Can I test my iMac in store before purchase?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RickT67, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. RickT67 macrumors member

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    My apologies if this has been answered somewhere else.

    I am driving 2 hours on Saturday morning to get to the closest Apple store. I am planning on buying a 2.4 24" iMac and after everything I have read, I would like to try it in the store to make sure that there aren't any dead pixels, backlight bleeding, etc..
    My question is..."What else should I try (for tests) while I have it right there at the store?"
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    As far as I'm aware you can't test before purchasing.
     
  3. RickT67 thread starter macrumors member

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    That's too bad if that's the case. I'm trying to save myself 4 hours of drive time (if I ended up getting a bad iMac).
    I know that I am probably being a nervous nelly about all of this, but I want to make my first visit to an Apple store a good one :)
     
  4. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Yeh, you can't do that. However, they should have no issues with you testing it after you've bought it.
     
  5. RickT67 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok... Well, I will find an outlet an unpack in the store after the purchase! :D

    Thanks for the input
     
  6. Palliser macrumors regular

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    Hey there, maybe you should set up a personal shopping experience online at apple.com/retail You can get 1 on 1 and check out the floor models to see what you think before you get yours. Just a suggestion, good luck!
     
  7. je1ani macrumors 6502

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    Just go to a nearby Starbucks and test it out.. Malls are always full of em
     
  8. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    Not an iMac, but when I bought my MBP, I tested for pixels and a routine run through to loaded apps at the store. (I'm in Montreal, the store being Laval).
    But like Killyp said, I did it after they swiped my credit card.
     
  9. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can (and should) insist that they open it for inspection before you pay. The Apple store manager (reluctantly) agreed to that when I returned my second duff iMac. He was about to open the factory-sealed box of my third ALU iMac -- but at the last second, I told him not to bother. I decided to take the money and run.

    When you ask for a pre-sale inspection, they'll grumble and try to change the subject, but they will eventually agree -- if you stand your ground.

    While the money's still in your pocket, you are in charge.

    ...would you pay for a new car without inspecting it?

    LK
     
  10. RickT67 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good point.
    I'm located in Maine and I have to drive 2 hours south to New Hampshire to get to an actual Apple store. I've never been to an Apple store being a recent switcher (6 months). I'm looking forward to the experience and there's a good chance that I am going to go for my trifecta of iMac, iTV and iPhone all in one trip (Hey-xmas could be very early for me :)). I know that there are plenty of posts of unhappy owners and former owners of the new iMac, that's my main concern. I would think that they (salesperson) wouldn't have a problem with plugging it in and making sure that it worked correctly before I got it home.

    Thanks for all the posts, and I'll update with my experience. :)
     

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