replacing battery: buy from Apple online or in-store?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by waiting, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. waiting macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    Not sure if this matters, but I thought I would ask:

    If buying a replacement battery for my Fall 2007 MBP, are there any (dis-)advantages to buying one from a brick-and-mortar Apple store versus the online store?

    I ask because some caution about buying older (but still unused) batteries, but I don't know which is likely to carry newer inventory.
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I wouldn't trust or recommend a battery that didn't come from Apple, but it makes no difference if you buy from an Apple store or Apple's website.
  4. intwo macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Last year I went to the Apple Store to replace the battery on my 2006 MacBook Pro. They were sold out of the battery, so they gave me a free one from the Genius Bar. If there is an Apple Store nearby, it's worth a try. =]
  5. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    If you're in a hurry: Apple Store
    If not, or one is too far away (like me, 90 minutes): Online
  6. Darien Red Sox macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    CT, USA
    Genius Bar

    Genius Bar, they may be able to give you a "service part" battery for a cheaper price.
  7. waiting thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    just bought in-person

    Thanks, everyone, for your replies.

    Since people here agree that there is no disadvantage to buying in-person from an Apple store (if one is nearby), I chose that option and have a new battery as of this writing. Thank you all for your help.

    Just FYI, since some readers want to know about Apple store experiences:
    The sales associate offered me no discount of any kind, but I did mention the student price (for which I am eligible) listed in the online store. He verified the price, asked to see my student ID, took down my ID number, and then gave me the discount.

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