MBP from Retail or Online Store - Advantage to either?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cryptography, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Cryptography macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2006
    About to purchase a MBP. Just wanted to know from people with experience if there is an advantage to buying it at the Retail store vs the online store. I don't plan to get a CTO. Thanks for any feedback.
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I would suppose that it is easier to return it to the brick and mortar store if needed.
  3. ucscc10 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2006
    i would say retail. if you do that, you can take the computer outside and check it 5 minutes after buying for dead pixels or any other easily spotted problems.
  4. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    Retail, most likely.

    As an aside, does anyone know if the retail stores honor the education discounts or is that an Online Store only?
  5. Cryptography thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2006
    Thanks for the input so far. To answer your question though....yes, you can use the education discount at Retail for hardware. You must use the online store for software though. Hope that helps.
  6. iShane macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2006
    New York -> SF
    I don't know if theres a better way, but I always prefer to buy it retail. I think that its more fun. :)
  7. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    I like to buy from Brick and mortars, too. Where do you normally shop? Who has the best sales staff to help you? Reward them with your sale. Just make sure it's anywhere except the Apple Stores. Apple Stores customer service (as documented on this site and elsewhere) is so abysmal it's hard to believe it's the same company that makes Macs.
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Only at the Applestore or college stores. Regular retail like CompUSA do not give educational discounts.

    I'd say buy from CompUSA. Many of their stores have a representative from Apple to answer questions and typically there are one or two Apple fanatics working their.
  9. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Another vote here for buying at the retail store.
  10. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    i've had great experience with apple store customer service. they let me exchange something that was opened when the reciept said they wouldnt, no problem.
  11. Cryptography thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2006
    I do like the idea of being able to carry it back to a store if it has any problems. If you buy it online from Apple, can you return it at any Apple retail store or do you have to send it back? If I have to send it back, that would be a deal breaker with me buying online for sure. Thanks again.
  12. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Perhaps they'd be more inclined to take it back or help you out if you bought it at the store. It really depends on the situation/problem. 9/10 a broken Mac needs to be sent off somewhere, even if you take it to the store. It's just at the store, you stand more chance of getting a replacement there and then (if you bought it there of course) and, you're dealing face to face with a person, not someone on the phone.

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