cheapest way to buy a new macBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pdoken, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. pdoken macrumors newbie

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    The absolute cheapest way is to

    1.)
    a.) Buy from Apple Online Education Store. You might not be taking a student, but chances are you might know someone.

    b.) There is extra discounts on Built-to-Order, take Advantage of that

    c.) Ship it to one of the 5 US states with no sales tax, you might have a friend who lives there.

    http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/retiree_map/index.html?map=2#anchor
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States

    d.)Pay with the Discover More Card and you'll get 5% off on the Apple online store. You can also use Bank of America American Express or Bank of America Visa Signature , that give 2% cash back (Add it Up program) + 2 points/ per 1 dollar spend (100 points = 1 dollar , in there program) , so thats virtually like 4% off.

    If you have American Express Gold, Platinum, Green or other cards, I am sure Amex might have between 3-5% off if you use there cards online.
    Don't know about other cards.

    The numbers add up and for example that

    $1099 MBA air 11" 1.4 Ghz, 4Gb, 64 Gb SSD, might now cost you $987.05

    $1039 education price - 51.95 (5% Cash Back) - We saved $10 dollars upgrading to 4Gb

    via Discover Card

    or a

    $999 MBA air 11" 1.4 Ghz, 2Gb, 64 Gb SSD might now cost you $901.55

    *Discover may offer additional benefits of being able to purchase cheap gift cards. So the savings could be more.




    2.)MacMall is a great deal as well, the deal won't be as great as the Apple Store. It's less of a hassle for most people b/c you don't have to ship the computer to someone else. They also don't charge a sales tax. More people might go with this option since it's easier that Opton 1, and you don't much more money and in some cases MacMall might have better deals.

    b.) Discover Card , doesn't seem to have a partnership with MacMall, that I am aware of. But Bank Of America American Express and Visa Signature Cards do, so with there great Add it Up program you can save ( 3% cash back via Add it Up and 2 points / 1 dollar spend), so its virtually like a 5% discount, since you can redeem the points on the card for cash.

    In this case

    $1099 MBA air 11" 1.4 Ghz, 4Gb, 64 Gb SSD, might now cost you $994.13 and the

    (MacMall Price) 1046.43 - (BOA cash back + points) 52.3 = $994.13

    $999 MBA air 11" 1.4 Ghz, 2Gb, 64 Gb SSD might now cost you $902.1 (the same as the Apple Store)

    $949.63 - 47.48 = $902.1

    So the MacMall savings is very good and competitive and the savings is maximized when used with great credit card with a exceptional points/cash back program.

    I personally went with MacMall cause I just don't want to in-convince people and ship it to sales tax free state.

    So there are times the Apple Store will be way better and the best choice is to ship it to a friend in a tax free state, or if you live in one, lucky you.

    Cards like Discover More, BOA Amex and BOA visa signature, do require somewhat good credit, if you have it, then just maximize it. As long as you pay your cards on time each month and pay in full, your actually making money off your credit cards.

    Btw if you bought impulsively like me via retail store, you can always return within 14 days. Also if they want to charge you a restocking fee, just speak to the manager. I told them that I thought the MBA air was upgradable in terms of memory. Anyway you can think of many things to say.

    Also if you wait for the summer, you can get a free iPod as well (hopefully the don't change the programs) , and sell it via CL for an extra 200 dollar savings.

    Thanks All.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just steal it; that's the cheapest way.

    Just don't get caught—if you do then it might end up being being the most expensive way.

    Though seriously… that seems like a lot work for a few bucks here and there.
     
  3. pdoken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Most people consider saving $100 allot of money. On the pro systems the savings could be even greater.

    The only work is buying online vs going into a store
     
  4. M87 macrumors 65816

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  5. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a

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    Steal it? try living without the web for 1-5 years.
    no thanks.
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Keep your eyes peeled on eBay for people that have bought MBAs and decided to sell them (who decided they did not want to keep them for various reasons)...I have seen a few listed for very cheap ($100 or more less than MSRP value). You might just be able to grab one for cheap, albeit an opened and very slightly used one. But still they are only about a week old and you would still be getting a practically new machine. Not the way to go though if you are bent on getting one sealed a new in box.
     
  7. rylin macrumors 6502

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    lrn2biz.
    My MBA has a sticker price of the equivalent of 2038 USD (blame your weak currency. It's not as bad as it sounds, taking PPP into account).
    In reality, it'll cost me the equivalent of 671 USD for the 11.6/1.6/4/128.
    In other words, I pay roughly 33% incl. tax, based on the list price.

    If you pay more than that, you need to get a better accountant ;)
     
  8. pdoken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If people have a business you can tax deduct your mac. Most people thats a 30%+ additional savings.

    Its not as good as paying 33% for a new Apple computer but it probably the best you gonna get in the US.

    Weaker dollar for people outside the US def make mac's more affordable outside of the US. However, it doesn't help people who live here.
     
  9. pdoken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And you'll waste money getting a new accountant ;) .
     
  10. jamesschmidtke macrumors regular

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    yeah, i'm a student but I live in Cali and the sales tax beats all, education price included. Just ordered it off amazon for 994 11incher base. I'm happy. Wish Amazon gave the student price but I still saved about forty bucks.
     

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