Why is there such a price difference? Is Apple merely making a better profit if we buy from their store?
Does it take any longer to get a "stock" Mac Pro from MacMall than from the Apple Store?
Buy from Apple if you want to latest hardware. Buy from MacMall if you want to save some $ but don't care to get the latest.
I bought a 15 inch MacBook Pro with 768 GB SSD from MacMall in July/2013. For what appeared to be the exact same specs MacMall was about $3,000 and Apple about $3,500. The obvious choice was to go with MacMall.
Unfortunately, my Mac Book Pro runs really hot even if I watch just 10 mins of YouTube or even go to a web site with lots of ads or animation. A colleague bought a similar machine from Apple and did not have the same issue. We actually ran a side by side test running the exact same video and mine got a lot hotter.
Upon further investigation we found that my MacBook was built Mid-2012 and his was early-2013 even though we bought it about the same time. We also found that Apple had made two hardware upgrades between Mid-2012 and Early-2013 presumably correcting some of the heat problems.
I presume that MacMall is able to offer better price by selling older unsold inventory. It would have been ethical of MacMall if they had mentioned this fact. I would rather pay more than buy year old hardware.
Apple Store. If you buy at MacMall, they will hold the shipment until multiple "Account Execs" phone you telling you that you should upgrade, you should add on xxxx item, etc. It's a total upsell approach and these Acct. Execs have the power to hold your order, even after "credit" has already submitted for payment to you bank (as indicated by checking your cc account).