Buy from a reseller
Get extra savings on a Mac from third-party retailers
While Apple offers discounts from time to time, you’ll often get more money off from third– party resellers. But before you get started, it’s a good idea to buy from an authorized reseller or service provider; that way, you’re buying from Apple-approved companies. Moreover, any repairs at an Authorized Service Provider are done using genuine parts by people trained by Apple.
Many of these resellers offer deep discounts around Black Friday, so if you’re not in a huge hurry it’s a good idea to wait until then. But it’s not necessary to save your shopping to one time of the year — B&H Photo offers excellent discounts on Apple products, such as $200 off the price of a topof-the-range Macbook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar. That’s as good as the education discount.
If you don’t mind buying kit that isn’t brandnew, some shops sell ex-display units. Make sure you read the product description and, if possible, check out the unit before buying so you know exactly what condition it will be in. It’s a good idea to test things like battery cycle count to make sure no parts are worn out. You also need to be fast if you see any ex-display units on sale — naturally, they’re usually limited in supply, so if you’ve already decided what sort of Mac you want and you see it on sale, go for it while you can.
On the other hand, if you want to buy a brand–new Mac but don’t mind if it isn’t the latest model, the best time to buy is just after new models come out. At that time, many resellers will reduce their prices in order to shift old stock and free up space for newer Macs. As a result, you can pick up a bargain for yourself. Check out page 35 for more information on this.
If you want to buy from a reseller, consider how that might affect your support and AppleCare options. Make sure you keep your receipt and AppleCare Proof of Coverage (if that applies), as Apple might ask to see them if you need it to service your Mac. Many resellers offer their own support services in addition to those from Apple.
If you aren’t sure where your nearest authorized reseller is, head over to locate.apple.com, select a service and enter your details. You can look up numerous resellers, service providers, training centres, and consultants, all approved and authorized by Apple.