Simple to help you get the absolute best pricing on Apple Macbook Pro.
- I’m pretty sure, this trick will probably work for other devices as well (iPads, iPhones, etc).
If you’re on the fence or wish you had one but don’t want to pay full retail price, this guide is for you!
STEP #1 – look up discount pricing
For those who aren’t aware, Apple has been playing the discount game for a while. Pretty much copying Dell’s strategy from back in the days. Dell marked-up their computers at a high sticker price (showcasing their brand value) but often sold through discounted channels for business, school, government, or even through Slickdeals.net, etc.
Apple is doing the same! Scroll down to their site and click on the school/government discount pages. Actually, if you want to save time, you can buy directly from there for a good 10-15% discount off retail price and they won’t even check you. Or you can ask your nearby college student friend to make the order for you.
But anyway, my idea was for you to only get the price from here. Usually their discounted price is about 10-15% cheaper than retail AND comes with some freebie (like Beats by Dre headphones).
In my case, the configuration I wanted (2019 15″ Macbook pro with 512gb SSD storage upgrade & 32GB ram upgrade) was about $3200 + tax for full retail. The discount price brought it down to about $2950 + tax and includes free Beats by Dre headphones.
STEP #2 – figure out the “common configuration”
This is my own made up term. Basically, you have to figure out the most common spec configuration that people buy the most. Usually it is the mid-tier one with that is slightly upgraded from the base model and in some cases, may also be the fully maxed out one. What I’m real sure that won’t work is getting a weird configuration like low ram but high storage, or vice versa. Since most people tend to upgrade more evenly across those two.
You can confirm which one is the common model by guessing…or you can simply call around to different local computer shops and seeing which ones have the best pricing relative to their retail pricing.
Why do I suggest for you to look up the “common configuration”? It’s because Apple usually gives the biggest bulk discounts on these to dealers. And therefore, they’re able to pass the biggest savings of those to you.
STEP #3 – compare prices
Once you figure out the common configuration. Call around and offer to pay in cash. You’ll be shocked how low different stores can go. I was able to get mine for $2750 (or was it $2650?). A full $500-600 off the retail price!