Buy from Ap­ple

Get­ting a Mac from Ap­ple doesn’t have to be costly

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

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.

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