Know what you need

Do you need pow­er­ful parts, or will a sim­pler Mac do the job? Re­search, read re­views and make an in­formed de­ci­sion be­fore you over­spend.

Be pa­tiently ac­tive

If you’re not in a hurry, wait un­til the big sales, for the very best deals. At the same time, if you see a top deal or a clear­ance Mac, make sure to move quickly!

Shop around

Don’t buy a Mac with­out see­ing what oth­ers are charg­ing. If you do find a seller that has a great war­ranty but high prices, then see if they will agree to price match.

Try be­fore you buy

If you’re buy­ing a second-hand Mac, view it in per­son if pos­si­ble. Be­fore you make a com­mit­ment, check its bat­tery cycle count and other in­di­ca­tions of over­all health.

Pro­tect your­self

Pro­tect your costly Mac with a war­ranty or in­sur­ance pol­icy. If the prices on two Macs are sim­i­lar, then buy your new Mac from the re­tailer with the best war­ranty.

Know your rights

The rights you get when you buy a Mac depend whether it’s sec­ond­hand and whether you bought it from a re­tailer or an in­di­vid­ual. Read up on what you’re en­ti­tled to in or­der to avoid any nasty sur­prises.

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