Went to buy a Macbook... but...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jonomo, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. jonomo macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2005
    I went to the macstore... and tried to buy a Macbook... I wanted to upgrade to 1 gigs of ram and the salesperson told me it was 200 bux?!?!?!? but its only 100 bux on the apple store online???? is that right?????
  2. REDSRT4 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2006
    did you go to the apple store or a another retail spot?
  3. jonomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2005
  4. BAspecialCake macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2006
    Live on the IGN Boards
    Everything is cheaper online...

    And you should know better than to buy memory from Apple.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    And you're surprised why? You go to the Apple store to buy stock configurations. Either order configured to order online or buy your RAM from a reputable third party like http://www.macsales.com. Get the 1G for $100 and sell your stock RAM.

  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Yes, this has been discussed several times before, and it's an unfortunate oversight in the way Apple runs its stores. Basically, when you buy online, you're upgrading from one amount of RAM to another. When you buy in person, it's already got the stock RAM, so you're buying RAM at the full replacement price and ending up with the stock RAM too, thereby adding to your cost. They should really have a policy to deal with this ('Books that they ship to stores without any RAM, for example, so that customers can custom-configure with more), but they don't.

    Unless there's a way of talking them down (I wouldn't know), your best bet is to either just order online configed the way you want, or buy the RAM from a 3rd party and install it yourself. If you just go all the way to 2 gigs, it'll cost you about $200, and you're good to go.
  7. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Don't sell the stock RAM. From what I hear, Apple won't touch the machine without their RAM in it. So just keep the stock RAM in a safe place, and if anything ever happens to your MacBook where you have to send it in, put the stock RAM back in before sending it in.
  8. mccldwll macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    Talk to the manager. Tell him that you want the same deal that you can get BTO online, or that you'll order elsewhere. Online and stores are in competition. I was set to buy at an apple store with that deal assured by manager, but have decided to wait a month.
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You can't be serious right? From what you 'hear'? What you hear should be the same thing all of us hear on these forums and anything outside of that has got to be a damn good inside story.

    Dude, Apple overcharges bigtime for more RAM. Just buy the machine and order some 3rd Party memory, installation is easier than changing a light bulb.
  10. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    I've "heard" this as well on these forums. Most recently here and here.
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It only cost you $800-1000 for an automatic transmission when you order a vehicle, but it won't cost that much in labor to do it after you buy the 5 speed.

    Many companies have lower build-to-order prices versus going in and doing it after it is built.

    Nature of the beast ...

    It isn't $100 on the Apple Store, since Apple will charge you $200 to order the memory online -- it is only $100 when you do a CTO machine, not when you order the memory a la carte online.


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