I recently purchased my first new computer in six years. This was a purchase I pondered for a long time ... trying to decide the right moment to buy in or whether to hold out a bit longer for the Next Big Thing. In the end, practical matters forced me to buy now. (This to the dismay of a few prominent club members who urged me to hold out a few months more for the upcoming Skylake processors. But that's another story.
In a break from my past practice of keeping my purchases as local as possible, I decided this time to see what would be the very best price I could find on a mid-2015, 15" MacBookPro, with a Terabyte SSD. I researched this very carefully and at length and decided finally to trust the deals promised through the website Apple Insider (http://appleinsider.com). That website is very well known for reporting rumors and early release of all kinds of Apple Info. I've visited the site daily for years. At any rate, Apple Insider has a comprehensive price guide listing every Mac model (each model, each RAM configuration, each hard disk size, etc.) with and without Apple Care. They show side-by-side comparisons of Apple's price along with the prices at a number of the biggest name Apple retailers (e.g., Amazon, B&H, Adorama, and MacMall. Each of these stores offers different deals on each of the models. Some sweeten the deal by adding extras (in my case I received a free CD/DVD player, which of course is missing from the current MacBook Pro's). I ended up with 2.5 GHz Macbook Pro (a notch up from the base 2.2 model). But the clincher was a "Promo Code" provided by Apple Insider that gives a distinct edge. PLUS the fact that most of these companies do not charge sales tax for Washington residents. That saved me $240 right there.
Some of the deals require rather detailed steps to collect the advertised price. And I would certainly check out all of the fine print as carefully as possible and keep detailed records of anything you do online with these folks. The bottom line is that you can save some significant cash by doing this.
I don't buy computers often. But when I do, you can imagine the care that went into this research. But don't take it from me. Look at apple insider.com yourself and see what you think. It may not be for everybody but I sure found it a real cost-saver.
See their drop down price guides:
Discussion of general issues, not related to a specific Mac or iDevice operating system.
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