Whats the better deal: Education discount @ Apple or at your School?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AppleNewYork, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. AppleNewYork macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #1
    Apple is 10% off discount and a free iPod Touch. But at the University, they may include software and the discount, and probably a printer. If I buy from thhe school, do I lose the support I get if I bought directly from Apple?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #2
    Free iPods only happen in the summer, free printers from Apple happen year-round.
     
  3. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #3
    Use PayPal and buy through eBay and I guarantee you can save at least 3 or 4 times the amount. I saved $700 compared to what Apple or Best Buy was asking.
     
  4. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #4
    No.

    So do I get a free iPod and a free printer?
     
  5. angemon89 macrumors 68000

    angemon89

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Location:
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    #5
    No you don't get a free iPod. That only *usually* happens around back to school time.

    And the free printer offer is up to $100. You have to pay for the printer up front but you fill out a rebate to get those $100 back. However, Apple is really fast in handling printer rebates. It took me like a week or two to receive the rebate.
     
  6. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #6
    Link to printer? And how is the rebate? Check? Or store credit

    And what I meant was, can I get the free ipod during the promotion and still get the $100 printer?
     
  7. angemon89 macrumors 68000

    angemon89

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Location:
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    #7
    Yes, you can.

    I believe that any printer Apple sells is eligible, but the rebate is only valued up to $100.

    They send you a check in the mail and you can fill out the rebate request online. Note: you have to buy the printer and Mac at the same time so they'll be on the same receipt or order form.
     
  8. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #8
    No? Ok then... if you want to spend more money for the same thing, go for it!
    With the money I saved I could buy several "free" iPods and printers... but I already own some.
    What size is the iPod they usually give?
     
  9. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
  10. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #10
    You don't care about the best deal?
    In that case, I'm really confused by this thread you started.:confused::confused:
     
  11. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #12
    Maybe he doesn't want to buy it used, eh? Howzzat?
     
  13. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #13
    Well, you wanted to know the best deal, and I'm telling it to you. I and millions of other people use eBay every second of every day with great success.
    If you're afraid of eBay, that really sucks for you, because THAT is where the best deals are. The only way you can even come CLOSE to matching it is if you were to buy refurbished...MAYBE.
    Anyway...it's your decision to make. I was just trying to offer a helpful suggestion.
    I'm sorry to hear that you'll be spending money unnecessarily. Have fun with that and good luck!
     
  14. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #14
    Jesus... people are crazy.
    EBay is NOT only used items.

    Do a little research...don't be afraid.
    I bought my 2.53/320gb/4gb RAM MacBook Pro BRAND NEW for $1999. NO tax. And that was BEFORE the price cut/model upgrade.
     
  15. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #15
    I asked for the better deal between two different selections.
     
  16. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #16
    Well excuse me for trying to be helpful.
    I obviously cleared up the misconception (for at least one person) that only used items are for sale on eBay... which is FALSE.

    Once again, it still stands. You will find THE BEST DEAL on eBay.
    Sorry to interrupt your thread with my suggestion.
    By the way... why can't you answer your own question? Can you not tell which of two numbers is lower?
     
  17. angemon89 macrumors 68000

    angemon89

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Location:
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    #17
    Yeah, I've seen new *legit* MBP deals for as low as $1650 out the door.

    But of course when dealing with eBay you must be wary of the seller. Check their feedback for similar deals sold. Usually when someone is selling new merchandise such as MBP's they do it for a living and they will have plenty of feedback selling the same item to many happy customers.
     
  18. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Location:
    Never Ender
    #18
    I would...

    MacBook Pro 15" 2.66GHz 4GB 320GB @7200 with AppleCare= $2520
    Subtract $200 for Microsoft Cash Back
    Add any HP Printer for $100, they are all over eBay!

    Grand Total= $2420 with NO TAX

    Apple Route:

    MacBook Pro 15" 2.66Ghz 4GB 320GB @7200 with AppleCare and $100 Canon Printer= $3207 with 7% Tax

    Hmmm....now what seems to be the better deal??

    Item on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Macbook-Pro-15-2-66Ghz-4GB-320GB-7200-Applecare_W0QQitemZ330318187532QQcmdZViewItemQQptZApple_Laptops?hash=item330318187532&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

    The company also has 100% feedback. Go the eBay route.
     
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #19
    As for the eBay vs Apple Online/Retail store debate:

    I've never heard of anyone being scammed dealing directly with Apple. Unfortunately I can't say the same with eBay. For a purchase as big as a computer, some people prefer to take as much risk as possible out of the equation.
     
  20. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    #20
    Hahahaha, this thread so far:

    Q: "What's better: A or B?"
    A: "C."

    Q: "Thanks, I don't want C. What's better: A or B?"
    A: "C."

    Q: "Thanks, I don't want C. What's better: A or B?"
    A: "C."

    Q: "Thanks, I don't want C. What's better: A or B?"
    A: "C."
     
  21. Bluisnblklungs macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    #21
    Psu

    I got my computer though PSU (my college) i got a white 2.4 macbook, printer, 4GB flash drive, 2 different ethernet cords, incase sleeve, wireless mouse, apple care and one of those locks for like 1500(before tax) it was a back to school deal though my school, you also had the option to get the ipod with it too but i didnt have the money :( but thats only because I up my ram to 4gb and got a external HD. So check and see what your school offers first it turned out to be a way better deal for me at least.
     
  22. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #22
    When using eBay and paying with PayPal, there is ZERO risk. This is a fact.

    Avoid people who signed up recently and have little-to-no feedback. There are PLENTY of sellers on eBay who sell Macs on a regular basis, have 100% positive feedbacks, thousands of previous transactions, etc.

    I understand people being wary, but there really is no need to be wary. PAYPAL PROTECTS EBAY BUYERS 100% -- YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR MONEY. What you WILL do is SAVE money.
     
  23. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #23
    Zero risk, that's a hilarious concept. You might not lose your money, but it's inconvenient. Why even bother taking a chance? Just go with the proven method and you win every time.
     
  24. NickM macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #24
    Hilarious is KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY spending money UNNECESSARILY.
    EBay is proven. You don't think so?? Fine then... you argue with the millions and millions of people who use it with no complaints.

    I find it hilarious that you will just piss away money to Apple because of some phobia you have with eBay. I win...every time I use eBay.

    And yes, I'll take the chance of a small time loss (the small chance of it happening) if it means I'll pay $1999 for what I'd have to pay Apple $2700. I consider THAT winning. I won. I won! I'm a winner!
     
  25. Poirot818 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    #25
    I'm guessing that the people who are against ebay have never even used ebay before.

    It's pretty obvious that this guy hasn't used ebay before.

    If you know what you're doing on ebay then you'll save hundreds of dollars with no risk of being scammed. Even the back to school promotion can't beat ebay+cashback.

    edit: hypothetical situation

    You want to buy the base MBP.

    $1900 education price
    $300 item for back to school promotion

    It's going to cost you $1900 plus tax (let's say 8% for NY).

    $2052

    You sell the $300 dollar item for $250.

    $2052 - $250 = $1802

    Or you could go to ebay right now and buy this for $1780.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Apple-Macbo...286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66:2|65:15|39:1|240:1318

    Then there's the live search cashback. It's at 14% right now and the limit is $200. 14% of $1780 is clearly over $200 so you'll get the max $200 cashback.

    $1780 - $200 = $1580

    Buying through ebay will cost you $1580 compared to $1802 by going through Apple's back to school promotion. That's a $222 difference and you didn't have to go through the trouble of selling an extra item to recover some of the cost. Also, if you're lucky enough to get an ebay coupon then you can drop another $100 off the price.

    $1480 compared to $1802 for the base MBP.
     

Share This Page