Thinking about buying a macbook pro for my girlfriend for xmas...

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  1. rigid macrumors regular

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    Okay so I have a few questions, right now she is using a pretty old normal 13 inch macbook from most likely 3-4 years ago.

    I used to own an imac and I really liked it, however I sold it when I built my current PC I'm on right now, I have no aversion towards either setup I like both.

    I really do not want to spend more than $1200, and I was wondering whether a brand new baseline macbook pro would be a better choice then maybe say checking the refurbished page for the next two weeks. I want to buy it before october 18th because I have a deal with my credit card where any purchase made at the apple store has no interest for a year.

    Also, I can't really think of any mac software she uses other than the os x version of office she has, she used to be an art major but she is now a history major, would I be better off just buying a PC laptop? Thanks for your advice everyone.

    Also whats the best situation regarding applecare? I remember reading you can buy it off ebay for cheaper but this was like two years ago.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The current model 13" MacBook Pro is just over $1k in the refurb store.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD101LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-25ghz-dual-core-intel-i5

    If you live near a Frys(maybe you can order online as well, I've never tried) they have this same model, albeit new, for $999 on sale occasionally.

    Does she NEED an optical drive? A MacBook Air would be a good option as well.

    Either way you go, you'd get a computer that is much faster than her old MacBook.
     
  3. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont want to get her a macbook air because she does do stuff like play minecraft on it and such, so I feel she needs some decent power to run some of the things she does.

    Yeah its within my price range...but im assuming i still need to drop the $250 on the applecare correct?
     
  4. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    Hold out for a month and see if the 13" Macbook Pro Retina is released. I'm loving my 15" Retina but if she prefers a 13" I'd wait to find out the prices of those first.
     
  5. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont know what that is lol.

    edit: okay, better screen. sure i can wait a couple weeks but thats the most.
     
  6. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a better screen thinner lighter and is being marketed as " The Next Generation of the Macbook Pro" SSD comes standard.
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I really doubt you'll be able to get one for under $1200.

    As for Applecare, you can buy it any time during the 1 year warranty the computer comes with.
     
  8. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah good point. So you think i should just grab the one right now thats $1000 and not browse the refurbished page for a couple weeks, because its not going to get any better than what I'm seeing now?
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The prices most likely won't change.

    Here is a link to the http://www.frys.com/product/7091541]same laptop from Frys. It doesn't look like they offer free shipping though, so Apple may be cheaper. If you have to pay sales tax, and Frys doesn't have a location in your state, that may make a difference too.

    Both new and refurb units are going to have the same warranty through Apple.
     
  10. IGregory, Sep 28, 2012
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    @ Rigid

    You probably know your girlfriend well enough to know what you can and cannot do. But, in some circles, giving a refurb is akin to re-gifting. Just saying. :)
     
  11. yth macrumors member

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    don't listen to this guy, he's a prick. anyway, you shouldn't buy your girlfriend a $1200 xmas present on credit. what are you thinking? bad idea man
     
  12. fleawannabe macrumors regular

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    Very true.
     
  13. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure how else I'm supposed to buy it, my debit card has a $500 limit per day =\.

    Also pretty stunned at the re-gifting comment.
     
  14. yth macrumors member

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    wait, that must be a $500 withdrawal limit? if it's a spending limit, how would you buy, for example, airplane tickets?
     
  15. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    With a credit card.
     
  16. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    if you are gonna buy this machine for her you better make sure she satisfies you til no end and for the $1,000.00 maybe even expand her limits. It's a hefty price tag for a girl so make sure you get all the benefits.
     
  17. nokian93 macrumors newbie

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    honestly this is a stupid idea...i know because i made the same mistake. my girl has a 13 mbp and uses it only for school and web browsing.....which she could easily do on a 3 or 4 hundred dollar machine!!!!!! Especially if shes your girlfriend, dont do it!!!! Just dont do it!!!! AND ESPECIALLY IF YOUR GONNA PUT IT ON A CREDIT CARD!!!!!!
     
  18. rigid, Sep 29, 2012
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    rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why is everyone so averse to me putting it on a credit card?!
     
  19. ohanian macrumors newbie

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    There is nothing wrong with credit card as long as it is not YOUR CREDIT CARD.
     
  20. rigid thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright I'm done here.
     
  21. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Are you near an apple store?

    Withdraw the cash from your account and buy one in person.
     
  22. sharkman macrumors newbie

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    I don't think there is anything wrong with using a credit card to buy this laptop. Personally I use my CC on everything and then I pay the full balance every month. Miles+credit history...
     
  23. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Nothing wrong with using a credit card as long as you have the funds to pay it off when the bill comes. If the OP plays to pay interest then don't do it.
     

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