May return my mac mini for an imac 17 inch

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by darbsrewop, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. darbsrewop macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    I have had my mac mini 2 days, and I was considering bringing it back to the apple store and exchange it for a 17 inch imac. Do you think I can do this? Should I do this?
  2. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Why do you want to? Are you prepared to pay the 15% restocking fee? What does the iMac offer you that the mini does not?
  3. darbsrewop thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    Would I have to pay 15% stocking? I dunno, wanted to better graphics card, bummed the way they put two 256 chips and integrated graphics...
  4. lopresmb macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    only a 10 % restock fee and - 17" LCD, bigger faster HD, Dedicated ATI X1600 Video, faster processor, easier RAM upgrades...
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Have you opened the box? If you have not, then you have a fixed period of time (10 days?) to return it without charge.

    If you have opened the box, then they will charge I think a 10% restocking fee.

    Check the terms and conditions on the Apple store website or on your invoice.

    (the buyer not checking the specs ahead of making a purchase isn't Apple's problem...)
  6. lopresmb macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    if the computer is unopened and / not turned on within 14 day return policy, no restock fee.
  7. darbsrewop thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    yeah I got it two days ago and opened the box
  8. darbsrewop thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    I probably should keep the mac mini then :) I like it so far
  9. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    I know from personal experience that the Apple retail store policy can be a bit negotiable. A friend bought a PowerBook (plus accessories and other extras) back in January just days before the MacBook Pro was introduced and she managed to exchange hers almost a full month later, plus she only had to pay a 5% restocking fee. Of course, she spent well in excess of $3,000 at the store and that probably had something to do with their flexibility. But in other words, it doesn't hurt to at least ask...
  10. lopresmb macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Dude, if it does what you need it to do and you like it, keep the durn thing. Taking it back simply is a hassle and costs you money (unless you really are dead set on the iMac). Keep it for a while, then crack that sucker open in a year and replace the 512 with a couple gigs of RAM and you'll be happy all over again.
  11. Whistleway macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2005
    Maybe they would be lenient on the restocking fee, if you tell them that you want to spend more money by buying the imac on that store. They should be able to work it out. ;)
  12. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Well the iMac is a far superior machine, but you may be at the mercy of the
    store manager on the restocking fee.

    In this case $70.00 or so wouldn't stop me from making the upgrade.

    That's chump change when you consider how long you'll be using your system.

    You'll save the difference buying 3rd Party RAM for your iMac anyway.

    I would add 2 GB of RAM to get the most out of your system.

    You might also consider saving a bit if you are entitled to any education, government or corporate dicounts.

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