When does Apple lower there prices?

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  1. symbian80 macrumors newbie

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    Im planning to buy a macbook next month. Does anyone know when Apple usually lower their prices. It will be pain if im gonna buy a new macbook then next month they will be lowering their prices. When is the best buying month? May, June or July? Do they usually lower there price mid of the year? Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    They don't. When new models come out, they are usually at the same price points.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you want to save some money check out Apple's refurbished store or check on its online resellers.

    I would never buy a Mac at retail price.
     
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  5. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Effectively, Apple never lowers their prices, however you get shifting 'value for your dollar' depending on when you buy.

    The best value and hence 'cheapest' you get an Apple product for is right when it is introduced.

    So the only right answer to your question is to wait until the next refresh and then immediately buy.

    Also, for good values check out the refurb store. Also, some third party retailers sell for very, very slightly cheaper and often have free shipping or other bonus offers. But that has consequences as well. Hope this helps and good shopping.
     
  6. srowndedbyh2o macrumors regular

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    I could be mistaken, but wasn’t there a price drop with the last iMac update:confused:
    I don’t recall if they ever do that with the macbooks.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There was not.
     
  8. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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  9. kindablue09 macrumors regular

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    No, actually there was a slight price increase.
     
  10. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    if you haven't noticed... Apple keeps standards on the 'cutting edge' and doesn't offer many low-line models. they offer less than 10 computers (as if you goto Dell they will have 25+ models).

    if you look on the geekbench browser site... you can see the performance upgrades year by year and it's really astounding.

    instead of making the MacBook cheaper (than 1000$ US per say) they keep it the same price and add in a more modern part.

    definitely agree with the more value for your buck statement above.

    but at the same time... 1000$ of computer hardware today, is different than 1000$ of computer hardware tomorrow.
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    There price. Where price? Price there. Ah, there is price.

    Apple usually keep their price the same and just raise the spec levels. Prices have gone up here by about 30% but that's currency related.
     
  12. Mal macrumors 603

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    No, actually there was not. There were models at USD $1199, $1499, $1799, and $2199, and the same price points exist now. If you're another whiner from the UK, Australia, etc, what changed was how Apple calculated the difference in price (i.e. the exchange rate and relevant taxes/tariffs, etc). The base prices remained the same.

    jW
     
  13. srowndedbyh2o macrumors regular

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    Just did a quick price check, and see that the iMac price did not drop as I had thought.
    The 3.06 GHz model remains $2199. They just doubled the RAM to 4G and doubled the HD to 1TB, but the price remains the same, so I guess I’d have to agree with what akm3 said:

     
  14. Psychmike macrumors regular

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    There, there. ;)
     
  15. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    Next question, when is a politician honest?
     
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The day after the last lawyer dies.
     
  17. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    You can get older models for very cheap as soon as the new ones come out.
     
  18. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The term "honest politician" is clearly an oxymoron.
     
  19. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Let's keep this out of PRSI ...
     
  20. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    This is Apple, not a pc company. Don't expect lower prices. :) Get a mac refurbished or from a reseller like Amazon, macmall etc. You'll have more luck there.
     
  21. Shiner macrumors 6502

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    I like everyones advice in this post but lets not throw around 'cutting edge' and apple in the same sentence. They make attractive machines that have an amazing OS behind them but they are not cutting edge. Most of their processors are a year behind the competition. This is ok, the average consumer does not need the cutting edge but lets tell the truth to people.
     
  22. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    A year behind the competition? Sorry? Apple got the Nehalem Xeons a month before anyone else.
     
  23. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Cutting edge isn't always about megahertz and gpu fill rate.

    Their unibody manufacturing process is cutting edge.
    The battery in the Macbook Pro 17" is cutting edge
    The EFI is cutting edge compared to the bios still used in normal PC's.
    The LED backlights are cutting edge.
    Whether or not it wins against HDMI, Displayport is cutting edge.

    There IS a lot of cutting edge technology in Macs, it just isn't the edge a lot of enthusiasts want cut.
     
  24. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Apple doesn't lower prices but reseller may sell at lower than MSRP.
     

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