Deals on iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Galvatron, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Galvatron macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008
    I'm just wondering what kind of deals some of you picked up your iMacs for.

    I'm pretty proud of the deal I got on mine. Here's how I did it, and it's a bit ironic really...thanks MS.:D

    First I used the Microsoft cashback promo and purchased two $500 Bestbuy gift cards with the 30% rebate. It worked out to cost me $770 for $1000 credit to best buy. Then I waited until Bestbuy had the iMac with a $100 instant rebate.

    So when all was said and done, I got my brand new iMac that normally sells for $1199. I paid $869. This was for an A-stock non refurb straight out the door of my local Bestbuy.

    I also ended up purchasing an applecare program with the same MS discount for exactly $69.

    I'm very happy with the purchase and so glad I didn't wait for Macworld.
  2. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    well, generally, i stay away from brick and mortar stores who charge something like 8% tax or so (unless you're in Oregon).

    And with best buy, you have to settle for the stock configuration.
    I wanted the top of the line graphics card, but i didn't want to pay for the top of the line CPU.
    I wanted the larger hard drive (since it isn't user replaceable), but i didn't want to pay for extra RAM (I paid $30 after rebate for 4gb of Crucial memory)

    I ended up getting mine from ebay (using the 30% discount) since there was a seller who had custom configs.

    Since mine was roughly $2000 retail, I saved about $160 right off the bat with no tax. and it was configured EXACTLY the way I wanted. no compromises.

    since i saved so much, i'll sell mine as soon as the new quad cores come out and i'll only lose maybe $150 or so, which is not bad, if you consider it as "renting" a mac for a year or so
  3. Galvatron thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Luckily I am in Oregon. I was cool with the factory config. I threw in 4gb ram for another $50. So with the iMac, 4gb ram and applecare, I'm still sitting under $1k!

    I love the machine so far and the price makes me smile.
  4. wawanarchist macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    My deal isnt as impressive, but I drove down to delaware to avoid tax, and used my student discount... I got the 2.8ghz 24" with a $130 printer, and apple care for $1,940... Then I sold the printer for $125 and got a $100 rebate, so total cost was $1,715 for an iMac that usually costs $1,799 without apple care

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