Should I buy direct from Apple?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AusAar, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. AusAar macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2006
    Finally the announcement of the new imac's seems to be here.
    I am undecided about where to buy the imac. Are there any advantages/disadvantages when buying from Apple. I am considering BestBuy or a local re-seller. The advantage to bestbuy is I can put it on my card and make equal payments. If I buy direct from apple it is a payout all at once on my visa or debit card. With visa I get double the warranty. Apple seems to be very picky with regards to returns or service trouble. i.e. if you purchase a customized mac(videoram upgrade) you cannot return it. So I am excited about getting my first Apple but not sure where and how to get it. Any suggestions?
  2. GCY macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2006
    If u have student discount, I would get in from apple but then again its practically no saving factoring in the tax. Something expensive like the imac could save u a good deal with the student discount.
    A good place to get it is from amazon, usually free shipping and no tax. sometimes even with MIR.
    Another place is macmall.
  3. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Best Buy won't have the lastest revision for a while if ever.

    They may get a special shipment of Yonah based machines at a good price,
    but you're better off ordering direct from Apple if you want the newest revision.
  4. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Go with the cheapest. i was originally thinking about my MB from Apple but PCWorld business was a lot cheaper (£803 for a blackbook).
  5. iconboy macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2006
    can u get applecare on a mac not bought straight from apple?
  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Yes, it is still an Apple product so you can register it and purchase Applecare anytime in the first year.
  7. Apple2Mac macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2006
    Use your visa card and buy from apple online, the extra year warrenty is priceless if your not going to buy apple care..... you can always get apple care later from a diffrent retailer if you wanted too...
  8. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    Don't forget educational discount! (if applicable)
  9. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Though some resellsers offer a warranty/insurance program that's much cheaper than AppleCare (in Vienna, Austria, there are at least two shops who offer something comparable for the third of the price).
  10. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    Normally I wouldn't buy directly from Apple, but I really wanted a bigger HD and the free iPod deal was so tempting... :D
  11. thechris69 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2005
    I would go to you local apple resaler and test the machine first, then sneak out of the store and order it from amazon to avoid tax:D

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