Where To Purchase Your Next Mac

I’ve been to a few Apple stores in the past and I love their clean design. The products they sell are well displayed and their staff are usually very helpful, but I am always looking for a bargain. So I can’t envision myself purchasing a new computer from my local Apple store with the deals that Amazon is currently offering (mail in rebates on all Macs from $25-$150). Below is a chart comparing the Apple store price vs. the Amazon prices for all Mac computers. Shipping is free from both Apple and Amazon, unless of course, you need your Mac shipped express.

With the money that you save by purchasing from Amazon you can increase your RAM, purchase peripherals, or hold onto that money for a rainy day. The choice is rather easy if you look at the prices below. I have added a 5% sales tax to all Apple prices. Your particular sales tax may be higher or lower depending on where you live.

Model Apple Store Price* Amazon Price**
Apple MacBook 13.3″ Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2
GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive)
$1,363.00 $1,204.99
Apple MacBook 13.3″ Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2
GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive) – Black
$1573.95 $1,398.97
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″ Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
2 GB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$2098.95 $1,789.99
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″ Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$2,623.95 $2,289.99
Apple MacBook Pro 17″ Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$2,938.95 $2,557.98
Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive)
$1,888.95 $1,689.99
Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Laptop (1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive)
$2,727.90 $2,743.00
Apple Mac mini (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive,
Combo Drive)
$628.95 $570.00
Apple Mac mini (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive,
SuperDrive)
$838.95 $769.99
Apple iMac Desktop with 20″ Display (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1
GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$1,258.95 $1,144.00
Apple iMac Desktop with 20″ Display (2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2
GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$1,573.95 $1,419.00
Apple iMac Desktop with 24″ Display (2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2
GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
$1,888.95 $1,694.00
Apple Mac Pro Desktop (Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors,
2 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, 16x SuperDrive)
$2,938.95 $2,589.99
* Apple price includes local/state sales tax of 5% (Sales tax may be higher or lower depending on your location). Amazon price includes mail-in rebate (expirese 7/14/08)
Residents of KS, KY, ND, NY and WA have to pay a sales tax on all Amazon
purchases. (Thank your state legislatures.)

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