FYI: Microcenter: $800 MacBooks & $1000 MacBook Pros

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Badger^2, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    sure, you pay local tax -- but $200 off retail, nice.

    MBs have been $800 for some time, but the 13" MBP for $1000 is new deal

    in store pickup only...

    FWIW, macconnection has the Macbook for $899AR and the 13" MBP for $1120AR if you arent near a microcenter. No tax to many states.
     
  2. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a

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    darnit....I just bought one from best buy last friday!
     
  3. Badger^2 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Get it price adjusted.

    If this gets you down, then you might be really unhappy in a little bit when the 13" MBPs are totally updated with new processors =)
     
  4. Chikimonki macrumors newbie

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    thx

    Thx for the heads up! I just bought my first Mac at Micro Center: MB for $799. It's perfect for what I need, and with $200 off, I won't feel bad when the updates come.
     
  5. easepease macrumors regular

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    requires you to use their credit card... not worth a credit hit... at least not to me. I hate those things... oh well

    EDIT: hmm my friend went there and said you had to get a credit card... guess he is just a moron, sorry everyone
     
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  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I've seen the ads from Microcenter, but I worry too much about having a problem and then having to argue with Microcenter about getting it fixed. I've heard tales of buyers being shuffled back and forth between Apple and resellers like Microcenter or Amazon and basically being SOL getting a new computer fixed.

    I'd much rather pay Apple's price and not have to argue if it arrives and breaks within a few days.

    Resellers may say they will send it to apple for repair even if it's brand new, or tell you it's apple's problem and Apple says it's the resellers. not worth the hassle to deal with Microcenter.

    There's a Microcenter near where I live, and I've been in the store a number of times, but it doesn't inspire confidence with their postings about return policies, repairs, etc. I bought some accessories and software from them, but wouldn't try to buy a computer.
     
  8. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a

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    Best Buy says prices can't be match through an online price. I would have to bring in a store ad and not an ad from their .com store.

    Any other way with this? Thanks.
     
  9. 7on macrumors 601

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    But if you need an SD card they sell them by the buckets!!! :D
     
  10. brendu macrumors 68020

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    take it back into a best buy, with reciept. Say you are not happy with it and want to return it. you have 30 days. then go to microcenter and buy one. if you do this, be sure to reformat it and wipe that hard drive first..
     
  11. brendu macrumors 68020

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    I have had success with microcenter... and the 1 year apple warranty is still valid if you buy from them, and you can still get applecare.. so the manufacturers warranty is just as good as if you bought from apple.
     
  12. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    I've got both a Microcenter (20 miles) and a Bestbuy (3 miles) nearby. So, naturally, I'd like to PM at Bestbuy if I could... But, I'm usually terrible at haggling or even price matching.

    Can someone enlighten me on the best way to price match for this MBP deal at a local Best Buy? What is the most surefire way?
     
  13. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    I assume you just need a print ad from the other store stating the advertised price then take it to best buy and tell them you want them to price match. I assume bestbuy.com would have more details on the price match policy though.
     
  14. techwhiz macrumors 6502a

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    Where You Buy A Mac - Authorized Reseller

    As long as the company is an Authorized Reseller, it doesn't matter where you buy it.

    Apple supports their products.
    I bought my MBP from a third party company. Apple had no hestaion replacing both my power supply and battery.
     
  15. bentmywookie macrumors regular

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    Guys (and gals),

    The Apple store will price-match (for those who are wary about buying from Microcenter - I was). I went to my local Apple store, pulled up the price and showed them they had them in stock at my local Microcenter and they matched the price.

    (Mind you I knew about this via another Macrumors member who posted it on the White Macbook appreciation thread 2 weeks ago).
     
  16. weaselmtl macrumors newbie

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    I can attest to this - I price matched the white Macbook at the San Francisco Apple store a couple of weeks ago.
     
  17. cash4chaos macrumors member

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    I also bought one

    Went to MC in Costa Mesa Ca and picked up a mbp 13 2.53 and also got the 200$ off retail !! 1299 !! My own bank cc .
    Got tired waiting for the update, ipad 32 gb wifi and iPhone 3gs 16 gb and mbp
    is good enough for me now.
     
  18. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    Wow...damn. I just purchased the white Unibody MB almost two weeks ago from them for the $799 price, and I love it, but I'd have taken a 13-in. MBP for $999 in a heartbeat.
     
  19. Badger^2 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Techwiz is correct -- As long as the company is an Authorized Reseller, it doesn't matter where you buy it.

    Your fears are misplaced.
     
  20. brendu macrumors 68020

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    so just came home from an apple store with my buddy. he got the entry level 13" but they would NOT price match. turns out the macbook pro at microcenter is the model from just before snow leopard came out so it comes with leopard on it. result = no price match... they said they would price match the white macbook but not the macbook pro. Bummer..

    just thought you all would like to know that.
     
  21. Chikimonki macrumors newbie

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    That's a bummer Apple wouldn't match. The MBPs at the Denver Micro Center all had Snow Leopard. The sales person said the website wasn't updated from when the machines were first entered into the system with Leopard.
     
  22. Badger^2 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thats total crap.

    Your buddy should have waited.
     
  23. brendu macrumors 68020

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    yeah but for web browsing and itunes (pretty much all he will be doing) hes fine with what he got. and he got the student discount so its fine. Wish microcenter would update their site though thats annoying if its true that they DO come with SL because that could have saved him another hundred dollars.
     
  24. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    That's a big reason why I don't buy computers at Microcenter - they use the sales to clear stocks of old Macbooks, like ones that were in the store before Snow Leopard. You never know if it's really new. If I go to Apple and buy a MBP it will certainly have Snow Leopard on it.
     
  25. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    That is good to know! I would have hated to go into an Apple store and tried to convince them unsuccessfully. I would have walked out, but it would have ruined my day. That's why I have such a difficult time haggling/PM-ing.

    Regarding the Microcenter deal, though, does this mean that if I buy the MBP 13 from Microcenter, I'll have the old Leopard OS? And if so, is there an upgrade charge etc for upgrading to Snow Leopard?
     

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