Pathetic refresh caused me to luck out!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by docprego, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. docprego macrumors 65816

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    I was really disappointed with the refresh yesterday. Today I decided to see what if any discounts were being offered on the previous models. I found the i7 2.3ghz server model on a local stores web site for $499, I immediately bought it. 5 minutes later I got an email apogizing that it wasn't wasn't available, not really surprised. But I decided to call and ask. By some miracle they had one brand new unit in stock and held it all day for me. When I got to the store they told me it was a price mistake, it should have been $899. They honored the price of $499!

    Thank you Apple for making me seek the previous generation models this morning. Without your embarrassing "update" I would never have stumbled onto this treasure.
     
  2. BiteDisAppleD macrumors newbie

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    So you got the server for 499? Wow my frys said it was 899 wouldn't even budge
     
  3. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes! They told me it was $899 but since I placed my order online at $499 they honored it. I must have ordered in a tiny window before they realized. Kudos to them for honoring it with no questions asked.
     
  4. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    $499? I'll take two!
     
  5. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That was my thought too, so I tried. The website returned an error, "one per household". Turned out there was only one available anyway.
     
  6. loud0g40oz macrumors member

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    Nice. I saw the same thing and ordered one early this morning. Picked up around 430pm, and no one said a word. I was expecting them to come back and say it was a mistake and cancelled.
     
  7. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was most definitely a mistake. If you check their site now it's at $899. We got REALLY lucky.
     
  8. loud0g40oz macrumors member

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    The site was actually at 899 before I left work to pick mine. up. I was 90% sure it would be cancelled. I'm pretty happy I don't have to buy a refurb or used one on Craigslist.

    When I get back in town on Sunday I'll be putting my ssd and 16gb ram upgrade in. Then I'm good to go for a while. Congrats to us both on the good luck.
     
  9. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm going the same route. Is it just as simple as removing one of the drives, hooking up the SSD and using Internet recovery to install Yosemite?

    Does it matter which drive is removed?

    I was also wondering about keeping the 2 HD's in the machine and configuring them as RAID0. Any thoughts on that?
     
  10. xbpr macrumors member

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    I lucked out and got one too. Ordered this morning and picked it up after work.
     
  11. loud0g40oz macrumors member

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    On my mbp I made a Mavericks usb boot drive and did a clean install first when I did the ssd. Not sure yet on the drives. My mini is sitting on my desk still sealed until I get back on Sunday.

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    Nice. Congrats!
     
  12. kazmac macrumors 601

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    That's awesome. Enjoy your Mini. :)
     
  13. trimiton macrumors newbie

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    I don't get it. Why did it happen to be a mistake? Did they bulk-updated all the macs to be 499$ base? Or? Weren't they more before?

    Also, how comes 3 persons each got lucked out? :D
     
  14. loud0g40oz macrumors member

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    No, only the one model was changed. I thought it was weird, but with things like that I've learned to buy now, worry about it later. You can always return it if it's not what you thought. This time it worked out in our favor.
     
  15. docprego, Oct 18, 2014
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    docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was a price mistake published on a rather large electronic retailer's web site. It must have been live for a few hours before they realized. In my case they honored the price because I ordered it online at the $499 price. Mostly my lucking out was calling and getting an employee that found one in stock for me even after I received an email apologizing that it wasn't in stock. Looking back now I think that the email was sent because they realized there was a huge price mistake, not because it wasn't in stock. In the end they honored the price I bought it for and held the last one for me all day. I still can't believe it all worked out.

    Congrats to the others that got in on this stellar deal!
     

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