Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Shout out to the Apple Store!
Old 10-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Largo
Posts: 1,945
Shout out to the Apple Store!

My sister came to visit and mom wanted to buy her a new Apple computer. DS is employed as a graphic designer and she has her own side business.

We went to the Apple Store at International Mall in Tampa. The newest Macbooks are expensive and she would have to get the high end model to get a machine with memory comparable to what she has currently. The newest memory type is not upgradeable. To get more memory, you have to buy the next higher model for an additional $600.

The Apple associate saw he had an unhappy customer and went to Plan B which was to go back to one of the older machines which are still available. The screen is smaller (she mostly uses external monitors so no issue), but the processor and the memory are an upgrade from her current machine. Perfect solution!

While we were waiting for the computer to be brought out, he asked me what I did for a living. I told him that I was a substitute teacher. "I guess that means you qualify for an educator discount" which was good for $285. DS ended up with an upgraded computer and 3-year extended warranty (she has used her other extended Apple warranties) for $1500 out the door, about $1,000 less than Plan A would have cost.

We went from feeling like we were going to get totally screwed to being very satisfied customers.
__________________

__________________
Buckeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-28-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Chuckanut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: West of the Mississippi
Posts: 6,337
My 5+ year old MacBook is the best laptop I have ever owned. I upgraded it with more memory and a bigger drive about a year ago. It still runs the latest Mac OSX operating system, and while slower than the modern laptops, it is certainly fast enough for e-mail, browsing, wasting time on the ER forum, and playing funny Youtube videos.
__________________

__________________
The worst decisions are usually made in times of anger and impatience.
Chuckanut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
Moderator
ziggy29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 15,613
My wife's iPad broke a few months ago. She took it to an Apple Store in San Antonio and at first the guy said they needed to replace it. And since it was no longer under warranty, it was going to cost $299 (a new one was $399). Then as we were talking it over, he "decided" that the problem was a bad battery, so it was covered with a $99 replacement per Apple's policy on replacing units with battery problems that are not serviceable.
__________________
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

RIP to Reemy, my avatar dog (2003 - 9/16/2017)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 610
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuckanut View Post
, wasting time on the ER forum,
How dare you jest!
__________________
NanoSour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 8,620
Apple Store employees have saved me many hundreds of dollars over the years. I find that if you know what you want and treat them like you would want to be treated, they will frequently find a way to surprise you with big discounts.
__________________
braumeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,514
We have to confess our Apple Store tourism. We had to go by the new Apple Store in Amsterdam when we visiting recently. It's a very large two-story store downtown, and they have a pretty cool glass staircase.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg iPhone5_IMG_0766.jpg (219.2 KB, 24 views)
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Largo
Posts: 1,945
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
We have to confess our Apple Store tourism. We had to go by the new Apple Store in Amsterdam when we visiting recently. It's a very large two-story store downtown, and they have a pretty cool glass staircase.
I see Steve Jobs when I look at the staircase.
__________________
Buckeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 08:10 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Ready's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,829
I switched from Windows to a Macbook Pro last year and have never been happier. It just works really well, and it's enjoyable to use. And the trackpad is amazing. Previously I always bought an external mouse because the typical Windows trackpad was so hard to use I didn't want to bother. I hope Apple continues to innovate with great new products. The last refresh of the Macbook Pros didn't accomplish much beyond a basic performance bump. The retina display is fantastic though, and I can't imagine going back to the lower resolution screens on the Windows computers after having a retina display for the past year.

I also have an iPad and iPhone, so I'm all in with Apple. But the three devices work so well together that I have resisted going with Android and trying to figure out how to integrate it into the Apple ecosystem.
__________________
Ready is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 03:04 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,514
I should have mentioned that the above glass staircase photo was taken with an iPhone5 in HDR mode. Not bad, huh? I did some additional tweaking in Lightroom 5. Lightroom 5 has some really neat automatic perspective correction that helped out with this image.
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #10
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Midpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 11,978
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
We have to confess our Apple Store tourism.
I've never walked by an Apple store in any city without going in, even when the "visit" was completely unplanned. I would not be without my iPad (iPod before that), but we don't have iPhones or MacBooks (yet)...probably just a matter of time for one or both.
__________________
No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions -- expressed by somebody else. Sydney Tremayne
Retired Jun 2011 at age 57

Target AA: 60% equity funds / 35% bond funds / 5% cash
Target WR: Approx 2.5% Approx 20% SI (secure income, SS only)
Midpack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 06:17 PM   #11
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Midpack View Post
I've never walked by an Apple store in any city without going in, even when the "visit" was completely unplanned.
Another Apple tourist here! Apple store in Shanghai ... one of three, actually.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Apple Shanghai.jpg (267.9 KB, 13 views)
__________________
Peter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #12
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: A little ways southwest of Chicago
Posts: 9,356
We are Apple people as well - 3 iPads, 2 iPhones, iMac, macbook, Apple TV, iPod. We love their products and customer service. DW's iPad croaked and we brought it to the Apple store and they gave her a new one. Not too many companies will do that.
__________________
Ronstar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 06:50 PM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,514
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter View Post
Another Apple tourist here! Apple store in Shanghai ... one of three, actually.
Very cool!
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Midpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 11,978
I can't match youse guys, fanciest one I've been in is the Chicago Michigan Ave (aka, The Magnificant Mile) store. But it has all the cool stuff inside, glass stairs and cool merch.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg northmichiganavenue_hero.jpg (75.8 KB, 4 views)
__________________

__________________
No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions -- expressed by somebody else. Sydney Tremayne
Retired Jun 2011 at age 57

Target AA: 60% equity funds / 35% bond funds / 5% cash
Target WR: Approx 2.5% Approx 20% SI (secure income, SS only)
Midpack is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:29 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.