Love them or hate them, Apple products are immensely popular in Singapore and around the world. Despite the premium they charge for their products; lots of people still flock to get the newest Apple products when it drops. This is evident with the Apple iPhone X, which remained the world’s best selling phone in Q1 2018 in spite of it being Apple’s most expensive phone of all time. Whatever your reason for getting Apple products, there is no denying that they charge a premium. This is where we come in. Here at ShopBack, we are all about being The Smarter Way, so here are 6 ways you can save money while buying Apple products.
Get a Refurbished Model From Apple Store Singapore
Although the word refurbished may make you think twice, the reality is that refurbished products are substantially cheaper and almost as good as the brand new ones. However, the Apple refurbished program only applies to Mac, Apple Ipad and Apple iPod.
A quick check of the Apple store revealed that a refurbished 15 Inch MacBook Pro at S$2958 costs a good 15% less than the version at S$3488. This is nothing to sniff at considering that all refurbished models come with an Apple guarantee. Before the refurbished models go on sale, their mac or similar product will undergo an extensive refurbishment process to restore it. In addition, the products come with the same standard warranty as the new products. If you are still not convinced, you can consider purchasing AppleCare to lengthen Apple support. Aside from the different packaging, it would be hard to differentiate a refurbished model from a new one.
Get an Older Model
On that note, you can consider getting an older model to save money. Arguably, Apple products have not been improved in very meaningful ways. For example, getting a 2015 MacBook Pro instead of a 2018 MacBook Pro might make more sense. This is the case as although the 2018 MacBook Pro may be better spec wise; there is a loss in functionality. All the ports of the 2015 MacBook Pro have been replaced by just 4 USB C ports which created an artificial need for dongles. Moreover, there were mixed reactions to the keyboard as well as the touch bar. Similarly for the iPad, getting an older model will provide a similar experience at a more affordable price. Coupled with getting a refurbished unit, you may end up saving more money and getting a more functional product at the same time.
Find a Friend Who Works For Apple
Another way you can save money on Apple Products is to get your friend who works for Apple to sponsor you. According to Apple Singapore’s Partner Employee Purchase Program:
“Personal Discount: You may purchase or ‘sponsor’ up to one Mac, one iPad, one iPhone, one Watch, and one iPod each calendar year (1 January – 31 December). No more than the eligible quantity amount can be shipped to the same individual or entity (i.e. company, institution, club or group), whether that purchase is Sponsored solely by you or, also, by other eligible employees/members. To ‘Sponsor’ means placing an order for a family member or friend.”
This will give you a 6% discount on products like the ones mentioned above plus the Apple TV and iMac. Do remember that your family member or friend is doing you a favor by sponsoring your purchase so treat them extra nice!
Go Back to School With Apple Education Pricing And Student Discounts
Alternatively, Apple provides an Education Pricing discount. This discount is: “available to current and newly accepted university students and their parents; as well as teachers and staff at all levels”. According to the Apple Store SG website; the MacBook Air under the education pricing costs S$100 less than the version without the education discount. This is mainly for Mac, iPad and even accessories. This is great for students looking for Apple products for university and their parents who can also benefit. However, do note that this discount does not stack with the employee discount.
Head to The Latest IT Fairs or PC Shows
Additionally, you can head to IT Fairs or PC Shows for deals on Apple products. Although you will not be getting big discounts per se, retailers at these IT Fairs or PC Shows will offer up many attractive freebies when you purchase your Apple products with them. These are some of these upcoming shows.
- CEE Show 2018 (24th-27th May)
Address: Suntec Singapore Halls 401 – 403
- PC Show 2018 (31st May – 3rd June)
Address: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
- Comex Show 2018
Time: 11AM-9PM | 12PM-9PM
Address: Suntec Singapore Levels 3,4 & 6
Hunt For Deals on Carousell
Lastly, you can consider hunting for deals on Carousell. If you are new to the platform, here is a guide on How To Avoid Scammers On Carousell And Similar C2C Platforms. Now that you’re all caught up, you can start bargain hunting on Carousell. People sell their products on Carousell for a large variety of reasons. Some have buyers remorse, some get new laptops from their companies and as a result, sell their barely used products at a much lower price. Whatever their rationale, there are deals to be had on Carousell if you dig deep enough. Getting used Apple products on platforms like Carousell is generally less risky as Apple products have great build quality. Here are some checks you should do beforehand.
- Check For Damages
Closely examine the laptop’s display when it is off and on to ensure that there is no damage. Make sure the colors on the screen do not flicker and are highly visible. If the screen is not up to scratch give the laptop a miss.
Turn on the laptop and test all the input ports to ensure their functionality and responsiveness. Test out the keyboard but typing all the keys and all four corners of the touchpad. It is important to test these inputs as if they are unresponsive; using the laptop will be very frustrating.
- Ask About The Bundled Programs
Depending on your needs, there are some programs that may be more useful than others. However, when a person sells the laptop, he or she will usually wipe the disk clean or format their hard drive. Do remember to ask if there are any programs included as this provides extra value for the product.
- Check For Warranty
Although used products with a warranty may be more expensive, it may be too risky to get something without a warranty. This is important as there might be problems that do not surface beyond the initial check.
With your new Apple product in tow, you’ll be happy to know that ShopBack offers up 5% cashback on your purchases on the app store. In addition, do let us know in the comments how else you can save money on Apple products!
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