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    Amazon is a yes or a no?
    Hi, about to purchase a macbook pro and I see that Amazon sells them as well.

    Is this a good route to go? Do they still charge tax if you purchase through amazon?

    Thanks for your help in advance, very much.

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    You most likely won't get the Apple care/support that Apple offers. But check to be sure.

    I have a hard time purchasing anything Apple from anywhere other than the Apple website or an Authorized Apple dealer. Even off Ebay........ won't even go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACyMouse View Post
    You most likely won't get the Apple care/support that Apple offers. But check to be sure.
    Ah… yes you will. New is new, whether you buy it from Apple direct, Best Buy, or Amazon.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    Ah… yes you will. New is new, whether you buy it from Apple direct, Best Buy, or Amazon.
    Probably thinking of ebay then.... my bad. Carry on.

    But..... I still wouldn't feel right buying an Apple from Amazon. It's ike buying a Mercedez from a Kia dealership... just feels wrong. But that's just me.


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    Hi, back to my original question : the sales tax?

    On amazon it has the apple number you can call and speak to them, you get applecare and it says sold by apple.

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    Amazon will charge you whatever state tax you pay on your purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarahbelle1414 View Post
    Hi, back to my original question : the sales tax?
    Drop it in your cart and proceed to the point where you get a total. That will answer your question more definitively. You can always back out and cancel.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Stan View Post
    Amazon will charge you whatever state tax you pay on your purchase.
    No they won't. It depends on the state. I purchase quite a bit from Amazon and I'm never charged Texas sales tax. I believe the only state that is really enforcing on line sales tax is California.

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    Amazon is by Federal law obligated to collect state sales tax on ANY items they sell to customers who live in a state *where they have a physical presence* -- including just warehouses. This applies to ALL online sellers (Apple, Microsoft, etc).

    There are no ifs, ands or buts about this.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...?nodeId=468512

    Amazon does not have any facilities in TX, which is why you're not getting charged tax. Consider yourself lucky for now, because that probably won't last forever.

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    I bought two 13" mbp's a few months ago. No tax, no shipping. I also bought apple care for both. Only thing I couldn't do was buy one on one. No biggie, though. I have this forum for custom assistance.

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    Amazon is an authorized seller for most (but not all) Apple products. If you buy from an authorized seller you have exactly the same rights as if you purchased directly from Apple.
    However, Amazon also acts as a front store for resellers, so you need to make sure the item you are buying is sold and fulfilled by Amazon. If so (and the product is one of the ones Amazon is authorized to sell) then you are home free. If not, you have to check to see if the actual seller is on the authorized list (not likely or they wouldn't be selling through Amazon).

    In either case it is almost certain you won't end up paying sales tax (unless you live in California). I buy a lot from Amazon and have for years (including 2 Macbooks, a MacMini and an Apple TV2) and have never paid sales tax on Amazon purchases. I have AppleCare on all of the above too (with the exception of the ATV2).
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    I bought a mbp from Amazon in the spring. It's the same as buying it from Apple. I even was able to purchase the Apple Care at a reduced price from them.
    We did go to the genius bar for a question and it was covered.
    As far as sales tax is concerned, it depends on your state. Most states don't charge sales tax. My wonderful governor decided we should have to pay so we do. But all the states around us don't.
    There is, IMHO, no problem with buying Apple products from Amazon, especially if you can save the tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prrs4me View Post
    I bought a mbp from Amazon in the spring. It's the same as buying it from Apple.
    Not to belabor the point, but this is not strictly true. You have to check Apple's list of authorized sellers for the product you are interested, and then you have to make sure the item is actually being sold by Amazon (not true of everything they sell.)

    EDIT: Added link on how to find authorized resellers. And, the second link shows Amazon, but also that Amazon is NOT and authorized reseller for iPad. In your case it is for Macs

    http://www.apple.com/buy/

    http://solutionprofessionals.apple.com/catalog/

    EDIT 2: This quote is direct from Apple,
    "Please be aware that if you purchase a product over the Internet or through a catalog from a Reseller who is not on this list, you are not buying from a reseller authorized by Apple to make Internet or catalog sales."
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    in short Amazon is authorized for macs and they will not charge sales tax if your state does not have a local presence...
    up there with the bEst of the bEst....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Amazon is by Federal law obligated to collect state sales tax on ANY items they sell to customers who live in a state *where they have a physical presence* -- including just warehouses. This applies to ALL online sellers (Apple, Microsoft, etc).

    There are no ifs, ands or buts about this.

    Amazon.com Help: Sales Tax

    Amazon does not have any facilities in TX, which is why you're not getting charged tax. Consider yourself lucky for now, because that probably won't last forever.
    True, but the State has the option not to require sales tax. Here in AZ, Amazon has 4 warehouses and we are not charged sales tax for items ordered through amazon.com. Amazon high-tailed it out of CA because CA started collecting sales tax. It depends where you live and your state's decision on the matter.

    http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2011/...online-giants/
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