Buy Online or at the Store?

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I decided to switch to a Mac some time ago, and finally made a first trip to the nearest Apple store (about 60 miles away) and got some hands-on time. I didn't have an appointment and the place was really jumping with people.

So the question is: Is it wise to buy online (MacBook Pro), or should I just make the appointment and get one from the store? It would give me a good excuse to go back :smile:

I've also read on some forums that with school starting in a month or so that it's difficult to keep MacBooks in stock.

Thanks for any help.

Regards,
John
 
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either will be fine. won't you save on tax if you order online? if you need post purchase assistance, then you can make the trip over there. keep an eye out for those back to school deals too. maybe you can get a free ipod touch or something.
 
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Since Oregon has no sales tax, I would be inclined to order a build-to-order machine from the Apple online store. I think shipping is free. The brick and mortar stores are only going to stock the standard configurations.

Certain other online stores also have custom configurations available or BTO options - B&H Photo is an example of the former, while Expercom.com is an example of the latter. They discount prices slightly and may have free shipping.
 
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Don't forget to check the refurb store at Apple's web site. You can save some money and, in my experience, the systems can't be distinguished from new. Also, occasionally, you get more than you ordered (i.e. more memory or a bigger hard drive than specified in the refurb store listing).
 
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Thanks to everyone for the help. I ordered one from the online store a little while ago. I decided to go with the 13" since portability is an issue.

While Oregon doesn't have a sales tax, we still can't pump our own gas :frown:

Regards,
John
 
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