Where to Buy, Apple Store or Best Buy, Costco ...

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  1. ipXpert macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy the iPad Pro 9.7 128 with cellular on Verizon. Damage protection is important to me. I'm going to use my personal Amex plat card.

    Where is the best place to buy it?

    Thanks
     
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    All of those are reputable retailers. Whichever one has the best price, go with that one. Purchasing Apple Care will give you the protection you need. You will also have protection through your AMEX card. I believe Costco has the longest return period out of retailers you mentioned.
     
  3. flighht2k5 macrumors newbie

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    Don't use Verizon for damage protection. Use square trade.
     
  4. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I always use the Apple store because of their customer service. I've never had a problem with returns, exchanges or repairs with Apple Care.
     
  5. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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    Costco is #1 in my book. Solid company with no hassle return policy (90 days) and double the warranty. Word of caution: forget Square Trade, biggest scam on the planet.
     
  6. tgara macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but you can never find a parking space, or if you do, it's next to some massive SUV filled with kids who damage your car.
     
  7. Kermit262 macrumors regular

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    Costco does not double the warranty on iPads:

    2nd YEAR WARRANTY
    Costco extends the manufacturer's warranty on Televisions, Tuner-Free Displays, Projectors, Computers* and Major Appliances† to 2 years from the date of purchase.
    *Excluding Touchscreen Tablets.
     
  8. LLAD225 macrumors newbie

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    I am contemplating purchasing an apple watch. I have used square trade on two occasions in the past and have had a decent experience with it. Apple Store is across the street from a Costco. Is it better to buy from Costco or Apple Store?
     
  9. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502

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    Well, it depends! Do you like the Apple carry bag, or the one from Costco? Price and service reputations may matter too as you decide.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Best Buy. Gotta get them points!

    Then get AppleCare+
     
  11. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    Best Buy always adds .99 to the price - not that it is a big deal but if it is 999 elsewhere it will be 999.99 at best buy
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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  13. theman510 macrumors 6502a

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    Costco switched to VISA only. Can't use your AMEX there
     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You’re missing that the item *has* to be physically in stock at the opposing store in order for Best Buy to actually price match it, the exclusion is if the item is offered from Another online vendor or not in stock at the opposing store, Best Buy will _not_ match the price.
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Now you’re going into schemantics. If the other store you’re trying to price match doesn’t have the item in stock you won’t be buying from the other store either…

    Besides I was only referring to the 99¢ added to the price. They’ll price match Apple.
     
  16. kjmff5 macrumors regular

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    Thankfully there is the sapphire reserve that has some purchase protection
     
  17. burgman macrumors 68000

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    Another 2 year old necrothread resurrection, I shop price not the store, but if I need something quickly Best Buy. The price match guarantee lasts throughout your return period. For me that’s 45 days with Elite Plus.
     
  18. xx22 macrumors regular

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    U r right! I forgot that tablet exclusion. But you still get a 90 day return period. When u buy a regular computer, as i just did (Dell xps 13 on sale) you get an awesome four year free warranty when u use their credit card, as i do, plus their useful concierge service.

    Feller above said Square Trade is not good. Thanks for the heads up. I was looking at them for my new laptop .

    The hell with Best Buy. I'd been shopping there for years and then last year I returned two minor items both in new condition with original packaging and receipt like a day or two after I bought them, and their sales people r always touting their return policy, so then on the second return receipt it said I've been banned from returning anything else to Best Buy for one year. I'm not the only one. You can Google banned by Best Buy and their flunky dummy corporation partner that they use to do the banning . they tell some people that they've been banned retroactively so they can't even return the item they just bought! I hope they go out of business. There's a thread about it on here too.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Buy where you get the best price unless they are all the same and then buy from Apple.
     
  20. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    Creates new thread, gets told to search. Revives old thread, gets crap for thread necro. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    I’m waiting to see who has the best Black Friday deals on the 2018 iPads before buying.
     
  21. burgman macrumors 68000

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    Poor Dude, feeling dumped on, though bonus point for using Buffalo Bill syntax from Silence of the Lambs. ;)
     
  22. ericwn macrumors 68000

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    I don’t see why responding to an older discussion is a problem. Nobody is forced to participate.
     
  23. EssModelsRule macrumors member

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    Costco has the 128GB WiFi version down to $360 right now.
     
  24. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    I probably wasn’t clear, I meant the updated 2018 models that should be introduced this fall.
     

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