Difference Between Apple Store and Reseller?


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 16, 2004

I m just wondering whats the difference between buying from an apple reseller store and an apple offical store/apple online store?



macrumors 603
Sep 3, 2003
North Carolina
There are different return policies. Sometimes resellers don't have the latest and greatest products. For example, some resellers are still selling new Macs with Panther preinstalled. However, in the U.S., you can usually find a reseller that won't charge you sales tax, and sometimes you can find good bundling deals. There are many reputable resellers, such as MacConnection and CDW, but some "resellers" are actually scams.


macrumors member
Apr 1, 2005
Phoenix, AZ
Apple Resellers are allot more flexible than an Apple store. They're are able to carry a more variety of 3rd party products as well as doing on-site house calls for computer repair and help. Most warranty and non-warranty repairs are done at the reseller store instead of sending the item to Apple. They're able to do upgrades to aging macs such as optical drives, hard drives,PCI cards, etc.

However return policies are much different and certain items(iPods) arent able to be fixed or returned at the reseller. Hope this answers your question.


macrumors G5
ArmouredGuitar said:
Do the apple stores all charge sales tax?
To clarify: If you buy in person at any store, they will charge you the legal sales tax for the state and city they are in.

If you buy from the Apple store online, they will charge sales tax for your state the goods are delivered to.

SOME online resellers only charge sales tax for delivery within the state in which they are based, and do not charge sales tax for out of state deliveries.

SOME states' tax codes obligate you to voluntarily declare out-of-state purchases and pay your state's tax.