Apple’s line of MacBook devices are arguably, one of the best notebook computers money can buy. Unfortunately, they are priced rather exorbitantly, discouraging many consumers from purchasing the computers. However, we are of the opinion that the Mac line of computers are worth their weight in gold. And, if you want to acquire one at a discount, you have come to the right place. Here are 5 ways to save money when buying a Mac.
1. Assess your needs and budget accordingly
Before you start searching for deals, it is of paramount importance for you to assess your needs and budget accordingly. If you fail to budget accordingly, you could end up spending more for a larger hard drive. Instead of going all out on the premium model of MacBook itself, you should save some money for other things like the ultra-useful AppleCare extended warranty. You should also be on the lookout for packaged deals; it could be cheaper for you to purchase the Microsoft Office Mac Price package than acquire both the Mac and Microsoft Office package separately.
2. The importance of purchasing at the right time
It wouldn’t make sense for you to purchase a MacBook a few weeks before the release of a new model. Therefore, you need to time your purchases and be on the lookout for updates. If you know the release date of a new model, you will then need to make a decision on whether you want to wait or not. The prices of the older models will decrease when the newer models are out. Waiting for a few weeks can help you save a lot. Based on discount data provided by reliable sources, the best time to acquire a MacBook Air is in November and in January.
3. Don’t buy from the Apple Store
More often than not, you have to pay the full retail price when purchasing a Mac from an Apple outlet or the company´s online store. Therefore, you should always attempt to purchase Mac from other authorized Apple resellers like Amazon; you will still be purchasing the same Mac. However, you will be getting it for around a hundred bucks less.
4. Visit Apple’s official reconditioned store
You can also purchase reconditioned MacBooks from the official refurbished store of Apple. The company takes a lot of broken MacBooks returned by owners, repairs them and examines them extensively before selling them as reconditioned units at lower prices. It also helps that those reconditioned units are backed by a 1-year warranty.
5. Purchase used and tested Mac from resellers
There are plenty of stores that purchase broken MacBooks from owners and sell them after fixing them up. Of course, these stores sell them only after first running extensive tests. However, you will not be offered any warranty by Apple. On the bright side, the store you purchase the Mac from will offer its own warranty. These Macs, sold by resellers, are even cheaper than the official reconditioned Mac units from Apple.