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posted 48 years ago by
Ai42
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I'm sure you know that Apple has very strict pricing structures and it is usually very hard to get more than $5 off a system. And most educational discounts on the Mac Mini are only $20 off retail.

Using FatCash!
Goto Target.com
Search & Add Apple Mac Mini (40GB - $499.99 OR 80GB $599.99)
Add in Coupon: TCTENJANUARY for 10% off (-$50 or -$60) (coupon expires 1/23/05)
+9.12 shipping (for me) + taxes
40GB Version= 459.11 + Tax - 19.80 (4.4% Fat Cash) = 439.31 + Tax
80GB Version= 549.11 + Tax - 24.20 (4.4% Fat Cash) = 524.91 + Tax

Using CitiCard Cash
Login to Citicard Page
Goto Target using the CitiCard link
Search & Add Apple Mac Mini (40GB - $499.99 OR 80GB $599.99)
Add in Coupon: TCTENJANUARY for 10% off (-$50 or -$60) (coupon expires 1/23/05)
+9.12 shipping (for me) + taxes
40GB Version= 459.11 + Tax - 36.00 (7+1% Citi Cash) = 423.11 + Tax
80GB Version= 549.11 + Tax - 44.00 (7+1% Citi Cash) = 505.11 + Tax

Note 1: With sales taxes 7%+ make this deal quite a bit less hot, however you pretty much have to pay tax on these Mac Minis in most states anyway and you might as well save the tax cost.

Note 2: You should be able to get an Epson C86 printer ($99.99) Free after rebate. Just add the Epson C86 Printer with the Mac Mini (rebate says it rquires both the mac & printer to be on the same invoice). Rebate Link YMMV rebate does not mention Mac Mini.

FAQ:
Where can I see a Mac Mini in person?
On Jan 22 the Apple stores (physical ones) are supposed to be openning early 9AM to show off the Mac Mini, as well as iPod Suffle and iWork 05, and iLife 05. Apple authorized retailers (CompUSA) should have it within a couple weeks (no word on when exactly).

Whats up with the long shipping delay?
What can you say lots of people want them, and I'm sure most retailers are backordered quite a bit including Apple.

What do I need to make this run?
You need a PC monitor, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse (PC keyboards/mice will work)

Can I add/upgrade my own RAM?
Yes, you watch the video how to open it up (it does take a bit of courage and skill). From there the RAM slot is obvious. You also retain your warranty as long as you don't damage/break anything in the process. You also only have 1 slot so you HAVE to remove the 256MB and replace it for a larger stick. This uses normal PC2700 desktop memory. If you've never upgraded/installed RAM before, you probbably shouldn't attempt this.

Can I add BlueTooth/AirPort Extreme/Super Drive/HDD later?
It seams as if you can add the BlueTooth and Airport but from what I know right now they require antennas and is not supposed to done by anyone except an Apple tech. This upgrade option appears that it will be offered as BlueTooth+Airport (not seperate). Seems that it will not be possible to add this in by the user (see the Take-Apart guide below), due to the need of a special adapter.
No infomration about Superdrive (but it should be possible).
Hard drive replacment/upgrade should be possible but it does use a 2.5" Laptop drive and would be a bit on the pricey side so you might be better off getting an external drive/enclosure. Also this upgrade would likely void your warranty.

Why no Keyboard/Mouse?
Ask Steve Jobs

What Monitor can I use on this?
Pretty much any PC monitor will work this has a DVI port on the back, and comes with the DVI to SVGA adapter.

PCs are better/cheaper etc...
Well PC vs Mac is not a "Apples to apples" (pun intended) comparison in hardware or software and when you consider in the cost of legit software (OS X, AppleWorks, iLife vs WinXP, Works/Office) the Mac Mini platform is very competitive to nearly any PC deal. There will always be people who hate them and simply put Macs are not for everyone.

Links:
Apple's Mac Mini Page
Very good Mac Mini Blog
Video on how to crack open the Mini
Mac Mini Owner's Forum
Pics of an actual mini & packaging
First Mini Take-Apart Guide AFAIK

Related Deals:
Staples 512MB PC2700 Deal (expires 1/22/05)
Mac Mini from MacMall (lots of FAR stuff)
Mac Mini from Amazon (Deal is pretty much dead, just for reference/info)

If you like this deal give me some green <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> I like green.

1/26/05 Update: It seams as though this deal is dead for now. Intresting article here

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You won't get it any cheaper than that for awhile. And yes, you can add your own RAM.

HOT!!!

Nice.

$501.58 for me in TN

$499.99 shipped no tax from a m a z o n

Hot

nice... after 10% ($50) discount... the mini is brought down to $450... but then add shipping.. so $460.. which is $20 cheaper than the education price... but too bad you cant configure it with bluetooth or a airport card

Citicard users can get an extra 8% (7+1) off.

not a fan of apple, but a this looks nice.

and 10% of, that is a sweet deal, good work op.

Courtesy bump because this really is a fantastic deal.

the 10% is just enough to cover my tax in NY, not hot for me.

this is actually a good deal - unfortunately, tax kills it for me as well <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>
MacMall seems to have the better deal, with no tax, free shipping, free keyboard, and free headphones... it's all AR though, so YMMV.

imdbui said: nice... after 10% ($50) discount... the mini is brought down to $450... but then add shipping.. so $460.. which is $20 cheaper than the education price... but too bad you cant configure it with bluetooth or a airport card

Its a $79 extra, but once we see a full disection of this box, I am sure it is nothing more then the same thing they put into the iBooks which also costs $79 straight from apple.

Air Port Extreme Card

Viffer said: Its a $79 extra, but once we see a full disection of this box, I am sure it is nothing more then the same thing they put into the iBooks which also costs $79 straight from apple.

Air Port Extreme Card


It's very different. Either you have Airport Extreme put in when you buy it, or if you wait, you must pay $129 for an AE/Bluetooth kit and have it installed by an authorized service provider. The kit includes an AE card, a bluetooth board, a mezzanine card, and antennae for both. The kit, unlike the memory, is absolutely something you can't install by yourself.

Estimated ship date for this item: March 5, 2005 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

Pictures of Mac Mini being unpacked.

Check out the side-by-side size comparison of the Mac Mini and a desktop hard drive!!

Doesn't matter to me. Gonna wait till MacOSX 10.4 Tiger is released before I even consider shopping for one. I really do not want to pay another $50+ for an upgrade.


Viffer said: Doesn't matter to me. Gonna wait till MacOSX 10.4 Tiger is released before I even consider shopping for one. I really do not want to pay another $50+ for an upgrade.

looks like a big version of an ipod <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

newwallet said: You won't get it any cheaper than that for awhile. And yes, you can add your own RAM.

Thank God I have a contact that works for Apple. 15% Employee discount anyone? hahaha.

Great deal!

Huh, just noticed I'm a senior member. Do I get my walker now?

Thanks, op. Probably one of the better deals you'll find on the hot-selling Mac mini.

Stolen from another site:

Free Epson c86 printer after rebate may also be valid.

Link

If I was able to configure it.. I'd jump all over this.

GREAT deal for people who just want the stock config tho.

Who would need an 80G MP3 player? Lets assume 4mb per song in average, there would be a storage of 20,000 songs! It would take 2 weeks to play every song once continuously!!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

LOL idiot?

tazmania99 said: Who would need an 80G MP3 player? Lets assume 4mb per song in average, there would be a storage of 20,000 songs! It would take 2 weeks to play every song once continuously!!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

Come on Senior 1K!!!!

Blah, you guys don't get the joke! Fine! ROFL~

LowCarbWallet said: tazmania99 said: Who would need an 80G MP3 player? Lets assume 4mb per song in average, there would be a storage of 20,000 songs! It would take 2 weeks to play every song once continuously!!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

Come on Senior 1K!!!!

phantasm10 said: Stolen from another site:

Free Epson c86 printer after rebate may also be valid.

Link


mac mini is not included plz read the rebate carefully

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!

ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


I think I heard this joke already.

ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


umm...actually the mac minis are real computers. They are literally mac computers that are very compact. maybe you're getting confused with the ipod or ipod mini?...

weetawd said: ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


umm...actually the mac minis are real computers. They are literally mac computers that are very compact. maybe you're getting confused with the ipod or ipod mini?...


yeah, i guess you're right

weetawd said: ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


umm...actually the mac minis are real computers. They are literally mac computers that are very compact. maybe you're getting confused with the ipod or ipod mini?...


When my wife first saw the Mac Mini, she thought it was some kind of external CD-RW since the only thing she could see was the disc slot on the Mac Mini. She was totally floored when I pointed out to her that it is a whole computer, not just a CD/DVD drive.

I can't wait to see Apple's ads on the Mac Mini. . . I hope they take advantage of people's first impression of the Mac Mini as an external CD/DVD drive or a MP3 player. It is gonna be rich.

kharvel said: weetawd said: ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


umm...actually the mac minis are real computers. They are literally mac computers that are very compact. maybe you're getting confused with the ipod or ipod mini?...


When my wife first saw the Mac Mini, she thought it was some kind of external CD-RW since the only thing she could see was the disc slot on the Mac Mini. She was totally floored when I pointed out to her that it is a whole computer, not just a CD/DVD drive.

I can't wait to see Apple's ads on the Mac Mini. . . I hope they take advantage of people's first impression of the Mac Mini as an external CD/DVD drive or a MP3 player. It is gonna be rich.


Yeah, they should also get their response when they say, "Well, it's still just a Mac."

Hehe.

Deckard26354 said: ricoscoro said: Does anybody realize they are paying $440 or $525 for a freakin mp3 player?

I hope Apple is paying music artists directly!


I think I heard this joke already.
Maybe it was a little over some people's heads.

Viffer said: Doesn't matter to me. Gonna wait till MacOSX 10.4 Tiger is released before I even consider shopping for one. I really do not want to pay another $50+ for an upgrade.

Totally agree.

Awesome, awesome. I just cancelled my order from the Apple Edu store and jumped in on this deal. Thanks OP!

for the printer:

1. "buy a qualifying iMac, eMac, Power Mac, iBook, or PowerBook computer from Apple"
the Mac Mini is not listed here.

2. "postmarked within 30 days of your purchase date"
the shipping may delay up to 6 weeks.

BIG YMMV.

BTW, the deal itself is hot. If the FAR printer goes though, it is smoking hot.

Thanks OP

Well, I didn't go for the Target deal. Tax KILLS me, so it's not worth it. I went with MacMall, $494 and it's shipping in 3 days, overnight for $10 for 2 of them. I don't care about the KB either, its obviously an off brand. I think all and all it's a pretty good deal at $494 no tax.

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Got my notice from Target as well, due to "supplier not being able to supply" which borders on fraud.




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