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Looking to buy a MacBook Pro 13"

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I want to buy a MacBook Pro 13" for this upcoming college this year, but I want to know if I would be able to have a payment plan through Apple?

Would I be able to pay a monthly fee like $100, or would I have to pay the $1,099 (with ed discount) upfront?
 

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Apple will finance through a specific credit card (one that you have to apply for) and you just have to make the minimum payments. Click on the "as low as $28.00 a month"-ish links posted under an item's price on any Store page, such as this one for MacBook Pro.

You should check with your school's bookstore or IT shop or whomever handles retailing laptops to students; the school may have a fund or grant to help ease the pain of purchase, either as a lump of cash or a time plan.
 

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I believe the credit card company is still Juniper Visa. Be careful, they're sneaky with when the payment is due not syncing up with the date finance charges are applied.

Look into getting you're own credit card, maybe through a local credit union. They tend to have above average rates. I think I pay just above 7% for my Visa.

Also see if your school book store has any ideas, or plans. If you're getting student loans, you might have an option there too....
 

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I saw you would need to apply for the Juniper Visa card, but I don't want to apply for a card like that. I have a debit card, and if need be I can put the purchase on my mom's card.

I see that Best Buy now has a big Apple selection in their stores. Do they also offer educational discounts?
 

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The last time I had to deal with Apple Edu discounts (a few years ago) there was no 3rd party involvement; I doubt that's changed. (Just added expense for Apple, having to rebate the discount back to Best Buy.)

Your best course is to check with your school first, to see if they can offer a better deal. If not, purchase online or at an Apple Store. (If you'll be doing an orientation this summer, that's the perfect time to take care of it.)
 

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I like to steer away from the big box stores when buying computers. Depending on their stock and the last hardware update you could end up paying full price or even higher for an out dated model. Macs or PCs they do not seem to discount outdated models and do not let you know a new model is available.
 

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Also keep in mind that Apple is running a back-to-school promotion where you get a free iPod Touch with a Macbook purchase:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/back_to_school?cid=WWW-NAUS-BTS20090507-00070

You have to buy from Apple, and you have to buy the Touch at the same time as the Macbook, and then wait for a refund on the Touch. My son did this last year, great deal!
I really plan to get the iPod Touch as well. Looks as though I will have to buy directly from the Apple store.
 
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