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jdalbert
Apr 24, 2011, 12:03 PM
Hello all,

I am thinking of ordering a Macbook Air as a gift. I want to order a refurb model to save a little bit of money and am looking at the 13 inch base model with 4gb RAM. Obviously this model isn't available all of the time on the refurb store, but I've seen it pop up a few times a week minimum (Canadian store).

My question is this... How long does it take from the time I place an order for it to arrive at my door. From what I've seen, when they show up on the webpage, it usually says ships in 3-5 business days, but how long does it take after that in other people's experiences? I realize I could just order it early to be 100% safe but I don't want to waste time off of the Applecare warranty to just have the computer sit in my closet for a month.

Again, I'm talking the Canadian store which I imagine isn't as speedy for shipping as the U.S. store (but maybe I'm wrong).

Thanks.



TheMacBookPro
Apr 24, 2011, 09:18 PM
From Apple HK:

My new BTO Air (1.6/4/128)'s shipping was estimated at 3 days, ordered on Friday. It and the ext SuperDrive both shipped by Monday and arrived at my doorstep on Wednesday. (SD shipped from Singapore, Mac shipped from Shanghai)

I guess it depends where the item ships from. If it's from the US (some people have reported that Apple refurbs ship from the US now, some say China) then I guess it should be similar since the estimated shipping time is the same. From China I'd add a few days to the equation.

BTW refurbs only come in a plain white box, no retail packaging, so if you're planning on giving this as a gift, keep that in mind.

jdalbert
Apr 24, 2011, 09:51 PM
Sounds like these things ship pretty quickly.

I understand the plain white box. It's a gift for my fiance and I am sure she'll be fine with that (especially once she realizes the savings just for a box :D )

TheMacBookPro
Apr 24, 2011, 09:55 PM
Sounds like these things ship pretty quickly.

I understand the plain white box. It's a gift for my fiance and I am sure she'll be fine with that (especially once she realizes the savings just for a box :D )

Just fyi my refurb iMac shipped/delivered in about the same time so... estimate one week for shipping? Two to be on the safe side? :)

jdalbert
Apr 24, 2011, 10:01 PM
Just fyi my refurb iMac shipped/delivered in about the same time so... estimate one week for shipping? Two to be on the safe side? :)


That's what I figured.. I want it the first week of June, so I'm thinking I'll order sometime just after May 15. Hopefully they'll have some of the 4gb refurb models in stock then.