what's better, ordering onlie, or buying from apple store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rich2k4, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. jmann macrumors 604

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    I like the experience of going to an Apple Store and walking out with something expensive. It's all a part of the process for me. I don't like *click, click, click, ding dong!* :p This should be a poll.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Some configurations are not available at the Apple Retail Store which means third-party or online.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Assuming this question does not get asked once a week.

    As to the OP, if you are just going to order a stock configuration, go to the Apple Store, only a risk you have shipping problems.
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    While some configurations are online-only, nothing beats the experience of going to an Apple Store and walking across the mall with your brand new Mac.

    Stock configs are usually enough for most people though.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Neither is "better"
    It all depends on a variety of factors

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. 3N16MA macrumors 65816

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    If your buying a stock Mac and the Apple store is close enough I would say buy it from the store. In and out in one trip and you have your Mac, no waiting for shipping and the potential it gets damaged or lost. I have done both and preferred buying in store mainly because it was quicker. Only annoying thing was the Apple store was incredibly packed and it took awhile to get an employee, that and I felt like a sardine crammed in a can.
     
  7. yoyomaster macrumors regular

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    I enjoy walking into the store and purchasing.
     
  8. rcf-dds macrumors member

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    somewhat related question:

    do they honor the student discount in the apple store?

    what about the printer rebate promotion?

    or are these only online promotions???
     
  9. jmann macrumors 604

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    Yes, just show your student ID.
     
  10. frogger2020 macrumors regular

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    If you buy online, you cannot return the system back to a retail store if anything happens to it.
     
  11. superlatic macrumors regular

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    thought if you had applecare you could return it to any apple authorised repairer?
     
  12. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    Yes, even in another country, as I did.
     
  13. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    I like to go to the Apple store and touch things....

    I don't like to order and on a 'lie' :eek:
     
  14. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    If you cant get a student discount then you can avoid tax by going online to a site like amazon. The savings is considerable.
     
  15. MacBookFan19 macrumors newbie

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    I prefer to purchase in store because:
    1: Like everyone else, I enjoy the experience of buying a new mac in person and walking out of the mall with it.
    2: If you buy a defective mac online, you have to return it and wait for a replacement. Defective retails macs can be replaced immediately in the store.
     
  16. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    I prefer online, because you can customize your mac. If I decide to get a notebook, I'd obviously want a matte screen. Since that's a customization, I have to get it online.
     
  17. londonmystery macrumors 6502

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    personal shop

    Book a personal shop.

    You can try it out ask some questions if you are unsure about something and then buy it.

    A much better experience than online.

    Enjoy your new Mac however you get it. :):)
     
  18. doox00 macrumors regular

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    online surely, avoid all contact with humans whenever possible. :)
     
  19. suburbia macrumors 6502

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    Is Apple some status symbol to you y'uns that you need to walk through the mall with your loot? :rolleyes:

    Go to the store if it's convenient for you and you'd like to have the product the same day you pay for it. Get it online if you'd like custom-configuration. But there's nothing special about the Apple Store if you're interested in the "experience".
     
  20. melan4u macrumors newbie

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    definitely prefer the Apple Store

    It's too difficult to shop lift online.
     
  21. After G macrumors 68000

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    Store if you're an impatient bastard like me.

    Online to save money or custom configure it.
     
  22. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    You are still required by law to pay state sales tax for online purchases, but nobody does.
     

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