Dealing with discounts: When to buy a Mac or iDevice

By Julio Franco ยท 22 replies
Mar 29, 2013
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  1. Contrary to popular belief, scoring deals on newly-released Apple products isn't difficult. Sure, you'll need a little patience, but waiting for those initial discounts could save you a decent chunk of change. While data suggests that the first deals on...

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  2. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Or don't buy any Apple products and save more, when you can get comparable hardware for less. When they can offer huge discounts like $100+ you honestly know, the device is priced too high to begin with.

    I might seem totally anti-Apple, but I have used them and it's not worth switching over. Are the high prices honestly worth it to you, just so you can have the latest and greatest? Some products might be considered worthwhile, but it's all user preference in the end.
    khha4113 and m4a4 like this.
  3. Correction,

    When to buy an Apple product
    = Never
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 956   +515

    Dang, the above 2 beat me to it ;P
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I can get the same discounts by being a student. And family members of mine can get employee discounts (dont work for apple).
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I know, right? I'm so disappointed. This article was just begging for it too.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I somewhat disagree. A 100+gb mp3 player is pretty good and reasonable for it's price
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    The best time to buy an Apple product is when they change their name to Samsung.
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,961

  10. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    I still say Apple is for those who want "simple". Those who say I'll let iTunes do everything for me and be happy with that. Android is for those who enjoy tinkering. Not because they have to but because they can. :)
  11. This is an interesting dilemma. To buy or to not to buy that is the question. To wait for a bargain or not to wait for a bargain. Here is an idea. Do you have to use the latest software? Is the latest the best? Over coming the urge to want the latest just to have what your friends. Have. Hire is a strange thing for you. I went on craigslist. Found a g5 for $100. Got Leopard 10.5.8 and cs3 on it. Installed office 2011 or 2008 on it. Installed aperture 2.0 and iPhoto. It works and as fast as todays intel. Mind you, you do not need 24 cores logical that is to check your email or to stair at the photo you just took of your girlfriend and to clear the zits of your teenage son and his girlfriends face on a birthday photo. 2 or 4 cores are plenty. And the g5 moto processor does just fine. The g5 came with 250 gig hd 4 gigs or ram wifi card and a 256 meg video ram card 9600. It is a fast system. 1.2 fsb. You can replace the hard drive with a 2 tb sata one and reinstall leopard on it. So easy to download from torrent site. And it is funny for if the feds nail you for downloading I doubt they would be able to make it stick since all macs come with free os. Or all the free software. iPhoto, ieverything. So there you have it the most discounted apple is last years apple. And it aint even a rotten apple. In some instances an old machine has less glitches then the new junks with the logic board issues and video failures.
  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    which is never...:)
    apple and Samsung are lovers scorned.

    on when to buy apple products?
    apple lovers don't want to save and tend to buy the product/s asap: pre-order them or wait in queue.
    in fact, they want the product/s yesterday. :)
    since apple products are high-end, people in this bracket are not inclined to wait for marked down prices and will buy the product/s once available.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,038   +2,559

    My neighbor / crack head / crack dealer, locked himself out of the house yesterday. So he called inside the house for someone to let him back in...

    Well, thank God Almighty he had that phone with him, or he could have been trapped on the porch for minutes, or hurt his hand knocking on the door.

    I say, with the potential for catastrophe that could have arisen were it not for that phone, you can't wait, you've gotta buy ASAP.

    If you're worried about possibly suffering buyers remorse, "Preparation H" will take some of the sting out of Apple's pricing policies
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  14. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Heaven forbid you know how to knock, I guess the ways of old is being replaced by technology. Even general common courtesy is lost on people, then again I guess it's just how people get so wrapped up in the "future" mentality. Holding the door is so last century, among other general things.

    I've long since said no need for an Apple product, even if it's the last brand on the planet. Overpriced honestly and would rather you buy the most expensive, and then extend it with a few years of protection to make themselves feel better.
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    All but about 2 of the above posts are really off topic, or just 'hate apple to be cool'.

    The article was a well written summary of time frames you can expect to see discounts. Thats it, it had nothing in it outside of those products, so if you don't like Apple products or the company, then what are you adding by posting here in response?

    It was when to buy Apple products for the best discounts, not should you buy Apple. So 'never' buying one isn't even a logical response.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,038   +2,559

    Yeah well, I put up the (true) story about my neighbor just for the entertainment of our readers. It basically was fairly, although not completely neutral, towards Apple.

    Well, I think people are beginning to do it, just to irritate you. We know you'll be there as Apple's "Defender of the Faith", so to speak. What you haven't quite gotten the hang off, is this is basically a young jitterbug's Windows forum, and you still seem to believe you're going to change that demographic by constantly scolding us.

    In this case, I don't think any endorsements of, a synopsis about the topic, or obviating Julio's expertise at English composition will change the outcome.

    The reason you only got "2 honest responses", is because the topic was a non starter in the first place. You apparently believe we should be mindful of your "constructive criticism",and I believe the learning experience is a two way street.

    You can do one of two things, be thankful people showed any interest in the thread at all, or find a topic of more interest to our general forum membership.

    Oh wait, there's a third option, just pull this post, which would give you the last word./ Your move.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I don't see my response as defending Apple in any way.

    It was a comment on the responses to the story.
  18. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    No mention of the iPod Classic, which hasn't seen a price move in over three years. :(
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,038   +2,559

    Fine. Then let's just work on that part of it.

    First, consider the median responses to threads involving Apple products in this forum .Now, in what idealized alternate universe or reality, did you expect the responses to be different or more "appropriate" from the ones the thread received?

    You would need the "iIndignants" to pop in and refute the home trolls. As it turns out, even their "iMaginations" weren't stimulated by the topic.

    And if the answer to "when should you buy Apple", is posted as "never", so be it. That's actually on topic, whimsical, and in some circles, a supported opinion accepted as a truth.

    You're not inclined to pop in and verbally spank people for off topic posts concerning topics other than Apple bashing.

    And whether that be a tacit, diversionary, or even consciously recognized defense, it is a defense nonetheless.

    When you compare the hit/look count on a thread such as this, to that of a new game release, you have to at least consider my viewpoint that the topic was a non starter.

    In fact, I've seen threads like this that get way more hits after the ensuing argument, than for the topic prior to it.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Absolutely none, as an answer to an idealized universe I expected. I expect nothing else than what happened here.

    I would like this site to be exactly what it says it is:

    That should include, by definition, Apple technology. I would like for the comments, to at least adhere to the site's intention. That may be 'idealized', but it isn't irrational.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,038   +2,559

    OK, so by definition I'm going to describe this as "state supported pre-censorship". No Apple bashing, no blasphemy against the almighty Apple corporation, I get it. Their products are the best ever, swear to God.

    I'm hoping the rest of the forum regulars will pick up on this and no even bother to click on threads with Apple as a topic.

    As I said before, the reason the thread only got, "two honest responses", is because the topic was dry, dull, and in general a "non starter". Deal with it. How should you know when to get the best prices on Apple product? Oh, that's easy. Instead of posting to this thread, go read some good old fashioned advertisements.

    If you like, (well I'm actually going to take this route anyway), I won't even attempt injecting some humor into something as droll as this thread. Just let it ride down that big news list to oblivion. Fare thee well, Amen.

    As far as your interposing your opinions, wants, wishes, and desires into the topic, it's sort of the same tactic as arguing with an umpire to get the better of the next call. Maybe we could coin the term, "hyper-moderating". Nah, that would only get me a warning now, wouldn't it?

    EDIT: The only reason I even bothered with this topic, was the fact I actually witnessed that bizarre "lock out" next door, I connected "cellphone" with "iPhone". And thought people would get a kick out of it. I'm certainly sure as hell it was more entertaining than this tedium.
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I won't warn, delete, whatever you are stringing out bait for me to do against you as a mod. I realize our TOS are up to some interpretation, but I also realize I'm probably known as someone who isn't easily amused by the Apple bashing so many of our fellow members enjoy.
    I'm even less likely to remove any of your posts because of 'bias'. You have almost free reign as far as I'm concerned CC, you cross a line, someone else will take care of it. We have enough staff/mods here that I don't think my indifference to any potential violations you may incur are going to be significant to the site operations.
    I also know that you drive a lot of responses, this helps the site.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,038   +2,559

    I'm not stringing anything out as bait.

    The topic was a non starter.

    I won't even try to spice up, or render any jocularity to any future Apple topic. In fact, I refuse to post to them.

    Now, that's what you're asking for, that's what you're getting.

    Don't try to pass it off like you're doing me any favors.

    As a matter of fact, )and public record), I DIDN'T DO any Apple bashing in the thread. I made a remake about their prices. As if the fact they're to high is a big mystery.

    You need to get out of this with me, and go harass the others, for a while.

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