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Want an Apple Mac? Ring them for cracking discounts!

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Found 28th Mar 2007Made hot 28th Mar 2007
After deciding to buy a Mac Mini, I rang the store to see about deliveries, etc. and ended up saving over £100 on the online price!

Mac Mini for £399, 3-year Apple Care for £130 and wireles keyboard and mouse for £70. I got it for just short of £490!

Well worth ringing and negotiating. I was offered all sorts, such as free Office software before I settled on this.

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With the amount of Macbooks on the Apple refurb store I can't help but think Apple are launching new computers soon. Probably combined with the launch of OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Maybe thats why they gave you such a good deal to clear out old stocks.

silps

With the amount of Macbooks on the Apple refurb store I can't help but … With the amount of Macbooks on the Apple refurb store I can't help but think Apple are launching new computers soon. Probably combined with the launch of OS X 10.5 Leopard.Maybe thats why they gave you such a good deal to clear out old stocks.




Very probable

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Apple giving discounts over the phone? How un-apple of them! Also supports the new macs theory although beyond iMacs and Mac minis I cant see any other upgrades the macbook/macbok pros only just for their core duo 2 processors in November

If you're not in a hurry for a new Mac, it may be best to wait for the new OS ("Leopard") which is supposedly due this spring. Otherwise you'll have to pay the best part of £100 to upgrade.

I remember reading an article about the next generation of laptops etc using a flash memory drive for faster boot-up and access to regularly used programmes - I'd hang on if you're interested in the latest technology, just in case Apple pioneer this in their new Macbook.

I got 15% discunt though uni network.

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hywen

I got 15% discunt though uni network.



My bro-in-law got me an iMac for a ridiculous price through Uni, very good stuff

I got the Mac Mini simply for its size and convenience. All I'll use it for is the 'net and Mp3s. Does the job fabulously

Every UK student who purchases through a university internet connection gets student discount and goverment subsidy on any mac. Also a noticeable discount on an iPod. However a student is restricted to only one laptop and one desktop purchase every academic year.

Last January i bought an iBook for addtional £15 above rrp and got 1025mb RAM and 80gb HDD. Also now i think any laptop/desktop purchased through the online education store comes with 3yr warranty as standard.

If you cant go the student route, definity consider refurb, Very good value. And you can purchase AppleCare seperately. Check eBay for activation codes that are imported from America. Think the going rate for MacBook care is £130 (rrp £200) from [email protected] he also does iPod care too.

The mac mini is due an update very very soon, so I'm gonna wait. The basic model is about £360 when bought on Uni campus too. I was interested in getting one last month, but it's highly probably a new version with a core2duo will be out soon :).

Probably to coincide with the new OS - which is a shame since it could be delayed until summer...

ODonnyBoy

I'd hang on if you're interested in the latest technology, just in case … I'd hang on if you're interested in the latest technology, just in case ...



If we did this with computers surely noone would end up buying anything
There is always something else just around the corner ....

I remember thinking this a longtime ago when I was looking to get a 486 ....

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How do you get a refurb?

Refurbished Macs here:
store.apple.com/App…ied

As others have said, there are some cracking deals - I saved £400 on a MacBook Pro. They also have iPods on a separate tab at the top of the page.

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emmajk42

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Thank you :-D

jazid

If we did this with computers surely noone would end up buying anything … If we did this with computers surely noone would end up buying anything There is always something else just around the corner ....I remember thinking this a longtime ago when I was looking to get a 486 ....


i heard the same thing in december. so glad i bought it then instead of waiting 4-6 months.



macs rule.

With the amount of Macbooks on the Apple refurb store I can't help but … With the amount of Macbooks on the Apple refurb store I can't help but think Apple are launching new computers soon.



fingers crossed - I really hope so!

Do you think this would work for all Macs?

They often offer academic discounts over the phone, I rang last year before I got my Macbook and they offered £130 off and half price Office for Mac.

I explained I wasn't a student so he replied "anyone else in the house a student ?" luckily I remembered my lad is doing A-Levels...glad there was no messing around with proof either

I ended up not going for it in the end as I was on my way to the States and it worked out nearly £200 cheaper over there

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what people still pay for microsoft office? lol

New Macs will be held now until WWDC (the world wide developers conference) in June.
Expected updates are for iMac, Mac Mini and possibly laptops.
the Mac Pro was updated on Thursday so looks like there will be no update there.

arcsbite

New Macs will be held now until WWDC (the world wide developers … New Macs will be held now until WWDC (the world wide developers conference) in June.Expected updates are for iMac, Mac Mini and possibly laptops.the Mac Pro was updated on Thursday so looks like there will be no update there.




MacBookpro right?

So there is going to be no updates on the systems at all? Im looking to buy one today or at least over easter holidays.

I will be hopefully ringing them up and asking for the student discounts and gonna get it on finance..

wazzay2k1

MacBookpro right?So there is going to be no updates on the systems at … MacBookpro right?So there is going to be no updates on the systems at all? Im looking to buy one today or at least over easter holidays. I will be hopefully ringing them up and asking for the student discounts and gonna get it on finance..



Nothing is ever certain but it is extremely unlikely that the Pro will get another update in June and almost guarantee'd there will be no update before then.
I'm buying my mac pro (to go with my macbook pro) when my load comes in on the 16th of April.

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Got my Mac Mini and it kicks ass. That and my iMac are better than any PC I've owned.

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greenfeld

Got my Mac Mini and it kicks ass. That and my iMac are better than any … Got my Mac Mini and it kicks ass. That and my iMac are better than any PC I've owned.


why?

Proximo

why?



apple.com/get…ac/



I bought a G4 iBook for Uni in 2005 and I didn't use it for about 2 months as it didn't have windows and I didn't know what to do.
I sat down over the summer holiday and played with it, after a week I was ready to give up PC's, it was that easy and simple.
When the intel MAcs came out I bought an intel iMac and installed windows and OS on it...best of both worlds.
it's simple, it's intuitive it's a joy to use...and it just keeps getting better.

Wow, all this praising of the Mac is really good to hear.

Arrrgh! You know, I really want to get a 24" imac, but now I suppose I have no choice but to wait until June.

If I bought one now, I wouldn't be able to do a upgrade/swap though apple later would I?

[EDIT]
...and also, Does anyone know if the academic purchase automatically registers the mac in the students name? Lets say my friend (who is a student) buys one for me, would the software be licensed to him? And what if it broke? Could I send it in on the warranty? Or would my friend have to?

...And can you combine quidco, discount vouchers or refurbs with the student discount? ...I'm really annoyed I didn't get one last year when I did a part-time course. Could I just use one of my college library's computers to make the order and get the discount?

You know i have found it cheaper to go through places like comet, or dixons... even with the student discount, ive found it cheaper else where! Plus the chance to get more money off (with theri vouchers) and better quidco.

For instance..

MacBook Pro from apple (cheapest in their range)

£1,240.80

With quidco

Saving £37.22
£1,203.57

Go to Comet..

Same machine

£1249.00

With quidco

£43.72

£1,205.28 and a free Samsung D60 digital camera worth £79.99...

Thats what i went for!

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davohotuk

Wow, all this praising of the Mac is really good to hear.


here let me even it out: There is nothing a PC can't do that a mac can, infact a Mac can do even less then a PC and you claim it is better? Is there anything you can do on a mac that I can't do on a PC half the price?

pubjoe

Arrrgh! You know, I really want to get a 24" imac, but now I suppose I … Arrrgh! You know, I really want to get a 24" imac, but now I suppose I have no choice but to wait until June.If I bought one now, I wouldn't be able to do a upgrade/swap though apple later would I?[EDIT]...and also, Does anyone know if the academic purchase automatically registers the mac in the students name? Lets say my friend (who is a student) buys one for me, would the software be licensed to him? And what if it broke? Could I send it in on the warranty? Or would my friend have to?...And can you combine quidco, discount vouchers or refurbs with the student discount? ...I'm really annoyed I didn't get one last year when I did a part-time course. Could I just use one of my college library's computers to make the order and get the discount?


No wait you wont be able to swap just wait it out you will be happy you with, buying in a students name does not tie the mac or warranty to him/her in anyway shape or form like you ask....go for it and dont think back

pubjoe

Arrrgh! You know, I really want to get a 24" imac, but now I suppose I … Arrrgh! You know, I really want to get a 24" imac, but now I suppose I have no choice but to wait until June.If I bought one now, I wouldn't be able to do a upgrade/swap though apple later would I?[EDIT]...and also, Does anyone know if the academic purchase automatically registers the mac in the students name? Lets say my friend (who is a student) buys one for me, would the software be licensed to him? And what if it broke? Could I send it in on the warranty? Or would my friend have to?...And can you combine quidco, discount vouchers or refurbs with the student discount? ...I'm really annoyed I didn't get one last year when I did a part-time course. Could I just use one of my college library's computers to make the order and get the discount?



You can't exchange the mac, but even if a new one came out, the one you bought would be still be a fantastic machine that fills the needs that you bought it for.

I'm in Uni and I used my discount for a close friend's iMac, I simply entered their shipping details and card info, it shipped to them, and that was that.
You register the machine and warranty when it arrives, so you can put it in any name you wish.
You can't combine discount codes/refurbs/edu prices, but, keep in mind at the moment Refurb price is about the same as Edu...only with Edu price you get a 3 year warranty instead of 12 months.

wazzay2k1

MacBook Pro from apple (cheapest in their range)£1,240.80



The base price on Apple's HE Edu store for the lowest spec Macbook Pro (15" 2.16Ghz C2D) is £1,146.80


Proximo

here let me even it out: There is nothing a PC can't do that a mac can, … here let me even it out: There is nothing a PC can't do that a mac can, infact a Mac can do even less then a PC and you claim it is better? Is there anything you can do on a mac that I can't do on a PC half the price?



Can a PC legally run OS X and Windows? at the same time?...hmmm...nope.

Proximo

here let me even it out: There is nothing a PC can't do that a mac can, … here let me even it out: There is nothing a PC can't do that a mac can, infact a Mac can do even less then a PC and you claim it is better? Is there anything you can do on a mac that I can't do on a PC half the price?



Well, the main difference is OS X. It's so nice not to have to perform routine maintenance to keep the machine running as it should.
It's equally good that you don't have to have a virus scanner running constantly in the background to defend the system from all the vulnerabilities on a Windows system.

Mac's also run for years. I have a macbook but my daughter runs a Powermac made in 1999 - it runs OS X like a dream. Can you imagine a PC made in 1999 running Vista?

Apple write the best software and design/build the best hardware.

If you can get a mac for a discount - go for it - you won't regret it.

Yeah, it's the "just works" thing that people with real experience of both like.

I worked on a mac several years ago daily and it never crashed, all my PCs have allways had to be re-installed very often.

It's true PCs have a lot more software, but the mac software aternative is A+

I don't know the difference nowadays or if the software is even still in high use, but a good example years ago was roxios toast (for mac) and easy CD (for pc).

toast - simple, one-click-and-drag program, very little user interaction required.

easy cd - overly complicated, many options, overkill on user interaction.

It was hard to believe that the 2 products are made by the same company, but I guess they just make what each audience likes best.

The virus thing is a bit of luck on apples behalf at the moment, something like 99% of viruses target PCs as they are most widely used. Mac's lack of viruses is simply a nice side affect of this, but still though, a VERY good reason to use one.

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arcsbite

Can a PC legally run OS X and Windows? at the same time?...hmmm...nope.


point was why would I need to run OS X when I can do everything it can and more on windows XP/Vista

pubjoe

The virus thing is a bit of luck on apples behalf at the moment, … The virus thing is a bit of luck on apples behalf at the moment, something like 99% of viruses target PCs as they are most widely used. Mac's lack of viruses is simply a nice side affect of this, but still though, a VERY good reason to use one.



I think Viruses target PCs because they are more vulnerable at the system it has little to do with market share...

Would you rather make the 100'000th Virus for a PC? or the 1st one for a Mac? And seeing as how Mac users are so complacent about their security I would think it would make then even more ripe for a bit of virus coding!

Hmmm... maybe it's a bit of both. I find it hard to believe that with all Microsofts cash and resources they are really that stumped with blocking viruses. When apple are that much more successful. Mac's do have good unix style security I think (but I am no expert on this stuff), but seeing as PCs are used in large businesses and are also the system that most devious bedroom pranksters own I think it's natural that most viruses are coded on PC and for PC.

P.S, thank you Proximo and Arcsbite for your advice on student discounts.

Yeah do a little research / use a mac for a bit and you'll find out why they are less prone to viruses.

I've been a mac user for a couple of years now, but I do miss the cheapness of windows machines.

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AppleCare is ****ing crap. My new Mac Mini is getting display problems and they expect me to take it 70 odd miles to get somebody to look at it - what a ****ing joke! Absolutely utterly narked. Less than a fortnight old and problems. Good job my iMac runs fine!

For anyone wondering about updates and such, check out this site, it tells ya the probability of an update to the machine:

buyersguide.macrumors.com/

I'm not a mac user myself, but i am seriously considering getting a macbook. Just need to save the pennies

Ive used Macs for years from the old Apple II to my current dual core G5 system.

Im in the design and media business and Apple have always had a stranglehold in this sector. Pretty to look at and simple to use, so I can see the appeal for home users.

But I build PCs and HTPCs for friends and family and for sheer configurability and value PCs cannot be beaten. I recently built myself a slimline 500gb HDMI 7.1 DVB-C (cable) HTPC with HD-DVD addon. Theres no mac that can do that and never will be.

]greenfeld - that sounds insane, sorry you're having trouble. I had applecare on my blackbook, when the dispay went a little wonky I reported it via apple's support and they had someone come out and pick it up
within a week I had it fixed and back home.

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[SIZE=2]arcsbite, they've now offered to pick it up but is it not an on-site warranty? I've had it less than 2 weeks![/SIZE]
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