Resolved Would you buy Macbook Air from Amazon ?

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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) ?
 

pophardpunk

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That's awesome ! That is the way to go. Thanks for sharing that !

Is it possible that these will sell out ? And if so, will I lose the sale price ? How does it work ?
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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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.
Ok, but I'm not a student (and neither is my friend). So, I can't use the .edu coupon, right ?
 

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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.

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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
Following instructions, HDYK?
 
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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
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.
 
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Following instructions, HDYK?
Experience with the both of them! Positive for Amazon, Negative from eBay.

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

Lou
 
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Experience with the both of them! Positive for Amazon, Negative from eBay.
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.
 
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^^^^I disagree and you seem to like to post contrary comments to everything I say.

Lou
 

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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.
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.
 
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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.
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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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.
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.
 
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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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