Buy from a re­seller

Get ex­tra sav­ings on a Mac from third-party re­tail­ers

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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.

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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.

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