In-Store Vs Online Purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MILESAR, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. MILESAR macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2005
    I am on my way to purchasing a PB (my first personal mac after working with them for a long time now, this is 7 years in the making) and the choice comes to me to either purchase online, or goto an apple store.

    Heres the catch...

    1) I live in a small Colorado town, thus no Apple store (there is a dealer, but are unable to award education discounts) So no store to buy from here.

    2) Im out of town for a week in March (River trip, yay) and there is a good possibilty of the PB to arrive during that time if ordered online.

    3) I am visiting my parents in Houston the weekend after that, so I have the option of buying a PB from the Houston Apple store.

    Anyone know of and major advantages/disadvantages of each? I dont think I will be getting any BTO's for it (by the way what does BTO mean?). But what if I wanted too, is that an option from the shop?

    There is the Possibility of the PB arriving before I head down to Houston, but buying from the store there is no wait between spending money and play time.

    Any thoughts would be great, Thanks.
  2. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    BTO = Build to order.

    Compare sales tax in Houston with your Small Colorado town. If Houston is less, buy there.
  3. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    in store

    Speaking from personal experience, I would have to say I would recommend buying in a store if you are getting anything with an LCD screen. I had a terrible expereince with trying to get a working powerbook. The first 3 of them that I received had a bad screen. Two of them had dead pixels and the other had the screen going dark on the left side. I had to fight REALLLLY hard with apple every time to get them to send me a replacement. If you are in the store you can check out the powerbook before you buy it. However, many people on these forms have great luck purchasing online so I may be a minority here. Just my opinion :)
  4. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    I dunno. Personally with me when I ordered my G5 I ended up cancelling order simply because I couldn't handle waiting 1-2 weeks for it. So I bought my G5 powermac in store and added ram I ordered from crucial. Like enless your going for blue tooth there's really nothing done though BTO that you can't do yourself. I plan on ordering a 250gb drive later compared to the 160 I had ordered.

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