where should i buy my Powerbook: direct from an apple store, or from online reseller?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
where should i buy my Powerbook: direct from an apple store, or from an online reseller (which includes bundles and the like)? please keep in mind price does matter somewhat (cheaper is better), and i am interested in things like shipping charges (whether these online charges end up adding a lot to the total price), warranties from different resellers etc. i am interested in a PB g4 DVI 800mhz, OR PB g4 DVI 667 mhz with airport card installed and 256 megs of ram extra. thanks.


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    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    I purchased my Powerbook 800 DVI in an Apple Store. I thought this was my best option as I could literally go in a see what I was buying and ensure it was not a demo model etc. I was also able to purchase all the little extras i needed under the one roof.

    There are pros and cons to doing it online/offline (So to speak) but frankly going in is all the same you can usually get better bargins going into a shop (Not nesecerely and Apple store). Tho having said that I could have got one of those nice firefly drives if I purchased it online for free...

    Hope that info helps, oh yeah and if you can get the 800Mhz model, its mighty cool <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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    hikohtahikohta Posts: 41member
    thanks man. anyone else with advice? i mean, does anyone know of cheaper apple stores in the nyc area?
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    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    I know of one in Switzerland, but that won't help you
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    spotbugspotbug Posts: 361member
    I posted this exact question in General Discussion a few days ago.

    The concensus was, I believe, order online unless you need to walk out the door with the merchandise. You save taxes and get freebies and/or discounts from online resellers. With a $2500 purchase, taxes are significant.

    What I did: On Wednesday I went to the Apple Store in Buffalo to touch and evaluate everything - make my purchasing decision. Then I ordered my new iBook (which arrived yesterday!!) from Amazon.com.

    If you hurry you can still get Amazon's $100 off and free shipping deal. It ends today or tomorrow and is good on any laptop purchase. The free shipping is UPS ground. You can upgrade the shipping for extra $$. I paid $40 for UPS Next Day. Taking that $40 into account, I figure I saved roughly $170 over buying from the Apple Store in Buffalo. I had to wait two days to get it, though. Maybe for some, getting it right then and there is worth $170.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    Apple store is the best place to go because if you buy online from the online Apple Store you will have to NOW pay tax AND shipping because you have an Apple store in your state. :eek:
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    nathan22tnathan22t Posts: 317member
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    if you were me which you are not i would find someone in the education circle and have them order it from apple for me, then i would get a discount of a hundred bucks or so depending on the modle, however i am myself and you are yourself and you can do what you want to do because you will never be me.
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    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    Please see hikohta's other <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t=001333"; target="_blank">thread</a>, already in the Genius Bar, where it belongs.

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