- Oct 25, 2017
Your options for discounts on Macs are as follows:
*Refurbs from Apple. Personally the best deal on balance for me, but you're limited by stock and prebuilt configs. Can save around 15%.
*Academic and now military discounts on Apple's site. Range from around 7-10% depending on the product.
*B&H/Crutchfield/Microcenter/Adorama deals. AppleInsider.com tracks a lot of these. Again, you're limited to certain configs, but you can get an extra $100–200 off in certain circumstances, and substantially more in special situations.
*Used Mac sellers like Macsales, MacOfAllTrades, and PowerMax. The discounts aren't great (because they've got to make money too) but I've found dealing with the first two very good, and it's better than buying off Craigslist or eBay.
*Craigslist and eBay! I've only ever bought off the latter, because Craigslist is full of listing that are intentionally or unintentionally inaccurate, and I don't fancy being shanked and/or robbed. eBay is great for buying in that they will generally side with the buyer in disputes, so when I bought an iMac G4 and the guy sent it to me in a bare cardboard box, I got a refund with no fuss.