Deals: 2015 iMac and 2017 MacBook Air Sales at eBay, HomeKit Switches at Home Depot, and More

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    Top-rated eBay shop ElectronicsValley today has the 27-inch 5K iMac from October 2015 for $1,299.99, down from $2,299.99. This model has a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 6th Generation processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of hard drive storage, and was the first of Apple's iMacs to come with the updated Magic Mouse 2 back in 2015. ElectronicsValley describes the iMac as "New," and its customers have left a largely positive feedback percentage of 99.1 percent on its store.

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    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    ElectronicsValley often has multiple New-condition Apple products on sale, currently including sales on last year's MacBook Air refresh:
    [*]13-inch MacBook Air, 2017, 1.8 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB HD - $861.59, down from $999.00
    [*]13-inch MacBook Air, 2017, 1.8 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB HD - $1,062.59, down from $1,199.00 Also today, The Home Depot is offering select Leviton dimmers and switches for up to 30 percent off, including a few HomeKit-compatible switches. The company has a 2-pack of the Leviton 15 Amp Decora Smart Switch for $62.96, down from $89.94. The switch can connect to Apple's Home iOS app and allow users to control lights on their iPhones and iPads or with Siri. There are a few other switches available, all with limited stock and with sale prices that will expire by the end of the day.

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    A few other deals worth mentioning today include savings on Speck's Presidio Power case for the iPhone 7, priced at $30.00 for a limited time, down from $99.95. Amazon and Best Buy also continue to offer notable savings on BeatsX, with both retailers pricing the headphones at $89.99, down from $149.99, in select colors.

    For those who are interested but haven't yet taken advantage of ongoing deals from DirecTV Now and Sonos, be sure to head to our full Deals Roundup for more information on each sale. The limited time offers for a free 32GB Apple TV 4K with DirecTV Now and bundle of two Sonos One speakers have been around since November 2017 and January 2018, respectively, and are expected to expire sometime in the spring.

    Article Link: Deals: 2015 iMac and 2017 MacBook Air Sales at eBay, HomeKit Switches at Home Depot, and More
     
  2. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I was going to say anyone spending $1300 on a HDD powered iMac is a galloping idiot. Fortunately I checked the specs and saved myself from a shot in the foot. It’s a 2TB Fusion drive which isn’t too bad.

    Apple seems to have belatedly stopped selling HDD-only models some time ago.
     
  3. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Anyone buy from ElectronicsValley before? I’m looking to upgrade from my mid-2011 iMac and that sounds like a good deal.
     
  4. akfgpuppet macrumors regular

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    Managed to get the BeatsX last week for $75, guessing these might be discounted a little more often now.
     
  5. SeminalSage macrumors member

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    Sadly, they still offer a 21" iMac with a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. I guess that's okay for some people, but seems to me that goes against a good customer experience.
     
  6. GoodWheaties macrumors 6502

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    I’m super tempted to go for that one at $1300 but what I really want is a ‘17 with i5 and Radeon 580. Just not sure it’s worth a grand more.
     
  7. Guy Clark macrumors 6502a

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    That one hell of a deal for the 2015 5k iMac with the biggest advantage being pre USB-C/Thunderbolt 3.
     
  8. jkimbro0316 macrumors regular

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    Why would that be an advantage? The current models still have USB 3.0 in addition to the versatility of TB3?
     
  9. gavroche macrumors 6502a

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    I was tempted at first also... until I saw the drive. Boo....
     
  10. Guy Clark macrumors 6502a

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    There was a time when an iMac would have been far more flexible.

    Thunderbolt 2, USB, Firewire 800 as on the 2011 iMac

    Go back further to 2008 and the iMac had Firewire 400, Firewire 800, USB and Mini Display Port.

    Modern day Macs in general are less flexible without purchasing the obligatory Docking Station.
     
  11. ocnitsa macrumors regular

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    Be a good deal if the HD and RAM were upgradeable.
     
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Oh no - seems you're right!

    https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/imac?product=MMQA2LL/A&step=config#

    That is absolutely bloody shooting yourself in the foot then cutting it off and eating it afterwards. No way should that be offered on a general consumer-facing site. Maybe on the specialist Apple store-fronts.

    i5-7xx, 8GB ram, Iris 640 graphics, Magic this n that, and a dog-***** HDD to boot from. Trashing the computer just to offer $100 off. The kind of general users who buy that won't have any idea why Fusion or SSD are so much better. I'd rather Apple offered an older CPU for their lower end if they could include a SSD / Fusion as default on the low end.

    EDIT: It gets worse. According to this, Apple now only includes 32GB of Flash SSD with their 1TB Fusion on their latest models. How ***** can you get? That only costs about $15 on the high street, and would cost Apple about $5 to add to their low end models. Even the box the iMac comes in probably costs Apple more.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_Drive
     
  13. Westside guy macrumors 603

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    The only real advantage of that iMac over the current one is for people who need a FireWire 800 port.

    We have the 2017 iMac... it has all the other ports which the 2015 model had. A couple of the USB-A ports have been replaced with USB-C, but they've got both types of USB connector there - something they should have done with the MacBook Pros!
     
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    It's not good for anyone because macOS no longer runs properly on HDD. My mom does only basic work on it and constantly complains about things like Safari hanging, and it's a total pain when I use it too. Only reason she has it is Apple gave it as a replacement for an older iMac.
     
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    There is no way I would buy a supposedly new MBP or iMac off Ebay, unless I knew the seller and had dealings with him or her. Something goes wrong, and its a lot of hassle, versus buying directly from Apple.
     
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    I see the usual Apple apologists are keeping very quiet on this one...
     
  17. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    It's too early—they haven't yet slept off their Kool-Aid hangovers. :)
     
  18. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

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    Me too. Picked mine up yesterday at dicks sporting goods for $74.99. Girl at the counter was shocked when I told her what the price should ring up as. Got the last one they had. Huge upgrade of the bargain earbuds I tested out and returned that cost me $30.
     
  19. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

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    I took advantage of this deal. The last Mac I bought was in 2011, so it was so exciting to ‘unbox’ a new Mac. (The 2015 iMac). I also bought a ram upgrade from owc. It has two sticks of 4gb. I bought two 8gb sticks to make a total of 24 Gb. Now my dilemma is how to install the ram. I haven’t kept up with much apple news in the last few years so I’m pretty behind on recent Mac and hardware stuff.
    I’ve tried googling and it seems to be conflicting statements from what I can tell. Can anyone kindly point me to a good article saying how to install 2 4gb sticks and 2 8gb sticks for the best performance? Thanks.
     

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