Whats the cheapest way to buy my laptop for college?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mslittlebookowl, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Mslittlebookowl macrumors member

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    1. From Apple directly with education price which will be $1399 with the free beats headphones
    2. Best Buy currently on sale for $1424 with my $100 student coupon thingy = $1324

    Will BB they price match Apple education price? If they do and with the coupon, it could go as low as $1299. What about the beats headphone, is that matched too?
     
  2. jmikhail490 macrumors regular

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    Theres just something about buying directly from apple that eases my mind. Although BB is a huge retailer I just don't know.... for that price difference to me personally I would go with Apple because I heard BB changed up their return policy and charge a restocking fee, Im not positive don't quote me but Ive seen several people post about ir recently so I would look into it.

    Buying from apple is so easy and convenient and you know for a fact you have 14 days no questions asked.

    Just my thoughts. Goodluck!
     
  3. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt it. Apple's student discount is separate from Best Buy's and Best Buy don't have to match it.

    I'd buy it from Apple since they give you free headphones which you can sell to make the total price lower.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    They'll be lucky to sell them, ebay is awash with them for exactly this reason, they are currently practically worthless, unless you want to keep them.
     
  5. zhenya macrumors 603

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    If you have a Best Buy rewards card, you will eventually get back another ~3% or so from the purchase, which came to me as a $45 certificate about a month after purchase. I buy largely from Best Buy today because there is one 10 minutes from me as opposed to 90 minutes for the nearest Apple Store, and as an Elite member, I get 45 days for returns. Best Buy has actually greatly improved in recent years; their pricing is generally fair on most items, they will price match without too much difficulty, and returns are usually easy as well. Even the people who work their while they may not be tech geniuses, are generally enthusiasts like all of us and nice enough to deal with.
     
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    Agree with this. I have been shopping pretty frequently at Best Buy in the last two years.
    Their prices are not always MSRP like they used to. They always have sales going on plus they price match pretty much all of the major online retailers which is a plus when you need something right away and don't want to wait for shipping.
    Plus they frequently have sales on Macs.
     
  7. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

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    Best Buy often has the best deal, especially after the $100 coupon. After that, you can still get AppleCare and bring it to the Apple Store for support. It's a win-win.
     
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