What is better value

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ag55, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. ag55 macrumors regular

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    Do you think the current back to school deal (free iPod touch), printer rebate and education discount is a better deal, than the potential price cuts/refreshes for the iMac in Sep-Nov 2009.

    Im planning on buying the top-spec iMac, the discounts im eligible for bring the price down to £1577 (also considering i will be able to resell the iPod touch).

    If Apple do take note of the recession and slash prices, by how much do you think it will be? I have no idea of Apple's price history as im going to be a new Mac user. :apple:

    Right now the top-spec iMac is £1690. Is £100 cut more likely than something bigger, say £200+ -- have apple ever gone this high?
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Buying right now with discounts is a better deal in my opinion. If you want to play the waiting game and see if Apple reduces prices, wait.
     
  3. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Whats the maximum price cut Apple have ever applied to their mac range? It would give me a feel for the likelihood of them dropping the price, and if it would represent better value for me.
     
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    Well they dropped the Macbook Air's price by $700. iMacs may see a 2-10% drop in prices.
     
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    Well, only the SSD model came down 700$, base model came down 300$, which is good too.

    To OP: Price cut is bigger in US usually, which means if iMac comes down 100$ in US, it's 60£ or less in UK. Buy now if you need it now. We never know what Apple is going to do
     
  6. EmielS macrumors member

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    agree!
     
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Use the discount and sell the ipod and printer. I would really doubt that apple will bring down the price that much.
     
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    +1 for buy now, but keep in mind that you likely won't be able to sell the iPod for full value, since many other people are doing the same with their BTS iPods.
     
  12. hypertc13 macrumors regular

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    Buy now. During the wwdc was the only time i have seen apple cut prices on anything so i doubt they will do it again. Plus if you are considering reselling the touch it is a much better deal(you would get around 200 for it), if they did cut prices i would bet that its only by $100.
     
  13. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    Apple seems to have historically lowered prices by about US$300 each time they lower prices to begin with, but most of those were 5+ years ago. The following is only guaranteed accurate in the US: The free iPod Touch is worth $229, and the free printer is worth $100, plus what is likely to be about a $100 discount on the Mac itself. The total value of combined discounts and free stuff is $429, versus a rather slim chance of a $300 price cut. If you can manage to sell the iPod and printer for 75% original value ($172 and $75) I would recommend that you buy now. Again, prices are only guaranteed in the US.
     
  14. MacLover4491 macrumors member

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    i would wait. the price will drop around 300bucks. thats better than the ipod touch. plus you will get a nicer iMac system. Look what they did to the macbook air. haha. You cant lose to wait. YOu willl lose if you buy now.
     
  15. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you get this information...there is a slim to no chance that this will happen...that is like the most apple would drop it.
     
  16. MacLover4491 macrumors member

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    hey thats what people said about the mba and the mbp. Apple caved in you know. They have to do what everyone did. Lower the price.
     
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    There are a plethora of differences between the MBA and an iMac. For one the MBA dropped $300 after it was introduced and all the fame died down a bit. iMac has been around for a long time and have never (someone correct me if I am wrong) seen a drop in price like that. Second, you are willing to give up an ipod and a printer just to see if possibly one in a million chance that the price will go down that much. This basically boils down to if you like to play the lottery then wait otherwise buy the computer now.
     
  19. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    The original base iMac and Rev B were $1299, while the Rev C was $1199, the Rev D was $999, the Rev E was $799, but the final iMac G3, the Rev F brought prices back up to $899. The entry iMac G4 shortly afterwards was $1299. Don't rely on Apple's pricing schemes, ever. They are very unpredictable. If you think you are getting a good deal now, take it.
     
  20. MacLover4491 macrumors member

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    look at the economy and what apple is doing and did with the price drop. im 100 percent sure that apple will have to drop the price of the imac. It is so predictable just like how they drop the prices of the iphone, mbp, mba, etc..
     

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