How far would you go for Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gregbeaty, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. gregbeaty macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    So, I'm trying to decide... In the morning I'm getting off work and going to buy a MacBook Air. Here's my decision. Do I drive 250+ miles to the closest Apple store or 60 miles to the closest BestBuy? Both have them in-stock.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the "BigBox" stores, but will I "gain" anything buy driving two more hours?

    I know I could save the gas by calling or ordering online... but I want it NOW!!! :)

    What would you do? What are the advantages/dis-advantages?

    This will be my 1st Mac if that matters...


    - Greg
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Erm, well an Apple store you do get a bit of excitement, but Im not sure if that is worth 250+ miles.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    um best buy..... why would you want to drive 250+ miles?

    i mean its just a place to buy a computer, not like a honeymoon destination lol
  4. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    Why not order it from instead? Free shipping, no tax, no driving and excellent return policy? Not exciting, but you'll save lots of driving time, money and hassle in case you need to return/replace.....
  5. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Hmmmm ... $1800 CPU + $80 in gas only to go to an apple shop vs $1800 CPU + $10 in gas + You get a $35 in Rewards Zone giftcards and if something is wrong with it you only have to drive 60 miles and spend $10 in gas again to swap it (and most Best Buy Apple Shops are Apple run anyway).

    Kevin :apple:
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I don't really think a day of your time plus the gas is really worth it unless the local BB didn't have it in-stock. 60 miles is far enough.
  7. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Apple store gives you a cool MBA bag.
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Good lord 250 miles :eek:

    I would just order online from or probably just head to bestbuy :D
  9. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    How are you 60 miles away from Bestbuy? Wow. Anyways like others have suggested the Amazon deal is a good deal no tax or anything. Someone also said if you go to bestbuy you get reward zone points/certificates. I do go to bestbuy a lot and these are quite convienent. I say bestbuy.
  10. gregbeaty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    LoL! Well, I live in the Desert Southwest (Deming, New Mexico) It's 60 miles [or more] to EVERYTHING!!! Well, I guess there's always Wal-mart.... Ugh! I actually moved here from a large city. GOD! What was I thinking!!!!!!!!
  11. MattyMac macrumors 68000


    Oct 6, 2005
    Apple store all the way!

    ...but drive safely! The experience is worth it, plus I think its just better buying from apple incase you ever needed to return it or anything (knock on wood :rolleyes:)


    P.S. I would never drive that far...just order online and be patient...or go to best buy.'

    I'm so indecisive.
  12. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    again: with free second day delivery. Even can't ship that fast! And: no tax, 30-day return policy and a $50 rebate. It really can't get much better than that.

    I really can't recommend amazon enough. When the MBP first came out, I must have returned five of them for various issues (some small stuff too!) and always got a full refund with no questions plus they paid for return shipping too. Given the problems that can occur with laptops, having 30-days is worth a lot. If everything is still good after 30 days of use, chances are you won't have a lot of trouble after that.
  13. conchshell macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    I had a heck of a time doing an actual return with w/ a laptop (not apple) which was defective it took me months to get all the shipping back. Very unpleasant experience to put it mildly.
  14. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I think that's very unusual. Usually they allow you to print a return ups or usps label as part of the return process if you've chosen defect as reason for the return . Sometimes that doesn't work and you have to pay shipping first and then email them how much it was. I've done this a lot with all kinds if items, and every time they've refunded the shipping within a day or max two with no questions and no requirement of receipt or anything. Did you buy from a market place seller perhaps?

    I really have been incredibly satisfied with them on so many occasions so it surprises me that you would have those issues.
  15. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    +1. I've been using Amazon for about 4 or 5 years now for all my major (and most of my not-so-major) electronics purchases. No tax and free shipping. Excellent. If you want it now, then select over night shipping. Still cheaper than paying the tax locally.

    Sorry, but the government takes way too much of my money each year. Until they fix the tax loophole, I'll stick with Amazon.
  16. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I had an 800 dollar camera lens that had a problem. I had a good purchase history with Amazon. They overnighted me a replacement because I had a big gig coming up. They paid my return shipping and they didn't charge my credit card a 2nd time during the process like just about every other company would do.

    I LOVE Amazon.

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