Got Great Deal At Best Buy

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by RetroGamer360, May 11, 2015.

  1. RetroGamer360 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Went into my local Best Buy today to look for a new 21:9 ultra-wide monitor for my 15" Retina MacBook Pro and unexpectedly walked out with a little brother for the Pro. They had a mint 12" MacBook open box base model in silver for $1,189 that after a little haggling sold for $1001.99.

    I could not be happier with the price and am really surprised with how peppy this little guy is. Not as fast as the 15" Pro but also nowhere near the size or cost. Now I just need to go back and get that monitor :cool:

    Best,

    Michael
     
  2. DanielNTX macrumors 6502

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    How'd you haggle? What did you say to make them drop the price?
     
  3. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    as someone who used to work at bestbuy, I assume OP probably knows someone whorking there. Profit margin is razor thin with Apple product, unless you are friends with the manager, they won't give you a discount (not eve Open Box)
     
  4. RetroGamer360 thread starter macrumors member

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    It was easier than I expected to be honest. A friend of mine works at another Best Buy and told me that there is occasionally some price flexibility with open box items so I figured I'd ask. I asked the girl what was the best she could do; she checked with the Manager and came back with the $1001.
     
  5. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    Still waaaaay tooooo much. Not that you can do better, just that its not worth that much.
     
  6. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    Well played. You got an awesome deal.
     
  7. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

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    To you maybe. To others, money well spent.
     
  8. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    So you're in the MacBook section just to talk crap about it? :rolleyes:
     
  9. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

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    Another member bought an open box for $1001 before discounts. Probably the workers saw that the new Macbook open item went for that price at another location or it's in the system as the minimum resell price. You could've applied a mover's coupon to that.
     
  10. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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  11. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    This coming from a guy who is so intent on motivating his own purchases for himself that he believes he got the best value for money by getting a base model 11" MBA for himself and the same base 13" model for his wife, with half the RAM and half the storage, when in fact he only saved $100 on the 11" and $0 on the 13" over the MB if he had bought them with equal RAM and SSD.

    He somehow feels that comparing apples to oranges can make him the frugal champion of the world, and that somehow, in a parallel universe, a high quality IPS screen with double the resolution and way better viewing angles is some kind of hype machine and not vastly superior to a low resolution TN panel with poor viewing angles. :eek:
     
  12. seong macrumors 65816

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    And I feel like scammed having to pay $1,300 here...
     
  13. RetroGamer360 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've seen the reference to a mover's discount coupon several times over the past few weeks. I never heard of it before. What is it?
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    really no one should pay retail price with those movers coupons :)
     
  15. troubleonline macrumors 65816

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    Try moving to the UK and then you'll feel really scammed at prices.

    £1049 ($1624) for 1.1 and £1299 ($2034) for 1.3 model. Extra £200 to upgrade 1.1 to 1.3 and £120 to upgrade the 1.2.

    And we don't really get discounted open box prices because you can't generally return once box open unless faulty.:mad:
     
  16. Turnpike macrumors 6502

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    NICE! Both of ya'll! Since I can't find them new at the moment, I paid over retail price from someone on Craigslist, (more money than patience, at that particular moment) and even having paid the extra, still feel that it was worth it. Sure, you give up a little in one area to gain in another, but they are as cool as I was hoping, and I smile inside every time I pick it up or slip it into my backpack. Such a delight.
     
  17. DanielNTX macrumors 6502

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    1.2 512 GB Space Gray

    Just got a rMacBook 1.2 512 GB in Space Gray for $1182.59 at Best Buy. Now it's not the color I wanted (Gold), but for the price I will live with it. :eek:

    [​IMG]
     
  18. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    WOW! That's the one that I wanted!!! Had to settle for the Silver 1.1/256GB for $872 after discounts!
     
  19. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    As the owner of many macs over the years and still now I'm fascinated with those who are buying this highly overpriced, underpowered machine. it just amazes me that people are paying so much $$ for it. Mind boggling. to add to my computers I recently picked up a new 2014 base mba 11" for $720 from BB. It's far superior to the rmb and cost at least almost $400 less than the base rmb. Before the advent of the rmb, everyone was raving about the 11" mba, especially the later models after the initial introduction. but to spend $1300 plus tax (for many) for a base model rmb soon underpowered is ridiculous.

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    Wow, so defensive. You are SOOOO wrong my friend with your dumb assumptions. I have no need for 8gb and 256. It's just a little portable I can use in conjunction with my mbp 15" and my desktop mac mini. I only paid $720 for it and it is far superior than the base rmb that you paid probably $1300 plus tax.do the match, einstein,


     
  20. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Its only superior until you look at the screen. I've had MBA in the past and it was a nice machine until the retina displays appeared. If you can't see the benefit of the better screen than maybe you should get your eyes checked along with your attitude.
     
  21. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    So basically your MBA is used to browse these forums, check your email, buy some stuff online, and putz around on the couch and in bed with? If we're talking being frugal, and not spending unnecessary money, then I would have to say that I you have wasted about $421 by not just getting a 16GB Wifi iPad mini (original non-retina of course) instead. After "doing the match" - A full OS X laptop is a waste of money.

    Why don't you list the ways the 11" MBA is superior to the MB, in your opinion, and for your use case? It seems to me like price is the only way you are motivating "superiority".
     
  22. jonfarr macrumors 6502a

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    In the US when you make a change of address with a post office you get a bunch of coupons. One of them is 10% off at best buy on any single item.

    I used this coupon and the .edu discount to get my brand new macbook retina for around $1125. Not a bad deal at all and don't pay sales tax here in Oregon, so even better!
     
  23. RetroGamer360 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for clearing up the movers coupon. Sounds like you got a great deal on a new rMB.

    Another Best Buy nearby has the Space Gray 1.2GHz/512GB open box for $1,529. I was initially tempted to go swap it out but recognized that I would be paying close to $500 more for a small bump in spec. There is always something just a little bit better right around he corner.

    Rather than buy a monitor for my rMBP, I decided to sell my 15" rMBP and pick-up a riMac to compliment the new rMP. Hope that combination works as well as I am thinking.
     
  24. w00tini macrumors 6502a

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    as i type this on my riMac, you will love it :D
     
  25. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    That does sound like a dream combination! :D
     

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