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I'm getting ready to buy a new MacBook Pro, so am in the process of deciding exactly what and where to get it.
I've bought a lot of electronic gear over the years, including quite a bit of Apple stuff. And, normally Amazon is my first choice vendor, followed by B&H and Apple. As a result I have quite a lot of direct experience with those three, and not a lot with other sources.

So, I am soliciting input on your favorite Mac source (and why, if you choose to share). Since I am USA based the poll choices are USA stores. Feel free to post in the thread comments/recommends on non-USA vendors as well.

Figured this thread may be useful to others, and might prompt me to try someone new.

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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"Favorite places to buy Mac's"...Craig's List and e-Bay!

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"Favorite places to buy Mac's"...Craig's List and e-Bay!

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As soon as I saw you had posted I knew what your response would be . . .

I guess I should have specified new rather than used Macs, though you could still get either (potentially) from eBay or Craig's List.

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I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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As soon as I saw you had posted I knew what your response would be . . .
Yeah buddy!

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I guess I should have specified new rather than used Macs, though you could still get either (potentially) from eBay or Craig's List.
Yes I noticed that "loophole" in the question. So I figured it was fair for me to reply (before things were modified).

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For what it's worth. If I was to purchase a newer Mac...I would probably get it from the refurbished section of the Apple online Store.

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If it's new, definitely at my local Apple store. I don't care much about saving 50 bucks to buy it online and have to deal with potential returns.
If it's refurbished, Apple's online store...no exceptions.
If it's used, eBay. Craigslist too if given the opportunity to test it before buying.

But, my favorite is definitely at the Apple store. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside

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Apple Store so if anything should go wrong I can exchange it that same day or get it resolved same day
plus I like looking at all the goodies.
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If it's new, definitely at my local Apple store. I don't care much about saving 50 bucks to buy it online and have to deal with potential returns.
If it's refurbished, Apple's online store...no exceptions.
If it's used, eBay. Craigslist too if given the opportunity to test it before buying.

But, my favorite is definitely at the Apple store. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside
This is one where I blow hot and cold. I like the idea of supporting local stores and try to buy at least some computer and photo gear locally. But, the savings on a new Mac is more like $100 to $250 than $50 (and even more if you add Apple Care) vs buying on-line.

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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I voted Apple Online, caveat being I only buy refurbished systems anymore. The one new Mac I bought in 2007 was also bought from Apple's online store. If I bought a new Mac, I'd have my Mom buy it though work (Education Discount through Apple Online) and have it sent to my local Apple Store. I bought an iPad from a guy on the local firearms forum (met at firing range) and that went very smoothly as well.
I sell my used stuff on Craigslist as I like cash in hand and hate shipping, dealing with email back-and-forth and sending photos. I did sell a MacBook in here once and it went just fine though.

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This is one where I blow hot and cold. I like the idea of supporting local stores and try to buy at least some computer and photo gear locally. But, the savings on a new Mac is more like $100 to $250 than $50 (and even more if you add Apple Care) vs buying on-line.
I stated 50 because that's about all the difference between what I can get after discounts. In most cases, the value of being able to handle returns in person outweighs the slight price reduction after discounts...for me at least. Taxes and shipping not included

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Well, for our iPads & my rMBPro, I purchased from Apple online, but most recently we bought an iMac locally from MacAuthority located at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, just a 10 minute drive for us. The nearest Apple Store is in Greensboro, about 40 minutes away.

MacAuthority is a regional business w/ just 5 stores (most in Tennessee) but seems to be a 'full service' Apple seller and authorized service provider - I'm planning to replace my iPad 2 after the holidays w/ an iPad Air and will likely just buy it there. Dave
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I voted for online Apple Store because that is how I bought both of my Macs (so far). But that's mainly because I did not get stock models and sometimes the store doesn't have the exact configuration I want. Although, it would feel great to walk out of the shiny big window Apple Store with a new Mac in my hands.

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Apple Refurbs.

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Never bought a new Mac before, so Craigslist would be my "favorite" place.

But if I was in the market for a new Mac, I'd buy directly from Apple, wouldn't want to deal with a 3rd party retailer.

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There are some stores I like going to. Apple is one.
Hence, all my Macs, iPhones and iPad have been bought at the local Apple store thus far.
Think all the iPods I've had came from Fry's when they were on sale for a whopping 5-10% off.

I'd consider purchasing from our local MicroCenter if they were having a sale on exactly what I wanted.

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