Trading in 2018 I5 for an I7 model

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tedson, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. tedson macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    #1
    I bought a stock I5 model on Black Friday. I now see that I can get a veterans discount on a BTO I7 for 10% off normal price. I can get an I7/8GB/256GB for $1169 + tax instead of the $1099 for the I5/8GB/256GB + tax normal price. Do you think the upgrade in CPU is worth the hassle to returning it then ordering a new BTO model?
     
  2. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2005
    Location:
    Oregon
    #2
    Depends on your needs. For me it would be. I'll always go top end CPU as I will use it.
     
  3. SoCalReviews macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2012
    #3
    If it's not too much of a hassle to exchange it I would definitely do it for $70... then again I would have bought the i7 to begin with.
     
  4. tedson thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    #4
    Yeh, I probably should have but I just found out about the veterans discount today and the BTO I7 was $200 more and 10-14 days delivery and I wanted instant gratification on Black Friday.
     
  5. SoCalReviews macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2012
    #5
    You got a great deal on it so congrats on your new Mini purchase. If that time has passed you should be good with the new i5... I was just expressing my personal preference. :D
     
  6. tedson thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    #6
    I'm still in the extended return window until sometime in January. The biggest issue would be the wait between returning the I5 and getting the BTO I7. I would have to go back exclusively to using my 2011 Mac Mini during the exchange period.
     
  7. Cashmonee macrumors 65816

    Cashmonee

    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    #7
    Not to point out the obvious, but you can return the i5 and get the 10% discount on it as well, correct? So that would be $989 vs $1169. I mean, yes, technically you are only out $70 more than you originally paid, but you are also leaving $110 on the table.

    That said, I would probably go i7 because why not? It is the top end and seems to be a good performing right at the top of the Mac lineup, and if you already were planning to spend the $1099 and don't need the money, you may as well.
     
  8. tpivette89 macrumors 6502

    tpivette89

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Location:
    Newark, DE
    #8
    There is an extended return window? With no penalties? I was under the impression that the user had 14 days from the date of purchase and that's it...

    I was tossing back and forth the idea to exchange my i5/8GB/256GB model for the same thing but with an i7, but figured since I was outside the window of opportunity I was out of luck (I'm 15 days from purchase). But if there is a policy I am unaware of that would allow me to exchange it with no penalties after this window, I just may do this.
     
  9. tedson thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    #9
    U.S. Returns & Refunds Policy

    Holiday Return Policy

    Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between November 14, 2018 and 25 December 2018, may be returned through 8 January 2019. Please note that all other terms and conditions provided in the Apple Online Store Sales and Refunds Policy are still applicable with respect to such items purchased. All purchases made after December 25, 2018 are subject to the Standard Return Policy.
    https://www.apple.com/shop/help/returns_refund

    I bought my Mac mini on November 23.
     
  10. tpivette89 macrumors 6502

    tpivette89

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Location:
    Newark, DE
    #10
    Online store only? There's no mention of in-store purchases, which is where I bought mine.
     
  11. tedson thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    #11
    I'm pretty sure the Apple Store in-store purchases are the same. 3rd parties like Best Buy, etc are different.
     
  12. dmsea1 macrumors member

    dmsea1

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2018
    #12
    Go i7, for sure. Worth the little bit of time to wait for your new machine, you won't regret it.
     
  13. KennethS macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #13
    Other than the inconvenience of a short wait for the i7-specced mini, I don't see how you will ever regret swapping. However, if you keep the i5 version, if it were me, there would always be a nagging in my mind of why didn't I swap for the i7.
     

Share This Page

12 December 3, 2018