In store shopping experience? (esp NYC)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rye9, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    Last time I bought a Mac I got an iBook on amazon.com for pretty cheap and brand new. This time around I'm getting the 13" MBP with an education discount so my choices are limited to online (lame) or a nice little Apple store. Only thing is... despite me living in a populated area, Apple doesn't have a store near me for about 45 minutes. So, I can go to a store in the Danbury mall in CT or in the Palisades mall in NY... and I can also go to the 5th Avenue store in NYC. My question is... would buying my MBP at the flagship be that much more exciting or should I just go to the mall?
     
  2. ecstasy macrumors 6502

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    I'd say go to the 5th Avenue Apple store, just to really experience it.

    It's the best Apple store, imo.
     
  3. Penguinwrangler macrumors regular

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    Yeah, the 5th Ave. store definitely has that Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory feel to it.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's really no different than pretty much any other Apple Store.

    Actually I take that back- there are always crowds of people taking pictures in/outside of the store for no apparent reason.
     
  5. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I've been there before lol; just haven't bought anything. I've purchased 2 iPods in the past... both at Best Buy. My mac on amazon and then my iPhone my mom got at the at&t store... all I've purchased at an Apple store before was iWork '06 and a case for my iPhone 3g. But yeah I've been to the 5th avenue store many times... love it there. Don't get anything haha, it's just fun to be in.
     
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  7. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Haha, very true. :D
     
  8. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Also, when I get my MBP... I'll probably also have them help me transfer everything off of my old iBook. Idk if that'll affect which store I should go to.

    And about that actually.. should I have them help me or transfer it all myself and resync my iPhone and all?
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    You'll probably get better service in the mall. The 5th Avenue store is a zoo.

    Transferring data from your old laptop is simple- just use Migration Assistant. Upon the initial set-up, it will ask if you want to transfer data from another computer.
     
  10. ecstasy macrumors 6502

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    So true.

    It's almost reached Times Square/Empire State Building status, in terms of tourist spots.
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd go to another store or buy online. Then go and buy something small at the 5th avenue store, or just stroll through there with the rest of the tourist.
     
  12. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hm what small thing should I buy then? I don't know what accessories to get my new MBP. I'd get SL but it won't be out until September unfortunately.
     
  13. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    My suggestion was really more... buy online and then visit the store...and buy some accessory if you really want the receipt to show that you are "special"
     
  14. cu2010 macrumors 6502

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    I've got a question. Can you also benefit from the same discounts and promo that you would get on-line at an Apple store?
    I've heard otherwise. :confused:
     
  15. ecstasy macrumors 6502

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    Do you mean the Student Discount?

    The Student Discount should work in-store.
     
  16. cu2010 macrumors 6502

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    Yes. And you can also save $100 on AppleCare on-line.
     
  17. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Why is ordering the computer online "lame"?

    For one thing, you're more likely to get a machine which hasn't been sitting around for a while, especially if you customise it.
     
  18. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How so? I pretended to order a MBP and I did notice that it was 67 dollars off... 183 instead of of 250... i'm guessing you mean the most i could save is 100 if i ordered something with more expensivee applecare?
     
  19. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well it's not... it's how I ordered my first mac. Idk, just having owned many iPods, an iBook and an iPhone and having never bought them from an Apple Store I think I'd like to for once.
     
  20. cu2010 macrumors 6502

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    Yes. For 13" you can save $67 on AppleCare ;)
    But is this promotion also acknowledged in stores?
    If so, I don't see why you should order online and wait a week or longer to get it unless you need to customise it.
     
  21. ecstasy macrumors 6502

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    $100 for the 13" MBP?


    No way. Is this $100 off AppleCare also available in-store?
     
  22. cu2010 macrumors 6502

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    $100 discount is available for the 15" and 17" MBP's.
    $67 for 13"

    I've no idea if online discounts and promotion can also be applied in store.
     
  23. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Also - whats the sales tax difference between NYC and Danbury CT? I believe its 8.75% in the city and like 6% in CT. So you could save an additional 20 bucks or so by purchasing it in CT :D.
     
  24. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Or one could buy online and avoid that whole nasty tax thingy...
     
  25. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    I've always paid sales tax when I order from the online Apple store.
     

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