MacBook purchase advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by willowpez, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. willowpez macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm a college student seriously considering making the jump to a Mac. I've decided on a MacBook, but I have a few options that I'm having trouble deciding between:

    1) New, White, mid-level MacBook (2.16Ghz, etc) for $1199 + free iPod ($249-199, as I'd get the 30gb iPod). = $1364 after tax and rebate.

    2) Refurb, Black, MacBook (2.0Ghz, 1GB, 120gb, SuperDrive) = $1049 + tax = $1133.

    3) Option #2 + new iPod (around $220 from Amazon to save on tax) = $1353

    Some qualifications: I think I prefer black over white, but it's not a big deal, I have an old iPod (3G) that still works, I would enjoy the unboxing process, and budget is crucial.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    If budget is crucial, go for the cheapest one - plus, you've got an iPod and prefer the black.
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    i'd go with the black one. It's got more stuff that Opt. 1, and you can use the saved money to buy an iPod if you feel so inclined.
     
  4. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

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    Go refurb on both. 179 for a 30GB iPod. Total cost would be 1326.
     
  5. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    If he does that he won't be taking advantage of the iPod deal for students.

    I'd go with option #1.
     
  6. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    Get the refurb blackbook. Get a refurbed iPod too, it'll still be cheaper than the student deal.
     

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