Why do Apple make it so difficult to buy Macs? (Three weeks before they even ship???)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ajbrehm, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. ajbrehm macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2002
    Zurich, Switzerland
    I am trying to order a Mac Pro.

    But I found that when I change the memory configuration the time it takes to ship the computer increases from 3 days to 3 weeks!

    What's the matter with those people?
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    It's probably that they have all the stock configurations all packed and ready to go all the time.

    it's just a guess but if the iPods are assembled in China, I imagine Macs are too so any modifications mean apple have them shipped to them, un-boxed, upgraded, re-boxed and then shipped to the customer.
  3. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    Do your own memory install. It'll be cheaper and faster.
  4. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    No, I believe they are BTO'ed right in the factories in China.
  5. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Technically, they're making it difficult to get the Mac, not to buy it...

  6. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    So, you're surprised that buying a custom-built system takes longer than ordering a stock system? :rolleyes: It's like buying a car right off the dealer's lot vs. ordering one from the factory. Which do you think will take longer?

    As another poster suggested, buy the stock system and install the memory yourself. You'll save time and money...
  7. L0s7man macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    Standard configs are in stock; anything non-standard and you have to wait until it gets to your place from China (you can even use the shipping number to track it... hehe...)

    Slightly less than 2yrs ago, I've waited 6 bloody weeks for MBP; That was plain ridiculous...

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