Cheapest way to get a mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shadowgalun, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. shadowgalun macrumors newbie

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    Hey!
    I have an iPod Touch and love it.
    I want to get a Mac, but I'm a poor high school student.
    So, whats the cheapest way to get one?
    I would prefer a laptop.

    Thanks.
     
  2. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    Do many people at High School have one?

    Do they sometimes leave it unattended?

    ;)
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Craigslist MacBook. Maybe eBay if you can find one with a dead HD and swap it out (very easy). You are looking at $400+. If you want something cheaper, then you need to look at G4 iBooks and Power Books.
     
  4. RudyGrow macrumors regular

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    eBay for sure. I'm a High School student and got my Macbook Pro for $999.99 flat.
     
  5. nick1516 macrumors 6502a

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  6. brendu macrumors 68020

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    if a desktop would work, look into building a hackintosh
     
  7. shadowgalun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the replies!
    I would prefer apple hardware, and my budget is around $800
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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  9. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    When I'm looking for a good price to come up on something, I watch dealnews.com or dealmac.com . They have RSS feeds for each category so you can subscribe and it'll let you know when and where the sales are. I watched monitors for about a month before I bought this Samsung 24" and I'll do the same thing when I'm looking for a hard drive or the like.

    At dealmac, you would want to watch here. Also Appleinsider has a pricing guide that I like a lot, but may not be of much help to you if you're looking for a refurb.
     
  10. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Ditto on the refub or bank robbery. :p

    Do either of your parents work someplace with an employee purchase program with apple?
     
  11. shadowgalun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well both my parents are programmers, i don't know of that helps.
     
  12. CSilver macrumors 6502

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    I was a poor high school student once. I am a poor college student now. But I own an Aluminum Macbook :D

    To tell you the truth, I saved up like 2 years during high school. I know some students are loaded by their parents but that wasn't the case for me.

    My advice is to save up :D If you can get scholarships from the school that is great other wise do some odd jobs if you don't have a designated job. Every dollar counts!!!

    Good luck!
     
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I worked my butt off for a year before I had the funds to pay for my first MBP. I was about 500 dollars short and then some chick at work hit my car from behind :D and she was like "go get an estimate and i'll pay you cash since it's probably a little more than my deductable anyway". The repair was $650 but I said "look lets just do 500 today and call it even and i'm sure I can work a discount."

    Three months after that I was rear ended and had the whole bumper replaced :eek: :D And no I feel no negative karma for the girl who hit my car. About a week earlier I found her brothers brand new cell phone left out in the open so I scooped it up and returned it.

    People need to take better care of their phones. If I were unscrupulous i'd have quite a selection.
     
  14. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

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    I just really laughed out loud.
     
  15. Pigumon macrumors 6502

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    Call up Apple and tell them to make a commercial out of your story, I'm sure they'll pay you with a MBP. ;)
     
  16. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...hey, how'd you get that matte screen on your whitebook;)
     
  17. frozenflourish macrumors member

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    if you are able to wait, wait until you are enrolled for college - i was able to get my white macbook for 750 bucks!!!!!! and it was new, and it was the current model. i was so happy! there was a refresh shortly after, but i can't even tell - husband has MBP and got a cheaper price for that too but it wasn't as cheap as my macbook!
     
  18. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a

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    Why not sell some stuff you no longer need on eBay? That's how I got the majority of my money for my MacBook when I was 13, since I couldn't really get a job at that age. :eek: Combined with birthday money and a bit of help from my parents, I had the $1599 to buy a brand new MacBook in about 8 months :)
     
  19. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    a. There is student pricing even for hardware.

    b. Try the refurbished computers at Apple's home page.
     
  20. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Holy cow! The P-P-P-owerbook! I haven't seen that in a while. :D

    Here's the story behind this for anyone who is interested. It's kind of long, but a good read.
     
  21. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I thought the student pricing was only for College/University. Has something changed?
     
  22. nelsencaleb macrumors regular

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    Pcconnection.com

    Hi there. I just recently bought a MacBook Pro from www.pcconnection.com, they are having a VERY GOOD SALE RIGHT NOW, or were, they might have fun our of stock, I haven't looked in a week, but look into they're site.

    CLICK THE STINKIN LINK BELOW

    www.pcconnection.com

    Good Luck,
    Caleb. :D
     
  23. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    No, it is still this way. However it is relatively easy to lie :rolleyes:
     

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