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    Built to order at physical store?

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    Built to order at physical store?
    I need a laptop for school in the fall, so I have decided to buy a MacBook. I want to get the base 1.83ghz model and upgrade it to 1GB of ram and an 80GB harddrive. The problem is, I really prefer to buy the computer at the physical Apple store (rather than online). I heard from a friend that they do in-store upgrades for you, but my brother told me today that they will not. Has anyone had any experience with this?
    I tried searching for this (as I was sure that someone has asked before), but didn't find a reference.

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    AFAIK they will not. Why not call or go to the closest one and ask?


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    My local Apple store will only upgrade the RAM in the store, no hard drives. I would still call your Apple store and ask, you never know what you might find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss
    Why not call or go to the closest one and ask?
    The one near my place is always very busy, and not only is there a long wait to speak to someone, they also ALWAYS try to convince you to order online (this has been my experience with my first two Apple purchases, both iPods).

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    Thanks, all, for the fairly quick responses. I have to be downtown in that area to visit my Daddy next week, so I'll ask physically where they can't turn me away/push me to buy online.

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    I was in the same position when buying my macbook earlier this week. I found out they carry certain upgraded models. For instance, one of my local stores carried the white 2ghz macbook with 1gbram and 80 gb harddrive. Apparently this was a common upgrade setup they have because they had several. Just call and ask what upgraded models they are carrying

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    I know, in the past, that third party stores offered build-to-order Macs allowing you to pick it up at the store. You would have to pay some percentage up front though. I would expect Apple to offer this service too. When you ask, please let us know.

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    My Apple store experience was that they would rather not be bothered with doing anything that didn't involve hanging out and looking good. But this was SOHO in NYC where everyone just hangs out and looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep
    I would expect Apple to offer this service too. When you ask, please let us know.
    Okay, here's what happened. I planned on calling the store and visiting the store (this is the one on 5th Ave. New York City) to see if I'd get the same or different responses. When I called, the guy on the other end said if I wanted that configuration, I'd have to order the notebook online. He said, quote, "We do RAM upgrades in-store, but not hard drive upgrades."

    I went to the store two days later, and a blond, cute sales guy said that they have certain BTO configurations already in stock, and I just have to come at the time of purchase to see which ones they have in stock. I told him that the guy on the phone told me I'd have to order online, and he furrowed his brow, and said, well, he might have been thinking of our prior situation...now we have certain BTO configurations shipped to us.

    Whatever! Anyways, I'm glad that I won't have to order online. It's enough I have to wait til August, waiting for shipping would kill me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster
    But this was SOHO in NYC where everyone just hangs out and looks good.
    Ain't that the truth. I hate the SOHO store employees. They are lazy and look bored. My experience at 5th Ave. was better, but after a while, they may become jaded as well and be less helpful...

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    okay, totally off topic... but the 5th Avenue store is the one that looks like a giant glass box, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katie
    okay, totally off topic... but the 5th Avenue store is the one that looks like a giant glass box, correct?
    That's just the street level part, but yes.

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    I thought it was going to be huge inside, but it wasn't all that big. I think the multi-level store in SOHO is bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlike
    That's just the street level part, but yes.
    ahh.. where's the rest of it? haha... anyway, I saw a picture of that on apple.com. beautiful!

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