New Mac Pro Shipped or Picked Up?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Chillviper, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Chillviper macrumors member

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    I am ready to purchase a new Mid 2010 Mac Pro and am debating how to purchase it - either via Apple.com or walking in to my local Apple Store. It seems like there is so much more potential for damage via the various shippers that Apple.com uses versus how the Apple Stores must received theirs palletized via semi's. Doesn't appear that Apple.com double boxes and the world is free to see a Mac Pro is being shipped. I just always wonder how much shock those heavy boxes take via FedEx etc. Thoughts?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Mine was CTO and shipped FedEx. Got to me just fine.
     
  3. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I bought a few macpros for my last job at the apple store. The boxes had ups stickers on them. I think the shipping is the same. Everything is air shipped from China.
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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    Bought mine shipped just fine.

    Keep in mind if you're going to be doing any custom configuring through Apple, shipped is the only way to go.
     
  5. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Why not refurb?

    I got a great deal on the 2010 2.8 quad.

    In regards to shipping, I think its all the same. Plus the Mac Pros are boxed pretty securely.

    -Kevin
     
  6. r00ky macrumors member

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    Agreed. They are very well secured inside their shipping box.
     
  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Out of hundreds or perhaps thousands of packages I've got from UPS/FedEx/USPS, only one has been damaged. It was a 20" CRT where the glass cracked. The box itself had massive damage and you could hear glass shards moving around inside. I can't believe the UPS guy tried to get me to sign for it as if there was nothing wrong.

    My track record for palletized shipping is much worse. 2 out of 3 freight shipments were essentially FAIL for me.

    I had a 50" plasma TV shipped freight. Keep in mind these have a thin, heavy, glass screen. It was on a pallet with signs pointing up and warning to secure it to the truck wall. When the driver opened the back, it was flat on its face and clearly had been sliding around loose in the back of the truck.

    I also had a motorcycle shipped on a pallet. Although the motorcycle was secured to the floor, many other packages were loose and had collided with the motorcycle.

    You're going to have a return period and a warranty so I wouldn't worry about it. But if you are really that worried about it, just go buy it in a store.
     
  8. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    This is a key point. My local apple store did not sell the model I wanted (3.2 quad). So ordering online the was the only option. Your local store may be different . . . Other than that the only difference is wait and convenience - you have to wait to have one shipped, but, sometimes it is more convenient to have one shipped to your door. Do whatever makes you happy.
     
  9. Chillviper thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. All good points, indeed. I just got a bit worried looking at some of the unboxing photos and videos where the boxes looked pretty dirty and the corners dented.

    I saw the deal on that refurb 2.8. My iMac and MBP are refurbs, so I totally believe in going that path. They are probably better than new as they have had everything tested more than once.
     
  10. Fesco macrumors newbie

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    I would pick it up at the Apple store; make a day of it.

    I hate waiting for deliveries - I think its something to do with dishing out all that money and having nothing to show for it (except for a tracking number) during those couple of days...
     
  11. netnothing, Jan 10, 2011
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    If you go refurb, maybe you'll get something extra. :D

    -Kevin
     
  12. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I got nothing special with my refurb. And boy am I tired of reading about your 5870! ;)
     
  13. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Noted.

    -Kevin
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    When I originally purchased my Mac Pro, it was shipped to me in it's original box. It arrived safely and to this day still works like a champ.
     
  15. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    These things aren't magically spawned in store, so they're getting shipped around either way.
     
  16. goMac macrumors 603

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    Are you sure? Have you ever seen the back of an Apple store? Are you sure there aren't spawning pools back there? :p
     
  17. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    They usually reserve them for high volume items like iPods and iPhones.
     
  18. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    It wasn't damaged but the box looked like it survived a war. It would be nice if Apple had it in another plain box. If you have a choice I would pick it up at the Apple Store. All that being said, definitely get your MP with the config you want or need. Consider it a bonus that you're able to pick it up at the Apple Store.
     
  19. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    All the Apple stores around me are in malls. I bought a 24" ACD there and thought I was going to get mugged trying to get it out the mall and to my car. I can't imagine trying to lug a boxed Mac Pro out.
     
  20. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    Haha, that's a good point. Although, I doubt the boxes in the store are as dirty as the one that shipped to my house. I had no problems with shipping, though. I'm fine with a dirty box and everything was in perfect shape.
     
  21. Chillviper thread starter macrumors member

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    Little did I know how amusing this thread would turn out to be :D

    I'm upgrading from a 2.6 MBP and a 2.16 iMac, so I think the Quad 2.8 with the stock vc should be more than enough. I can always upgrade to the 5870 if needed.

    I guess it depends on the product, but Id be shocked if they didn't receive at least some of their stock palletized like from Gator, R&L etc. Although, even the most cared for product can be a problem child, even if it didn't bounce out of a UPS truck onto the street :eek:

    The corporate discount also helps offset not getting a refurb, close but refurb is a slightly better deal.
     
  22. c:v macrumors regular

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    I bought my Mac Pro in the new Covent Garden Apple Store in London, thinking that I could probably make it on a bus. When I realised how huge the thing is inside its box, I let them call me a cab and they wheeled the thing out for me with two members of staff for about 200m to the taxi. That was service.

    Awesome was when I went into the store where I was greeted by 4 sales staff: I told one of them that I would like to buy a Quad 2.8 MP and they went "so which Macbook Pro do you want?"... It was almost as they didn't believe that I was to pick a Mac Pro :D
     
  23. Squadleader macrumors regular

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    Go pick it up !!!!
     
  24. Whaditis macrumors regular

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    Pretty well the same reaction happened to me when I went to pick up my Mac Pro at the retail store. It was funny looking at staff in amazement and the rest of the customers. I also say pick it up at the store, my box was clean as a whistle so I can tell it wasnt dragged or thrown around.
     

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