hoss75 wrote:With all due respect, having an 'in' or buying used isn't really the same as having an occasional sale.
With all due respect right back atcha, I'm merely pointing out that it isn't hard at all to get a discount on Apple stuff. It isn't like it's rare to know someone who's in school at any given time. I wouldn't consider that some impossible to obtain "in".
BTW, refurb doesn't necessarily mean used. The item could well have been returned, never opened, and they sell it as refurbished. Have you ever purchased a refurb Apple product? I have, multiple times, and have a fair amount of friends and family who have also done so. Without exception, the item is as new, perfect. You couldn't tell any difference. Now, maybe in your head it's used, but I challenge you to find any physical or functional difference aside from a neuron or two in your brain screaming "new" or "used". If you want to pay 10-20% more to satisfy the craving for "new", feel free. Make sure to return it, unopened, so that I can then buy it for 20% off. Thanks!
As for a traditional "sale", compare that used iPod or iMac to a used Sansa MP3 player or Dell desktop regarding resale value. It's like a Honda Accord vs. a Chevy Impala. Sure, the Impala probably has a rebate on it, but with 100k miles on it, the Accord has a much higher real world used transaction price. Initial purchase price isn't all that makes up a deal. If you can sell something later for 50% of what you paid vs. 10% of what you paid, the more expensive item might actually be the better value.
Anyway, enough on the OT subject. Sorry, everyone, but it had to be said. Peace, out.