Where is best place to purchase IMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lht69, May 25, 2011.

  1. Lht69 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011

    Just registered on this site and have been reading through the threads. Just wanted to get some input as to where is the best place to buy an iMac. I don't need a BTO machine as the baseline 21.5 " is about all I can afford right now.

    Do most of you buy from an Apple store? Is or are there any advantages to buying from the Apple store than from say Best Buy? The reason I ask is that Best Buy has a sale on the iMacs this week and I could save about $60. I know it is not a huge amount of savings but every little bit counts these days. Just don't know if Best Buy is the best place to buy a Mac.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    If it's not a BTO, you can buy it anywhere. Just make sure the machine is the one you are looking for and not a last generation model.
  3. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    If you want a base 2011 21.5" Imac you can get it from Best Buy or the Apple Store.
  4. ecstacy2012 macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2011
    i bought from macmall and they really do backup with they sell as they got the 1gb graphics and then realized it was a mistake then sent me out another imac with 2gb graphics overnight while I had first one.
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
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    I'd always go to the apple store, their service is pretty top-notch, and if you've ever got any problems, they're pretty quick to resolve them!
  6. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010

    Check out the postings for people reporting issues.

    For example, I have an iPhone bumper which is failing. It's eleven months old. Took it to the Apple store and within two minutes, I had a new one in my hand, no paperwork, no hassles, no trying to wriggle out of the warranty, just smiles. (I know this is a trivial product, but it's typical of the Apple approach)
  7. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Your iPhone bumper failed? Lol

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  8. Georgio macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Essex, UK
    From experience I would go with the Apple store:

    I bought a duo-core iMac 3 years ago from PC World here in the UK as the local Apple store was out of the model I was after.
    When I powered it up the bottom third of the display was a dark green colour, 30 seconds on the net and I realised one of the display tubes had gone.
    So i packed it up and went back to the store, where they flatly refused to take it back and said I needed to send to Apple for repair.
    I tried everything in the book to get either a replacement iMac or a refund and they wouldn't budge.
    Eventually I phoned Apple direct and they advised to take it to the local Apple store which I did. They confirmed the tube problem then offered me a replacement which I gratefully accepted.

    Roll onto 2 weeks ago and I bought a i7 3.4GHz from the same Apple store, over a two week period it became apparent there was a problem with the Mac and I took it back for a full refund.
    No hassle, nothing; that is what you call customer service.

    In the meantime I ordered a BTO with a 2GB GPU, it should have taken 2 weeks but from order to delivery was 6 days, again I'm more than happy and Apple can carry on taking my money at this rate. :D
  9. JS77 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Agreed, I've only every bought Apple hardware directly from Apple.
  10. Codpeace macrumors member


    May 13, 2011

    What does this even mean? How can a bumper fail...?

    (abject apologies for the thread drift, but this is epically important!)
  11. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I would get it somewhere where you can avoid taxes :). Amazon, Macmall, CompUSA, Microcenter come to mind. While retailers will be more iffy on DOA issues, Apple gives you the same in-store warranty service regardless of where you purchased it.
  12. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    I prefer fulfilling my computer needs at an Apple store, but it is not necessary. If the OP buys an iMac form Best Buy and has an issue with the machine, then one cannot make an appointment with a genius bar associate at an Apple store? It does not matter where you buy your iMac, as a local Apple store should cater to one's need. Customers must hold Apple accountable for their products no matter where they are purchased.

    Honestly, I have had a few problems solved by Geek Squad, but it's been a few years. I am not aware of their current customer service track record. I was in my local friendly Microcenter and they have Macs galore. They will match Apple student prices too!

    My point is this: as consumers we are not restricted to shop exclusively at an Apple store, even though I do. ;) I am stepping off my soap box now! :cool:
  13. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    Being precise and clear is advantageous. You beat me to the punch bowl fellow Ohioan! :D
  14. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    If it is not a BTO Mac, try www.powermax.com .
    The service is great, they are an authorized Apple reseller, and no sales tax!
  15. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
  16. Lht69 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I may just buy from the Apple store. I am lucky enough to have 2 Apple stores within five minutes of where I live.

    This is going to be my first Mac. Can't wait!

  17. Statelymwhite macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2011
    I got mine at an Apple Store. I considered online, but the store was so close.

    I also appreciated the setup and tour since this is my first Mac since the Reagan administration. :D
  18. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    My bumper "failed" too. the bottom part near the power port is very loose. I can stick my finger between the phone and bumper.
  19. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    If you were from the UK I'd say John Lewis.

    That 2nd year of warranty for free sure is great! No more expensive than the Apple Store and obviously, in the first year of warranty you can take the item to the Apple Store.

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