How to Save Big Bucks When You Shop at the Apple Store

by Kevin Delaney

Attention Mac fanatics! Here’s an easy technique I discovered to save significant money shopping at the Apple Store:

Using this method, I bought a brand-new MacBook for $70 less than the listed price. If you try it, let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below!

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Lee January 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Kev, not a bad tip. I guess one question would be whether it would be cheaper to just buy at MacMall and have them ship it. Depending on buyer location, this might save sales tax, and shipping may be free or less expensive then the tax in an Apple retail store. There is also the question of how fast you need it, and if it is an impulse buy. Good to see a shot of the Burgh, my home town. Best, Lee

Kevin Delaney January 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Lee: I generally dislike buying larger-ticket items (especially electronics) via mail order. True, you can save on sales tax. MacMall was running a free standard shipping deal for a while, but that is apparently over.

There are many good reasons to buy at the Apple Store, not the least of which is their superb customer service. If you have a problem, it would probably be easier to take the item back to the store than to ship it. I have bought from MacMall in the past, and generally liked the service. If someone doesn’t live near an Apple Store, I’d recommend MacMall as another option.

Bob Hurley February 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hey Kevin!
I can’t thank you enough for this advice. I purchased a new Macbook Pro at the Apple Store and told the salesman to hold on for a few minutes. Went to MacMall and saw the same model for sale for $70 less. I quietly asked him if he could match that price. He checked with his manager and said yes. You saved me 70 bucks! I never thought they would do it. They appreciated the “quietly asking” part because the store was packed with people.

Thanks Kevin!

Jerry Gillies February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

Kevin: A good idea. However, when I checked my MacBook Pro at MacMall’s site a year ago, I found I was able to get it at the SF Apple Store cheaper, and they even threw in a deal on some software. And here’s another money saving tip I got from a friend and was amazed to find actually works. If you’re a Vonage customer and call them up and tell them you want to cancel, in order to keep you, they will offer you a substantial discount for the entire next year. My service went from $24.95 to $12.95 a month. But hurry, as they could be inundated and decide to stop doing this.

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