Where should I purchase iMac from?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gdeputy, May 8, 2011.

  1. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    Long story short my girlfriends parents saw my setup and iMac and now they want one.

    They want me to do the footwork for them which I don't mind, and I'm curious as to where you guys think the best place to buy it is?

    I know Apple.com but what's the deal with macmall? I've never used the site, is it tax free? If so that savings of ~150 might push me to use them, do they charge shipping?

    I was going to go refurb for them but apple didn't have any and plus, they upgrade like every 6+ years so I figure eff it, might as well get them the top of the line currently. (not really, looking at the 1699 27" model, they don't need the 2k version).
  2. PorterRocks macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2010
    If you're looking for a basic model (any size) then I would go Amazon. If you want a BTO then you've got Apple or MacMall. I've never shopped MacMall before, but I'm fairly certain they do not have sales tax.
  3. Jorojr macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    MacMall and MacConnection are my two favorite authorized Apple resalers if you don't need BTO options. They are tax free, but it depends on what state your in (you should be able to check on the website). Free shipping is also included for purchases over $99 or so.

    My 13" 2008 Unibody came from MacConnection and my current 13" Air came from MacMall. If you live in a state where Amazon doesn't charge sales tax (unlike myself), you may want to check them out as well.

    For the model you are looking at, you can save $50.00 + tax or $133 + tax depending on whether or not her parents like dealing with rebates. The best case scenario, they can save well over $200 vs Apple.com depending on your state tax rate.

    Check out the following link for a chart that compares costs between apple and resellers.

  4. rdees12 macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    If you or your girlfriend are college students you are eligible for the Apple Education Discount: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/education_routing

    You'll save about $100 bucks and get a free printer. If you can wait about two more weeks they'll throw in a free iPod Touch with the back-to-school special.
  5. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    Best Buy has the iMacs on sale as well.

    They cap out at the "high end" stock configuration (i5) for $100 off.

    I was thinking about the iPod sale but maybe the $100 off isn't a bad deal if you don't care about BTO.

    Apple online does have Sales Tax as far as I know.

    Trying to decide whether I do....
  6. PrincessQuyen macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2011
    i purchased mine at best buy for two reasons. 1. interest free for 18 months. 2. i bought the extended warranty with them because i do not live close to any apple store to bring my imac in if there were to be any problems.
  7. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    AppleCare would have still covered you..Best Buy is an authorized repair center so AppleCare would have you take it to there anyway lol.
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    If you spring for AppleCare, don't buy that from the retail store that you choose. Get it from Amazon and save some money. Retail-wise, check to see if you're close to a MicroCenter.

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