I know this is sneaky but..

docgerrard

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Can I buy a macbook air now..

Then buy another one on tax free weekend, which falls within 14 days of today..


Then return this one that I payed tax for?
 

Obscurelight

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pretty sure you can, since they have to refund you the amount you paid and not at the current price unless its a permanent price change.
 

docgerrard

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Well the point is that I can save 140 dollars!

And I just really want one now, thats all!

Plus, school starts August 17th for me, and this would give me enough time beforehand to test out the MBA and if I am not happy with it, order my second option and have it shipped to me in time for school to start.

Otherwise, tax free weekend falls from August 5-7 and I would have to wait until then!

Also, there is a chance I won't be in town that weekend and so I would have to order it online. This would further delay me getting it.
 

Obscurelight

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Well not a bad idea since if you buy it during tax free week and find out you want to switch for something else you'll miss out on the tax exemption.
 

nvcplus

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Well the point is that I can save 140 dollars!
First, where do you live that you pay $140 in taxes? o_O

I live in Chicago (some of the highest taxes in the country) and still only paid $90.

Second, yeah dude, that is sneaky and wrong. But you're gonna do whatever you want, so why ask us? Is someone here really going to talk you out of it?
 

onthecouchagain

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Nothing wrong with it. It's not unethical at all. He's operating within the parameters of the system that they set up. Go for it. It's essentially a more roundabout way of "price matching" items that go on sale a week later.
 

Obscurelight

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First, where do you live that you pay $140 in taxes? o_O

I live in Chicago (some of the highest taxes in the country) and still only paid $90.

Second, yeah dude, that is sneaky and wrong. But you're gonna do whatever you want, so why ask us? Is someone here really going to talk you out of it?
I'm in NYC and I paid 136 and some change in tax. :(
 

docgerrard

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First, where do you live that you pay $140 in taxes? o_O

I live in Chicago (some of the highest taxes in the country) and still only paid $90.

Second, yeah dude, that is sneaky and wrong. But you're gonna do whatever you want, so why ask us? Is someone here really going to talk you out of it?
i'm not asking if i should lol.

i don't think it is unethical at all, and i'm sure some people agree with me.

i was just asking if it was possible to do!
 

Minhthien

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Jun 20, 2011
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i'm not asking if i should lol.

i don't think it is unethical at all, and i'm sure some people agree with me.

i was just asking if it was possible to do!
Thats a great idea! How about the first unit you buy and its a Samsung Display and Samsung SSD? R you still gonna return it and maybe get a LG display?
 

nebulos

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No returns policy gets abused more than walmart's :eek: once a person in front of me returned expired milk and she bought it before it went bad too.
i was told that a friend of a friend used to buy those huge bags of dog food, take half out, make up the difference with gravel, and return it.

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OP, if you could take yours back, do a return, and buy the same laptop again, but deduct the tax, i guess i would think that was much better. my guess is that's probably against policy, though, and won't be possible;

you could do that with a place that price matches, but this wouldn't be a price match.
 

nebulos

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you can't order from amazon or macmall or whatever without getting charged taxes?
 

iAAPL

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Well the point is that I can save 140 dollars!

And I just really want one now, thats all!

Plus, school starts August 17th for me, and this would give me enough time beforehand to test out the MBA and if I am not happy with it, order my second option and have it shipped to me in time for school to start.

Otherwise, tax free weekend falls from August 5-7 and I would have to wait until then!

Also, there is a chance I won't be in town that weekend and so I would have to order it online. This would further delay me getting it.
When you say school, do you mean college? If so, does your school sell Macs on campus? Many schools sell computers tax-free if a laptop is required for one of your classes.
 

2IS

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First, where do you live that you pay $140 in taxes? o_O

I live in Chicago (some of the highest taxes in the country) and still only paid $90.

Second, yeah dude, that is sneaky and wrong. But you're gonna do whatever you want, so why ask us? Is someone here really going to talk you out of it?
You do realize that tax is a percentage of the total sale right? So if he buys a more expensive MBA he's going to pay more taxes. A 1400 purchase here gets you $136.50 in taxes.

That said, yeah, just wait.
 

Kyllle

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Apr 25, 2011
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sure you can. It's not really abuse of the return policy, Apple knows people buy things knowing they will return them sometimes.

Are you sure the tax-free thing includes computers? At least in texas, it only includes clothes and school supply-type things, definitely not electronics. If you want tax-free, just buy from amazon. Unless of course you're in one of the few unlucky states that already has to pay tax on amazon purchases.

Otherwise though, I think this should work fine. You'll have to transfer all your data to your second MBA after you return the first one though, so it would be wise to keep both until you've gotten everything off the original.
 
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