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David Jones - Deals on Apple Kit - Ends 10th May

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2009/04/30 15:55
Currently DJs have two special deals going for Apple gear.

If you buy an apple computer *and* you purchase AppleCare (cost varies depending on model, but is $229 for a mac mini) with it, you get a $129 4Gb shuffle for "free".
This offer ends 10th May.
http://www.davidjones.com.au/images/mothers_day/37.jpg

The following offers are still in effect until the 3rd of May:
If you purchase Apple Care with your computer, you get Microsoft Office Mac 2008 Home & Student edition (worth $229) for free.

In addition, if you buy any two accessories you will get 10% off the total purchase price (I assume of the two or more accessories)
http://www.davidjones.com.au/images/whs2009/19.jpg

Don't forget that they also have a "price-match guarantee" which means find the best price you can (unfortunately Apple do manage their prices quite tightly, but you can find some discounts out their via the likes of shopbot.com.au and www.macpricesaustralia.com) and then go to DJs with the proof and they should match the price.

So, *if* you're hunting around for a mac computer at the moment *and* you plan to get apple care with it (can be debatable as to the real value of this, but I'll leave that alone) and/or if you plan to buy Office with it (also debatable there as many users report issues with it - but then again if you need to share files with Windows users there can sometimes be no choice), then this may be worth investigating.

For example, hunting around I found the latest mac mini available for $989 (at spotit.com.au) - $60 saving.

If I get it from DJs, along with Apple Care (again assuming I was always going to get that) then I'd get a $129 ipod or the $229 Office software thrown in. If I am really canny, then *just maybe* I might be able to get both (although there's usually fineprint somewhere that states these sorts of promotions cannot be combined/used in conjunction with other promotions) so save $60+$129+$229=$418. Of course this is all assuming that you were planning on buying these things in the first place (or are able to sell them again for close to those prices via - say - eBay)!

Oh - should also note that you can of course have a hunt for the best price on Apple Care - I've found it available for $139 at macfixit.com.au, so (assuming that DJs would match that as well) then the possible savings could be up to $508 for a base level mac mini... ;-)

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note that AppleCare prices vary according to model, the standard Apple prices are: $229 for a Mac Mini, $279 for an iMac, $419 for a Macbook/MacBook Air, $579 for a MacBook Pro (it's $419 for a Mac Pro, but i don't think DJs stocks those)...
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- fishmonkey

** also note my comments to the deal - basically they only have to price match "bricks and mortar" (not web only) prices.
Expiry date:2009/05/10
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  • admin2009/04/30 16:57:07
    The price matching to bring them down to market so that you can also take advantage of the throw in bonus is very smart ninkasi.

    I've seen a couple of machines go back for repairs under the extended warranty. They're great if the machine is going to break on you :)
  • nod2009/04/30 17:12:27
    Hot vote from me. You can count on DJ's to be a good 5-10% more expensive than elsewhere anyway, so the price matching is a great idea. I am guessing you would need to prove that the item is in stock too.
    If they do price match I can't see why they would not do it for the apple care as well. Are you going to try the deal Ninkasi?
    Let us know if you do :)
  • fishmonkey2009/04/30 17:39:12
    aren't there different Applecare prices for different model Macs?
  • fishmonkey2009/04/30 17:41:54
    nod;86673

    If they do price match I can't see why they would not do it for the apple care as well.


    usually in these kind of "including Applecare" deals you must pay the RRP for the AppleCare...
  • admin2009/04/30 21:27:23
    there used to be different prices - not sure if there still are.

    I've never seen applecare deals going cheap except on harris tech.
  • fishmonkey2009/04/30 21:55:43
    just looked it up on the Apple site; there are very different prices depending on the model of Mac...

    http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/applecare_dotmac?mco=MTcxNTYx
  • ninkasi2009/04/30 23:04:22
    nod
    Are you going to try the deal Ninkasi?
    Let us know if you do :)


    Seriously considering. Had planned to get a "Popcorn Hour" (see my other recent post/deal) but might fork out the extra money to get the mac mini as a more powerful htpc (home theatre pc). Cheers.

    FYI I've had DJ's price match a number of times - never had any issues, and always has been done with zero fuss. Most recently for a 50inch plasma. Have always brought proof though - such as a copy of an advert.
  • ninkasi2009/04/30 23:08:48
    fishmonkey
    just looked it up on the Apple site; there are very different prices depending on the model of Mac...


    Good point! Have updated my original post to make that clear - obviously the more expensive the equipment, as well as the more likely it might be damaged (such as a laptop that might get dropped etc), the more expensive the extended warranty.

    Cheers
  • samia7862009/05/01 10:16:43
    I've never successfully got anyone to price match! any store!
    Its usually due to reasons like " item in stock" (I cannot prove it) and "no online specials". I've tried to find clear pricematching policy detials for different store without much success.
    how do u guys do it?
  • ninkasi2009/05/01 11:01:07
    samia786
    I've never successfully got anyone to price match! any store!
    Its usually due to reasons like " item in stock" (I cannot prove it) and "no online specials". I've tried to find clear pricematching policy detials for different store without much success.
    how do u guys do it?

    1. I find the best prices I can - using the like of lassoo.com.au, shopbot.com.au, and (of course) buckscoop.
    2. I get physical proof (printout, sales brochure, whatever) - normally I might have the best two and prsent the cheapest one first but keep the second best in reserve just in case (also handy to prove that the cheap price isn't a typo). I'd also note that some places may have a policy of only matching prices from bricks & mortar stores eg they may not match a web price, but will match a price for something if you can actually walk into the competitor store and buy it for that price.
    3. At DJ's I just walk in, say to the sales rep that I'd like to buy product X and will buy it today if they can price match this (and present the proof).
    4. At DJ's, every time so far - and I've done it a few times now - they've simply looked at the proof and said "absolutely".

    At other places they may call the competitor's store to check the price, and/or they may have to get approval from the store manager, and/or only match if you use cash/eft rather than a credit card, but generally if they are still making a profit then they'll match - in particular if they know that if they do match, then they've made a sale. It can help if you're able to give them the impression that you'd like to buy from them because it's handier for you, but if they can't match or at least come close to the price then you can just as easily go to the other shop. Be professional and not pushy about it - you're not demanding that they match, simply giving them the opportunity to match a genuine price and gain a sale. If they can't do it, then they'll say that in which case (if you still want to buy it from them because they're nearer or for whatever other reason) you can always ask them for their best price. Another example would be at Michael's camera store they price matched the best price I could get for my DLSR, but did so by not including the "free" camera course and photo vouchers they would normally include - which was fine by me.

    I will note that I hate haggling. My wife is fantastic at wrangling the best price, but I find this to be a very pleasant/low stress way of getting a reasonable deal. Some places like "The Good Guys" will give you a refund on the balance if you buy something from them and later (within a set period) find a better price - which is nice - but you of course have to go back and frankly that's a hassle. I prefer to do the research first and then find someone handy that I trust who can match (or come close enough) to that price.

    Cheers
  • fishmonkey2009/05/01 11:47:15
    yeah, you want to make it as easy as possible for them to just say "yes" on the spot... if you walk in to a store without any proof then you leave a lot of leeway for them to weasel their way out of it... if you have physical proof that you can show them straight away, you may even get price matches that go beyond their official policy (e.g. Officeworks' official price match policy is for stores with a shop front that have stock of the item)...

    you should ask them to call the store in question if you know they have stock (or even if you don't know!)...

    it's probably no coincidence that official price matching policies are not readily available...
  • ninkasi2009/05/01 19:53:19
    OK - update. I went to DJ's (Southland - Vic) and they didn't have the entry level mac mini I wanted. They could order it in, of course, but I'm not in a huge rush. I was able to confirm their policy and in fact (in theory - although through past experience I suspect it depends if you find someone in a good mood) they don't price match web prices unless they're available at an actual physical store that is in the same general area (in other words, they don't have to match a price in a Victorian store from a competitor in NSW). Anyhow, I'll have a hunt around to find the best price I can find at an actual store and then go back next week before the special(s) finish...
  • ninkasi2009/05/07 10:48:15
    ninkasi
    I'll have a hunt around to find the best price I can find at an actual store and then go back next week before the special(s) finish...


    Update #2 - the best street price I've found so far (in Victoria) has been from a place called Streetwise ([url]www.streetwise.com.au)[/url]. At $1,019 [vs $1,049 RRP] it's $30 dearer than the best online price I've found [$989 at [url]www.spotit.com.au][/url], but that price doesn't include shipping so I think all in all I can live with that.
  • fishmonkey2009/05/07 11:44:02
    have you tried www.buymac.com.au? i'm pretty sure they have a shop front too...

    i've bought a few things from them in the past, and they have been good to deal with...

    they are selling the current entry level model for $999, and they are also clearing out some previous models from $599...
  • ninkasi2009/05/07 16:47:46
    and... done. New mini in a bag next to my desk (got at DJ's in Melbourne city store). No issue at all with price matching streetwise. Didn't bother trying them on matching the cheaper web price.....
  • ninkasi2009/05/07 16:52:19
    fishmonkey
    have you tried www.buymac.com.au? i'm pretty sure they have a shop front too...

    i've bought a few things from them in the past, and they have been good to deal with...

    they are selling the current entry level model for $999, and they are also clearing out some previous models from $599...


    Dang. No. Had checked them, but for some reason thought they were web site only. Ah well.

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