Resolved Would you buy Macbook Air from Amazon ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 0002378, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. 0002378 Suspended

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    My friend is looking to buy the base model Macbook Air ($999), and I found the same model on Amazon for $849. Product link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07738WFFN/ref=twister_B07C2WMJ4G?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 (the "2017 Latest Model 128GB" ... same specs as current 2018 base model)

    If it were my money I were spending, I would simply walk into the Apple Store and buy it from them, but my friend would like to save the $150 if possible, so I'm inquiring about this alternative.

    Now, I did read quite a few reviews, most of which were highly positive, but some that spoke of nightmares (broke within a few months, one that was pre-owned)

    My questions to y'all:
    - Would you trust some Amazon 3rd party seller with such a sale ?
    - What is the likelihood of their product being pre-owned or refurbished, or worse, not an original Apple product (I've heard of the iPhone ripoffs) ?
     
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Your friend should buy the Amazon one. Apple will stand by an unopened sealed product.
     
  3. 0002378 thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Will do more research online before making a decision on this one.
     
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  5. pophardpunk macrumors newbie

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    There was just a huge sale a week or two ago! :( i’m not sure how long this sale is but if you can find one...they sent out .edu coupons to get another $50 off.
     
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    Ok, but I'm not a student (and neither is my friend). So, I can't use the .edu coupon, right ?
     
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Careful, Amazon does listing for third party vendors, like Ebay, in such cases, any probs, Amazon will refer you to the third party vendor.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 604

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    This is an important point and not to be missed.

    I would rather buy directly from Apple, Best Buy, Staples, etc. than from a 3rd party on eBay, Amazon, or Walmart.
     
  9. flowrider macrumors 603

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    With your waiting around, you missed the pricing opportunity. Pricing is up to $969. now. Amazon will stand behind the customer with transactions with a third seller, AMHIK. And another consideration, that Amazon seller doesn't charge sales tax, Best Buy does. eBay does not support their customers who have issues with their their sellers like Amazon does. Again, AMHIK.

    Lou
     
  10. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Following instructions, HDYK?
     
  11. sracer macrumors 604

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    Technically you are correct, eBay doesn't support their customers LIKE Amazon does. They do things differently but that doesn't mean that eBay doesn't support their customers at all. That seller, by law, is supposed to charge sales tax for states they have a physical presence in.
     
  12. flowrider macrumors 603

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    Experience with the both of them! Positive for Amazon, Negative from eBay.

    And, I'm sure they do - IN ONE STATE!

    Lou
     
  13. sracer macrumors 604

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    Your personal experience is just that... your personal experience. And others could chime in with their personal experience that is exactly the opposite of yours. Stating it as universally applicable is not helpful.
     
  14. flowrider macrumors 603

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    ^^^^I disagree and you seem to like to post contrary comments to everything I say.

    Lou
     
  15. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Exactly. And completely agree.

    Personally, I would never touch Amazon when purchasing a computer; rather, I would buy it from Apple or an authorised dealer.
     
  16. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    I’ve bought numerous Mac computer new directly from Amazon when they’re cheaper. It’s about whether it’s amazon themselves or a third party seller. I wouldn’t buy via a third party through amazon for anything except small dollar value items. Even then things like CDs are often pirated.
     
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    Each to their own; the only things I would consider being from Amazon are CDs and books - and usually CDs and books that I cannot obtain elsewhere.

    Re computers, I always buy from an authorised Apple reseller or retailer; I will also buy Applecare and Office for Mac as well, and usually buy a CTO (maxed-out) machine.
     
  18. 0002378 thread starter Suspended

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    Wow, I didn't see all the recent comments. My notifications are not working !

    Anyway, thank you all so much for weighing in on this !

    We ended up buying it at BestBuy for $849.99, and thanks to their price adjustment policy, we are now going to get it for $699.99 because the price dropped today and we are well within the return period (15 days) !

    All's well that ends well. Thank you all for replying :)
     

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