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Best Buy shaves $200 off 13-inch MacBook Pros in Back-to-School promotion, $300 for students

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Big box electronics retailer Best Buy on Thursday cut the price of select 13-inch MacBook Pro models for its Back-to-School promotion, offering a savings of $300 for students and $200 for regular customers during the ten-day sale.

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Coming just days after the first sales of Apple's latest MacBook Air went live, Best Buy announced another promotion for the Cupertino company's laptop lineup, this time targeting students and parents shopping for the back-to-school season.

Running from Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 27, the promotion is offering customers $200 off retail pricing for two 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro models. First is the entry level version sporting a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. With Best Buy's discount, the laptop's $1,199 price tag drops to $999. Students get an additional $100 off, bringing the total price down to $899.

Also available is the high-end model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of memory, and a 750GB HDD, which comes out to $1,299 after applying the promotional savings, or $1,199 for students.

The promo pricing represents a substantial savings over buying directly from Apple. Those in the market for an Apple computer can also refer AppleInsider's Mac Price guide for the latest offers and promotional discounts.
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I want a Haswell MBP, dammit!

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"The promo pricing represents a substantial savings over buying directly from Apple."

No, it doesn't offer any savings over buying these with the student discount at the Apple store. If this is a Back-to-School promo they are going after essentially the same audience, and these prices are in no way different than buying from the Apple student store directly. Sure, they will benefit someone who doesn't know a student, but the advertising is pretty misleading that this is some type of unique savings.
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I want a Haswell MBP, dammit!

 

Ditto. What's the slowdown?

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Add the student discount for AppleCare from Apple and you save even more. I wonder if these MBPs qualify for this discount or if you are only allowed to get the normal cost AppleCare because you didn't actually purchase the MBP through the education store.
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"The promo pricing represents a substantial savings over buying directly from Apple."

No, it doesn't offer any savings over buying these with the student discount at the Apple store. If this is a Back-to-School promo they are going after essentially the same audience, and these prices are in no way different than buying from the Apple student store directly. Sure, they will benefit someone who doesn't know a student, but the advertising is pretty misleading that this is some type of unique savings.

Apple student deal-  $999 with free $100 iTunes card

Best Buy- $899

 

Hard to see how this isn't a better deal to me.

 

I don't really want a $100 iTunes card for $100 extra so I'll be picking mine up at Best Buy this weekend.

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I want a Haswell MBP, dammit!

 

Ditto. What's the slowdown?

 

Could be coming after this promotion. I think Apple usually launches new models after the BTS promo's have helped clear the previous models.

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Students through Apple get a break on AppleCare as well.
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I would get the MacBook Pro if it was for a retina display, but I don't feel like paying $1200 for a laptop that is an HDD, non-retina screen, and is decent size thicker than the new models.
I'm not saying it's not a good deal for some people (it obviously is) but after they release the newer version in the late fall (hopefully) this would be 3 generations old - I can't see paying $1200 for something that's going to be that 'out dated'. And that $1200 isn't even including tax or AppleCare (so more like $1500?) This is only a good deal if your not interested in the latest technology and upgrading your products to fit apples Vision of battery life, thinness, and retina display.
But if you are looking for a 'cheap' Apple computer this is a great deal - again that's if you consider $1500 a good deal for something that's 3 generations old.
Just my opinion - I am sure some will disagree.
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If you are a student who wants to do some video and/or photos, this is a compelling offer. You need the 500 gig hard drive (compared to small storage on a Macbook Air), you will use the DVD player/recorder, and the upcoming Haswell only offers better battery life, not a significant increase in speed.
As for the Retina display, I am a professional photographer and I love my 15' Retina, but for my son we have looked at both photos and video and the 13' normal display is totally fine.
We may be getting it this weekend.
But my question is, can he buy the Macbook at Best Buy, and then get the student Applecare from Apple? And/or, is there student pricing for Applecare through Best Buy? Anyone know?
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My daughter bought a 13 inch MBP last week end at the Apple Store. She has a year and a half of college left. For her needs and use she went with the 8GB RAM, 750GB, DVD non retina model.

 

Some of her textbooks still only offer an optical disk for things like tutorials, etc. No on line downloads. University provides free Parallels and Windows to students. Some of her Engineering software is Windows only.

 

Her needs will likely change after she graduates but for now this was the best choice.

 

Maybe when she graduates she will give it to Dad.
 

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