Going to the store today - What can I get away with?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacAndMic, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

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    My local Apple store has the i7 2.93 in stock and I am going to head over there this evening and pick 1 up.

    I previously stated that I ordered one in the 2.93 owners thread but then mentioned that I was canceling the order in the 5750 is a 5850m thread as I wanted to "Hide and Watch" to make sure the graphics would suit my needs.

    After reading many posts, reviews and issues it will definitely suite my needs but the issues is the reason for my post.

    Should I / Can I demand in the store that we get it out of the box, turn it on, check for dead pixels, yellowing, hard drive whistles, buzzings, etc. etc. etc.? Is this normal practice or am I being paranoid?

    I don't want to be one of "those guys" but I am spending $2400 or so.

    Thanks,

    troutspinner
     
  2. Cavepainter macrumors regular

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    Well, if you've already paid, you can do anything you like with it. Sure! I thought about doing the same, but I live really close by my Apple store and it was a USA assembled one, so I was less nervous about it.
     
  3. wrow macrumors newbie

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    You can't open it until you've paid for it, but you absolutely can afterwards!
     
  4. MacAndMic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys, I forgot about the obvious and that they do not let you open the box before purchase. Being that is the case, I might as well bring it home and if there is a problem I'll head back another day.

    troutspinner
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Actually while you have to pay for it before you can open it, playing dumb and asking if you can get help setting it up is a good way to get it out and turn it on. Being there when these things arise is so much easier. I mean, if you're that worried.
     
  6. advres Guest

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    Problem here about unpaking it at the store. I bought a plasma from Best Buy that was broken (cracked screen) when I got it home. I called immediately but they were about to close. I told them I had no car and needed to wait 2 days to swap out for a new one. When I went there I got the 3rd degree thinking I broke it. Long story short, they gave me a new one but unboxed it there so I couldn't "rip them off and say it broke during transportation'. Well great and all but now I had to try to safely transport a 42" plasma in the pack seat of a car without the proper packaging in place. So... if you do unbox it, you better be damn straight it is packaged correctly upon leaving and secured in the car, because once they see it open, any mistake you may make on the way home is 100% on you now.
     
  7. dsc888 macrumors 6502

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    I unpacked my i7 at the Apple Store with no problems!

    I told the Apple associate that I was going to turn it on at the store to make sure I didn't get one with dead pixels, yellow screens, or cracked glass. The guys said sure and even got me one with a later production date per my request.

    Being that he too was using his Mac for video editing, he understood my fears and helped me to setup and rebox my Mac after I logged onto imac.squeaked.com. He was amazed and actually enjoyed checking out the screen along with me. It was a great experience all in all.

    But I will preface this by saying that I went late at night about an hour before closing so there weren't as many other customers. I was upfront and told him that I knew the iMac well and it's yellow screen issues. So with that said, go right ahead and open it up to check it out. I did this despite me living 10 minutes away from the store so I could have went back if something was wrong. But I didn't want to waste time or gas.

    But I do have the noisy Seagate hard drive which I couldn't test for in the noisy store. I am taking my iMac in this Saturday to have them take a listen and hopefully replace the drive with a Western Digital. Good luck!
     
  8. MacAndMic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for all of the replies but I am typing on it now.

    I paid for it and swiftly left, got home, unboxed and got it set up, even transferred over my 58 gigs of stuff. Everything is absolutely perfect! This one does happen to be made in the USA if that matters to anyone.

    It is screaming! I'll get bootcamp up and running tonight yet and play some more. I am anxious to try CODWAW2 and Left 4 Dead, they are the only games I play and not really that much but fun to mess with.

    This is really meant to be a CAD machine and I have to say, the beta version of the CAD program that I am using is totally smoking on this machine. Crushes my i7 920 on Windows.

    troutspinner
     
  9. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    That would be miraculous considering Apple doesn't have any manufacturing in the US. Check your serial number at this site and it will tell you where and when your machine was manufactured. I'm fairly certain you will find it was made in China.

    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php
     
  10. ramallite macrumors member

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    Serial # QP033.........
    Build Country: - Your Mac was built in the USA

    There are numerous (if not the majority) of custom i7s that are being assembled in California. The parts are not all made in the USA, but these iMacs are being assembled in CA.
     
  11. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    My 27 late09/Feb 10 model also said built in the USA.
     
  12. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Check the serial number in the link noted above. Sure it didn't say "Designed in Cupertino, CA?"
     
  13. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Wow if that's right then I stand corrected. You used the link to check where it was made and it came up as manufactured in CA?
     
  14. ramallite macrumors member

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    Yes, we're sure. In fact, the label on the outside of my iMac's box, which arrived yesterday, actually states "Assembled in USA". My iMac's serial number begins with QP, which according to this chart, means it was built in the USA.
    http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-ma...nderstand-apple-mac-serial-number-format.html
     
  15. ramallite macrumors member

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    It said USA, not CA, but since it shipped from Newark CA, that's where I assumed it was built. But it's definitely from within our borders.
     
  16. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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  17. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    None of my Apple stuff says "Designed in Cupertino, CA"
    ...either way see below
    Model: - iMac (27-inch Late 2009) (CTO)

    Codename: - ?

    Build Country: - Your Mac was built in the USA.

    Build Year: - Your Mac was built in 2010.

    Build Week - Your Mac was built in week 6 of that year (February).

    Production Nr.: - Your Mac was number 1324 to be built that week.

    Source: AppleSerialNumberInfo.com
     
  18. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Guess you didn't see my post above....regarding my new diet of crow.
     
  19. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    Just posting the info is all, np:) Wasn't trying to be a richard.
     
  20. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    You are right. All modern Apple products say: Designed by apple in california, assembled in china.
     
  21. rworne macrumors 6502

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    That site is useless for my Mid 2010 i7 iMac. My serial number model/type does not show up in their database. I tried putting in the HW info, and their captcha was broken. Oh well, their loss.
     

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