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Getting a Mac from Apple doesn’t have to be costly
When it comes to buying a Mac directly from Apple, there are several ways to save some money. Before you hand over your hard-earned cash, there are a few places you should check first.
One is the clearance section on Apple’s website, which offers slightly older Macs (such as those from 2015 and 2016) for a lower price. If you don’t mind not having the latest and greatest Mac available, this is a great place to get a deal (see page 34 for more).
Separately, there’s also a section offering second-hand Apple products that have been refurbished by the company, also sold at a discount. While these are not unused, brand-new Macs (unlike clearance items), they have still been tested and certified by Apple, so you know they’re in a good condition. Every Mac sold this way comes with a one–year warranty.
However, the items in both the clearance and refurbished sections tend to go quickly. If you’re interested in buying this type of Mac, it might be an idea to set the appropriate place as your web browser’s homepage. Then you can quickly check for discounted Macs every time you go online, so there’s less chance of missing out.
While the cost of buying a Mac directly from Apple with a single sizable payment can seem daunting, Apple offers a way of making it more affordable. Instead of buying the Mac outright, you can spread the cost over six, 12, or 18 monthly instalments, interest free (if you pay it back within the promotion period), with Barclaycard Visa. If you don’t pay the balance within this timeframe or you’re late with a payment, interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date. The APR is 15.49%, 21.49%, or 28.49% variable, depending on how good your credit is, so it’s worth taking advantage of the interest-free option.