iMac on sale??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jahobie, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. jahobie macrumors member

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    Simple question. Do non-base iMacs ever go on sale?? I have been putting off buying a new iMac for a few months waiting for a good deal on one with 16GB RAM and a SSD hard drive and have had no luck. I see all kinds of sales on MacBooks with similar specs. I guess if I wait long enough the new stuff will come out, and hopefully find some sales then.
     
  2. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    http://www.macprices.net/imacinteltracker.shtml

    but, seeing as this is macrumors...

    https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/best-apple-deals/

    In sense, you are correct-- the BTO models are less commonly discounted, and it's much more common to find deals on in stock models.

    When I bought my 2014 imac, I really did want a m295x gpu. But since it was a bto option, it wasn't susceptible to the kind of deep discounting that the stock models were. And since the model I did get was $400 cheaper..., well...
     
  3. importluva macrumors member

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    I just bought a refurbished model: 3.4 with ram and SSD upgrades on it. It was 15% off regular price but they go quick.
     
  4. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    yes, refurbs might be a good option. But a 15% discount on a imac with 64 GB of Apple supplied RAM is still a bad deal...
     
  5. jahobie thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I just need to suck it up and pay full price if I want one.
     
  6. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    what is your ideal imac? What size of screen? What GPU do you want? How large must the SSD be? And what is your budget? Do you want Applecare?

    nailing down those parameters might lead to a more concrete answer.
     
  7. jahobie thread starter macrumors member

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    My preference relies more on budget than need. I do not do anything too extensive, light photo editing and web browsing. I was thinking 21.5” 4K. The main thing I do want is at least 16GB ram (I know I probably do not need that much with what I do, but hate being slowed down by ram and not having a way to upgrade. The other thing that I want is an SSD hard drive. I currently have a lot of photos stored on my iMac, but I am open to moving my photos library to an external hard drive. With that being said, I was looking at 512GB.
     
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  9. jahobie thread starter macrumors member

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  10. wpalomine macrumors member

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    Check the Apple refurb store often. I saw a refurb 2017 27" iMac with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and 570 GPU, for $1609. You can add more memory as needed, user upgradable.
     
  11. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    If you want a non-standard configuration (which, laughingly, includes SSD models), the only options are from Apple directly (new or refurb), or from a Authorized Reseller or Specialist.

    Discounts via Apple are pretty clear -- buy refurb, on Black Friday, or from one of the special stores they set up for Education, Government, or an EPP set up with various companies. Many tend to overlook the latter; store qualifications are easy to meet, and there's a good chance you may know someone who qualifies. In any case, discounts will be modest -- 10-15%, but it's something.

    The big Apple retailers do also discount modestly, but they don't carry non-standard configurations. For those, one must go to an AR or Specialist, but the good news is that some of them do discount. Keep an eye on the other big rumor site, which often runs deals through Adorama or B&H, and won't collect sales tax from the majority of states. That last part alone can make up a large part of the difference between buying directly from Apple or a mail order dealer.
     
  12. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    in the us, memorial day can sometimes be the time to buy. But, sometimes only the standard models get the discounts-- i.e no ssds (and it's a few months off)
     
  13. conan321 macrumors newbie

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  14. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    microcenter.
     
  15. jahobie thread starter macrumors member

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    What other big rumor site are you referring to?
     
  16. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    (FruitCo)Insider
     
  17. conan321 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
     

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