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As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac from now till Aug. 12th. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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To take advantage of the offer, begin by selecting your Mac of choice from the Adorama column (far right) in our Macs + AppleCare Price Guide (also below). These links will take you to a page on Adorama's website with a higher price than you see in the price guide, because it bundles in the cost of the 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan (you'll deduct that cost in a moment).

If you don't already have a free Adorama VIP account, you'll need to take 10 seconds to register for one so that you can add the Mac+AppleCare bundle to your cart. (It also gives you a few benefits like a free 30GB of cloud storage). After you register, you can then add your selected Mac + AppleCare bundle to your cart and begin the checkout process.

Once you enter a delivery address and select a shipping preference (but before you're required to provide any payment info) you'll be presented with a "Gift / Coupon Code" field. Enter coupon code AP08072014 and click "Apply." The coupon code will disappear and you should now see the advertised price in the upper right-hand side of the window.

If you're shipping your Mac+AppleCare bundle to any state other than NY and NJ, this will be your final price, as Adorama does not charges tax on orders shipped to the other 48 states. This typically adds another $70-$200 in savings for most customers.

We've also published a Illustrated Step-by-Step Help Guide for any readers who may hit a snag in the process, or who prefer to see the coupon redemption process visually before proceeding. (Readers can also see: What is AppleCare for Mac and What Does it Cover?)

If you do not see your desired configuration in the Macs + AppleCare Price Guide, you can email us at priceguides@gmail.com and let us know which configuration you're looking for and we'll try and make it happen.

Please Note: This promotion is available only when ordering from Adorama's website and will remain active while supplies last. If an item is listed as out of stock, orders placed for that item will be shipped in the order they are received. Most current Macs are shipping out within 24 hours, but some special configurations could take a few days longer.

For readers looking for coupons on Macs without AppleCare or iOS devices, check out our regular Price Guides and Deals tracker.
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If you're shipping your Mac+AppleCare bundle to any state other than NY and NJ, this will be your final price, as Adorama does not charges tax on orders shipped to the other 48 states. This typically adds another $70-$200 in savings for most customers.

 

This does not relieve the buyer of the obligation to pay sales/use tax in their home state, if one is due. Some states, such as IL, require residents to report untaxed internet purchases on their annual income tax return, and to pay the owed use tax at that point.

 

So the offer from Adorama does NOT effect a $70-$200 savings, but rather merely increases the amount of work the consumer must do, because Adorama is refusing to collect the owed tax as a responsible party (such as Apple) would normally do.  This is a misleading advertisement.

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Just noticed something subtle on the Price Guide that is difficult to notice and I'd like to believe, unintentionally misleading. The Adorama price you quote on the Price Guide for this http://www.adorama.com/ACME293LLA10.html MacBook Pro does not match the other Macbook Pro's. This one does not have the NVIDIA discrete graphics card. This one however does and matches the rest http://www.adorama.com/ACME294LLA.html. Hope you can address it soon before consumers are unintentionally misled. Thanks!

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Just noticed something subtle on the Price Guide that is difficult to notice and I'd like to believe, unintentionally misleading. The Adorama price you quote on the Price Guide for this http://www.adorama.com/ACME293LLA10.html MacBook Pro does not match the other Macbook Pro's. This one does not have the NVIDIA discrete graphics card. This one however does and matches the rest http://www.adorama.com/ACME294LLA.html. Hope you can address it soon before consumers are unintentionally misled. Thanks!

Thanks. This has been corrected on the regular Price Guides and we're waiting on a fix for the AppleCare Bundle for this SKU. Hopefully by tomorrow. 

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This does not relieve the buyer of the obligation to pay sales/use tax in their home state, if one is due. Some states, such as IL, require residents to report untaxed internet purchases on their annual income tax return, and to pay the owed use tax at that point.

 

So the offer from Adorama does NOT effect a $70-$200 savings, but rather merely increases the amount of work the consumer must do, because Adorama is refusing to collect the owed tax as a responsible party (such as Apple) would normally do.  This is a misleading advertisement.

 

Why do we have to go through this tax subject every time something like this is posted? Just because its required by the state, doesn't mean people do it. NY asks you on the NYS income taxes too, but nobody in their right mind ever enters anything in. We always state we didn't purchase anything untaxed on the internet. 

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...NYS income taxes too, but nobody in their right mind ever enters anything in. 

 

The "wrong mind" being the law-abiding, ethical mind, I suppose.  Sorry to hear there are none in NY.

 

The main reason I brought it up is that the bulk of the savings being offered is being achieved through Adorama's participation in tax-evasion, whereas the competing products are honest sales.  Of course, if you live in a non-sales-tax state, then the other channels also do not charge a tax, and a similar savings can be obtained.  The actual discount offered by Adorama is small--not to ignore it--but it's not as big as is being made out.

 

That said, the free 3-year Apple Care is a nice bundle.  :)


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The "wrong mind" being the law-abiding, ethical mind, I suppose.  Sorry to hear there are none in NY.

 

The main reason I brought it up is that the bulk of the savings being offered is being achieved through Adorama's participation in tax-evasion, whereas the competing products are honest sales.  Of course, if you live in a non-sales-tax state, then the other channels also do not charge a tax, and a similar savings can be obtained.  The actual discount offered by Adorama is small--not to ignore it--but it's not as big as is being made out.

 

That said, the free 3-year Apple Care is a nice bundle.  :)

There are no tax-savings factored into the prices in the Price Guides because they are not applicable to everyone, and they're certainly not the "bulk" of the savings for higher ASP items. Adorama's discounts on Macs alone are roughly $20-$50 on MacBook Airs, $100 on Mac Pros and 13-inch MacBook Pros, and $150-$250 on 15-inch MacBook Pros. iMacs vary ($70-150). So I don't think its accurate to say the actual discounts are small. In many cases the discounts are pretty significant. Tax savings would be another $70-$200 across most of the Mac family. 

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There are no tax-savings factored into the prices in the Price Guides because they are not applicable to everyone, and they're certainly not the "bulk" of the savings for higher ASP items. Adorama's discounts on Macs alone are roughly $20-$50 on MacBook Airs, $100 on Mac Pros and 13-inch MacBook Pros, and $150-$250 on 15-inch MacBook Pros. iMacs vary ($70-150). So I don't think its accurate to say the actual discounts are small. In many cases the discounts are pretty significant. Tax savings would be another $70-$200 across most of the Mac family. 

 

I stand corrected.

And the free Apple Care is still a nice bundle.

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I see you deleted my post >.<. Either way thank you for removing the link to the incorrectly advertised item.

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It is inaccurate to imply Adorama is not responsible because it does not collect out of state taxes. Merchants like Apple are required to collect taxes from all states in which they have a presence -- store, warehouse, etc. Few merchants collect taxes when they are not required to. That is the standard practice for most dealers -- it is expensive for merchants to collect and remit taxes to all jurisdictions.

The free AppleCare is a worthwhile deal, and many people also consider the collection of taxes to be relevant in their purchase decisions.
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If you're shipping your Mac+AppleCare bundle to any state other than NY and NJ, this will be your final price, as Adorama does not charges tax on orders shipped to the other 48 states. This typically adds another $70-$200 in savings for most customers.

 

This does not relieve the buyer of the obligation to pay sales/use tax in their home state, if one is due. Some states, such as IL, require residents to report untaxed internet purchases on their annual income tax return, and to pay the owed use tax at that point.

Small to mid-sized companies are not required to collect sales tax except where they have a physical presence. Larger online retailers in the US are now required to collect sales tax for all regions in the US which is quite difficult for a merchant especially for places like California where there are perhaps more than 100 different regions.

 

I do agree with you it does seem a bit unethical for it to be advertised that they don't charge sales tax in other states "wink wink".  And true, almost no one does declare their online purchases on their state income tax. But nobody drives the speed limit either, so what do you expect? I do drive the speed limit as well as obey ALL laws. Didn't always used to when I was younger, but do now. I only buy directly from Apple anyway so it is a non-issue for me.

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Great prices, thanks!!

I was going to order a refurb iMac AppleCare for my mom direct from Apple, but this even beats that price by $100 once I add in the external optical drive -- and Mom gets a brand new Mac instead of a refurb.

One more error to point out though. The first iMac listed says 2.7 GHz, but that is the price for the 1.4 GHz machine. Unless I'm mistaken, that line should say (1.4GHz/8GB/500GB).

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Great prices, thanks!!

I was going to order a refurb iMac AppleCare for my mom direct from Apple, but this even beats that price by $100 once I add in the external optical drive -- and Mom gets a brand new Mac instead of a refurb.

One more error to point out though. The first iMac listed says 2.7 GHz, but that is the price for the 1.4 GHz machine. Unless I'm mistaken, that line should say (1.4GHz/8GB/500GB).

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Yup. Thank you. Fixed on next sync.

 

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I got a question regarding this deal. I'm currently residing in Norway but I was on my way to purchase a MBP in the US but ship it to my aunt and then pick it up in a few weeks. I was first looking into the deals a B&H, where I saw that you could get good deals with the 3-year AppleCare auto-enrollment plan. However, when I tried to check out it didn't work when my billing address was in Norway due to restrictions on the auto-enrollment AppleCare Plan. Fair enough, my plan then was to just get the laptop at B&H and then go get the AppleCare (albeit a bit more expensive) at any physical Apple Store. However, when this deal is up at Adorama, my plans should maybe be altered a bit. So, anyone have any knowledge if the AppleCare Plan that's bundled with the deal for a 15" MBP is eligible for a resident in Norway? I'd hate to buy it and then find out the AppleCare plan does not cover me for example.

 

In this instance too, since I would ship it to PA, I'd be "tax free" and since I won't declare any taxes in the US I guess I'm in the free, no?

 

Or are there any problems with my line of reasoning?

 

 

 

 

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I wanted to wait for the refresh, but this seemed attractive enough. The 2.6ghz 16gb ram 1tb drive model was comparable to Apple's refurb price + AppleCare. I like the way Apple refurbs machines, as they seem extra solid to me. However, this deal comes without the sales tax I'd normally have to pay in Seattle, so I went for it.

I thank Apple Insider for their efforts, it's one of the more enticing deals I've seen offered. However, the deal almost seems fake the way Adorama carries it out. My wife and I registered for a VIP account. We then bought it with cash we had in our PayPal account, sending it to our paypal confirmed address.

I checked this afternoon to find the paypal refunded, and all traces of our account gone. They never called or emailed us, anything. So unlike with their competitor B&H (which is the camera store we order most from, along with Amazon), there's no verification that goes on. They just delete new accounts without a trace, for no rhyme or reason. Maybe they sold out, but they could've at least told us. Very weird.

I'm 3 hours away timezone wise, so it was impossible to call them while working today, but I'll likely give them a call tomorrow morning. Or who knows, maybe Apple will do an uncharacteristic spec bump during the school buying season. It sure would be nice to get an Nvidia 860M GPU, since significant changes have been made.
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I have been dealing with Adorama for 2 days now. They canceled my first order on a Macbook Air "just because." They told me nothing happened to it and order again. I did but it went on hold. I called to get everything straightened out, and they refuse to refund the funds from the first order in order to get the second order to go through. This deal is not worth the hassle you must go through.
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This seems a little scammy to me. Example: they list Apples price on the entry level 27" iMac at $1968 saying it comes with a 2.9Ghz processor. Apple does not list this confiuration in their store. Apple's entry level on the 27" is $1799 for a 3.2Ghz. This is to slippery for me. I am going to stay away from this.
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Has ANYONE successfully purchased via this Adorama “killer deal” (low mac price + free applecare)?

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I am in the market for a high end iMac so I just checked out Adorama. There are some good prices but I am a little suspicious. They use Apple's picture for older 2012 iMac versions rather than the picture for the newest 2013 versions. No where on their website do they specify the release date for the iMac I am looking at. Furthermore, Mavericks is not installed but a free upgrade. Are these 2012 or 2013 iMacs?
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I saw this deal and went for it. Got the 15.4 rMBP with a 2.6ghz processor, 16gb RAM, and 512gb SSD for $2,599. This is $200 cheaper than this configuration if bought directly from Apple, and included AppleCare valued at $349. So I saved $549. I ordered on Monday and had my Mac on Wednesday. I am typing this on it right now. So I can unequivocally say that this deal is legit. So glad I stumbled upon it! Thanks AppleInsider!

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I just finished checking Apple, MacMall and Adorama for a new iMac with various accessories I want and I found out the "Killer Deal" isn't so "killer".

 

Here is what I am looking to purchase:

  • iMac 27", 3.5 GHz i7, 8 GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, GeForce GTX 780M
  • Apple Battery Charger
  • Apple USB Super Drive
  • Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule
  • iPad Air 32 GB

 

  1. Ok, I know this purchase is high end but I buy my Macs and keep them for years.  I have a 2006 refurbished iMac running strong.
  2. Adorama included an Apple 3 YR Warranty but curiously you have to pay $7.95 to get it.  The warranty costs $169.00 at MacMall and Apple.  I should say that I would never pay for an extended warranty.  Decades ago, Consumer's Report convinced me that extended warranties are cash cows for the companies.  If the computer is going to fail, it would likely happen in the first few months.
  3. MacMall includes Parallels free.
  4. I intend to upgrade RAM to 16 GB using a Crucial 8 GB Kit for $169.00.
  5. In my comparison, the MacMall system was new, the Adorama system was new but I cannot determine if it is a 2012 or 2013 model, the Apple model is refurbished.  It would appear I am comparing apples to oranges (pun intended) but refurbished models are completely rebuilt, checked and repackaged and come with the regular Apple 1 year warranty.  I have purchased 3 refurbished Apple computers over the years and never had any problems with them.  My main computer today is a refurbished 2006 iMac (that's 9 years old) and it is still running and running never ever having had any hardware issue.
  6. Apple and MacMall install Mavericks but Adorama installs Mountain Lion.

 

Here is my comparison:

Item Apple MacMall Adorama

iMac 27", 3.5 GHz i7, 8 GB RAM,

3TB Fusion Drive, GeForce GTX 780M

2289.00 2649.99 2499.00
Apple Battery Charger 29.00 28.99 27.99
Apple USB Super Drive 79.00 69.00 69.99
Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule 299.00 277.99 277.99
Shipping free free 47.65
Total $2696.00 $2956.97 $2922.62
Apple 3 Year Warranty $169.00 $169.00 free except you pay $7.95 to qualify for it

 

So Apple's total price is $2696.00 some $260.97 less than MacMall and $226.62 less than Adorama.

 

I also want to enter the tablet market and have decided on an iPad Air 32 GB.  Apple's refurbished is $509.00, MacMall's price is $569.99 and Adorama lists a price of $594.00 but it is not available for purchase online.

 

I trust purchasing from Apple and MacMall because of previous purchases with nary a problem.  I still have not found out if the Adorama's models are 2012 or 2013.  I left a question on Adorama's Forum and sent a message to their customer support and have not had a reply.  My suggestion is to check all the details.  Compare prices.  I will save $226.62 by spending about 2 hours time researching and posting this comment.

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Jim, you are comparing a refurb to new computer prices. True, Apple Refurbs are restored to original hardware state, but, even according to Apple on their site, they may have some cosmetic damage. If you follow this link http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals and click on "Refurbishment Process", you will see this...

"Apple Certified Refurbished Products

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

(1) What are Apple Certified Refurbished Products?

Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple's stringent quality refurbishment process.

They are in 100% working condition, and are then sold as refurbished product. As these refurbished products have been unpacked and manipulated, they might however exhibit some minor cosmetic imperfection, such as scratches, marks or discolorations."

Plus, depending on what state you live in, there is no tax for for the purchase from Adorama. You will be paying taxes from Apple. So the end result will be you will be out of pocket as much for a refurb as you will a brand new from Adorama. Oh, and to answer your question regarding year model, if it comes with Mavericks it is a 2013, and if it comes with Mountain Lion it is a 2012 model. So the iMac you are looking at from Adorama for $2499 would be a 2013 model.

 

As I stated in my previous comment, I just purchased from Adorama and am VERY pleased with my $549 savings. Hope this is helpful!

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I went thru the process:

. VIP Registration

. Logged in

. Added Mac Mini to cart

. Added shipping address

. Added discounted code

. Added payment info

But can't get the order to go thru. The Place Order key is grayed out. I clicked it anyway. The page refreshed and everything was the same. Nothing indicated that the order was accepted or anything was wrong or needed. I did not want to try clicking again in fear that  I would either ended up with two orders or something else worse. Hope that I'd hear something from them in a day or two.

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This is even less of a killer deal than before.  I received an email today from Adorama Support and the iMacs are indeed 2012 models.  They are NOT the latest 2013 model.  It is a bad business practice to leave the consumer uninformed like Adorama has done on their website.  They obviously hid the model year.  Please beware of business like this.

 

And to djjustsayin, yes I know I am comparing an Apple Refurbished model to a brand new model from MacMall and now I find out a 2012 model from Adorama.  I wrote that in my point #5.  Everyone has to make their own decision as to which computer they want to purchase.  I have had excellent success buying my last 4 Macs as refurbished.  I am simply trying to make the AppleInsider readers aware of the options.

 

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE:  When I made my VIP account, I made sure I went to my preferences and unchecked all communications from Adorama.  It didn't work.  I have had 3 email advertisements since I checked I want no emails of any kind.  Any company which refuses to honor a customer's preferences is not a company which can be trusted.  Beware.


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I ordered on Monday and had my Mac on Wednesday. 

 

What type of shipping did you select from Adorama and to which state?  Thanks.


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Which one were you looking at that was a 2012 model? I'm looking at the 27" 3.2 GHz and all the specs are 2013 (i.e. Haswell processors, 802.11ac, etc.). 

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I'll bet you're the guy who would remind the teacher they forgot to assign homework, too.

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I'll bet you're the guy who would remind the teacher they forgot to assign homework, too.

Ha ha.  Nope, I never reminded any teacher.  Curiously though, I was a math and CompSci teacher for 25 years and never forgot to give an assignment.  Before you think I am a grouse though, I frequently gave my students weekends off.  LOL!

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I went thru the process:
. VIP Registration
. Logged in
. Added Mac Mini to cart
. Added shipping address
. Added discounted code
. Added payment info
But can't get the order to go thru. The Place Order key is grayed out. I clicked it anyway. The page refreshed and everything was the same. Nothing indicated that the order was accepted or anything was wrong or needed. I did not want to try clicking again in fear that  I would either ended up with two orders or something else worse. Hope that I'd hear something from them in a day or two.

You order hasn't gone through. They have a very quirky UI and the sales engine could use a total makeover

I had similar issues; you have to enter each "block" and press the "submit" button for that area, then that area closes up and makes the next entry block available. Repeat the process and you'll get there. If not I would call them. It is a great deal.

I ordered the Mac mini server and it will arrive Wednesday (it's Monday as I write this). That server is $999 on the apple website, not including apple care.

Having been burned by the MBP 15" early 2011 video card failure (didn't pickup AppleCare; we disdainfully declined apple's lame offers to charge $350 to fix this defectively manufactured lemon, with only a 90 day service warranty, this being the 2nd motherboard / video card failure for this $2300 laptop), I was happy to pay for AppleCare at a discount.

I saved close to $245 off retail before tax (and apologies to the state of virginia, I'll "forget" to pay sales tax).

Therefore, I fully expect a refreshed Mac mini to be announced on Wednesday :-(

Thanks Apple Insider for this promotion. It came at exactly the right time. I hope adorama gets lots of orders from AI readers.
Edited by vaporland - 7/21/14 at 11:06pm
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Hi vaporland

 

Thanks for the info. I tried again, and this time, the final Place Order button seemed to be working (solid green) ;)

 

BUT . . . .

 

There was a small note that said the item is temporary out of stock :no:

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I'm seeing the price for the 2.6GHz 15" MBP (512GB, 16GB) (ACME294LLABZ) on your site as $2599 and on Adorama on the checkout page (after the coupon has been applied) as $2649 - has the price changed for this item?

post #32 of 52

cvbcvb,

 

I went with two day shipping to Arkansas. Cost a little extra for expedited shipping, but I wanted it right away. Still saved over $500 total.

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I'm seeing the price for the 2.6GHz 15" MBP (512GB, 16GB) (ACME294LLABZ) on your site as $2599 and on Adorama on the checkout page (after the coupon has been applied) as $2649 - has the price changed for this item?

Yes, unfortunately it looks like a handful of 15" MacBook Pros saw a $50 price increase overnight and you may have caught it in our guides before the prices updated. The AppleCare stays free but there's not much we can do to prevent price changes in the market. Some online merchants even have their systems set to raise prices automatically as stock of an item is close to going out of stock. I have no idea if that is the case here.

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post #34 of 52

That is quite a savings .

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This does not relieve the buyer of the obligation to pay sales/use tax in their home state, if one is due. Some states, such as IL, require residents to report untaxed internet purchases on their annual income tax return, and to pay the owed use tax at that point.

So the offer from Adorama does NOT effect a $70-$200 savings, but rather merely increases the amount of work the consumer must do, because Adorama is refusing to collect the owed tax as a responsible party (such as Apple) would normally do.  This is a misleading advertisement.

Apple isn't doing that to be a responsible party. They are doing what they are required to do by law. If Apple has an Apple Store or other qualifying nexus in your state, they are required to collect.

As far as I'm concerned, a state expecting an out of state entity (one with no nexus in state) to collect taxes for them is exceeding their jurisdiction.

My state has a pretty nifty amnesty, you don't have to report items below a certain value if you just pay a small amount based on your AGI. Many Macs would be above that value though, but it's not cumbersome.
Edited by JeffDM - 7/24/14 at 2:27pm
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I jumped on this even though the model I picked is temporarily out of stock (back ordered). Anyone in the same boat? I don't mind waiting a couple more weeks but I wouldn't like this to drag for months, what's your experience with adorama?

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I jumped on this even though the model I picked is temporarily out of stock (back ordered). Anyone in the same boat? I don't mind waiting a couple more weeks but I wouldn't like this to drag for months, what's your experience with adorama?

According to their website, they only charge customer when the item is shipped. Nevertheless, earlier this week, the item I wanted was temporary out of stock and I did not proceed. A couple of days later, it was shown in stock, so I placed the order yesterday. I'd think that they get new stocks often so hopefully, you won't have to wait long.

Best luck.

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Looks like the deal no longer works.  I initially was going for the $2599 MBP, but it was out of stock.  Just tried this again, and the price is at $2893 and the code AP08072014 no longer works...  :(

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Yes, unfortunately it looks like a handful of 15" MacBook Pros saw a $50 price increase overnight and you may have caught it in our guides before the prices updated. The AppleCare stays free but there's not much we can do to prevent price changes in the market. Some online merchants even have their systems set to raise prices automatically as stock of an item is close to going out of stock. I have no idea if that is the case here.

Is there a new code?  AP08072014 no longer works...

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Is there a new code?  AP08072014 no longer works...

did you try clicking from the appleinsider.com link? see, the code never worked for me until I went through the appleinsider.com offer page, for some reason..

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