Expercom Debuts Black Friday Sale on High-End Configurations of MacBook Pro and iMac

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple premium reseller Expercom this week launched a few discounts on high-end build-to-order configurations of the iMac and MacBook Pro. All of these selections include models that have the best sale prices in comparison to the other Apple resellers, and many configurations aren't on sale anywhere else this week, allowing those planning on making a big purchase to save a bit of money on a new Apple computer this holiday.

    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.

    Below we've listed the Macs on sale, along with their price at Expercom and any relevant comparison to the same or similar configurations sold at B&H Photo, Adorama, MacMall, and Apple's own refurbished online store.

    13-inch MacBook Pro
    [*]Late 2016, 2.4GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,499.00 at Expercom
    15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
    [*]Late 2016, 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD - $2,599.00 at Expercom / $3,379.00 at Apple Refurb / $3,799.00 at Adorama / $3,699.00 at MacMall
    [*]Mid 2017, 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $3,099.00 at Expercom / $3,199.00 at B&H / $3,199.00 at Adorama / $3,399.00 at MacMall
    27-inch Retina 5K iMac
    [*]Late 2015, 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,399.00 at Expercom / $1,439.00 at Apple Refurb / $1,799.00 at Adorama / $1,699.00 at MacMall
    [*]Late 2015, 4.0Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,899.00 at Expercom
    [*]Mid 2017, 4.2Ghz, 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive - $2,799.00 at Expercom / $3,179.00 at B&H / $3,179.00 at Adorama / $3,199.00 at MacMall
    Expercom's sale includes many more Macs and ends on November 25. For more of the latest savings heading into the holidays, be sure to check out our Black Friday Roundup.

    Article Link: Expercom Debuts Black Friday Sale on High-End Configurations of MacBook Pro and iMac
  2. SeminalSage macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2016
    All of those 27" iMacs are 2015, not 2017.
  3. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    The last one is 2017. The only one that is is wrong is the middle configuration, it is a 2015 not 2017.

    [*]Mid 2017 2015, 4.0Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,899.00 at Expercom
  4. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Yep thanks guys, just fixed.
  5. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Expercom is the best. They're local for me, and honestly I'd rather have them in town than an actual Apple store. The only downside is repairs that have to go back to Apple take a day or two longer.
  6. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2014
    I'm amazed at the pricing gap for the MacBook Pro 15" w/ Touch Bar 2TB configuration.

    Goes to show how much margins the resellers have.....given even MacMall and Adorama aren't close.
  7. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    Got a 2010 MacBook Pro that is starting to show some age.

    That 2016 13” is tempting. ESP with the 16gb and 512ssd.

    Is that a pretty good deal?

    Any issues with that particular model year I need to look out for?
  8. spiddyman007 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2017
    or you could just go to apple education pricing
  9. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Are 15” 2017 that much better than 2016 models? Geeze a 2tb is 500+ cheaper than a 1tb
  10. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    They really are pretty great. I remember picking up the original iPad I launch day,might have been 3rd or 4th in a line of maybe 6 or 7 before all the folks that couldn’t get them at the Apple stores came by to pick one up.
  11. glitched79 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2012
    Seems like you have to be a prior Expercom Retail Location customer to be able to place orders online. When I tried to add an iMac to my cart, it listed a number to call if you're a "new user", but the verbiage is vague. Does anyone have experience ordering online from Expercom?
  12. gregorybe macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2002
    Just call 888-563-6112 and they can take care of you on your first order.
  13. Ener Ji macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    The 2TB appears to be the 2016 version, so it's not necessarily a sign of large retailer margins. They might be marking it down below their cost to try and get rid of old stock. Apple might also have provided a monetary incentive to the retailer to help them clear out old inventory while protecting them from losing money.
  14. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2012
    The Skylake to Kaby Lake jump was a bit more significant than people expected, something like a 12% increase in multi-core for the top end CPUs and slightly better battery life. That's definitely NOT a big deal, just a little more than expected considering Intel's recent record.

    Kaby Lake also has hardware support for 10-bit 4K HEVC, which (I believe) would be important to people working professionally with video content, as most content is going to HDR (10-bit) 4K now. Also, a big bonus if you want to watch 4K HDR content, as the on-chip decoder will be much better than any software/GPU solution.

    Everything else should be identical. If you don't need on-CPU support for 4K HDR video, and you don't care about getting that last 10% in CPU speed, the fully loaded 2016 model at that price seems like a pretty great deal to me. Especially if you care about the 2TB SSD.
  15. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    Looks like the difference between the 2016 and 2017 laptops is the CPU
  16. AdamskiUK macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011

    How on earth do they sell at these prices? In the UK, taking US sales tax into account and the fact that it's mid-2016 and not m2017, the $2600 (around £2131 at an average sales tax of 8%) 15" MBP is about £1600 cheaper than a m2017 (£3779!!!) model of the same spec. Even comparing Expercom m2017 MBP to Apple UK, the difference is £1200. Four years ago, the top-spec MBP used to go for about 40% less than it does now. We're lucky to see 10% off sales and they're no good because I can just education discount that amount!

    It's frustrating how Apple jack up the £ price relative to the $ (unduly and disproportionately, might I add) and that there are never decent sales here. On top of that, they've cut education discount (14/10% --> 10/8%), and removed the 3-year free warranty that UK education customers used to get. I know that the rest of the EU experiences similar price differences. I love macOS because of things like iM, but these ridiculous discrepancies in price will just drive me to keep my hardware for longer, and potentially not upgrade it when I get so annoyed at my old, slow rMBP.
  17. kildraik macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Colorado Rockies
    Apple education pricing is marginal at best. Business discounts are far steeper.

    When I bought my MBP last November, 15”/2.9/460/1TB, it was $3815 after taxwith no discount, but $3100 after tax with my self-employed business discount. That’s a $700 discount from the mothership herself. My business team gal even threw in a handful of adapters. Education was only going to take $200 off, then you’re on your own.

    The above pricing is better than the education discount.

    Unsure where you get your numbers.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 22, 2017 ---
    Reseller margins are not very big. This is likely sponsored by Apple in part with kickbacks to the reseller so they can purge stock and buy more, newer, original-margined devices so Apple can report high sales next quarter.

    Even when you buy cars, the dealer only makes a grand or two. Dealers are resellers. A BMW dealer buys BMWs direct, resells, and makes their money through incentives and service. The “incentives,” you see aren’t going to the consumer, but rather are corporate sponsored kickbacks to the dealer to compensate for potential losses.
  18. macs4nw macrumors 601


    With the coming iMac Pro, clearing out current high-end configurations of the 27" iMacs would seem prudent.
  19. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Possibly against my better judgment, I've ordered one of the 2.9/460/2 TB models.
  20. rhor macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2017
    Same here. Expercom has emailed me this week telling me that Apple has delayed shipping. Are you experiencing the same?
  21. spiddyman007 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2017
    Apple. Com
    And yeah no duh u can get good incentives from a buisness to buy a 4 thousand dollar laptop

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