How readily will a local Apple Store negotiate a price comparable to ONLINE?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NJRonbo, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Apple products, in general, are similarly priced wherever you go. If there
    is any competition to offer a lower price on an Apple product it's generally

    Looking to buy a 15" or 17" Macbook Pro. Already priced one on
    MACMALL which (with rebate) is about $150 less than the Apple Store.

    Additionally, I save a boatload on sales tax which I will not be charged
    if I buy it online.

    Now, I need to go to the Apple Store today to scope out both notebooks
    to decide which one I want.

    Certainly, a salesman is going to push me to buy.

    How likely am I going to be able to negotiate a better price with
    the salesman when I tell him I am looking to buy it online for $150
    less with no sales tax?

    Is there any possible way, based on any of your past experiences
    that the Apple Store will match that price?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    An official Apple Store (as opposed to a reseller) will not negotiate on price at all. They will not price match.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It's hard to get discount.. If you're lucky you can get 10$ off iPod or iWork
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #4 it on line and save yourself the hassle of the trip that won't help you...
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I will buy it from MACMALL.

    I still have to make the trip just to see the 15" and 17" side by side.

  6. palane macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Nothing wrong with that. The Apple stores serve multiple purposes. One of which is to sell Macs and iThingies. They're also great for service and support. Most importantly from your perspective, it's a chance to expose folks to Macs, even if they aren't going to buy there. Apple still makes the sale. In some sense, it's a halo effect. Beats having a couple in the corner at the CompUSA.


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