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Old Jan 5, 2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Considering buying a used iMac

Was going to get the Mac mini, but for a couple hundred more I can get an all-in-one setup.

So my question is:
what are some things I should look out for?

So far I thought of booting up, checking "About this Mac" and making sure its the 2012 model as described, and that everything checks out, also making sure the webcam works by FaceTiming with myself....

What are other things I should do to make sure it's a good deal?
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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The 2012 iMac can be easily distinguished by its form:
The left one, with the thicker edge, is the 2011 model, the right one, with the 5 mm edge is the 2012 model
As for what to check, make sure you get or at least see the receipt, hopefully get the box it came with, that there are no dead pixels or that the fan does not spin abhorrently loud.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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The 2012 iMac can be easily distinguished by its form:
The left one, with the thicker edge, is the 2011 model, the right one, with the 5 mm edge is the 2012 model
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As for what to check, make sure you get or at least see the receipt, hopefully get the box it came with, that there are no dead pixels or that the fan does not spin abhorrently loud.
You really frequent Buying Tips and Advice, don't you? (As do I)

Thanks!
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 11:10 PM   #4
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You really frequent Buying Tips and Advice, don't you? (As do I)

Thanks!
Not really, I just frequent Forum Spy on the lookout for threads, that can help me up my post count, so that I can be on this list in the Top 1, where I can contribute and help people, and sometimes be an arse (probably censored, another word for buttocks).
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Not really, I just frequent Forum Spy on the lookout for threads, that can help me up my post count, so that I can be on this list in the Top 1, where I can contribute and help people, and sometimes be an arse (probably censored, another word for buttocks).
Aw, what a waste of time. I got him to show me a picture of the side. It was a 2011 or older.

Scammers should learn about their products before trying to sell them.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Was going to get the Mac mini, but for a couple hundred more I can get an all-in-one setup.

So my question is:
what are some things I should look out for?

So far I thought of booting up, checking "About this Mac" and making sure its the 2012 model as described, and that everything checks out, also making sure the webcam works by FaceTiming with myself....

What are other things I should do to make sure it's a good deal?
Whatever you buy, have a look at the Apple Store in the "refurbished" section first and compare prices.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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Whatever you buy, have a look at the Apple Store in the "refurbished" section first and compare prices.
What I was considering buying was a 2011 iMac. Which is much cheaper than anything in the crapp refurb store.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 07:02 PM   #8
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I think you'll be lucky to get a used 2012 one at a decent price, considering there is still ~ a month waiting time on them at the moment.

If you don't mind it being thicker, the 2011 ones are still good machines, and you'll get more bang for your buck than with a 2012.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 07:22 PM   #9
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What I was considering buying was a 2011 iMac. Which is much cheaper than anything in the crapp refurb store.
Seems you have a serious attitude problem.

For other readers (you are specifically excluded), I'd advise comparing any prices that you find for used Macs with the prices of refurbished Macs in the Apple Store; many posters here buy only from the refurbished store, the Macs are like new and come with full warranty, and at the very least they give you a realistic price check.
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Aw, what a waste of time. I got him to show me a picture of the side. It was a 2011 or older.

Scammers should learn about their products before trying to sell them.
Or maybe he bought it in 2012? People don't always follow tech
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