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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Where to buy dilemma

This may sound like a repeat question, but some further help would be greatly appreciated in my quest for a new iMac. In response to an earlier question, some of you folks said I should support my local reseller, while others said I should buy from an Apple Store, since I was a newbie to macs.

To those who have dealt with resellers (centre to east GTA) who would you recommend? Three come to mind, BeachMac, RiverdaleMac, and Carbon Computing. I am sure there are others. Which would you recommend.

To those who have bought from the Apple Stores, which one would you recommend, Yorkdale, Eaton Centre, or Fairview (closest to me!).

My income tax refund should arrive any day now, and I need to get all my ducks in order!

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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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I order all online via the Apple Canada Online Store, but that's cause I buy mostly refurbished Macs (save a bunch of money and get Applecare).
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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New Mac Prices are pretty much the same, everywhere...

I have shopped at Carbon and Eaton Centre. I like Carbon but I bought my New iMac at Eaton Centre cause I could walk in and pick it up same day. The other 2, beach and Riverdale I do not know. Have to look them up.

Used Macs, I've bought from Carbon and CPUsed, but I knew what I was buying...

Buying New Apple anything, you can't go wrong at the Mac Store... just do not immediately believe everything their Genius's tell you. Their job is to sell Apple stuff, (and they do a good job) but the want to sell what Apple thinks you should have.

The reseller's job is to sell you stuff you need/want and to get you to come back. They will try to meet your needs and then get you to want something new.

Build a good relationship with many vendors, but if you are nervous about your 1st iMac purchase, Go to the Mac store.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 11:46 PM   #4
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I second Lee Roys's suggestion of a refurb online.
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Old Apr 11th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by lee_roy View Post
i order all online via the apple canada online store, but that's cause i buy mostly refurbished macs (save a bunch of money and get applecare).
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Old Apr 11th, 2010, 02:51 AM   #6
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Any apple seller is fine, the prices are pretty much the same.
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Old Apr 11th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #9
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Get it at the Apple store, no question in my mind. I've shopped at the resellers, and I've generally found the service to be worse than the official Apple source.

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Old May 22nd, 2010, 06:22 PM   #10
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Totally agree. Run, don't walk, to the nearest Mac store at either Eaton Centre, Yorkdale. Carbon Computing should be renamed Condescension Computing, their manager is a patronizing U know what.
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