I like the Apple store. When most of their products were just becoming popular, my friends and I would walk in there and play with all the gadgets and computers. I was always pretty amazed at how much they would let you use everything as if it were yours.
I did some holiday shopping for the first time at the Apple store and picked up some gifts for the family, while my girlfriend got a Macbook pro for her brother. All in all, it was both our first time actually buying something at the Apple store. Now, I may have hyped myself up that morning walking into there, but after I was done buying my things - I have to admit - it did feel kinda anticlimactic. A little short of the big bang. After all, this is the all mighty elite and top-of-the line brand experience, isn't it?
After giving it some thought, I wanted to post this review.
Tips/What to expect when shopping at the Apple store:
Do your research before going to the store! While the computers and gadgets are out there for you to enjoy, don't get too caught up in figuring out everything your future toy can do. Do that at home, or find a friend who has what you're looking for and test theirs out. When you're unfamiliar with a product and its features, it's so much more tempting when it's nicely laid out in front of you for the first time.
Ignore the "Today Only" prices. Twice now have I seen Apple post sale signs for after-holiday prices. Usually, they knock off 10-15% the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Sometimes, this gets people all ramped up to buy immediately - but don't. Instead, take your time in making an informed decision. Find a friend in college when you're ready, Apple gives bigger discounts to university programs (15-25%), and it's not too hard to get it on the sales if you're not in school, you just have to be in the know.
Buy Apple Care later. Don't get pressured into dropping another chunk of cash for Apple care on your new laptop. Most of the time, they won't tell you that you can purchase the service later, even online. There is no strict policy of voiding a warranty/care service if you don't buy it that day at the Apple store. So feel free to buy now, scramble later when it gives you trouble.
Stay home. Ultimately, the Apple store is not the exclusive place to get your iPods, iPhones and Macbooks. And it's not the cheapest, either. And while you may think you're getting the red carpet experience by going straight to the store to pick out new stuff, you may lose out on deals by not sucking it up and looking harder elsewhere. Craigslist, ebay, local stores, etc. The Apple store is the quickest/most fashionable way to pick up, but not certainly the best. Save the Apple store for the genius bar, but save money/time by finding it somewhere else.
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The Apple Store is a chain of retail stores owned and operated by Apple Inc., dealing in computers and consumer electronics. As of December 2009, Apple has opened 283 stores; 221 in 41 US states, 25 in the United Kingdom (21 in England, two in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland and one in Wales), 14 in Canada, 7 in Japan, 6 in Australia, 3 in Switzerland, 2 in Germany, Italy and France, and 1 in China.
The stores, designed by San Francisco based design firm Eight Inc., sell Apple Macintosh personal computers and software, iPods, iPhones, third-party accessories, and other consumer electronics such as the Apple TV. Many stores feature a theatre for presentations and workshops, the Studio for training with Apple products, and all stores offer a Genius Bar for technical support and repairs, as well as free workshops available to the public.
On May 15, 2001 Steve Jobs led a group of journalists from a hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia to Apple's first store in the second level of Tysons Corner Center for a commemorative press event. The first two Apple Stores opened on May 19 in Tysons Corner and later the same day in Glendale, California at Glendale Galleria. The first Apple Store with the current layout and hardware (wood tables and stone flooring) opened in Pasadena, California. Apple opened its 200th store on October 26, 2007 in Gilbert, Arizona, 2,251 days after opening its Tysons Corner store. Many stores are located inside shopping malls, but Apple has since built ...