OK, so there is a ton of discussion about specs and when updates will come, but I want to start a thread solely about how to get the best deals on New or Apple Refurbished Macs. I'll throw out what I know... 1.) Educational Discount: If you have the ability to use the educational discount, just go to the Apple Store use it. 2.) Go Refurbished: Often brand new, always in like new condition. Same warranty. 3.) Buy on Amazon.com: If you are buying a brand new mac without build to order options, buy from Amazon.com for no sales tax. 4.) Upgrade RAM/SSD Yourself: Apple charges a huge premium for RAM and SSD upgrades. These are not difficult to install, so just buy the computer and upgrade them yourself 5.) Don't Upgrade the CPU: Assuming all the other specs are the same, don't pay the premium for the fastest CPU unless you really need the extra power. Be careful though, because often you need to upgrade to a certain CPU in order to get a certain GPU etc. But usually there is a "high end" processor upgrade, that gives horrible performance/price. 6.) Wait for the Updates!: As with any technology, you get more for your money the long you wait. If possible wait until right after an update to buy. Even if you are satisfied with the older specs, you will almost certainly get the best deal for those specs once the new models are released. 7.) Bank of America "Add it Up": This is a free promotion for anyone using Bank of America debit or credit cards. Once you enroll in the program you get discounts if you use it to pay for things at online/brick & mortar retail stores. In the case of Apple.com, you get 2% discount on any purchase. Over the Christmas holidays, they actually had 4% discount in the Apple store. MacMall.com also offers "Add It Up" discounts, but I am not sure of the % 8.) Applecare: Buy Applecare from amazon.com or from a reputable ebay seller. You get the same exact thing for cheaper price. Beware of the scammers selling just the serial #s on Ebay—buy the brand new boxed ones only. No box = Scam. 9.) Software: If you need Microsoft Office, but are on a tight budget—seriously look into OpenOffice. It's free and ported to OSX. Does the exact same thing for free. Also, for other software, check ebay for brand new stuff being resold. I've been given software in the past that I have no use for, and I have sold it on ebay, brand new for like half the retail price. I'm sure more in demand software goes for closer to the retail price, but there are some great deals. Ok, that's what I have so far. Feel free to comment on these tips, and add your own! For the record, I am waiting for the new MBP updates, and planning out how I can get the absolute max for my cash when they drop. Also, I realise my list was US-centric, but feel free to add international tips as well.