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Old Feb 3, 2013, 06:47 AM   #1
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buying dilemma: Refurb or not?

I'm finally ready to buy a mini. I've bought from apple's refurb section in the past and always been very pleased. With added tax by apple I'm not sure if maybe i should just get a new one.

when available again, apple will sell refurb 2012 mini i5 for about $545 with tax. The mini is also available for sale at $588 at 2 other retailers who offer free shipping and no tax.

should I buy the refurb or a new one for about $45 more?
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 07:00 AM   #2
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I spent the $45 more. I originally had bought a refurb, had it sent to the store, and then cancelled the order. Later, I decided to look again and when I compared it, decided to just spend the little extra.

I think it's really 6 one way, half a dozen the other. You can make equally valid arguments either way, and be happy/unhappy either way.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 08:23 AM   #3
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anyone familiar with bhphotovideo.com? I noticed they are selling the mini for only $564! Doesnt look like it is a refurb either. I'm tempted to buy this deal.

theyre even throwing in a free copy of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, which i could resell on ebay for about $40, adding to the savings

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Computer.html

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Old Feb 3, 2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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I purchased mine from B&H and it was brand new just like coming from Apple. They are an authorized Apple Resaler. I have purchased a bunch of stuff from them and have been in their store in New York. It is a big time operation.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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bhphoto is very good. here is the dec deal they had


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1506145


if you go for a refurb mini this is the good deal


http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD...-intel-core-i7


and to it with your discover card for 5% off
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 09:52 AM   #6
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One more thing, when I purchased mine they gave me applecare for half price and I think it was about $58. Why would you even consider a refurbished when you an get it at this price.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 10:43 AM   #7
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How fast is the shipping if you select standard shipping ?

Shipping to New York ?

How many days did it take for you to get the mini ?
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 10:52 AM   #8
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How fast is the shipping if you select standard shipping ?

Shipping to New York ?

How many days did it take for you to get the mini ?
they are in new york so new york is the worst place to ship it to as they will charge you 8.75% sales tax. from NY to NJ no sales tax. 1 day to ship it to NJ.. They are orthodox Jews so they close from Friday night to Saturday night.

If you order it today Sun. and you are in New York it will come no later then Tues. but if I were you find a NJ friend to buy it. you would save the sales tax.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 AM   #9
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Another thing it says I can get apple care for $52

When I try clicking on it to see more info nothing happens

Is it worth getting the apple care for the Mac mini? And how many years do I get for $52 ?

My total comes to $616 with the apple care
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 11:03 AM   #10
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Another thing it says I can get apple care for $52

When I try clicking on it to see more info nothing happens

Is it worth getting the apple care for the Mac mini? And how many years do I get for $52 ?

My total comes to $616 with the apple care
Applecare adds two years on top of the standard one. It is essentially an insurance policy and I suppose only you can decide if it is worth the expense vs. potential benefit. I'm not particularly a fan of "extended warranties" like this, but many users here like it and it has paid off for them.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 11:27 AM   #11
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So lets say 2 years from now my Mac mini doesn't turn on when I hit the power button, if I bring the mini to an apple store they will fix it for free if I have AppleCare ?
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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So lets say 2 years from now my Mac mini doesn't turn on when I hit the power button, if I bring the mini to an apple store they will fix it for free if I have AppleCare ?
Yep. That's how it works.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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I've never had a mac fail in the 3 years after buying it. Applecare has seemed less than helpful as a result.

On the flip side, I recently turned to making refurb purchases lately and I've been very happy with apple refurbs.
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