AviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 917 times:
The best source is the education discount. If you know anyone attending a higher education facility, they qualify for about 10% off Macs and accessories. Sometimes around X-Mas and when there are new systems (like Tiger) released, there are 10% off nights at the Apple stores.
Since Apple is in charge of the selling of their products, they are able to keep the rope tight on their resellers too. List price is pretty much the going price unless you find someone on ebay who can't pay the bills.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3088 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 908 times:
It's like AviatorTJ said, Apple keeps the prices controlled so there's very little variation. One thing you can look for is bundling offers. From time to time, you can get a "free" scanner, printer, digital camera, memory upgrade, or something similar. Especially if you'd need to buy any of that anyway, you can think of that as a bit of a discount.
The education discount is about the only discount, if you can qualify it. It doesn't have to be higher ed all the time; my mother got the discount and she's a kindergarten teacher. You can get the discount on hardware both on Apple's web site and in a retail Apple Store.
Finally, if you don't mind slightly older, or used/refurbished equipment, look for the red Save tag on the front page of the Apple Store web site, which will take you to a page with older and refurbished hardware that is discounted a bit. You can also try Small Dog Electronics, which sells a lot of used Apple hardware. I got my iBook from them. Finally, there's always eBay, but be careful there, a lot of the listings really aren't much of a deal.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 865 times:
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3): No dice. I checked while trashing my PC.
HAHA! That's far too funny! Uhhh I attend an all Mac school. They run all Duel Powermac G5's, eMac's, while all our teachers run 14" iBook's or 15" Powerbooks. There are a few new iMac's floating around but not many. All in all there has to be close to 100-140 less-than-a-year-old mac's at my school.
Personally I have a 12" Powerbook G4 I got a little over a year ago. I love it to death and would never let it go. BUT (!) due to my recent need in power and lack of funds to upgrade an old computer, I bit the bullet and got a Duel 2.0 GHz Powermac, 20" Cenima Display, and a few other goodies. Ahhhhhhhhhhh I love the fact that I can view it all, faster than ever, etc.
Oh as for finding it low price? Never found a place yet.