Should i buy online or in store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tomatoking, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Tomatoking macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    Want to buy the macbook this week.There's an apple store about a mile away from my house. Is there any advantage to buying online? Like being sure that you're not getting some dusty rev a macbook back in storage at an apple store?That's my biggest fear xD

    I want the latest manufactured one.
  2. DJAznSensation macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2008
    a mile away? thats a hop, jump, and a skip away... if an apple store was that close to me i'll probably be dead broke right now :D

    i dont see a downside to ordering in-store, but when u do it online you just have to wait longer cause of shipping gives some tips when shopping in-store... hope this helps:

    * Tip 1. Shop early. Shop late. The store tends to be busiest in the middle of the day. Shopping early in the morning or late in the evening helps you avoid the crowds.
    * Tip 2. Make an appointment. Test-drive new products and learn all about them with Personal Shopping.
    * Tip 3. Check out anywhere. When you use your credit card for purchases, any Specialist or Concierge can check you out on the spot.
    * Tip 4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have any questions, speak to a Concierge (in the orange shirt). The Concierge is your guide to the Apple Retail Store and will always point you in the right direction.

    :apple: DJ Asian Sensation
  3. The Killer Fuzz macrumors member

    The Killer Fuzz

    May 14, 2008
    the apple store is great, but the only problem is they only sell preconfigured models. i wanted a 250gb hdd in my base macbook pro, and so i had to order from online, but if that isnt an issue, go to the apple store theyre very helpful and you wont have to wait on shipping. hope that helps :D
  4. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    I envy you. My closest Apple store is....well I ran out of antidepressants so I probably shouldnt talk about it :O Nah, seriously at least 4 hours away.

    But I'm buying a Macbook this week. One of the Bestbuys where I live carries them now, another location is supposed to start carrying them around October. I think if you just look online at the newest model numbers, you can check in store.
  5. jaikob macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    Freeland, MI
    I suggest buying it online, because the apple store only carries pre-configured models, for example, I was going to buy a MBP 15' 2.6Ghz 250GB HD, but I found out it was only in Matte screen at the store, and I wanted glossy, thus I ordered online, and am now content :) You get more flexability online.
  6. Tomatoking thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    If i order it online and if for any reason there's any trouble with it, can i take it to any apple store and have it fixed/replaced?
  7. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
  8. Tomatoking thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    Crap. just realized that when i go off to college, in a month and a half, the nearest apple store will be 200 miles away( and i don't have a car). So if chipping were to happen could i send it in through the mail to get it fixed? if so how long would it take?
  9. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Your college might work on apples, mine does, it's worth calling your colleges computer department to ask. Otherwise yes you can get mac repairs done through the mail. There are still whole states without apple stores (Vermont and Maine to name a couple) and they're still poplar there.

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