AHHHH !! what an ordeal !! We don't have an Apple Store in Tyler - yeah I know you're shocked. BUT we do have a Mac store called Simply Mac... took my old MB in there and they confirmed the HD was dead. BUT they wanted $250 to install a new one and put a system on it. Seemed like a nice store and much like an Apple store in appearance... even has their own "Genius Bar".
So I told them I decided NOT to fix the MB and to thank them for the "no charge" and support I wanted to get a new one. Asked about Educational discount - and they can do that BUT you must purchase the Apple Care with it (Bundle).. OK will only cost me $83 with the educational discounts instead of $250... Ok took some time to decide which model and finally decided to go for the big kahoona a mid-level MBPro... total out the door cost $1700 with tax, Apple Care, 8 Gb RAM, 2.4 GHz CPU, and a 256 GB Dynamic HD.... pricy but still a lot for the $. I had a Barclay's account pre-approved for $4K last August and had a Barclay's check to write them which would be just like the Card and . . . they can't do it !! WTF , are you crazy ??
So adios !! All that . . . and for empty hands ! So going to order from Apple without the Applecare but bumping the CPU to 2.6 GHz, and it'll only be $1600 w tax. Try to support local businesses, and they throw roadblocks at ya !!
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