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Where should I buy my new iMac?
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mrtaxman
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Sep 9, 2006, 04:34 PM
 
I'm going to buy a new iMac in the next couple of days, but should I buy it through the online Apple store or the walk in Apple store? Any advantages either way?
     
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Sep 9, 2006, 04:36 PM
 
You can't get any upgrades installed at the Apple Store, only memory updates and they cost more that they do online.

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Sep 9, 2006, 05:12 PM
 
If you want a stock model, you'll get it sooner from a physical store. If you want upgrades (better video card, bigger hard drive), you'll have to order it online.
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Sep 9, 2006, 05:19 PM
 
I've bought all my iMacs from Macmall. www.macmall.com
G4 17" iMac 1.25 Tiger
G3 Lime iMac DV 400 Tiger
G3 Snow iMac SE 700 Panther
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mrtaxman  (op)
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Sep 9, 2006, 09:03 PM
 
Thanks for the info, I think I'll buy it online at the Apple store.
     
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Sep 9, 2006, 09:34 PM
 
I gave the brick and mortar stores until today to get a 24" in stock. I really want the extra memory and wirelss keyboard so I broke down and ordered online. They say the 28th, but others have received early ship notices.

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Sep 10, 2006, 09:53 AM
 
My CTO iMac 20" with the 256MB of VRAM is due to ship next Friday, September 15th.
     
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Sep 10, 2006, 05:41 PM
 
If you're going to buy stock, Amazon usually has rebates of $100-200 depending on model.
     
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Sep 10, 2006, 05:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by mduell
If you're going to buy stock, Amazon usually has rebates of $100-200 depending on model.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...464164?ie=UTF8

Amazon has the 24" model now for $1849 after rebate. It also indicates on the web site that the RAM is in a single slot rather than both slots. Easier to upgrade that way without throwing away RAM.
     
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Sep 10, 2006, 06:08 PM
 
I wouldn't recommend buying from Apple directly. I bought a G4 iMac from Apple and it had a dead pixel in the center of the screen. I returned it for an exchange, and they wouldn't do it as they said it was 'within spec.' I got my money back (less 15% restocking fee) and bought one at Microcenter. I asked them if it had a dead pixel and I brought it back, would they exchange it. They said absolutely. For as much as these machines cost, I expect my display to be flawless.
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Sep 10, 2006, 09:29 PM
 
You know cwosigns, you bring up a very good point. Last November 05’, I bought a 60 Gig video iPod that I thought had a few issues. The two main issues being the battery life and the case that seems to scratch if you look at it wrong. I brought my concerns up with Apple and their attitude was it’s your now, so live with it! I might checkout the Mac Enthusiast and see their return policies.
     
   
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