Cheapest way to get a Macbook Pro (cheaper than student discounts and apple refurb)

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  1. Reminisce32, Feb 10, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2015

    Reminisce32 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to get a macbook pro 13 or 15 inch (latest version), most likely used or refurb. Leaning more towards a 15 inch due to the 16gb standard option.

    I'm aware of Apple and Best Buy's student discount and Apple refurb, but I'm trying to save more then just that.

    I think I've narrowed it down to either best buy (open box) with movers coupon, eBay, or Amazon third party sellers (assuming high number of ratings and high ratings for both eBay and Amazon). Not too sure if I want to try craigslist, even though there doesn't seem like many on there.

    Please let me know if you're aware of any better options or ideas. I'm leaning towards an Amazon third party seller because I've been able to accumulate a few hundred worth of Amazon gift cards at 20% off by exchanging store gift cards, but would like to hear if there are even better ways to save money on a macbook pro. Wondering if best buy open box can stack with student gift card and movers coupon as well.

    I'd also like to hear of any good deals you've scored.

    Thanks for any ideas.
  2. radioking macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'd say wait until Best Buy has them on sale and then stack the movers and student discount.

    Right now they have the 15" at $1799. So $1799-$50 student-$175 movers=$1575 + tax. I Don't think you're going to beat that.

    Open box is $1600 right now minus what coupons you can get them to apply.

    I'm pretty sure the movers works for open box, not sure about student.

    Also the BB student discount changes. Last year around back to school time it was $100 off.
  3. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    Cheapest way usually starts like this:

  4. Asher133 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Open box doesn't work with student discount and I would use Craigslist before Amazon or eBay you can get really good deals off Craig's list plus you can physical see and test the product before you buy it
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I have bought two Macs and a Cinema Display off craigslist with no problems. All good deals. What is available and the price depends on where you live.
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Buy stolen goods

    Thats gonna be the cheapest way other than steal it yourself. I don't reccomend either but you did ask.
  7. mlemonds macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY

    I just used this, didn't have the student discount, but was 1619.99 pre tax. Not too shabby
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Go to Oregon or some other state that doesn't charge sales tax.
  9. Markisss88 macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2008
    Go the eBay route.

    I just bought a Mid 2014 stock 15" Macbook Pro 2.5 i7 512GB HD for $2050 no tax. Try emailing some of the sellers :)
  10. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    Edmond, OK
    How would you go about getting a movers coupon?
  11. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    What are you hoping to save, $200? Macs hold their value super well, is that $200 really worth the hassle?

    Wait a little longer to build up money, buy the model you want.
  12. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Or order from a retailer based in Oregon, such as PowerMax.

    Go to your local post office - they'll have a "Movers kit" that includes a change of address form plus a bunch of coupons - Best Buy puts a coupon in every time that is a decent discount.
  13. dmarcia macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2013
    The best way is if you have a friend working in retailer shop. I live in Sydney and my mates work at Jb-Hifi, he could give me up to 15%, based on his "price checking device thingy" and sometimes he ask the manager to give the best price for me, ends up getting about 16-17% discount.

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