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Is it safe to buy Macs from China?

I am considering getting my Mac from China I need to know how safe it is and if anyone has bought one from there. I am in South Africa. Any Advice

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Ivan's picture

I think you get worldwide warranty on laptops. Not sure about desktops. This is a point to consider.

qwertyale's picture
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only certify if it's not refurbished... btw my mbp came from USA with memory slot fail but I think actual Apple stage isn't good for anyone, I think refurbished one will be better tested xD

yes I'm brazilian xD

wgzn's picture
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arent apple products MADE in china?

bayhaus's picture

Apples are made in China I have been discussing with some of the guys there and they say they are Brand New. The prices are like this

Apple MacBook Pro MB986LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop $690USD
Technical Details

· 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor


· 500 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperDrive

· Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Operating System

· NVIDIA Geforce 9400M + 9600M GT Graphics, 15.4 inch LED Display


wgzn's picture
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there is no such thing as a new, legal macbook pro for $690 ANYWHERE. if that were possible, nobody would be buying anywhere else...

natobasso's picture
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Unless you're paying in British pounds. :)

Alex's picture
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I agree with wgzn that it seems unlikely that you could get a genuine deal like that. So some things to consider are:
* How reputable are your contacts (what does the rest of the web have to say about them?
* What recourse do you have if something goes wrong (ie, an empty box, or nothing, turns up)?
* What issues would you face if it turned up and turned out to have been stolen or illegaly sourced.

Just consider the old saying: 'if it seems too good to be true, it probably is'.

bayhaus's picture

Here are some of the sites and contacts of the companies.
Companys Detail:
MSN: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%68%6f%74%73%65%6c%6c%2e%65%62%61%2d%30%30%31%40%6c%69%76%65%2e%63%6e%22%3e%68%6f%74%73%65%6c%6c%2e%65%62%61%2d%30%30%31%40%6c%69%76%65%2e%63%6e%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
E-Mail: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%68%6f%74%73%65%6c%6c%2e%65%62%61%2d%30%30%35%40%6c%69%76%65%2e%63%6e%22%3e%68%6f%74%73%65%6c%6c%2e%65%62%61%2d%30%30%35%40%6c%69%76%65%2e%63%6e%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
Company Website:
Company Name: Shanghai DuoYi International Co.,LTD
Company Address: 465#, FuShang Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
Business License: 3101042008030


Art D. Rector's picture
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Sounds fishy to me. Here's a little story for ya...

There once was a time when it meant something to be an Apple dealer. The place I worked had people who went into corporations (like Siemens, IBM, NASA, etc...), talked to everyone, learned how their business worked and then sold them a package of computers (with service, support. etc...) for whatever their needs were (I was on the other end of the equation - teaching them how to use the computers/software, supporting their artists, designing/producing projects that were beyond their capabilities, etc...). Of course, you can't get that kind of service for the same price CompUSA is selling their macs. Eventually what happened was all the high end places like mine went out of business because they couldn't compete with the lower prices the wholesalers were offering. So what Apple did was level the playing field by making everyone authorized to sell their computers charge the same price. That was 15(?) years ago (around the time Jobs returned to Apple). I don't know if it still holds true, but last year when I was researching computer prices ClubMac was the cheapest wholesaler I could find and they were only $5 cheaper than buying directly from the Apple website. So if Apple and ClubMac have the same price - I sincerely doubt China can undercut them by hundreds of dollars. I don't know what your China guy is selling - but my guess is it's not the same thing you'd get from Cupertino.

wgzn's picture
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sounds very fishy to me!

both of the websites bayhaus provided look like havens for scam, knockoff, illegally obtained or at best bait and switch...

if you want to risk your $700 in hopes of actually receiving a legitimate apple product from either of these places - let us know how it goes... but i wouldnt bet the rent on it.

bayhaus's picture

Thanks guys I am checking all this out, dont worry I EARN my bucks and I definitely wont GIVE em away unless if its to a charity! I was hoping to have had someone who has actually bought from this forum, A fellow designer did get a Mac direct from China at a much lower price than the Apple store, it was a genuine Mac, but not over the net though. Cool thanks a lot.

synnestro's picture
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Don't be a Twit...
...Think about it !!

If it's too good to be true...
...Then it isn't !!

It's exactly why people get suckered...
...The cheap deal blinds them to the risks

Art D. Rector's picture
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Don't know if you guys are seeing this, but on my page there is an ad for a place called "QuiBids" that says they "auctioned" off a Mac ProBook for $83.46. Here's the link location in case you're not seeing it...

I'd never heard of it, so I went to check it out. It's not another eBay clone. First off - you have to buy credits to bid and you can actually LOSE MONEY WITHOUT WINNING THE AUCTION! And read this section on how they work the auction timer...

The Timer
The timer counts down consecutively until it gets below 0:20 seconds. From that point on the timer will reset to 0:20 seconds giving other bidders the chance to decide to make a final bid. At first the timer will reset to 0:20 seconds each time a user bids on the auction. If the auction is still going after a certain number of bids, we drop the timer to where it will reset to 0:15 seconds each time a user bids on the auction. Finally, if we feel the auction is going on for too long,
we’ll drop the timer to where it will reset to 0:10 seconds each time a user bids on the auction. When the timer reaches 0:00 the auction ends and the last person to place a bid wins the right to purchase the item for the final price.


bayhaus's picture

hey Guys
I had a good laugh. A client came over with his laptop and he was really excited. He had just got a laptop. Sp he revealed the laptop, white fairly thin woith an silver apple logo on the back! But I was like which mac is this, then realised it was the "Macbook Air" I opened it and where the apple logo was supposed to be was the windows logo, I started it up and there was the screen with the apple logo for a short while then the windows startup gibberish came up. I asked him where he got the laptop...China for R5000(US$350).

designlogo's picture
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Most of china isent that advanced even though some parts are very advanced. Rural china is still bad. But Beijing, Shangai, and Hong Kong are pretty modern and you can find Apple computer's easily there.

KarenGreenfield's picture
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I was wondering the same thingy myself a couple months back. I came across the following and decided to buy locally. I didn't want to take the chance :)

I came across this posting titled "
*****WARNING!!! DO NOT BUY APPLE PRODUCTS FROM CHINA!!! **** - Esp. Macbook =, Macbook Pro".

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