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post #1 of 42
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Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears I could save around $300 on a Mac Pro by buying from MacMall.

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?
post #2 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears I could save around $300 on a Mac Pro by buying from MacMall.

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?

on line store has no tax?
post #3 of 42
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Originally Posted by Joe_the_dragon View Post

on line store has no tax?

Both the Apple store and MacMall are online stores.

I've seen some online stores add the tax.
post #4 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears I could save around $300 on a Mac Pro by buying from MacMall.

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?

First, is their shipping charge from Mac Mall, if so what? Apple is free. . Second, did you go all the way to checkout at Mac Mall? Sometimes, on online stores until you go to checkout, you don't see "rebates" factored into price. If there are rebates check carefully.
post #5 of 42
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I went through the checkout at Mac Mall.

They have mail-in rebates. I didn't see any tax included in the transaction.

The Apple Store quoted taxes.

I just got the money I've been expecting, and I plan on buying a Mac Pro and Mac Book Pro.

We have a new Best Buy in town, and I plan on checking with them tomorrow.

If they have the "stock" versions of these computers in the store, I'll likely buy them both there.

I've been waiting a long time.

I plan on adding more memory and hard drives to the Mac Pro later.
post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

Thanks. I went through the checkout at Mac Mall.

They have mail-in rebates. I didn't see any tax included in the transaction.

The Apple Store quoted taxes.

I just got the money I've been expecting, and I plan on buying a Mac Pro and Mac Book Pro.

We have a new Best Buy in town, and I plan on checking with them tomorrow.

If they have the "stock" versions of these computers in the store, I'll likely buy them both there.

I've been waiting a long time.

I plan on adding more memory and hard drives to the Mac Pro later.


Best Buy??? They usually have the worst prices except occasionally for specials. I use BB to look but never to buy. Maybe with their new Mac tie-in, they'll match the Apple store, but lower? I don't think so.

MacMall may be in no tax NH, I forget but they may not charge taxes. You should be able to determine on website. Something for you to consider since your final bill is going to be ~6k. Re memory and other upgrades, online offers good prices better than Apple.
post #7 of 42
Thread Starter 
I think you're missing the point.

I'm talking about the prices at the Apple Online store, and the Mac Mall Online store.

The price of the Mac Pro at the Mac Mall is about $300 cheaper than the Apple online store.

The Mac Mall also has a mail in rebate. The Apple store does not.

The online Apple store listed tax when I went to the shopping cart. The Mac Mall did not.

I just called my local Best Buy. They do NOT have any Macintoshes. I'm not surprised because it appears to be a very small store. I hadn't been able to visit them yet because I don't have a car.
post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I think you're missing the point.

I'm talking about the prices at the Apple Online store, and the Mac Mall Online store.

The price of the Mac Pro at the Mac Mall is about $300 cheaper than the Apple online store.

The Mac Mall also has a mail in rebate. The Apple store does not.

The online Apple store listed tax when I went to the shopping cart. The Mac Mall did not.

I just called my local Best Buy. They do NOT have any Macintoshes. I'm not surprised because it appears to be a very small store. I hadn't been able to visit them yet because I don't have a car.

Cool.Good luck. I thought you said you might buy at BB.
post #9 of 42
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MacMall may be in no tax NH, I forget but they may not charge taxes.

MacMall is not in New Hampshire, but Mac/PC Connection is (in fact, they are right down the road from me).

As for taxes, New Hampshire does not have any sales tax.
post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears I could save around $300 on a Mac Pro by buying from MacMall.

If you want something custom (like a different drive or more memory) you have to go through Apple.com. Be aware that once you order a modified Mac, it's YOURS. No returns unless its DOA. If you buy a stock Mac and it goes bad you can exchange it at your local Apple store.

If you buy from Apple.com, you can become a student (they don't check) and get a discount too.

If you buy from MacMall, the prices seem to be similar but they often throw in bonus software or hardware.

I'd buy with AMEX because they seem to back you up if something goes wrong. \
post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at the various possibilities of where to buy my Mac(s).

I live in a small town of Maine, so my options for local stores are rather limited.

I thought of the new local Best Buy store since it is close. I called, and they don't carry Macs.
post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I live in a small town of Maine, so my options for local stores are rather limited. I thought of the new local Best Buy store since it is close. I called, and they don't carry Macs.

I don't trust the Best Buys, Circuit Cities or CompUSAs anymore. I think they sell returned items or the stuff that is older than is being produced right now.

I bought from Apple.com and had my machine in two days.

Where are you in Maine? My family is from Oakland!
post #13 of 42
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I'm in Lewiston, about 50 miles from Portland.
post #14 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I'm in Lewiston, about 50 miles from Portland.

My cousins live in Scarborough now. I love Oakland. I know all the fishing holes on Messalonskee.

Buy from Apple.com (through their educational link).
post #15 of 42
Thread Starter 
I'm not originally from Maine... I don't know the areas you're talking about. I pretty much hang out in my area.

I'm leaning toward the Apple site now, and trying to moderate my impulses a bit.
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I'm not originally from Maine... I don't know the areas you're talking about. I pretty much hang out in my area.

You've got to get out more.
post #17 of 42
Thread Starter 
Yes, you're right.
post #18 of 42
My last 2 major purchases were made at the local Apple Store and Apple's website. When buying Apple stuff I only deal with HQ.
post #19 of 42
Retailers like MacMall usually throw in shitty deals like, "Buy a mac and we will give you a FREE PRINTER!! OMG!"

What they don't tell you is that these "free" printers have tiny ass ink cartridges which you have to pay through the nose to replace every time they run out. LAME.
post #20 of 42
Thread Starter 
I just ordered my 24" iMac with 2 GB RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.

I'm so excited.
post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I just ordered my 24" iMac with 2 GB RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.

Sweet! That is a nice animal there!
post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I just ordered my 24" iMac with 2 GB RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.

I'm so excited.

Congrats! Apple ,Mac Mall or other?

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Originally Posted by icfireball View Post

Retailers like MacMall usually throw in shitty deals like, "Buy a mac and we will give you a FREE PRINTER!! OMG!"

What they don't tell you is that these "free" printers have tiny ass ink cartridges which you have to pay through the nose to replace every time they run out. LAME.

Icy, I rarely ever print to paper anymore. Except for days like yesterday (IRS day), almost everything gets printed to a PDF file. Saves a lot of trees, no need to pay for overpriced ink cartridges and reduces clutter.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by lfe2211 View Post

Icy, I rarely ever print to paper anymore. Except for days like yesterday (IRS day), almost everything gets printed to a PDF file.

You use Acrobat or something else?
post #24 of 42
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Originally Posted by KiNGME View Post

You use Acrobat or something else?

Acrobat Writer on the Wintels, built in PDF printer on the Mac. Recently, I've been using the PDF function in Papers , a great little Mac App for us scientists.
post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by lfe2211 View Post

Acrobat Writer on the Wintels, built in PDF printer on the Mac. Recently, I've been using the PDF function in Papers , a great little Mac App for us scientists.

There's a BUILT IN PDF printer on my MacBook Pro?! COOL!
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by KiNGME View Post

There's a BUILT IN PDF printer on my MacBook Pro?! COOL!

Yeah King, it's a Mac! Despite the lack of software for Macs, you don't have to fork out $100 for Acrobat writer as you do on an XP Wintel.
post #27 of 42
Thread Starter 
I ordered the computer from the Apple store.

It's the 24" iMac with 2 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive.

I've already ordered 2 Fantom 500 GB external hard drives (Firewire) to go with it.

I want plenty of room for my projects.
post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

I ordered the computer from the Apple store.

It's the 24" iMac with 2 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive.

I've already ordered 2 Fantom 500 GB external hard drives (Firewire) to go with it.

I want plenty of room for my projects.

Cool. Welcome to the party.
post #29 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

It's the 24" iMac with 2 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive. I've already ordered 2 Fantom 500 GB external hard drives (Firewire) to go with it.

1. Welcome back from the dark side!
2. Can I borrow your bank account for a while?! You definately have more cash than I have and you need!

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Originally Posted by lfe2211 View Post

Yeah King, it's a Mac! Despite the lack of software for Macs, you don't have to fork out $100 for Acrobat writer as you do on an XP Wintel.

Actually, I think it's more. A few months ago I bought a PDF writer (that actually lets you edit a PDF file) for something like $89 and I thought it was a bargain.
post #30 of 42
FYI, if you purchase products from online stores, they dont charge sales tax inless they are in your home state or if they have any outlets in your state. Techincly you are supposed to clam this on your tax return but I dont think most states have anyway of finding out or dont care if its not a substantal amount of money.

Apple charges sales tax online because they have outlets (Apple Stores) in almost every state. If your state doenst have an Apple Store, then they cant charge you sales tax.
post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by MacSuperiority View Post

FYI, if you purchase products from online stores, they dont charge sales tax inless they are in your home state or if they have any outlets in your state. Techincly you are supposed to clam this on your tax return but I dont think most states have anyway of finding out or dont care if its not a substantal amount of money.

Apple charges sales tax online because they have outlets (Apple Stores) in almost every state. If your state doenst have an Apple Store, then they cant charge you sales tax.

Apple can charge sales tax if they aren't in your state, but they cannot be required to do so unless they do have a presence.

Use tax is required for out of state purchases that aren't charged sales tax, but as you say, it is hard to enforce. As such, my state has a very low cost amnesty program so you aren't asked to track the items under $1000 each. I am supposed to declare use tax for items over $1000, but outside of a car, which is taxed on title transfer instead, that issue hasn't come up yet for me.
post #32 of 42
Go to Alaska!

No Sales tax!

W00t!
post #33 of 42
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post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by Soul_Survivor View Post

my 24" iMac with 2 GB RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.

didn't realize Apple still had any refurbs after all this time.



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Originally Posted by KiNGME View Post

There's a BUILT IN PDF printer on my MacBook Pro?! COOL!

in Tiger if you do print preview it uses PDF and you can do a save as to keep a copy. or in leopard there's a 'save as PDF' function in the print window

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

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A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

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post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

in Tiger if you do print preview it uses PDF and you can do a save as to keep a copy. or in leopard there's a 'save as PDF' function in the print window

Yes, it's very nifty. It really cuts down on paper use and improve organization, or at least make it easy to find.
post #36 of 42
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post #37 of 42

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.

post #38 of 42

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).

post #39 of 42

I've bought many a Mac at the Apple Store and at MacMall. I've never had them call me for anything other than a verification of who I am. Last time I bought two MBPr on Monday and got it on Wednesday.

post #40 of 42

Never heard of this before at any Apple store.

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