How I got a MacBook Pro after only 3 days of waiting

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jkelling, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. jkelling macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2005
    I just though I would share this with people that have been on the waiting list forever, as it may be a way to get your MacBook Pro much faster.

    When the MacBook Pro came out, I wanted one. Only thing is, just like everyone else, I wasn't crazy about the 3-4 week (or even longer) leadtime before they shipped. So I didn't pre order. Instead, I went to my local apple store (Willow Bender in Plano Texas) every couple of weeks to see if they had gotten them in. When apple finally started shipping, the store let me know that they had started to get them in, but they had a long waiting list of about 75 people. They asked if I wanted to put my name on the list, and I said no. I figured it would take forever to wait for 75 people to get the MacBooks.

    Well, last Tuesday I called the Apple store regarding the new Minis, and they said they would be getting them in on Wed. I also asked about the status of the MacBook Pro list, and they said they had been getting them in, but that the list was still about 75, as new people had been added to the list while older orders had been filled. They asked again if I wanted to put my name on the list, and I said, sure, go ahead, as they didn't even require a deposit.

    Well guess what, 3 days after putting my name on the list, they called and said they had my MacBook Pro in and wanted to know if I still wanted it. I told them "hell yeah", and that I would be right there. Curiously, I asked them about the other 75 people on the list in front of me, and wondered how they could have gotten through the list that quickly. Well, here is the catch. When the apple store calls, they don't leave a message if you aren't there, they just move on to the next person in the list. If you do answer the phone, you have to agree to pick up the MacBook that same day, or again, they just move to the next person. In my case, I just got lucky, they called 60 people on the list ahead of me and noone answered their phone.

    So, if you want a MacBook Pro fast, put your name on your local Apple Store's list, and BE SURE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN THEY CALL. It worked for me.

    Honestly, I felt bad for the other people on the list ahead of me, but the apple store made the rules - all I did was answer the phone when they called.

    Hopefully this helps someone get a MacBook Pro that has been waiting forever.

  2. asencif macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    It's always worth a shot by putting your name on the list. Also, a lot of people didn't even put their names on any list and just went to the store stating they were ready to buy and were sold a MBP. My opinion is if you are not buying a CTO machine, not including a RAM upgrade then it's better to get it at the store. Keep paying a visit and calling in. Many have gotten their systems this way and not have to wait 2-3 months.
  3. Dr.Poc macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2006

    sounds to me like you were waiting just as long as everyone else who just waited for them to reach the stores and we waited for them to ship to wanted one just as long as all of us.thanks for the secret thou:cool:
  4. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    Exactly what I was thinking...

    You have still been waiting since January 10th. ;)

    Good advice anyway if someone wants a stock MBP.
  5. fba199 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2006
    wow... the store i got my MBP didn't have a list. that's how i got mine early, went to store right when it opened.:)
  6. SkipNewarkDE macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2002
    Newark, Delaware
    What models are they stocking?

    I am on "the waiting list" at the Christiana Mall Store in Delaware. King of Prussia's store is not doing a waiting list. They have a model on the floor of the store called "The Ultimate" which is a built-to-order option on the web... it is the MacBook Pro with 2.16, the 7200 RPM 100 GB drive, and 1 GB of RAM.

    I told the people at the Christiana Mall store that this is the one I wanted, and they said "FINE." I was told by the people at the other Apple store that this "ultimate" model is a built-to-order and not stocked in the stores.

    So who is right?
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Lucky for you, but I'd be seriously miffed if I had been waiting on the list patiently only for them to skip right past me if I'm not around to answer the phone. That's actually not very good at all.
  8. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2005
    The poor section of Connecticut
    I gotta agree. You do all that waiting and all you get in return is one stinking phone call?!? I'd be ripping mad.
  9. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    It is CTO, but the stores order them like this. My Apple store had 3 models of the MBP. The 2 stock configs availble as for $1999.99 and $2499.99 and one model that had the 7200RPM 100GB drive and 2GB of RAM for $2899.99. I think it is nice of the store to stock this model, saves you the trouble of waiting for it to be built.
  10. Bunsen Burner macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2006
    How I got a MacBook Pro after only 7 weeks of waiting, with three days of those 7 weeks on an official waiting list


  11. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah, but...

    Yeah, but it's not like you were standing in a line or something, your name was just on a list.

    That's just the price you pay when an item is really popular.
  12. clayyea macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Why did I have to wait for a new product launch to switch? :eek:
  13. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Doesn't matter, if I've taken the time to do my best to get in line, I expect more than one phone call before I just get skipped over.

    I'd actually be in the store going bonkers if it were me in that situation.
  14. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    In your case, you could ask them to simply post on MR that your Mac was in. I'm sure you'd get the message - one way or another - within a few seconds. ;)
  15. amit307 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2006
    i called around in the chicago area and a few stores (downtown, oakbrook, schaumburg) have the 2.0 in stock. However, there is still a list for the 1.83s...
  16. Halsey12 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2006
    And how I typed 6 paragraphs about it and posted it publicly!
  17. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
    You wouldnt even know
  18. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    You might have an idea when months pass by and you never hear a thing :rolleyes:
  19. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    most of the Apple stores near me wouldnt even put your name on a list when the imac G5 rev B came out last was just too much trouble for them

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