Buying - pickup at store

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lhkeeper, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. lhkeeper macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2014
    Hello everyone, I want to ask you how reliably is to buy before and pickup at store??

    I'm travelling to Miami in a few months, and my intention is to buy a Macbook Pro and pickup at store. But I'm afraid that my Mac arrives after I left Miami.

    ¿Do you know if it is possible to buy 3 weeks before, so the store can keep my Mac during 2 or more weeks, until I arrive there?

  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    What config are you ordering? If it's something typically carried in stock then no worries, otherwise as the time for your trip approaches do mock orders and see what the ordering system claims to be the expected availability.

    I've ordered refurb items (including a mini and a MBA) several times and Apple has always beat the projected availability date by several days. Once your order arrives at the store you have a few days to pick it up; three weeks might be stretching it though. I'd place my order when the ordering system projected an availability date three or four days before your arrival.

    Have you considered calling the Apple store in question and discussing it with them also?
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I was out of town once and did a custom MBA order for pickup at store and a few days after it arrived at the store I got an email saying they would send it back if I did not pick it up. I just called the store and explained I would not be in town for another week and they held it for me.

    TL;dr Call the store and they will hold it for you.
  4. Kryckter macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    I would call the store when you are about to order or right after you do. They will work with you and get it figured out! :cool:
  5. lhkeeper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2014
    The main difference in my order would be the keyboard (Western). 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. 2.4 GHz and 8 GB of RAM Memory.

    So, if I would be in Miami about October 23, it's recommended to order it three or four days before the date that appears in the estimated arrival date?
    Something like that?
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yeah, I'd guess your config may not be sitting on the shelf in the store. Still should be pretty quick to obtain. If I were to order one today, Apple claims it'd be available for pick up on July 2nd, and based on prior experience it'd probably actually be ready by the end of this week.

    So if you'll be in Miami about October 23, double-check order-to-pick-up estimates about three weeks before. If it seems to estimate ten calendar days, then place your order on October 10th or 11th. If it does arrive before you get there they'll hold it for at least a week even if you don't contact them; a simple phone call however should ensure they'll hold it until you get there provided it's not a month later.

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