Almost two years ago I wrote an article comparing MacBooks vs. PCs, and why I chose a PC. At the time, the PC was the right choice for me. I purchased a Dell from the business unit for about half what it would have cost me to purchase a comparable MacBook. But as time went by, my needs changed and I recently bought a MacBook. Part of the reason was the software it comes with, and another reason was that I got a very good deal.
How to Save a Ton of Money on a MacBook
Shop the Refurb and Education Stores within the Apple Store
Refurb Store. I saved over $250 on my 15″ MacBook Pro by purchasing it in the refurbished section of the Apple Store. Refurbished Macs are a great deal, and more importantly, they are accessible to everyone. All you need to do is visit the Apple Store and click on the refurb link. It’s not uncommon to save 20% or more on a MacBook, iMac, or other item.
Refurbished items are tested to exact specifications at the Apple factory and come with the same 1 year warranty as new products. They are usually items that have been returned for one reason or another, or that had a minor problem that was repaired, tested, then resold. I’m more than happy to save several hundred dollars buying a MacBook that has been tested and meets factory specs. Visit the Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pro Department at the Apple Online Store for more information.
Education Store. You can save at least $100 on your MacBook if you are eligible to buy it from the Apple Education Store. To qualify for the education discount you usually need to be a student or faculty member at an approved school, or the parent of a student. Shop the Apple Education Store for more information about eligibility and specific deals.
Take advantage of special MacBook computer rebates
Bonus offer – free iPod Touch with MacBook purchase. If you are a student, teacher, or qualified administration worker at an education institution, you may be eligible to receive a free iPod Touch when you purchase a Mac computer – you choice of any computer from the MacBook lineup or the iMac lineup. Buy a Mac for college, and get a free iPod touch.
$100 printer rebate. You can get a $100 rebate from the Apple Store when you buy a printer on the same invoice as your Macbook or iMac. Based on what I saw, the printers are slightly more expensive at the Apple Store than places like Amazon, but many of them are either around $100, or end up being substantially cheaper when you factor in the $100 rebate. The best part is Apple makes redeeming your rebate easy – it is handled online and in house and the form quick to fill out. I received my printer rebate in a couple weeks, with no hassles!
Bonus tip: Get free printer and iPod! My sister is in college and she bought a MacBook and received a free printer and the free iPod Touch. That worked out to a savings of over $200. A nice deal for anyone!
Shop authorized Apple resellers
Shop with authorized resellers. Apple has many authorized retailers that offer various discounts throughout the year (for example, Best Buy). Apple has a price floor, so you aren’t likely to find too many great deals on the computer’s price compared to the Apple Store. However, you may find other bonuses, such as free software, rebates, and other discounts which make it a better deal in the end. I searched several options, but in the end, I couldn’t beat the deal I found on the refurbished MacBook Pro I purchased.
Shop around and you can find a good deal. If you are willing to put a little time into your search, you should be able to save at least $100 on the purchase of a new or refurbished MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or other Apple computer. With the number of deals out there, it just doesn’t make sense to visit the Apple Store and pay full price.