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    • bartsimpson
    • By bartsimpson 14th Sep 18, 11:04 AM
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    Buying an iMac - Currys vs Apple Store
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    • 14th Sep 18, 11:04 AM
    Buying an iMac - Currys vs Apple Store 14th Sep 18 at 11:04 AM
    I need to buy an iMac quickly for work.

    I don't need finance.

    Currys is round the corner and they have them in stock. They are the same price as the Apple Store which is an hour's drive away.

    Is there any disadvantage to buying it from Curry's - as in, if it goes wrong can I just get it looked at by Apple within warranty period?

    Thanks
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    • prowla
    • By prowla 15th Sep 18, 3:52 PM
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    They're not:
    https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/browse/financing

    Why would you think that Apple of all companies would lend money for free?
    Originally posted by Chino
    The fact that they often do; looks like they aren't at the moment though.
    • macman
    • By macman 15th Sep 18, 10:46 PM
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    Buying from JL will give you a 2 year warranty: buying from Apple or DSG will get you one year only.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 15th Sep 18, 11:36 PM
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    Just a though, but as this is for work and you are the employer, does this count as a B2B purchase? If so consumer rights don't apply, AFAIK.
    • prowla
    • By prowla 16th Sep 18, 6:41 AM
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    Just a though, but as this is for work and you are the employer, does this count as a B2B purchase? If so consumer rights don't apply, AFAIK.
    Originally posted by RichardD1970
    Well, if you buy it as a consumer and expense it, then the shop won't know.
    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 16th Sep 18, 1:46 PM
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    I'd say either Apple or John Lewis (for the extra guarantee). I've always bought my Apple devices from Apple itself, including a refurbished MacBook Pro.

    Don't know if the recent half-yearly results from John Lewis, showing a 99 per cent loss , will have any effect on their trading?!
    I can't imagine a life without cheese. (Nigel Slater).
    • DocQuincy
    • By DocQuincy 17th Sep 18, 9:01 PM
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    I have been in the same boat and have bought two iMacs from Currys PC World simply because the store was nearer. There is absolutely no difference to getting it from Apple since you get the standard one-year warranty with the option to buy AppleCare to extend it for three years in the first year.


    Having said that I have never had any problems with any of them. I was of the understanding Apple will honour it regardless so long as you bought it new and it's in warranty. This thread seems to concur:


    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4477666


    I am not aware of extra warranty through John Lewis so can't comment on that. What I will say though is do not pay Apple to “configure” your iMac with extra RAM. Buy the RAM yourself and fit it. It is much cheaper and super-easy.
    • datostar
    • By datostar 18th Sep 18, 8:24 AM
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    I am not aware of extra warranty through John Lewis so can't comment on that. What I will say though is do not pay Apple to “configure” your iMac with extra RAM. Buy the RAM yourself and fit it. It is much cheaper and super-easy.
    Originally posted by DocQuincy
    Which you can only do with the 27" iMac. The 21.5" has to be substantially dismantled from the front (screen off etc.) to get to the memory slots. Worth bearing in mind.
    • DocQuincy
    • By DocQuincy 18th Sep 18, 8:58 AM
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    Thanks for pointing that out; I have never used anything other than 27".

    I have taken a hard drive out of an iMac before though and it's not something I'd be in a hurry to do again! Taking the screen off and removing the connections, etc is very daunting if you don't really know what you're doing.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 19th Sep 18, 8:46 AM
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    I purchased my new iMac on Black Friday last Nov .
    It was a spin up between buying direct from Apple ,or John Lewis .
    Would it be the extended warranty from John Lewis ?
    They also had iMacs from the previous year (2016), st a cheaper price
    Not much fifference apparently ,as you could still upgrade to the latest version of high Sierra .
    I decided to go with Apple in the end ,as I got a Black Friday deal of a gift card of £120 .

    Horses for courses etc ..
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