Curious deal on Amazon right now...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Squonk, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Squonk macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    So check this deal out on Amazon right now:

    Apple mac pro Desktop (Two 3.0 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon Processors, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, 16x SuperDrive) by Apple
    Buy new: $2,799.99
    Available for Pre-order
    Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
    (3)
    Electronics: See all 17 items

    And it comes with a $200 rebate.

    Ummm, what am I missing here? I ordered one and here is what came in my confirmation email:

    Shipping estimate for these items: April 21, 2008
    1 "Apple Mac Pro Desktop (Two 3.0 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon Processors, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, 16x SuperDrive)"
    Personal Computers; $2,799.99

    Sold by: Amazon.com

    Hmmm, do I really want to wait for two months for this good of a deal?

    What do you all all think? Is this for real or will Amazon cancel the order once they see the error?
     
  2. OnePumpChump macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing they'll just cancel the order. They like to do that quite a bit. Especially right when it's ready to ship in 1 day. Just to make you think your going to get it, and then they'll crash your hopes. But it seems as you do not have high hopes, so you should be fine!
     
  3. Spikeanator6982 macrumors 6502

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    is it possible this is an old model? made to look like the new ones?
     
  4. Squonk thread starter macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    Here are the specs they have listed:
    Product Features
    Two 3.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, 1.33 GHz per processor bus
    2 GB RAM expandable up to 16 GB, 320 GB hard drive, 16x Double-Layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (Two dual-link DVI)
    Two FireWire 800 ports, two FireWire 400 ports, five USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 1.1 (on keyboard)
    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, iLife '08, Comic Life, Omni Outliner, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork 08 (30-day trial), FileMaker Pro 3.5 trial

    Hmm, the std ram, drive and video card say new model.
    The Max RAM and bus speed say old model.

    Who knows what this is....
     
  5. leonmckee macrumors newbie

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    The current version of FMP is 9. The 8.5 trial was shipping in 2007. 3.5 is a mistype obviously!
     
  6. Squonk thread starter macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    I missed that one. This ad is a mess. Well, we shall see what comes of it.

    If it sounds too good to be true... :D

    Once there are refurb MP's, I'll probably be canceling this order.
     
  7. ksz macrumors 68000

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    1.33 GHz front-side bus means older Mac Pro (Clovertown). The January 2008 Mac Pros (Harpertown) have 1600 MHz buses.
     
  8. Squonk thread starter macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    Yep - I know. Some of the specifications on this item make it sound like the current (early 2008) machine:
    2 GB RAM
    ATI 2600
    320 GB Drive
    dual 3.0GHz Quad Core Xenon

    And some things make it sound like the previous machine:
    expandable to 16GB (new ones are 32)
    1.33GHz bus (new ones at 1.6GHz

    One other curious thing is the Amazon item number: MA970LL/A
    For the 2.8 Octo, it is the apple part number of: ZOEM1

    Has anyone ever purchased and received a "super bargain" like this from Amazon before? It seems to me that this item is a place holder for a product. The description below does not have all the details of the 2.8 octo.
     
  9. ksz macrumors 68000

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    Apple controls its channel pricing very tightly. No reputable (authorized) retailer will offer hefty discounts on current models. Anything that resembles a hefty discount is probably a misprint, a discontinued model, or a refurbished item. Apple itself offers significant discounts to ADC members (those will paid ADC memberships), but other than this there are absolutely no hefty discounts. Even EDU and EPP discounts are relatively small, between 8 and 10 percent, on hardware. Some retailers offer similar 8 to 10 percent discounts through mail-in rebates, but not through direct advertised pricing.
     

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