Macconnection.com?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tikidoc, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. tikidoc macrumors regular

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    I had been waiting for the back to school promotion to get my new 13" MBP. With my educational discount and iWork the total comes to $1282.50 with tax, then I would be getting, I would assume, a free $200 iPod touch.

    Looking at Macconnection.com, they have the 13" base model for $1149 with a $100 rebate. iWorks is an additional $69.99, but there is a $30 rebate, and no tax or shipping. So my total there is $1218.99, down to $1088.99 after rebate. Waiting for the back to school promotion does not look so good anymore. Especially since I am currently using a POS netbook.

    Am I missing something here? Yea, I know, I get some money towards a printer if I wait but I don't need another printer, and I doubt I would get much for one.

    I did a search for macconnection.com and did not find any major red flags.

    Enlighten me! If nobody says this is a bad idea, I want to order today so it will ship Monday AM.

    HELP!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  4. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    As far as I can tell, if they do the $199 touch like usual, it is not much of a deal compared to the macconnection.com deal.

    In the search, it says that if DOA, I have to go through Apple, but according to them, if it is DOA, or a defect within 14 days, you go through them for an exchange.
     
  5. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, I did it. I'm excited, should get it next week!!!
     
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Just a warning the sales people will tell you anything to make a sale.
    They have a quota to make and don't want to scare you off. If you do get a DOA they'll deny they said they'd replace it and refer you to the DOA policy on the website. Learned the hard way. Not from MacConnection but they are all the same. The only company other than Apple I'd order from is Amazon.
     
  7. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, first, it was a "chat help" person not a salesperson, second, there is an option to save the chat conversation and have it emailed to you, which I did. So I have something in writing. And it is still backed up by Apple, so I'm covered. No handy Apple store for me, so whether I bought from Apple or macconnection, I still would have to send to Apple for anything after the initial purchase.

    And I checked, their policy is 15 days for DOA.
     
  8. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Ok, I don't get how "they are all the same" because companies are not. Making that kind of generalization is unnecessary. First of all- Most MacConnection orders are online so no salespeople to deal with. Second of all, Mac Connection (while not perfect) is pretty good to deal with.

    I actually know several salespeople who work for them- the company was started by a woman from my town- she is the current CEO. Again, they are not perfect, but very legit and I suggest going to the website anyway.
     
  9. seventy9ers macrumors newbie

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    I want to wait for the free ipod touch back2school promo to buy the mbp 15" i7, but if macconnection offers no sales tax, it may be worth it for me. Which state are you in? MacConnection shows sales tax for NY resident, which is the deal breaker for me as I'm better off waiting for free ipod touch promo.
     
  10. atruong macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the same deal because no CA tax. :] hooray for our new MBPs!

    I did a cost comparison of waiting for the ipod touch and you actually save around 10-20 bucks if you wait for the ipod. To me, that is not worth it since you have to go through the hassle of selling and the torture of waiting. Great deal!

    Thanks for letting me know about the DOA policy.
     
  11. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    Have been completely happy with Mac Connection. All the gear in my sig came through them. Great service and saved a bundle of money.

    I would recommend them. :)
     
  12. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm in Tennessee. We have no state income tax here, so as a result, our sales tax is pretty high (9.5%). So my options would be a site like macconnections, go through Apple (sales tax but $100 academic discount), drive 90 minutes to the nearest Apple store (in TN, so still sales tax but still $100 off), or drive to a neighboring state and get the computer at Best Buy (lower tax but no academic discount, and a minimum of 45 minute drive).

    Yea, me too. Another iPod touch would be nice, but when I add everything up, I am only getting the iPod for about $10 off, in part due to the high tax rate here. Certainly not worth the additional 6 week wait, and I do not want another iPod enough to pay close to full price. I'd rather put the $$ I saved towards an iPad (a toy for the whole family). I suppose I could wait for the tax free weekend in August, but that is just too long. And you're welcome.

    Also, I was impressed at how fast macconnections shipped. I ordered yesterday at about 330pm. I had a UPS tracking number within a couple hours. As of this morning, the computer is only about 4 1/2 hours from me in Lexington KY (shipped from Ohio). So I can't see it getting to my house any later than Tuesday. I assumed it would not even ship until Monday morning when I placed the order, so kudos for getting it on the way so fast.

    I'll update again when I get the computer and when I get the rebates, but so far, I am happy.
     
  13. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Hey look I'm just relaying my personal experience with buying computers online and ending up with a DOA machine or one with a small flaw like a couple dead pixels. The majority of online/catalog stores will send you to Apple. Apple will repaire but not replace a DOA machine not bought from them. Since a small number of dead pixels are deemed acceptable by industry standards Apple will not help on that issue unless you bought from them and
    within the return period.

    Please don't bite the messenger here. I just trying to help since help was asked for.
     
  15. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was not trying to be snippy, I certainly did not mean for it to sound that way. Just posting the results of what I had found out and how. I appreciate any info given.
     
  16. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    I just didn't like the fact that you were saying all salespeople are in a sense bad and just out to tell you anything just to get a sale. I have come across some excellent salespeople (and some horrible ones). I try not to generalize, but instead I ask questions of a salesperson I know the answer to and that helps me judge their knowledge and honesty.

    I do like your DOA information though- something to keep in mind. I didn't mean to sound like I was ripping your head off.
     
  17. tikidoc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just a quick up date. I got my MBP on Tuesday (ordered Friday afternoon). UPS managed to mishandle the box enough that there was a big dent in the outer box, a medium dent/hole in the inner box that surrounded the briefcase-like Apple box, and a small (about 1") dent/hole in the Apple box. I was concerned but all was well with the computer, despite UPS's efforts to kill it. It was well packed and the computer arrived intact. So far, everything is great with the computer and I am happy with my purchase.

    So, given the very fast shipping, I would not hesitate to order from macconnection.com again. An easy transaction. I will post again when I get all the rebates.
     
  18. hotwire macrumors newbie

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    Please do let us know when you get those rebates.
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Congrats on the computer.

    That handling sounds typical of UPS; my boxes always arrive like that.
     
  20. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    MacConnection currently has the low end MacBook Pro 13" on order.

    The rebate is valid between 4/15/2010 and 4/30/2010. I chatted with a Rep the other day and they told be they were expecting stock between 4/23 and 4/30. She also said if I ordered one the order would be filled after the back orders were filled.

    So, what happens if they don't get their stock until after 4/30 or if they deplete their stock filling the back orders? Will I still get one for the $1049 after rebate price or will I loose out on the rebate and end up paying $1149 and waiting however long? Anyone have experience with this kind of thing with MacConnection?

    From tikidoc's description of his MBP it appears that MacConnection ships MacBook Pros in an outer shipping carton with the Apple box(es) inside, can anyone else confirm that's SOP for them?
     

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