Is there a way to avoid the 10% restocking fee?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by scottintosh, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. scottintosh macrumors member

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    Hello, I recently bought the new 2.4ghz aluminum macbook and at first was very impressed with it.

    However, after using it more and trying to watch a movie at any sort of angle, I have come to believe that this computer is not worth $1600. I feel that for such a high price I should be nothing short of impressed. This is my first apple notebook, so i don't have an older one to compare it to, but im sad that it doesn't meet my expectation.

    The apple refurb store has a refurb MB pro 2.4 (previous gen) for like $1300, I feel that that notebook is of far greater value. I have heard that the screens are of better quality on the old MB Pro than the new MB.

    People say that the new MBs are of much higher quality, but what about the new MBs compared to the previous gen MB pros?

    I would like to return this one ( i purchased from an apple store in washington.) and then go online and purchase the previous gen MBP of less money.

    Is there a way to get by with not having to pay the 10% restocking fee?
    Thank you.
     
  2. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    No, not really. There's no way to properly deal with buyer's remorse. haha :p
     
  3. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    Call Apple sales, ask them if they will waive the restocking fee if you place another order on the phone with them. This has worked for me before, also have been successful with this with HP & Lenovo. Bottom line is they want to make, or at least not loose a sale
     
  4. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Not necessarily.. There was no buyer remorse on my part. I returned a computer that obviously had an inadequate display. In proving that, I took my Air into the store and set it right next to the MB. I proceeded to demo how poor the display viewing angle, lack of dark hue differentiation and distorted black levels from bottom to top of display. Then I....

    I think they wanted me the f.... outta' there and said they'd waive my restocking fee if I'd take my dog and pony show and git. I had some legitimate issues and they didn't want me to fubar up the potential switcher sales they were wooing. I also said I'd give them another $200 to put an Air display on the MB.;)
     
  5. pw1388 macrumors member

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    Go to Hawaii and return it. lol its illegal for retailer to charge a restocking fee here in Hawaii.
     
  6. scottintosh thread starter macrumors member

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    thats really cool. That should be a law everywhere. If the computer is in PERFECT condition, there should be no restocking fee.
     
  7. CalMin macrumors 6502a

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    Why not? They can't sell it as new and will have to lose money by selling it open box or refurb.
     
  8. scottintosh thread starter macrumors member

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    i guess thats true too. They are definitely not losing money though because their cost is probably less than $1000, so they just won't be making as much money.
     
  9. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    If you're within the first two weeks, make a genius appointment and tell them you're unhappy with the display. Play the steve jobs keynote on the apple home page to show them how it won't cover differences in blacks (steve jobs looks like a giant floating head against the background).

    They will update my MB to a MBP today without a restocking charge thanks to this. Good luck.
     
  10. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    Be nice and be honest with a Genius. I've never had to pay a restocking fee and I've returned a number of things (exchanged computers, iPods, etc).
     
  11. PhilaScott macrumors regular

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    Exactly! Apple isn't losing money in the deal, they're just not making as much (and marginally, at that!). And are they hurting?! I think NOT.

    Umm, I think the applicable phrase about potential returns of products and the loss or lessening of sales revenues in the resale of those products as "the cost of doing business." How many businesses ALREADY build that potential loss into the pricing structure at the front end anyway? <....stepping down from soapbox...>

    <...and stepping back up...> I too think States should outlaw the practice of charging consumers restocking fees. <....stepping back down from soapbox...>


    (By the way.. cool name there, Scottintosh! ;))
     
  12. scottintosh thread starter macrumors member

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    haha, thanks I was pretty proud when I though of it lol.

    I scheduled an appointment with a genious tomorrow. It has been 10 or 11 days, so i'm withen the 14 day period.

    I will not switch to the new MBP if they charge me the 10% restocking fee.
     
  13. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I managed to get my restocking fee from 15% to 5% by saying I was unhappy about the display and showing exactly what i was unhappy about.

    In the end I did not take the 5% but made another deal.
     
  14. dckj95 macrumors member

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    try to convince a genius that you are disappointed with the screen or give some weird reason good enough for them to waive the restocking fee.
     
  15. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    They usually don't charge a restocking fee if they upsell you another machine. My experiences are they try and tag you with it when you want a flat out refund.
     
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Is the upgrade to the MBP worth it?

    I'm in the same boat. Took my machine back to the Apple Store, and I have an authorization number to have the screen replaced, exchange for a MB, or upgrade to the MBP.

    I can do one of the above, or shrug, and just not watch movies with nighttime scenes or steve job keynotes on it (and avoid the John Dorian floating head visual).

    I've gotta crap or get off the pot here pretty soon. What do y'all think? Is the MBP worth the extra money?
     
  17. CalMin macrumors 6502a

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    [high horse]This would just make things more expensive for the rest of us. Apple is a business with shareholders and a duty to those shareholders to make profit. It's not a matter of if they are hurting or not. They expect to make a certain amount per unit sold, and a returned unit cannot be sold as new, so they make less money. The only way to build this into the cost of doing business is to charge more for the machines and everyone pays.

    Now, if the computer is defective or was misrepresented in some way, then the restocking is unfair, and in most cases Apple will waive.

    There are too many people that buy stuff from places like BestBuy to use it for a few days and give it back. It used to be a cheap way to rent a video camera for vacation. At least now they charge restocking to prevent this.[/high horse]

    Peace. :)


    RE: Scottintosh. Good luck with your situation. This doesn't apply to you. I'm just making a point that restocking fees aren't evil. It's business. I have a new MB and the screen is not as good as my Air, but its still very good imo and sufficient for most daily stuff (MS office, surfing). I'm luck enough to have an iMac too for any photography/photoshop. You could always buy a cheap Dell LCD if you needed a better screen for specific tasks.
     
  18. scottintosh thread starter macrumors member

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    I just went to the apple store (about 40min drive each way) and I now have a new MBP and did not get charged the restocking fee.


    I have to say, however, that it was the WORST experience that I have ever had at anystore.

    The manager kept saying that HE did not see a difference between the screens and that it is not qualified to waive the restocking fee. I assured him that it is MY money and I am not satisfied with the screen quality. He gave me plenty other BS responses that they only have one screen for the Macbook. I showed him the two different model numbers and he still gave me BS.

    I ended up getting emotional and thats when he cracked.

    I felt that it was ridiculous that he was giving me such a hard time, when I had a legitimate complaint.

    Just thought I would let everyone know.
     
  19. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Was it worth $160? Probably is in my opinion. Have fun with your new toy, hope it is a good one!:D
     
  20. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I had a similar conversation.

    But I used a document showing objective measurements done by Notebookjournal. He called in a technical guy to ask if it was true. The tech guy confirmed it. Then they offered a deal with the MBA w/o restocking fee.
     
  21. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    woohoo! So, does the MBA screen rock or what? I'm typing this on my new MBA and it's like night and day!!:D

    Hopefully next rev. will nail the MB for me.
     
  22. scottintosh thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh nice, the difference between the two is amazing. I love my new MBP.
     

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