MacBook Pro - Looking to Purchase MBP 2.2 or 2.4 GHz and trying to find a decent deal

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  1. bmwpowere36m3 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys, I'm planning on upgrading to a new laptop. My old one, Dell Inspiron 5150, crapped out earlier this year. I started toying with the idea of getting a MAC. This would be my first Mac, just to mention, I tried it out in the store and really liked it and planned on taking it with me this time around to college, instead like I previously lugged my desktop. I have planned on getting the new 15.4" MBP 2.2Ghz model, but *might* get the 2.4 one

    So I started searching around for a good deal and this is what I found so far (all prices include shipping & tax to CT, if applicable):

    Apple Developer Connection for Students Discount (2.2) $ 104.94 (ADC account) + 1694.94 (2.2) = 1799.88
    Apple Developer Connection for Students Discount (2.4) $ 104.94 (ADC account) + 2118.94 (2.4) = 2223.88

    Apple Refurb (2.2) = $ 1,800.94 (I don't believe there is a student + refurb discount, because when I went under my college's online apple store and regular online apple store the refurb prices are the same)
    Apple Refurb (2.4) = $ 2,330.94

    Apple Education Discount (2.2) $ 1906.94
    Apple Education Discount (2.4) $ 2436.94

    Amazon.com (2.2) $ 1819.00
    Amazon.com (2.4) $ 2305.79

    MacMall.com (2.2) $ 1844.00
    MacMall.com (2.4) $ 2344.00

    ecom electronics (2.2) $ 1799.95
    ecom electronics (2.2) $ 2199.95

    Finally found this and not sure if it's legit...probably not:

    Beterati (2.2): http://beterati.com/product_info.php?cPath=5_7_24&products_id=6441 $ 1533.00

    Beterati (2.4): http://beterati.com/product_info.php?cPath=5_7_24&products_id=6442 $ 2027.00

    eBay: ???

    I guess there's also eBay, but it seems like people end up paying, for 2.2 Ghz, the same as the amazon.com price or save maybe at most 50 bucks. I would rather pay a little more and deal with a legit business, than have to deal with any problems…but would like to find the best deal as well. Help me out. So I guess I asking 2.2 vs 2.4 Ghz and I know there’s difference’s in v-card ram and such and looking for the best deal?
     
  2. thebassoonist macrumors 6502a

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    I'd keep an eye out at your campus bookstore (if they sell Macs). I got my 2.4 GHz (15") at my bookstore for $2000 on a no-tax day. It was a sweet deal.
     
  3. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    The only thing with Apple is there are usually no deals. Very very rarely will you find one. I did the ADC discount and that is the best options available for students (and pretty much the general public, unless you're an Apple employee, which I think they get a one/per year 30% hardware discount). Anyway, go with the ADC discount.
     
  4. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    It's interesting. Your prices on the MBP are cheaper than what I see from Amazon (even deducting the rebate).
     
  5. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They also had a $30 off, if you sign up for a amazon-visa CC.
     
  6. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope our school doesn't sell Macs or PC at our bookstore. The student discount was an online Northeastern-Apple Store
     
  7. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Even still the price does not equate. I'm seeing 2349 after rebate.. with 30 more that would still be 2319.
     
  8. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  10. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the 2.2 shows right, but the 2.4 shows a price difference. I was just wondering outloud as I know Amazon used to practice in on the fly price adjustment based on browser and other criteria.

    Also, just for reference. Macmall will not allow returns of Apple products PERIOD, so be sure you order what you want and hope it's not a dud.

    Googling about beterati shows that they take payment via wire transfer.. big no no.
     
  11. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well I got all my prices a couple days ago, but here is 2.4Ghz:

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook...0?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1194554881&sr=8-2


    $ 2499 - 150 rebate - 30 CC + no shipping = $ 2319.00...maybe I subtracted wrong or it was a differant price...gueez 14 bucks and all this hassle :D
     
  12. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea I see that, plus no phone number...:eek:
     
  13. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    As the Apple element at college is concerned; make the switch and never look back. The capabilties of the 2.2gHz are equivalent to my pre-SR 2.33. I am thoroughly pleased on all accounts and...4Gb RAM is under $120! I do heavy photoshop on mine. Save the cash and consider using the ADC with a ACD 24". You will benefit from AppleCare covering both when purchased on eBay.
     
  14. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ACD 24" ?, I allready have a desktop and broken laptop:rolleyes:, so I'm just considering purchasing a new laptop to replace the broken one...in the process was hoping to switch to mac.
     
  15. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    As a student, your best price will be from the ADC Hardware Purchase Program Store. You won't find a cheaper deal on a new Mac anywhere else. Note however that you can use the hardware discount only once as a member of the student ADC program.

    One thing however, the Apple Care is more expensive on the ADC Hardware Purchase Program Store. For example, the MacBook Pro Apple Care is $349 but $239 from the Education Store.

    I've always wondered if a student can purchase a system with the developer discount then buy Apple Care from the Education Store. Does anyone know?
     
  16. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Yes. AppleCare can be purchased independently from hardware.
     
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