It’s quite unbelievable that Other World Computing (OWC) has been around since 1988, back when the Macintosh II was relatively new. But the fact that the company is still selling high quality Apple-certified products to this date via its online store proves that OWC must stay afloat for very good reasons. Whether you want to upgrade or replace parts of your Apple device, get a second-hand one or ask for minor repairs, OWC’s online store MacSales.com will help you out in a jiffy for relatively affordable prices. The store, which encourages users to buy handy DIY kits, is also full of various special offers and provides a courteous and versatile customer support whether you are a regular or a first-time customer. And to top it all off, most orders can be shipped without paying a single dime or for customer-friendly prices, making MacSales.com a definite champion of Apple product retailers.
Mac Upgrades & Optimizations
MacSales.com is the ultimate package when it comes to solutions with which you can boost or maintain your Mac’s performance. You can get virtually anything: SSDs (with or without the tool and external hard drive kit), internal or external hard drives, various types of system memory with lifetime warranties, and even software or complete operating systems. To make things even more appealing, MacSales.com pays attention to hardware compatibility: this is why there are mounts offered for those customers who want to install hard drives that are smaller than the available space in their Macs.
Users are further aided by the superb product search system built into the site. For starters, going through every product is not needed, you can simply filter through the list by selecting the Mac product in question (in our case a mid 2011, 13-inch MacBook Air) by using the “My Upgrades” tab or by selecting your Mac’s type from the drop down menu of the products. The former option is better since it enlists only those products that are compatible with your Mac, but even if you pick something from the individual menus (with repeating sub-menus) the site will notify you if the product might have compatibility issues with certain Mac computers.
Used and Refurbished Macs
If you don’t fancy manual upgrades that require tampering with the different parts of your Mac, MacSales.com has a wide range of used and refurbished Macs – even if certain products and peripherals might be out of stock from time to time. No matter which type of Mac you prefer, all used computers and peripherals go through thorough testing conducted by certified technicians. To further assure high quality, all second-hand Macs are well documented via photographs, receive thorough descriptions, and get or are made compatible with the latest version of macOS.
If you are still worried about purchasing a used Apple product, MacSales.com hands you several ‘wild cards’, including a 14-day full money back guarantee and a 90-day limited parts and labor warranty. And to fully earn your appreciation, the company offers absolutely free shipping within the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and it also includes the Parallels Desktop for Mac software for free (which is normally $79.95) should the total equal or exceed $299.
Aside from the already mentioned options and some other accessories (including laptop parts, cables, audio and video peripherals and the like) MacSales.com offers its own Repair Center, which is a limited service for various Mac products. ‘Limited’ here means that with the exception of iPods and older iPads and iPhones it is possible to only purchase upgrade packages for your device. However, if you are lucky enough to have a product that MacSales.com accepts for repair, you’ll be able to get almost anything from screens, batteries, special parts and so on, each with a 60-day warranty.
The other service available, the Turnkey Upgrade Program, is much more interesting. It basically works the same as purchasing Mac parts as explained earlier. However, instead of being forced to install the updates yourself, it’s simply a case of determining which parts of your Mac should be replaced, choosing whether you want data transfer and extra software, and then picking the shipping method. Once done, MacSales.com does the ‘dirty work’ by taking away your Mac and bringing it back to you fully updated and upgraded.
MacSales.com’s strongest aspect is its approach to discounts, meaning its range of products – from the cheapest to the most expensive – are often at a reduced price and sometimes include DIY kits. The site’s limited time special offers even mean that you could score a saving of up to 80%. As for those DIY kits, not only do you get extra tools (to be used later if needed), but the price of each individual item is cheaper if purchased as part of a full kit. Furthermore, MacSales.com is probably the best choice when it comes to value for money: for a lower price you’ll receive Apple-certified products with long-lasting warranties, which in the case of system memory, lasts for life.
But there’s even more: new products come with a 30-day money back guarantee, old memory can be rebated within 60 days of purchase should you buy a new one, and even second-hand Macs can be returned within 14 days if you have any problems with them. More than that, even, but not only is shipping free if the total exceeds $49, but items are typically delivered within 24 hours or less as well.
Seeing how much attention MacSales.com (or to be more precise, Other World Computing) pays to documenting, describing and sorting its products, it wasn’t surprising at all that the company is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Although live support options like a phone service, email inquiries and live chat are only available during business hours and early Saturday, everything else is at your disposal 24/7. MacSales.com has a huge list of secondary support options, including a regularly updated blog, continuous presence on the most important social media pages (Facebook and Twitter), shipping info, a dedicated page for checking and tracking your order, how-to videos and articles, an FAQ, manuals, and so on. And let’s not forget the most important aspect: the support page is the best place to find valuable information regarding warranties and when and with which product you can apply for a rebate.
MacSales.com is definitely the right choice if you want to upgrade, update or replace parts of your Mac computer at affordable prices. Although the categorization of the company’s products is not perfect, customers are ‘persuaded’ to purchase kits instead of individual items, and the service can’t upgrade the most recent Apple products, MacSales.com still satisfies all expectations and even overachieves in certain some areas.
Finding the right product is easy as pie and they all come with a money back guarantee or a warranty to ensure the high-quality Mac standard that customers are used to. And, better still, not only are there plenty of discounts but orders are often delivered within a day without paying any extra.