Pre-order from Amazon

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mambogeek, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. mambogeek macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I just did a pre-order from Amazon. Has anyone else done the same?

    Just wondering if there is any confirmed or unconfirmed rumor on the ETA from Amazon yet. Just trying to save almost $80 bucks on tax for me.

    If it's going to take too long, I would bite the bullet and just get it from Apple Store.
  2. TheBMill Guest

    Hah, we're in the same boat. I had pre-ordered an 11 inch with 256gb of ram in the Apple store at 10am yesterday. Never got an email confirmation and it seemed like it was taking too long...Then I discovered the Amazon pre-order price without tax and all on the 128gb and couldn't pass on that deal.

    But, yeah, long story short: I pre-ordered around 6pm PST yesterday and it still says I can cancel the order on Amazon, which usually means we're not close to shipping yet.
  3. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005

    Macmall pricing through appleinsider discount:
    11" 64GB:$940
    13" 128GB:$1216
    256GB: $1502

    It looks like macmall is the cheapest now if you follow the link above and click on the model/price you want. Shipping says 1-3 days
  4. TheBMill Guest

    Does Macmall charge tax though? In CA that's close to a $100 difference. (Amazon doesn't charge tax)
  5. amjustice macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2007
    Naperville, IL
    How did you do the pre-order? Link?
  6. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    You're saving, but not really.

    $1199 MBA on Apple with EDU equals $1149 + 7% tax = $1229.43 + $100 Giftcard

    $1199 MBA on Amazon = $1195

    So technically you're getting $65 more through Apple.

    All this applies to EDU Discount eligible people.

    If you're not eligible for a discount go through Amazon.
  7. mambogeek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
  8. mambogeek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    NO ETA yet, I presume

    Guess most people are on the same waiting boat. *sigh* Was hoping for an ETA rumor somewhera about Amazon. :(
  9. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    You're saving, REALLY. So tired of people calling the $100 credit on the App Store a "savings" ... IF you use the app store and planned on spending $100 in the next year or so, yeah, call it a savings, but for most (see app store usage statistics), it's a smoke-and-mirrors offer that they'll only use because they get it, which means it's not a savings, it's just an add-on value.

    Bottom line, If someone lives in CA and wants a stock 11" upper model:

    APPLE (No Discount) - - $1199 + 105 CA Tax + $8 CA eWaste + $10 2-3 day delivery = $1322

    EDU - $1149 + $101 CA Tax + $8 CA eWaste fee + $10 2-3 day dleivery = $1268 ... then you get a bonus of $100 in software, but that's far from "money in pocket" for most that didn't plan to buy $100 in pocket.

    BUSINESS - $1127 + 96 CA Tax + $8 CA eWaste + $10 2-3 day delivery = $1243

    AMAZON - $1195 + $0 Tax + $0 CA eWaste + $0 2 day shipping = $1195

    Sure seems like Amazon is the cheapest to me. It's like someone saying that it's a better deal for you to buy a car from Toyota of Oakland because even though their car is cheaper, they'll throw in a "undercoat protector, a $100 value" for free. Well if you're like most, you weren't planning on buying it anyhow, so the value is minimal since even if you wanted it done, you could have it done elsewhere for 75% off the "value" they state.

    Most people are blinded by marketing... it's okay. When Apple was giving away free iPods it was a good deal because you were getting a tangible in-demand piece of hardware you could sell to recoup costs. With this, that's essentially squashed. This is a great deal, but ONLY if you planned on buying software and buying it from the inflated App Store prices anyhow.

    Be smart consumers, see through marketing BS people.
  10. amjustice macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2007
    Naperville, IL
    Amazon pre-order placed. Hopefully they will get them in sometime this week.
  11. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    Yes, MacMall charges tax in CA. MacConnection does not.

    Here's a list of authorized Apple retailers and their Air prices along with tax and shipping info.
  12. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    I don't like those compare charts because info tends to be biased. Apple rarely delivers laptops using ground. Same with Amazon. If you order from Amazon, they always use 2 day shipping for computers. Apple in my experience has been the same way for me, but I've never had them actually say it. Amazon will say it if you call em :)
  13. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    MacConnection would be cheaper in CA at $1149 and no tax, free ground shipping.
  14. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    I just don't consider MacConnection when I buy. I ordered from them once, and they took 2 weeks (a WEEK to process an IN-STOCK item), then a week for UPS to deliver, since it's archaic GROUND.

    Whenever you order something ground, look at the box. It usually arrives looking like it's been through a rock tumbler.

    What can brown do for me? Put it on a plane, or let fedEx take it, hehe
  15. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    For the slight price difference, I'd go with Amazon for peace of mind. Any problems Amazon fixes right away, their customer service is amazing.
  16. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    I agree 100%. Amazon will re-ship a replacement before getting back the old one, most won't.
  17. SpiffyChee macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2005
    cant select i7 for 11" macmall

    When I go to macmall and try to configure the 11.6" air with the 1.8 ghz i7 it shows up for a second then as the page finishes loading it only allows me to choose the i5. But with the 13" air I can select the i7 with no difficulty... Does anyone else know why this is happening? Is it permanent? How much does the upgrade cost?
  18. JonathanK81 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2006
    This is incorrect. I know this firsthand. Amazon will usually ship a replacement immediately, but due to the cost of the MacBook Air (or similarly priced computer) Amazon will NOT ship you a replacement, unless you pay for it as if you were buying a second MBA.

    So if you get a MBA with a problem, you either return it first, get the refund, then reorder a replacement. Or you create an entirely new second order, and then return the first after you receive the second. But Amazon will not re-ship a replacement before getting the old one back, unless you pay for both. You basically have to pay for two, if you want an "instant" replacement.
  19. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    Well I suppose for those of us with long-standing business with them, they do it, not sure. It's their computer department, so my guess is completely discretionary on their part. But then again, I spend $25k a year with them, and with my credit card on file there's no reason for them not to reship. If I don't send it back, they can charge. I've had several DOA from Amazon over the years. Never had any issues.
  20. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Ask nicely and they will ship you one first.:D
  21. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    Having worked at in customer service back in the day, I can tell you that had somebody asked me, I would likely have required a return prior sending out a replacement on such an item.

    I would, however, have given you an apology for any inconvenience and a $10 gift certificate for a future purchase . . . had you yelled at me enough.

  22. fristuff macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2011
    I'm looking to buy a base 13 inch and the NY tax kills it everywhere... any suggestions?

    I can get educational discount, but tax alone is +100 and... can the $100 app store thing be sold too?
  23. xkmxkmxlmx, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Really? Are you SO TIREDOMG?!

    Calm down man, your general attitude on this board is the tiring thing.

    Actually, a LOT of people will use it. You don't speak for the general public, and I am sure many people will use it. I know I have a few purchases lined up already myself.

    Also, in case it was not clear, you can use it on the MAC APP STORE, THE APP STORE (iOS), ITUNES STORE OR IBOOKSTORE. Surely people could find some use for it, I know I could in a single day.

    This is a BACK TO SCHOOL promo. For students. A lot of students need different types of software depending on the classes they are taking.


    Wow, overreact much? I mean, I know we are talking about the bottom line cheapest here, but again, the card does indeed have value to a lot of people. You are acting like the bonus that Apple graciously threw in is some kind of scam.

    Nope, the card is an actual tangible card that is not linked to your account. Do a quick search on ebay and see that the cards are selling for sometimes even $100, or at least in that general range.

    So, if you so chose not to use the app store card, you basically get a $100 rebate from Apple. Gonna factor that into your list?

    Yes, be smart I agree. But also, don't listen to random dudes on the internet that think big ol' bad Apple is out to get you; especially when it is a difference of $20-$100 we are talking about :rolleyes:
  24. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    Your response was so defensive. If you want the Back 2 School Promo, go for it. Apparently you take anyone disagreeing with you as confrontational.

    If you don't like reading what I have to say, click BLOCK, and you'll never have to read it.... but giving a quick glance at your post history, I see you've contributed very little information to this forum. Good luck to you.
  25. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011

    Are you serious? $100 credit does not equal cash.

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