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    Default Haggling a MacBook & accessories

    Hi! I'm off to buy a MacBook this weekend and just had some questions... I'll be going to harvey norman as I already have a ge card and was declined hsbc credit at jb... I'll be putting down $800 cash and the rest on 6 months interest free. I want a MacBook, AppleCare, iWork, cordless mouse and a case. I've seen MacBook advertised for $1249 on the net, iWork is $129 at the mo at jb, David Jones offered me Applecare for $338... Do you think if I tell Harvey Norman this they will match all these prices, even tho they're from different stores? I'm putting about 50% cash down. And any other advice would be helpful please!

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    To my knowledge harvey norman don't sell apple

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    Most Harvey Normans I called told me that as well but there is one store in QV that does. I was in there this week but they were waiting on stock. Thinking of trying the good guys in highpoint as well as they take ge finance and have two in stock...

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    you can only try, and haggle your way. but being financed; dont expect too much discount. if somehow you are able to pay outright (cash works best), my bet would be 10% (slightly more if you are lucky)

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    JB offered me a MacBook, iWork & Applecare for $1776 ($1257 mac, $390 Applecare & $129 iWork)... Is this reasonable or can I do better? The Good Guys said they will match the price. Should I go for it or try for a bigger discount? Thanks for your advice by the way, it's much appreciated.

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    That offer was with $600 cash upfront...

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    I just went to another JB and got a price of $1205 MacBook, $370 Applecare and $129 standard for iWork... Best deal so far. Should I just take it?

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    Saw a MacBook in my local jb with a ticket for $1117 the other week.
    Try and get that down a bit.

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    Was that the latest version or old stock?

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    considering $1205 is about $20 above cost price for a reseller, you wont do any better than that for the current base model MacBook.

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    Yeah that's what I thought... I went in to get a price match for $1249 and he came out with $1205...

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    Yeah that was current stock. Just new, current, non display model stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FergusB View Post
    Yeah that was current stock. Just new, current, non display model stock.
    must be loss leading to get customers in the door, its well below cost at that price.

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    What state are you in? Domayne at the Gold Coast do fantastic deals, i've been buying Apple products from them for the last 5 years! and wouldn't even consider shopping anywhere else!

    With the GE financing your lucky to get anything off, what they will most likely do is discount accessories and try and sell you AppleCare (which is completely worth it) however AppleCare can be bought of eBay for $100-150 cheaper.

    JB seems to do good deals as well, ask them to bargain down the accessories as much as they can. Never shop at Harvey Norman, they're terrible but always try and use them as price-match.

    All in all, the best way to get cheap Apple Products is wait for an announcement, and the day when the new products come out, ask to buy the old line-up. You may not be getting the latest and greatest (sometimes there's very little change) but you can be assured you'll get a cheaper price!

    Hope this helps!

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    being i work for harveys in new zealand...heres the drill

    all apple product has only 1% margin so no discount for you

    interest free finance carrys what we call retention...eg it
    rips 6% to 13% out of the sale.......so that makes the deal go
    backwards hence...again...no discount or deal for you

    Harveys in NZ are THE major apple reseller and when there is
    advertised interest free it goes crazy.....we can only offer interest free
    when the supplier rebates us back the cost on finance

    so there you have it
    I don't care what pc, mac, ipod, camera,car etc you have...really i don't

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    Smile MacBook & Applecare

    AFTER you've bought your MacBook, check out eBay etc for overseas sourced Applecare. You can afford to wait for a full 12 months to get it at "the right price", because you already have Apple's cover for the 1st year anyway.( Applecare simply adds another 2years onto the END of your 1st year). So, you have a full year from date of purchase to get your Applecare - contrary to what your Harvey Rip staff will try to have you believe.

    You definitely DON"T have to get it when you buy the Mac.

    You'll find that it's a helluva lot cheaper than our local ripoff prices AND it IS portable to anywhere in the world, regardless of where it was purchased. I got mine at less than half the local price - had no issues when I registered it locally and recently needed to claim a repair.
    Last edited by Honest John; 19th January 2010 at 06:22 PM.

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    What state are you in? could possibly help you out.

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    Don't buy from Harvey Norman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pink View Post
    Don't buy from Harvey Norman!
    Wow, very informative post there.
    I have had no problem with Harvey Norman. Their prices are quite high compared to other stores, but they have matched and beaten the price on every item I have bought from there.

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    As long as you do your homework, no retailer is ever too expensive. Sales staff want their commission (read: your custom), so they will do the best they can to get your business. This goes for everything not just macs.

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