Poll: How are you able to afford the MBP?

How are you able to afford the MBP?

  • My parents bought it for me.

    Votes: 20 9.5%
  • I'm rich!

    Votes: 27 12.9%
  • I'm not rich, but it was worth a large amount of my budget to buy.

    Votes: 87 41.4%
  • I bought it for work/business.

    Votes: 27 12.9%
  • I bought used/last generation model for cheap.

    Votes: 8 3.8%
  • I haven't bought it; just hanging out in the forum.

    Votes: 20 9.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 21 10.0%

  • Total voters
    210

BluAffiliate

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 16, 2010
251
23
The MBP is a pretty expensive set of equipment, and until last year when my business became profitable I would have thought I'd never be able to afford one. However, I am seeing the MBP more and more often these days, which is strange because a laptop that costs $1000-3000 on average would be seen as something rare. The Apple brand and reliability makes the laptop a big hit, but how were you able to come upon yours:

Poll:
- Parents bought it for you?
- I'm rich!
- I'm not rich, but it was worth a large amount of my budget to buy.
- Bought it for work/business.
- Bought used/last generation model for cheap.
- Haven't bought it, just hanging out in the forum.
 

HLdan

macrumors 603
Aug 22, 2007
6,393
0
You should fix your thread, in the settings you can create a real poll. Right now, there's no options for anyone to choose. That being said, it doesn't require a refinance on a house to be able to afford a MacBook Pro. The starting price is $1199 for the 13", I can easily afford it, I do work. BTW, I'm certainly no kid, I don't need my mommie and daddy buying me anything. :p
 

espressoroast

macrumors member
Feb 3, 2008
86
0
Amsterdam
I'm not rich, but it was worth a large amount of my budget to buy. +1 for me.

Also, I have been waiting for the Arrandales for so long, when they come eventually, it will be easy to finance an update (Been waiting for a proper architectural refresh for a year now).
 

kfed83

macrumors newbie
Feb 23, 2010
1
0
Am saving for a new MacBook pro at the moment, so far I've got £500 Xmas/birthday money and £500 ish from playing poker online. If the update takes a few more weeks I may win enough for a 15"!
 

Eidorian

macrumors Penryn
Mar 23, 2005
29,081
287
Indianapolis
Education discount at the time and I wasn't going to fall into the iMac trap. I don't see a reason to replace my MacBook. Things haven't changed enough.
 

TheStigger

macrumors newbie
Jan 28, 2010
19
0
I run a small web design business so down as a business cost.

Being on a computer all day allows to spend a lot on the main tool.
 

splitpea

macrumors 6502a
Oct 21, 2009
985
225
Among the starlings
- I'm not rich, but it was worth a large amount of my budget to buy.
- Bought it for work/business.
- Haven't bought it, just hanging out in the forum.
Buying soonish for my business (freelance web developer); OS X kicks Windows' ass for what I do, and they don't make Adobe Creative Suite for Linux. And just because it's for business doesn't mean it's not a hefty chunk of my budget.
 

bigjnyc

macrumors 603
Apr 10, 2008
6,271
3,338
I'm not rich but it didn't take up a big part of my budget either.... I don't think you have to be rich, just make a decent living and not be bogged down with debt. I bought mine using Bill Me Later no interest or payments for 6 months. I easily paid it off in 3 months and paid no interest. Just set aside a few hundred bucks from each paycheck which didnt affect me much and thats it.
 
F

FLHX

Guest
Federal gubmint discount and Barclays Card 12 months same as cash!!!

$100/month fits right in my budget. :)
 

PacMookBro

macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2007
224
0
My 5th and the latest MBP I'm typing on. Of course everyone can afford one nowadays. Bulky notebooks used to cost a lot more a couple decades ago. ;)
 

etiger13

macrumors member
May 13, 2009
30
0
Got it for work - and they paid for it! :)
+1, otherwise I wouldn't be able to justify the cost. $50 for Snow Leopard for my Dell is a much better deal, especially since the dell was bartered for $800 worth of web development work and was worth at least $1200.