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    I was originally intending to purchase a Macbook Pro from the Apple Store using the educational discount once I arrived at university but I just took a look at ebay and it works out a fair bit cheaper. I hear Apple had some sort of free ipod Touch deal for students before but it appears that is no longer on offer.

    Anyway, I take it the Apple student discount is around 15%, so a £1500 MBP comes to around £1350, while eBay has it for £1190 including P&P. Apple offers students applecare for an additional £50ish whereas ebay would cost around £90, but even so eBay ends up a fair bit cheaper.

    Anyway, I'm more comfortable buying from apple directly but given the price difference I don't see why I shouldn't buy through ebay. Are there any things I should be aware of when purchasing through ebay (e.g. how the warranty would work w/o receipt).


    Who is the seller, if its electronicking or something like that then the models they are selling are cheaper because they are US imports. The ebay store is also notorious for giving bad after support if your machine develops a fault.


    Also I've never purchased an applecare off ebay, but I personally wouldn't trust it because how would you know that you had really been properly registered on the apple computer systems?

    With ebay you always have a chance your falling for a scam. Or they're selling a grey import, or it's the previous model.

    Personally I'd be very careful buying something like that off ebay. I've only made a couple of >£100 purchases (neither for computer kit) and did a lot of research first.

    Yes, Apple products being so highly sought after does give instant rise to the worry that some of these auctions are scams. For peace of mind with the warranty and so forth, I would personally pay the extra and buy directly from Apple, and it has to be said that once you have factored in AppleCare, the eBay product isn't in reality that much cheaper.

    Buy directly from Apple, John Lewis or Amazon.
    I wouldn't buy such an expensive laptop from Ebay.
    You just don't know the seller and if there is a fault then the customer service might be nonexistent. Ebay is full of scams, con artists, grey imports and dodgy characters.

    Remember to also buy Applecare, it is worth it and you can relax knowing your Mac is covered for 3 years.
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