Where did you purchase your mbp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dandare83, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. dandare83 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Hello all. This is my 1st post on these forums and hope some of you can offer a bit of advice.

    I am planning on purchasing a mbp in the next week or 2 but I'm wondering where the best place to buy it from would be?

    I can see the following options.

    1. Buy it from my local apple store
    (most expensive option)

    2. Buy a refurbished unit from the apple online store. (Will save a fair bit of money)

    3. Buy it from an online retailer such as amazon
    (price isn't far from a refurbished unit)

    Where have you purchased your macs in the past and is there any advantage paying more money and getting it straight from apple.
  2. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    Bought mine from Best Buy (no Apple store here, yet, they started hiring a couple months ago for when it's completed) and that was great because then you can get the 1 year ADH for $100.

    $100 for complete piece of mind.
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  4. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    Called the apple store directly and the customer service agent I spoke too gave me some discount coupons and lopped a couple of hundred of the price. SWEET.:D
  5. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    I've bought refurbished and CTO (customized) units from Apple.com

    Never had a problem, and always get here very fast.
  6. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
  7. freddyfingers macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Not sure where you live OP but for me in California sales tax is almost 10% 9.75% so spending $2000 on a MBP almost = a additional $200 cost.

    For me BHPhoto http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Apple-Computers/ci/13222/N/4294250034 was the best option no sales tax and you still get free shipping. However I'm sure there are cheaper re-sellers and theres no customizing options with BH which is somewhat of a downside. Unless your like me and like to do you own upgrades.
  8. DanMacApple macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    $999 Microcenter Deal

    Purchased from Best Buy with a $999 microcenter price match. I did this as I also get $20 in rewards from best buy, I know that is not a lot but its like free money!!
  9. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
  10. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  11. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    1st Mac - BTO from Sweetwater
    2nd Mac - Local Apple Store
    3rd Mac - Apple.com refurb

    If you are planning to purchase soon, I would wait til after Sept.
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Microcenter $999 13" MBP

    Wish I'd have thought to do the BB price match. I'd have made silver already:)

  13. JCCash macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    I bought my 24" iMac and my 13" MBP at the local Apple store (educational discount). I bought my son a 15" MBP online Apple Store refurbished.
  14. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  15. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
  16. happy2gomac macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
    I'm like you with the tax issue. It's ridiculous. BH is great, but at the time I wanted to buy, they didn't have the model with upgrades I was looking for. (17" i7 7200rpm HD and anti-glare) J&R did so I went with them. NO tax, no shipping just like BH. Plus I was able to use Amex points to bring it down $500. A LOT of points used for sure, but considering the same points were only worth $300 off a flight, I was quite happy to get $500 off the laptop.

    I thought about using the student discount to get the free ipod touch and free printer from Apple, but going that route I'd still have to pay tax. On everything!! And then trying to sell off the ipod touch on Craigslist with the 100 others or so currently advertised would be a pain. Same with the printer. Just not worth it in my opinion. My configuration with the Apple store was $2369. Plus tax. Without my Amex points, the same configuration at J&R was $2399. No tax. I think I did OK.

    By the way, I've never heard of anyone getting a discount by ordering over the phone from Apple. Maybe I should have tried that! I wonder how much they discounted the purchase???
  17. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    Apple's customer support. But technically, they bought it for me. :)
  18. 2056 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    I purchased my mbp on Amazon.com in June. If I could have waited, I definitely would have went with Apple.com since you get a free ipod/printer with rebate.
  19. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
  20. phooi macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    1st mac - Apple Store (educational promo)
    2nd mac - Apple Store (educational promo)

    However, saying that, it would depend on a few other factors:

    Price? Usually online or get refurb from Apple. Also, if you're in a high sales tax state, online might be better since you'll save on sales tax.

    Custom configuration? You'll probably have to buy it from Apple. Most stores or online retailers don't carry custom configurations.

    Student? Apple has a pretty good promo right now that includes a free iPod with either MB, MBP or iMac purchase. You get the student discount (up to $200 off the machine) and a free iPod that you can resell online.

    Hope that helps.
  21. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Apple retail store because i wanted to buy the previous gen to a new revision before they ran out of stock.

    Normally Apple online store tho.

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