Getting a MBP on the cheap!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Stokes, May 30, 2010.

  1. Stokes macrumors regular

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    Hey Guys,
    I'm sure that this is no secret to any of you, but I thought I'd relate my experience with some of you on how I just got a new 2.4 Ghz MBP on the cheap. YMMV, there is no scam, nor anything special, just a bit of forethought and a desire to do it on the cheap.

    Granted, my rebates haven't arrived yet, but lets assume they do in standard Apple fashion. They're really good about processing them.

    So........

    MacBookPro 13.3/2.4/2X2GB/250/SD - $1199
    HP Photosmart C4780 All-in-One - $129
    iPod touch 8GB - $199
    Oregon Sales Tax (we don't have one!) - $0

    Total- $1527

    NOW!!!-
    Educator Discount (Homeschooler!) -$100
    Sold the iPod -$175
    Sold the printer -$85
    Rebates coming from Apple :
    Back to School (free iPod touch) -$199
    Perfect Companion (printer rebate) -$100
    Total money back -$659


    TOTAL COST OF 13" MBP- $868
    For a fairly recent computer, this seems like a bargain, and I'm glad to have made my purchase! I imagine there are some pretty clever ways to do this online using Bing Bucks or something, but I did mine at a Retail Apple store in the local shopping mall. It was nice to walk out with the computer in hand.
     
  2. Xombie11 macrumors regular

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    Let me fix that for you...

    NOW!!!-
    Educator Discount (Homeschooler!) -$100
    Sold the iPod - Paid $199, got $199+175=$374 back, made $175 in total.
    Sold the printer - Paid $100, got $100+85=$185 back, made $85 in total.
    Rebates coming from Apple :
    Back to School (free iPod touch) -$0 (factored in above)
    Perfect Companion (printer rebate) -$0 (factored in above)
    Total money back -$360

    TOTAL COST OF 13" MBP- $1527-360=$1167

    Still not bad... But you also need to factor in the price of Applecare.
     
  3. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    your math is wrong, the thread starter's was right. If you sell all the stuff, the base MacBook pro is around $900 or less without tax. This is nothing new.
     
  4. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    I don't follow your math. The OP's math is correct:

    13" MBP at $1199 - $100 EDU discount = NET -$1099
    8GB iPod Touch at $199 - $199 REBATE = NET $0, but sold for $175, so NET = +$175
    HP Printer at $129 - $100 REBATE = NET -$29, but sold for $85, so NET = +$56

    Totals = -$1099 +$175 +$56 = -$868 (i.e. he spent 868 USD on his computer)
     
  5. Xombie11 macrumors regular

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    This is true, my bad. I didn't realize the $1527 figure included the printer/ipod as well.
     
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