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Topic # 83104 10-May-2011 19:14
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hey guys,
just at uni, and i have been on windows all my life.
since im constantly fixing computers for the students in the hostel, i need to learn mac.
my whole life i have hated mac, but now i need one since my skills dont go beyond windows.

i was looking at refurbished ones on the apple store, just wondering if it would be cheaper to buy from america or something? thanks

looking at a macbook/macbook pro/ macbook air.

just something under $2,000 and as cheap as possible (haha)


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  Reply # 467734 10-May-2011 20:37
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How about 2nd hand ones? If you're at uni Apple does student discounts too. I don't know about other varsities but Canterbury had (still has?) a Mac shop.

I bought both my Macbook Pro from - great prices but I'm not sure how it compares to student prices.

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  Reply # 467735 10-May-2011 20:38
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Look into the Education Store online. Also check out the Refurb Store online. Good deals in both.

EDIT: I see you've checked the refurb store already.  $2000 will get you an entry 13" MacBook Pro.  Chuck in a faster hard drive and you're away laughing. 


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  Reply # 467738 10-May-2011 20:49
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You can pick up a Macbook on TradeMe for about $600 if you are a bit patient. Anything Core 2 Duo and above should be sufficient for speed and also support going into Lion OS.

Or try a Hackintosh but the're a lot of work to maintain.

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  Reply # 467747 10-May-2011 21:08
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The $1999 13" Macbook Pro is ~$1840 with education discount, so you can upgrade to a 500gig hard drive and have change from $2k. Keep an eye on refurbished, I have heard that they update the stock around midnight on friday each week.

Canterbury has an IT store that sells mac, it just happens to be in a building that wont be accessible for a while :(

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  Reply # 467760 10-May-2011 22:09
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If it's not your main workhorse, grab a refurb'd 13" Macbook, throw in a SSD and enjoy a snappy, small Mac.

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  Reply # 467778 10-May-2011 23:48
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Good luck finding a cheap mac! You might be able to score a one off trademe, though.

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  Reply # 467853 11-May-2011 10:49
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You can find cheap ones at Foxconn's employee stores in Shenzhen. ;)

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  Reply # 467859 11-May-2011 10:57
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Saw a 15" MBP for sale on GZ today...$1850

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  Reply # 467984 11-May-2011 16:47
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thanks guys i had a look around, there was a cheap one on trademe but the bidding went way too high... higher than a new model which was surprising :o !
the mac for $1850 on gz i think is a bit high..

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  Reply # 469318 15-May-2011 15:46
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try dse during this weekend 10% off all mac

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