Where should I buy from???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cambridge1807, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. cambridge1807 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2006
    This is my first post, so please dont bash me as I did search but didn't find my answer. So my question is where should I buy my black macbook? There is an apple store close by but I dont know what week build they are on. I think people with week 30+ build are mostly problem free, so that is basically my cut-off point. I want to get this for college and it will start on the 22nd, but I'm not too concerned if it doesnt' come by then, but it may take some time getting used to as this will be my first mac, but I have used macs before. I do want to buy before the 16th so I can use the Ipod rebate, so I will definately order by then. So where do you think I should order it from, just go to the nearby Apple Store, by phone, or online? I will keep all the stock specs and will not engrave the ipod, so please help me out as the 16th is getting close. Thanks in advance.
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    MacBooks are taking 5-7 business days to ship and then how ever long it takes
    for UPS or Fed Ex, so you may get your shipment a week or so late.

    You can always have it shipped to you at school once you know your

    My daughter's MacBook sale was confirmed online on the 11th
    Est Ship date 20th
    Est delivery the 27th

    If you absolutely can not wait for shipping, then the Apple Store is still your best option.

    I would call 1-800-MYApple and talk to the sales rep to see if they can speed up your order via overnight mail.

    At worst, you might need to fax a copy of your student I.D. or acceptance letter.
    You can also wire the funds direct to Apple's account from your bank.
    Just be sure to have the bank include your web order number on the transfer paperwork.
  3. JMies419 macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    What is wrong with buying from the Apple store? I am sure they have newer notebooks in stock. If you need it now, ride on down to the apple store and pick one up. I wonder if they would let you see there inventory to see what week builds they have in stock? How do you even tell what week build it is?
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Nothing's wrong with buying from an Apple retail store...unless you want a BTO configuration. You can tell the build week by looking at the serial number, it's the fourth and fifth digit.
  5. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    Look carefully at the rebate. It is for the "older" iPods (check the rebate for for model numbers). You can no longer get a qualifying Nano/iPod through the Apple online store (refurbs don't qualify). So if you want the rebate, you will need to go to the Apple store and see if they have any remaining inventory of the qualifying iPods left in stock.
    Other than that, unless you want one with options, I would just buy it direct from the store. You might be treated a little better if a problem arises if you are one of that stores customers. You are taxed either way, online or in the store, so don't risk a damaged parcel or worse yet, one lost in transit.

    **The above applies to US customers only. I don't know what is going on with this rebate deal in the UK. I see conflicting reports.
  6. cambridge1807 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I guess tomorow I will stop by the Apple store and pick up a blackbook with a 30GB Video Ipod then. Hopefully I get no problems with the one I get, I can only cross my fingers.
  7. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    I got my MBP from my local Apple Store. Something satisfying about plunking down that much cash and walking out with a new toy! :)
  8. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    For sure. Compared to yesterday when I plunked down alot of cash at the Apple online store for the pleasure of waiting two weeks for a 20" iMac only because I wanted the upgraded video memory. And I have TWO Apple stores within 40 minutes of me.:(
  9. prady16 macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2006
    Right There --->
    So there is ABSOLUTELY no difference in the cost whether you order it online or from the store?

    Another thing is that assuming the new Merom MBPs come out next tuesday, when do you think they will be available at the physical Apple stores? I am sure some of you must have had experiences with that!

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