. munkees macrumors 65816

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    personally I like getting it form the store, the whole experience is exciting, Just got one for the wife, but we order that from the web-store, was shipped from China, to alaska, to california to Portland then delivered. BTW box was not bashed up, the computer is beautiful.
     
  5. WeedKiller87 macrumors member

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    Each has its pros and cons...

    Local Apple Store
    + Get your MBP within 10 minutes
    + Easy returns/exchanges
    + Apple Geniuses willing to help
    + Have stock configuration models
    + Back-To-School Promo
    - Unlikely to have any BTO models (some stores may have them)
    - Can't engrave your iPod

    Online Apple Store
    + BTO MBPs
    + Have stock configuration models
    + Can engrave your iPod
    + Free shipping
    + Back-To-School Promo
    - Takes about a week to get your MBP
    - Have to return/exchange by mail (takes a while and you pay shipping)

    I hope this helps.
     
  6. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    I vote Apple Store. It's just an overall good day when I go. You can get your MacBook and play with everything else in the store. Plus, you get your MacBook right then, no waiting.
     
  7. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    Just call and make sure they have everythingyou want in stock when you go.
     
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...since you can't return BTO machines just get it from the :apple:store = instant gratification...
     
  9. mdgolom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. I'm probably going to get the MBP at the Apple store. The only little think I left out of the initial post was the Apple stores sometimes can take a couple of days to install the memory. I bought a Mini two months ago. One store said it would be 3-5 days for installation of an additional GB of Ram. I went to a different store who said 24 hours. After having dinner at the mall, I was driving home when I got the call the Mini was ready. I might just go at lunch today and order the MBP then hope it's ready to be picked up after work. If not, I should be able to pick it up tomorrow or Saturday.

    The printer was a minor issue since I already have one I like, so I'll go for whatever is free after rebate.

    Thanks Everyone!
     

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