WalMart vs Best Buy vs Apple Store

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by chrisvw, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. chrisvw macrumors newbie

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    I will be buying an ipod itouch in the very near future and my question is:
    Is it better to buy one at one place over another? In other words besides getting it engraved at the Apple store is there another reason to purchase it there?
    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Buying from best buy or sams club (the best warranty) gives you great warranty. Apple gives you only 1 yr plus extended but i find sams warranty the best assuming you're a member. Otherwise, walmart will save you $2 while apple will give you engraving.
     
  3. bryanc28 macrumors 6502

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    Go to a place like Walmart. They have a 90 day return policy no questions asked.
     
  4. dlstc macrumors newbie

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    I asked three different employees, including a manager, about my local Sam's Club return policy. They all stated that I could return the item at any time as long as I had the receipt.

    I asked what the time limit was, 30 days, 60, 90, six months? All responded, "as long as you have the receipt" and it doesn't have obvious signs of abuse (cracked screen, etc.). No time limit. They showed me the sign posted in the store stating these facts.

    Which is why I keep mine in a case. When the battery dies, I'm taking it back for a new one.
     
  5. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    amazon.com was about 20 dollars cheaper then apple plus had free shipping. I didnt realize until it was too late
     
  6. bryanc28 macrumors 6502

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    Woah... Sam's Club is definetly THE place to get your iPod.
     
  7. iaddict macrumors 6502

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    Sam's Club wins hands down

    Best and lowest cost additional warranty. My son's iPod stopped working, he took it in and walked out with a new one. We had purchased the 3 year extended warranty and it was no hassle to use it. Well worth the money and beats having to wait for turnaround time like you would with Apple Care.
     
  8. 63dot macrumors 603

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    Wow, if that's true then all the criticism I have against Wal-Mart is unfounded. I don't like that near any Wal-Marts but I can see if the store nearest me will honor that policy. Maybe it's different from store to store, but it's worth checking out.
     
  9. Beric macrumors 68020

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    With Macmall you can get a decent bit off, a free charger, free shipping, and a free case. NOTE: they will not support you, but Apple will.
     
  10. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    If you are a member costco is a good place, they are about $22 cheaper and either have a 30 day no questions guarantee or lifetime, not too sure I forgot. Either way you get a guarantee and if you buy with an American Express card you get not only apple's one year warranty but an additional year from AmEx which is pretty cool.

    ... I will be calling costco in the near future to see if its 30 days or longer.
     
  11. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    just whipped out the receipt, I wasn't even close. Its not 30 days nor lifetime its 90 days from date of purchase. I knew that but apparently its a little late for me and my brain is telling me to stop being an insomniac and go to sleep. Anyways, they used to have lifetime back in the day till people started taking advantage of it but 3 months isn't bad.
     
  12. cisaman macrumors newbie

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    if you want to save some money apple is selling the 1gen ipod touch cheaper than the 2gen.i have no problem with my 1gen ipod touch 16gb.i feel that the 1gen is better than the 2gen ipod touch
     
  13. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Just a heads up for people that may not know this, but only the Apple ONLINE Store can engrave. Your local Apple Retail Store can not.
     
  14. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

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    I don't know about that, when I took my touch into the store yesterday, the genius handed me a new one when I told him the battery wouldn't hold a charge. I was in and out in five minutes.
     
  15. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Ya i bought mine from sams and I am the premium member so i bought a 3 year warranty plus 1 year from manufractur and another year for being a premium member so i have 5 years.
    I had a 1g and it stopped working so in return they handed me a 2g and refunded 100 bucks as it was 100 bucks cheaper (1g 16GB was 400, 2g 16GB is 300) and i was in and out in about 10 minutes. I am now waiting for the 3g and then hoping the 2g owuld stop working, ya i can lie, but that is unethical.
     
  16. iaddict macrumors 6502

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    Apple Store vs Sam's Club

    There are much fewer Apple Stores around than Walmarts or Sam's Clubs. I was basically referring to how I would have to deal with a return due to where I live. I am almost 2 hours from closest Apple Store, so I either have a 4 hour trip plus time at the store or face returning via mail. I live 30 min from a Sam's Club and am in that town 4 to 5 times a week. It just makes logical sense to go with the closest retailer for me.
     

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