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Best/Cheapest way to get Macbook Pro?


#1 CrossFireXT17   Aka: RevolutionJ12 CAGiversary!   849 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:35 PM

Hey I'm looking into getting and Apple Macbook Pro... does anyone know the cheapest place to get them? or when the best time to get it would be?

#2 batmundo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   69 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:52 PM

Well...Apple is notorious for never giving any deals...bastards. As for time to get, I would say right when a new model is released, for the same reason - they don't really drop prices ever unless a new one is coming out.

#3 hiccupleftovers   Worst Poster on CAG CAGiversary!   18071 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:56 PM

They don't and once you get one you're pretty much screwed.

#4 Kayden   Banned Banned   17673 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 08 March 2007 - 11:42 PM

Ebay or theft.

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#5 brodiemash   Banned Banned   415 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 12:10 AM

Apple Store for Education. Go to the website, say your a student and BAM, instant discount. They never ask for verification or anything, just instant savings.....unless they've changed things as of late.
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#6 gwing00   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   227 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2007 - 12:26 AM

If you have a local CompUSA that is closing, you might want to keep an eye out for some discounts. Not much but maybe worth it.

#7 CrossFireXT17   Aka: RevolutionJ12 CAGiversary!   849 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 11:16 AM

alright thanks guys, thats what I figured, cause you don't see Apple stuff really EVER advertised :-\ that sux hahaha

thanks guys!

#8 usickenme   I'm the a-hole CAGiversary!   2552 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 02:23 PM

check the special deals section on the Apple store website. They are refurbished from apple but they have great prices- about $600-$800 off.

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#9 nazrad   Smells Like Victory!! CAGiversary!   168 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2007 - 02:32 PM

Get one of your friends to work there. Once a year they can get 25% off a computer, and 15% off 3 times a year for friends and family.

#10 Venkman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   150 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2007 - 03:06 PM

Go to the apple store click on the "hot deals" icon in the lower right of the page. They sell refurbished comupters at a steeper discount, if you can stomach that your computer was used by someone else before they reconditioned it.

http://store.apple.c...1.0.8.7.1.0.1.1

For people on a budget, there is no shame in getting refurbished. This inventory changes frequently, especially right before new models are announced. If you don't see what you want, then check again later in the week and they may have it.

You can get stuff $300-$900 off. Better than the $100 educational discount.

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 03:16 PM

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#12 Guapo77   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   35 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:52 PM

yeah I would go refurb, the only deal you can get on an Apple computer outside of Ebay

#13 Duo_Maxwell   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5752 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 06:11 PM

The options like others mentioned are quite slim and two of them were already mentioned. You get lucky and find a really good coupon to a store like CompUSA, FRy's, or circuitcity.com, but that won't save you much. If you're a student or future student go the Apple Education web store. And finally, there's the refurb option (which I'd only buy straight form Apple too).

#14 Guapo77   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   35 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 10 March 2007 - 06:43 PM

actually I got a Powerbook G4 refurb from a deal from Ebay for about $600 and it works fantastic, flawless actually

if I got the refurb off of Apple it would have been twice as much

now I know the game of roulette that these can be, but I would recommend it

#15 Wolfpup   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9962 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2007 - 02:30 AM

Amazon's another good spot. Their prices are usually the best I've seen. I'd probably do Amazon or Apple (especially if you qualify for an education discount).

Macrumors.com has a "Buying Guide" that kind of tries to guess when the various systems will be updated based on historical data. I think the Macbook and Macbook Pro are both listed as "Neutral - Mid-Product Cycle" right now.

OS 10.5 (ie Leopard) is probably coming out the first half of the year, but nobody knows when exactly.

#16 4tygames   Cover Guru CAGiversary!   1243 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2007 - 06:25 AM

Probably the best time to buy an Apple is right before school.

Last year I got a free iPod Nano and an HP all-in-one printer with a $600 student discount on a MacBook Pro.

Also I think I got a $50 off Office Mac rebate coupon as well. In all, it was an awesome deal.
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#17 OneWingedAngeI   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   158 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:51 PM

if you are taking any college courses that have anything to do with computers, you can join the apple developer's connection. for $99 you get a one time 20% off hardware discount

#18 Wolfpup   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9962 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:38 PM

Probably the best time to buy an Apple is right before school.

Last year I got a free iPod Nano and an HP all-in-one printer with a $600 student discount on a MacBook Pro.

Also I think I got a $50 off Office Mac rebate coupon as well. In all, it was an awesome deal.


Regarding that $50 Office rebate, you might be able to do even better than that, possibly depending on your school. Ours has a site we use with the high-end versions of Office (for Macintosh or Windows) for $80.