No Sales Tax? Got some MBP questions...

Chad H

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Original poster
Feb 13, 2008
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Auburn, AL
Hey guys,
I am ditching my iMac for a more portable MacBook Pro 15". I'm looking at the i7 model. Currently until Sunday in Alabama their is no sales tax on most electronics and "back to school" products. My question is I don't have an Apple Store near me just a Best Buy. They have the 15" i7 model in stock but I don't know if it's the high resolution display model. My two questions are, is the high res display worth it? Also, do you think they would have that in stock or is a BTO item only?

-Chad
 

modular

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Apr 10, 2009
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go for the high res display - worth every penny!!

I picked my 15" i7 at the apple store. The apple store only stocked the high res model in one configuration only:

i7
512mb video
high res anti-glare

lucky for me I was looking to get that exact model (high res with glossy screen was only BTO at the time, this was early May, i dont know if this has changed). I would think best buy would stock the same models as the apple store does, so the high res display will only come in anti-glare (which is a great combo, for me anyway).
 

Aboo

macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2008
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Hey guys,
I am ditching my iMac for a more portable MacBook Pro 15". I'm looking at the i7 model. Currently until Sunday in Alabama their is no sales tax on most electronics and "back to school" products. My question is I don't have an Apple Store near me just a Best Buy. They have the 15" i7 model in stock but I don't know if it's the high resolution display model. My two questions are, is the high res display worth it? Also, do you think they would have that in stock or is a BTO item only?

-Chad
2nd or 3rd? vote for the high res. Great screen. If you don't have an Apple store near you, you may be able to call up Apple Telephone Sales and explain the situation, they may be able to honor the tax-free price for you.

That being said, I just did a quick research on the Alabama sales tax exemption policy and it looks like its limited to systems which are 750 USD or less:

"Alabama Sales Tax Holiday August 6, 2010 to August 8, 2010

To qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption the purchase must be made during the sales tax holiday period by an individual for personal use. The total sales price of all exempt items cannot exceed $750.00 and local tax may apply. The tax exemption applies to:

Purchases of computers. Computer accessories such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers when sold with a CPU and the total sales price does not exceed $750.00 are also tax exempt.
Non-recreational computer software.
School Computer Supplies are limited to Computer storage media such as disks, handheld electronic scheduler (except devices that are cellular phones), Personal digital assistants (except devices that are cellular phones), computer printers and printer supplies for computers such as printer paper and printer ink."

Here's more info:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/tax/holiday

You can choose the state to view all the specific details.
 

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