Help! MBP dilemma

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  1. hcemin, Mar 23, 2014
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    hcemin macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys!

    I'm visiting Canada so I decided to get a MBP here, since the prices are much, much lower than in my home country.

    I was 100% sure I'd get the 2.4 GHz / 16 GB RAM / 256 GB SSD.
    The problem is the Apple Store only sells the basic configurations, and only Canadians can purchase online (which I didn't know :()

    I'm so frustrated right now, but I still have two options:

    2.4 GHz / 8 GB RAM / 256 GB SSD - $1549

    OR

    2.6 GHz / 8 GB RAM / 512 GB SSD - $1849

    My question is: is the $300 difference worth it? Will the better SSD and processor make up for the RAM I couldn't get? I mean, I was going to get 16 GB to "future-proof" the Mac.

    I'm a student, so I'd use it for basic stuff such as web browsing, watching movies and doing college work (mainly Office stuff).

    Thank you very much and sorry for my english :eek:
     
  2. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    I'd get the 2.4 and save the $300 unless you needed more storage space right now. Otherwise, if in the future you require more space you can always upgrade it yourself.
     
  3. dalupus macrumors regular

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    I would call the stores and ask them what they have. Many times they have "ultimate" configurations in the store. When I got my macbook air a few years ago in the store I got an "ultimate" configuration.

    Also how does apple control that only "canadians" can order online? Could you not just order online to pick up at a store?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Call a couple of apple stores, some may actually carry the 16GB model. Short of that, I'd recommend the 2.4 unless you really do need more then 256GB storage.

    One final thought, how much are you saving and is it worth cutting corners with the configuration. It may be better in the long run to buy it in your home country and get the configuration you really do need.
     
  5. rk249 macrumors newbie

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    Go to the Apple store buy an Apple store gift card and then use it to buy the rMBP config you want online. Thats what I'm doing when I visit the US next week.
     
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    i would definitely call some apple stores near by. there is a good chance one will have one.

    unfortunately in Canada apple stores are not everywhere.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Perhaps not, but look for apple authorized dealers as well, the OP shouldn't limit himself to one retail channel when its possible to get what he wants from a big box store
     
  8. hcemin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As far as I know, you can't order online with an international credit card, you must have a billing and shipping canadian address.

    That's not an option since the 2.4/16/256 config costs around $3000 here.

    I read that this method doesn't work anymore, do you know something about it?
     
  9. dalupus macrumors regular

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    Could you buy an apple store gift card in your country then use it to pay?
     
  10. rk249 macrumors newbie

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    What do you mean this method doesn't work anymore?

    Apple store gift cards can be used to purchase items from the online store. There's an option to choose the mode of payment, thats where you select gift card. You can get it shipped to where you're staying or even just ship it to the store closest to you.

    You'll have to elaborate more on why this method doesn't work.
     
  11. hcemin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I read that you must have a canadian billing address to buy the gift cards too.

    So I called Future Shop and they said I can get the 16gb RAM there and it would take 2 to 4 weeks.
    But the price is very different from Apple - $1749 vs $1936 - and I'm not sure why. Maybe taxes or something different in the config?
     
  12. rk249 macrumors newbie

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    What I meant to say was go to an Apple retail store (brick & mortar) when you get to canada and buy a gift card. Then place an order online for the config you want.
     
  13. jkim3691 macrumors 6502a

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    You don't really need 16 gigs of RAM for what you do...
     
  14. hcemin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll definitely go to the closest store and ask if this is possible, thank you.

    I'm sure I don't need it right now, but who knows what will happen a year or two down the road
     

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