Macmall sale vs education discount

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JPizzzle, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. JPizzzle macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,
    So it looks like macmall is having a big sale. I'm interested in their 2.7/16/768 15" retina, however, I also get an education discount from apple plus picking up in a tax free state. Apple ends up costing $100 extra. Any reason to pay the premium to buy from apple instead of macmall? It also looks like the 2.8 ghz option isn't part of their deal. I do also get 18 months no interest financing through apple.

    Thanks

    JP
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No reason, if you can get a better deal from macmall, then go for it.

    I saved a few hundred a couple of years ago when my local Microcenter offered the MBP on sale.
     
  3. JPizzzle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just read about some issues they give with restocking fees. I would want to exchange in case I don't get a Samsung LCD.
     
  4. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

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    That wont matter. Your buying it from Macmall but it is covered under Apple Warranty so if ghosting or anything does appear you can take it to Apple and they will replace it.

    Unless ofcourse you want a Samsung display from the get go
     
  5. JPizzzle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's a good point. The only issue I can see is that apple would be that apple would likely repair the computer instead of replace it with a new one. Also it's not clear on macmalls website whether the 2.7ghz chip is the 6mb or the previous 8mb cache version..

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    I also spoke to macmall, and it looks like their 2.7ghz is the pre-february revision version, which has the 8mb of cache. Other than the performance bumb, has their been any other changes in the february revisions of the retina macbook pros?
     
  6. ColdCase, Mar 28, 2013
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    Education store Apple care is about $100 cheaper than MacMall. If you want apple care it turns out to be closer to a wash. I don't think any reseller stocks the 2.8 with 8MB cache, you would have to get that as a BTO option.

    the $3100 Z0ML-15-2.7-16-768RT is the 2012 model with 8MB cache

    the $2850 Z0ML4LL/A is the 2013 model with 6MB cache.

    The 2013 2.8 with 8MB cache is part number Z0PZ0015D

    MacMall doesn't seem to participate in the 5% credit card cash back bonus that Apple does, saves another $100 or so.

    The Apple financing is through the Barklay credit card and if you are not already set up it will take awhile longer for the approval.
     
  7. JPizzzle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey,
    Macmall told me the $2850 model is the 2012 model w/the 8mb cache, unless the rep was mistaken. If so, it's still $100 less than the education discount. Macmall does have the 2.8, but it's much higher priced, and more than apples with the education discount. I have approval for the barclay card 3 days ago, so it's the 18 month financing option, which is nice (even though I can pay it now). Macmall's financing is only 6 months. Anyway, I'm thinking of going with apple, especially since my MacBooks in the past have had issues where I needed to have them replaced within the 14 day policy. I'd rather have a computer swapped out for a new one, if i'm within my 14 day return, rather than having it sent for repair and all that headache .

    Also, when you say the 5% cash back, is that a separate option than the barclay card? I didn't see that promotion with the 18 months financing, but maybe it's a separate thing. It would be great if I can get 18 months plus 5%! :)
     
  8. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    What the MacMall rep is saying is not consistent with their web page... dunno which is accurate.

    What I meant by not stocking the 2013 2.8 is that many resellers offer it but rarely at a sale price, always the higher BTO price.

    Its your choice, but I just wanted to mention you have a choice of 18 month financing or 5% discount.
     
  9. KBS756 macrumors 6502a

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    After askin 3 Reps who told me the Z0ML4LL/A was a 2013 model I ordered it, got it today and it is in fact a 2012 Model ... pretty upset with them right now not sure if I should demand a refund and return or keep it though ... LG Display havent checked for IR yet
     
  10. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    There is really no difference, you will still get the same treatment from apple, and also macmall has an excellent reputation so if anything goes wrong return it or fix it by apple
     

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