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Topic # 29910 23-Jan-2009 09:39
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Never have a Mac and thinking about buy one for my wife. Right now DSE have it on sale:
24 months interest free( I need that ), and with Office 2008 and Airport Express. 

Is it a good deal, I know in fact that Apple laptops almost always excluded from discount?
Could I still get a Education discount, and/or better ask the saleman for a further discount,
or is it too much to askLaughing

Thanks, I always bought my computer stuff from pricespy, never thought about buying from street
shops on finace and with discount.

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  Reply # 191462 23-Jan-2009 09:45
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I'm pretty sure that you won't get academic pricing through retail stores. It simply isn't available except through Apple NZ or the student outlets AFAIK.

Haggling an already discounted (twice) price is a little bit rude IMHO. I'm always after a bargain but you're being given free items, as well as a further interest free offer. Feel free to ask but since you will have a 0.1% chance of any success, I'd personally it.

Sounds like a great deal. As you have mentioned, Apple hardly discount.

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  Reply # 191465 23-Jan-2009 09:54
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Are you sure about the student pricing there ahmad?  I thought retail stores like DSE and Harvey Norman were just acting as Apple Resellers, the same as places like Magnum Mac or The Bay.  Sure, the latter may be branded Premier Resellers but they're resellers none-the-less...  I don't see why they can refuse student pricing. 

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  Reply # 191469 23-Jan-2009 10:03
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I was 99% sure, but your post made me phone Dick Smith to add the 1%

Only Apple NZ does it - that's direct from a specific Apple NZ website, or from MagnumMac or Student IT that they own. Maybe some other outlets tied in with them too.

But not your run of the mill retail stores. Note that retailers discount and have specials, but MagnumMac, etc. seldom have price reductions (they do occasionally throw in gifts).



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  Reply # 191472 23-Jan-2009 10:08
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Thank for the reply, about the eduation discount, I can just simple ask in DSE, I also get the impression
from apple NZ website that education discount wouldn't avaliable in normal retail stores.

But no, I don't think I got it discounted twice, unless they do have a edution discount, otherwise I am
just getting more, not paying less, and what I am geting is something nice to have but I don't really need.
Well, what I am thinking, it is Apple! 



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  Reply # 191476 23-Jan-2009 10:20
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ahmad: I was 99% sure, but your post made me phone Dick Smith to add the 1%



Thank you sir,  your research attitude to improve the reliability of  your theory is impressive.
But your ruined my day by giving me a 100% possibility event.

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  Reply # 191496 23-Jan-2009 11:33
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Indeed I stand corrected, thanks for clearing that up.

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  Reply # 191518 23-Jan-2009 12:12
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Actually when I was comparing DSE iMac "specials" pricing 10 days ago, it was better than Education level pricing from Student IT.

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  Reply # 191549 23-Jan-2009 13:44
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There's sometimes some good deals to be had from the refurb section of apples site too. Not too sure who you'd have to deal with if there's any warranty issues though. afaik all the NZ stores are supplied by Renaissance, do they have a service agreement with Apple for items bought direct from Apples website?

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  Reply # 191552 23-Jan-2009 13:49
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This was the deal I got yesterday !!




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  Reply # 191558 23-Jan-2009 14:03
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stevenz: There's sometimes some good deals to be had from the refurb section of apples site too. Not too sure who you'd have to deal with if there's any warranty issues though. afaik all the NZ stores are supplied by Renaissance, do they have a service agreement with Apple for items bought direct from Apples website?


Yes but they are an apple certified service provider just as much as any other provider, like toucan for instance.  You can take your mac to any certified service provider if you run into applecare issues that require servicing, or for out of warranty jobs like hardware upgrades.  doesn't have to be renaissance (in fact if it were up to me it would never be renaissance - but thats another story)



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  Reply # 191559 23-Jan-2009 14:03
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psychrn: This was the deal I got yesterday !!

You mean the DSE one right, I just read the fine points in DSE ads, seems I need pay a extra $50 for
some finance fee and $2.5 monthly, well , no free lunch exactly, still bit put off by that,

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  Reply # 191560 23-Jan-2009 14:05
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stevenz: There's sometimes some good deals to be had from the refurb section of apples site too. Not too sure who you'd have to deal with if there's any warranty issues though. afaik all the NZ stores are supplied by Renaissance, do they have a service agreement with Apple for items bought direct from Apples website?

Any Apple service centre in NZ will take any Apple product that is still under warranty. The Apple database has a record of S/N and they can tell when the warranty is due to expire (you can also look this up online).

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  Reply # 191562 23-Jan-2009 14:16
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pstar008:
psychrn: This was the deal I got yesterday !!

You mean the DSE one right, I just read the fine points in DSE ads, seems I need pay a extra $50 for
some finance fee and $2.5 monthly, well , no free lunch exactly, still bit put off by that,

Yes same computer and package with Office mac and airport.But I paid cash !




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  Reply # 191614 23-Jan-2009 16:27
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I would rather opt out that office or airport express, both are nice to have but I don't really need now if I can get a further discount
and interest free at the same time if that is possible.

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  Reply # 191861 24-Jan-2009 20:09
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gehenna:Yes but they are an apple certified service provider just as much as any other provider, like toucan for instance.  You can take your mac to any certified service provider if you run into applecare issues that require servicing, or for out of warranty jobs like hardware upgrades.  doesn't have to be renaissance (in fact if it were up to me it would never be renaissance - but thats another story)


I dealt with them a little about 15 years back, guess they're as good as ever then huh?

DSE actually seem to be a pretty good option for buying Mac's, the hardware is always up-to-date, unlike the big appliance stores who often seem to have last-seasons models, plus if they _do_ have last-seasons models, they're usually pretty well discounted, I got my current Macbook from DSE for $400 off the price it had been the week prior to the current models being released.

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