Resolved Where to buy AirPods?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by chino-rican, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. chino-rican, Dec 6, 2018
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    chino-rican macrumors regular

    chino-rican

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    Got tired of waiting for the new ones to come out, so I'm going to buy these for myself for Christmas. Question is where should I buy them? Here are the places I've looked:

    - Apple: $159 plus 5.3% tax. Delivered by next week, or immediately in-store.
    - B&H: $159 no tax. Available in 4-6 weeks.
    - Amazon: $151.05 (5% Amazon Prime credit card rebate) plus tax. Availability is spotty, except for price-gouging 3rd party sellers.
    - Best Buy: $149.45 (after Citi rebate and Ebates) plus tax. Not available within 250 miles of me, and they won't ship it directly to customers.
    - eBay: Not even gonna try.

    Seems that my best bet right now is Apple, but I want to make sure I covered all my bases. If I'm missing something, please let me know!! Thanks.

    Update: Also looked at Target: $151.99 (Red Card) plus tax. Available in-store only. This is probably my best option right now assuming they actually have it in stock (their website is sometimes wrong).
     
  2. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    I’m not familiar with the retail stores you mentioned (other than Apple), but I’d pay the little extra if it meant the better after sales support - your batteries may need looking at ~18 months down the track, so the store which provides the best service for a potential replacement of them would be my suggestion (Apple?).

    Edit...
    Since you’re in the US, you may not be covered by warranty over 1 year anyway, so it may not make a difference, but Apple could make a replacement happen.

    Maybe note in your calendar 11 months from now to monitor battery life...if it’s significantly depleted, then take it back to Apple for a replacement.
     
  3. chino-rican thread starter macrumors regular

    chino-rican

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    Thanks for your reply and advice. Shouldn't make a difference where I get them in terms of warranty. It's 1 year, regardless. The only difference I see is if I decide to return them (unlikely), Apple will take them back and not charge me a restocking fee, like some stores do.
     
  4. Derek87 macrumors 6502a

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    if you buy with a credit card with extended warranty benefits, this would give you 2 years.
     
  5. chino-rican thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is true, and I intend to. Thanks!
     
  6. ApplePersonFreak macrumors 6502a

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    I’m glad I got mine for $145 when they were on sale at walmart.
     
  7. chino-rican thread starter macrumors regular

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    I remember that sale. Missed my chance. Still hard to believe these things are in short supply 2 years after being released. I'm sure we'll see a price increase on the updated models.
     
  8. baller1308 macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure they'll be on sale again, $20 off. I would just wait.
     
  9. chino-rican thread starter macrumors regular

    chino-rican

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    Quick update: Bought my Airpods at Target. Now I'm regretting not using my credit card with extended warranty instead of the Red Card with 5% off. Contemplating doing a payment method exchange, but that's beside the point.

    My concern is this: I'm considering getting a SquareTrade Protection Plan, since Apple doesn't offer AppleCare+ for these. It costs $35 and covers 3 years. $55 with accident protection. Anybody out there have experience filing claims with SquareTrade?
     
  10. Petey07 macrumors member

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    Bought my AirPods from Sams when they had it for $120, when they had their November one day Saturday sale.
     
  11. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

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    You have Costco? They have the AirPods for sale for $139 plus $5 shipping on their online store. I took the ad to bestbuy, showed them my membership for Costco. They matched it for $139.

    If you can wait that is. It shows up online from time to time. But what’s $20? It’s a great product and this was my second set of AirPods after the first one’s battery degraded significantly being left in the car during the summer. I would pay full price for this if given no other alternative prices.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 19, 2018 ---
    I’ve heard they’re great. I would get the warranty which is advice I should have used lol.
     
  12. jhearty99 macrumors 6502

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    If the extra coverage doesn’t cover lost/stolen then there is no point in paying for it in my opinion.
     

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