|New MBP in the house!|
It's time to upgrade our aging computers at home, so I made a little price comparison chart for major retail Apple resellers and other places where you can buy Apple MacBooks. Thought I'd share it with you guys. Full breakdown after the jump.
The most surprising thing is that Apple has managed to keep the price consistent in all the major resellers. This is something I've never seen before. I guess that's what you get when an Operations guy is the CEO of Apple. I'm impressed! Local retail is a mess, and Apple has established order. It sure makes my chart boring though...
Apple Store PH PowerMac Center iStudio Digital Hub Apple Store US
13" 2.5ghz 57,990 57,990 57,990 57,990 $1,199 (PHP50,130)
13" 2.9ghz 72,990 72,990 72,990 72,990 $1,499 (PHP62,673)
15" 2.3ghz 87,990 87,990 87,990 87,990 $1,799 (PHP75,216)
15" 2.6ghz 107,990 107,990 107,990 not available $2,199 (PHP91,940)
15" retina 2.3ghz 107,990 107,990 107,990 not available $2,199 (PHP91,940)
15" retina 2.6ghz 137,990 137,990 137,990 not available $2,799 (PHP117,026)
Apple Store PH Power Mac Center iStudio Digital Hub Apple Store US
11-inch 64GB 47,990 47,990 47,990 67,990* $999 (PHP41,768)
*price quoted to me over the phone, but it sounds wrong. still confirming…
11-inch 128GB 52,990 52,990 52,990 not available $1,099 (PHP45,949)
13-inch 128GB 57,990 57,990 57,990 not available $1,199 (PHP50,130)
13-inch 256GB 72,990 72,990 72,990 not available $1,499 (PHP62,673)
Prices as of July 6, 2012
Exchange rate: US$1 = PHP41.81
All prices in Philippine pesos except when stated otherwise
If you have any prices to add or comments to make, please help me add to or revise this chart. This is just a labor of love, and I get nothing for it.
0% installment for 6 months
5% discount for cash
Power Mac Center
0% installment for 3 months or 6 months
0% installment 6 months
around 5% discount for cash
Third World Nerd recommendation
If cashflow isn't a problem for you, pay in cash. They'll usually give you a 5-10% discount. (This discount is never publicized.) Otherwise, get the longest installment plan you can find, which, right now, is 6 months. Price is the same, so you might as well pay later rather than sooner.
Consumer electronics is always at least 10% more expensive here if you're buying from official (tax-paying, non-smuggling) channels. So the US Apple Store + balikbayan box trade is always an efficient way to get your MacBook for cheaper, especially since technically you don't have to pay for shipping. That cost is absorbed by your relative/friend. Also doesn't include customs fees, which are notoriously random and exorbitant. The 1-year warranty is international, so you don't have to worry about that. A strong peso will work in your advantage too, so watch the currency exchange rates. Don't forget to show your appreciation to the bearer of your MacBook. A generous gift would be nice!
Finally, the MacBooks seem to be in short supply for now (July 6). Digital Hub doesn't have all models. PowerMac Center will put you on a queue if you're serious about buying but not yet ready to pull the trigger.