Hello hello hello!
I’m so happy to report to you that I got myself a brand new laptop, whew! Just last Tuesday. ‘Yun lang, it’s still a Macbook Air 13.3 inches. Newer (the latest) model of course, but with less memory. Got it spanking brand new but honestly, it doesn’t feel new because it looks exactly the same as my (not-so-old-but-already-broken) original MacBook Air.
I would even forget it’s new and that I have to install the printer drive, type Wifi passwords, etc.
But I’m so happy to, finally, get one! Pinaghirapan ko itong hanapin—remember my last post where I mentioned I kept on texting and calling MacBook Air sellers whose ads I found on OLX? Until Tuesday, no reply from almost all of them. The one who replied said there’s no MacBook Air available, and I almost got a MacBook instead. Yes guys, there’s a “MacBook”—neither Air nor Pro, just MacBook. It’s about the same price as a MacBook Air 13.3 inches 256gb (like my old Air; my new one is 128 gb only). The MacBook is prettier and lighter. But based on THIS ARTICLE by Yugatech, the Air is better suited for my requirements (and budget. Haller, my conked out MacBook Air is not even two years old!) If you’re also torn which MacBook is for you, that article will help a lot.
Anyway, I know I could have bought directly from PowerMac. But it’s cheaper from other sellers. For example, this MacBook Air 13.3 inches 128gb costs P49,950 at PowerMac. And the online sellers I stalked sell this for P42,000. Anlayo, right? I thought I could use the money I would save to buy pretty laptop sleeves like this Kate Spade Saffiano Sleeve (available at Beyond the Box):
…and so many other laptop accessories. So I really couldn’t fathom to buy from PowerMac (darn that Beyond the Box’s promo is over!)
However, it was good that my cousin (who’s in the IT field) told me something: most of the ones sold online at a cheaper price were older models. Like the P42,000 I was talking about—they were early 2015 models (MJVE2LL model); the P49,950 ones being sold at authorized Apple outlets are the latest models (MJVE2ZP); the comparison isn’t exactly apples to apples. Oops, no pun intended, I swear. 😉
So when I saw a brand new MJVE2ZP sold for P45,000 at OLX (which I check every hour, looking for new Macbook Air ads), I immediately contacted the seller. Turns out she was selling it cheaper because she got it as a prize (siya na!!!) I was able to haggle more, and she said the item could be picked up through a meetup in Trinoma. Good thing that Dodong was also in Quezon City that time, running an errand for Randy. I deposited my payment through the seller’s bank account only when Dodong was already with her and saw the laptop.
When Dodong arrived with my brand new MacBook Air, I was in Cloud 9. Finally!!! I had been immobilized by the the tragedy that was my laptop’s being “in a state of coma” (because I believe there’s still a chance it will be fixed!) for almost a month. If you know me that well, you’ll know that I’m not a very flexible person—I have to have my routine to function well. For example, if I receive an important email that requires a lengthy reply, I won’t reply until I’m using my laptop. I just can’t reply using my mobile phone or even an iPad. That’s why so much work piled up and took a backseat when I was without my own laptop. One of them is Raviv’s 5th birthday party. My goodness, I have only two weeks left and his invitations haven’t been printed yet! The designer sent me the first draft weeks ago, but since I only look at it on my phone, I couldn’t think well. Only when I got this laptop did I really inspect it and ideas poured in. So finally today, we have finalized the design. Do you wanna see it? Sige na!!!
His 5th birthday party theme is Little Superheroes, and our peg is a comic book page. Here’s the front page:
and here’s the back:
‘Di baaaaa?!? 😉
By the way, I hope my post won’t make you trigger-happy when buying online. I want to caution you when buying something really expensive online from someone you don’t know. It’s best to be prudent and not trust that easily. There are so many manloloko out there, so take all precautionary measures. Here are some of my personal guidelines:
- Before pushing through, ask yourself first: malaki ba talaga ang matitipid versus if I buy at the shop? Consider how much your gas and toll/fare would cost. Plus of course your time. In my case, if the price difference were only P1,000-2,000, I would opt to buy from Apple stores at SM or any other mall nearby rather than brave the Metro Manila traffic.
- If the only way to get the item is through shipping, thanks but no thanks. There’s a big chance that the seller would be MIA after you deposit the payment.
- Agree to meet up in public places only like restaurants inside malls. When you arrive earlier than the seller, look for a spot near the security guard.
- Prior to your arrival at the designated meeting place, don’t describe yourself or what you’re wearing just yet. Mamaya when you tell the “seller” where you still are at and what you’re wearing, may nakaabang na pala to snatch your bag or hold you up. Remember, they know you you’re bringing lots of cash. When you’re already at the designated meet-up place, that’s when you divulge your identity.
- It would also be better if you’re accompanied by at least one person. That way, while you’re checking the item, your companion could watch out for your bag/wallet. And in case the “seller” is hypnotizing/fooling you, your companion could bring you back to your senses.
I hope these guidelines help. Because too many a time, instead na makatipid lalo pang nagagastusan if we’re not careful or discerning enough.
If you have more tips about buying online, please do share them here! Many will be grateful. 🙂
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