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Old Jan 5, 2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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Where can I find a new in box preloaded with lion base model is fine. Thanks
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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Where can I find a new in box preloaded with lion base model is fine. Thanks
Unlikely to happen, as every store I looked at was out of 2011 iMacs more than a month before the 2012 iMacs were even announced.
You can however look at the Refurbished Mac section in the Apple Online Store.
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*****! I really need lion support and don't really like eBay as I was screwed over there when I got scammed...
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*****! I really need lion support and don't really like eBay as I was screwed over there when I got scammed...
What about the Refurbished Mac section in the Apple Online Store?
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 03:59 AM   #5
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Frys electronics had a 2011 27inch on displayed next to a 2012 21inch. It looked like they were selling both.
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No refurbs! Must be in mint condition, well I guess I'll check fry's...
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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I really don't see your problem with buying from the Refurbished Apple store. I have purchased a bunch of stuff there and most of the time the product I have received has seemed to be brand new. You still get the same warranty and everything that goes along with a new one. Sometimes they are brand new because someone may have purchased it and changed their mind and they can no longer sell them as new. They may have never been opened. It's worth checking out and talking to someone at the online apple store.
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No refurbs! Must be in mint condition, well I guess I'll check fry's...
Apple refurbs are in mint condition.
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Check with THIRD PARTY VENDORS

I'd be you could find one in a BEST BUY somewhere!
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No refurbs! Must be in mint condition, well I guess I'll check fry's...
Apple refurbs are actually brand new machines shipped back to the warehouse.

Ever notice how you aren't able to buy a previous gen at an Apple Retail Store (ARS)? When a new model of ANYTHING comes out the folks at ARS stay overnight packing away the old stock and shipping it back to Apple where it's stored there until someone buys it from the refurbed site.

There are CTO returns there, but as one would guess they are far and few between. There are never NEVER broken Macs that are brought back to working order. Apple parts those out and uses the working parts for repairs.

Apple's refurbed machines are the best you can get because they are 99% new and never used machines that still carry the standard warranty and are eligible for Apple Care.
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Apple refurbs are actually brand new machines shipped back to the warehouse.

Ever notice how you aren't able to buy a previous gen at an Apple Retail Store (ARS)? When a new model of ANYTHING comes out the folks at ARS stay overnight packing away the old stock and shipping it back to Apple where it's stored there until someone buys it from the refurbed site.

There are CTO returns there, but as one would guess they are far and few between. There are never NEVER broken Macs that are brought back to working order. Apple parts those out and uses the working parts for repairs.

Apple's refurbed machines are the best you can get because they are 99% new and never used machines that still carry the standard warranty and are eligible for Apple Care.
I realize that. I want the origional box, not a white box. I have OCD, yes...
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Where can I find a new in box preloaded with lion base model is fine. Thanks
being an Apple Nerd, you should already know right? just kidding

Your best bet is refurb store if you want guarenteed quality or check 2nd hand places like ebay, craigslist if you want to go with a bit more risk.

Honestly If I had to guess you are only wanting the old model because of a bunch of whiners right?

Let me tell you that the new 2012 runs very cold and silent whereas the 2011 version ran very hot and a lot louder. You miss out on USB3, you miss out on a laminated screen (improved quality) and to be honest, mountain lion is a tonne better than Lion. Lion is like of like the vista of os x.

PS. the price difference between 2011 on the refurb is only about $200 or so. I would gladly pay more than that to get USB3, laminated screen, colder and quieter design, fusion and the 680mx (which is double the performance of the top end iMac 2011)
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being an Apple Nerd, you should already know right? just kidding

Your best bet is refurb store if you want guarenteed quality or check 2nd hand places like ebay, craigslist if you want to go with a bit more risk.

Honestly If I had to guess you are only wanting the old model because of a bunch of whiners right?

Let me tell you that the new 2012 runs very cold and silent whereas the 2011 version ran very hot and a lot louder. You miss out on USB3, you miss out on a laminated screen (improved quality) and to be honest, mountain lion is a tonne better than Lion. Lion is like of like the vista of os x.
Yes but as I said above, I have OCD and the dock separator and active app lights bother me from mt lion but I like the lion/sl dock...
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 09:25 PM   #15
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Hey, you could buy a 27 iMac box on ebay for cheap, or even the forums.

Refurb iMacs are brand new as stated.
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At this point, you're unlikely to find that given that there was a good month or so in which remaining stock of both refurbished and new iMacs were the only iMacs being sold at all. But I'd check with your local third-party retailers.
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Yes but as I said above, I have OCD and the dock separator and active app lights bother me from mt lion but I like the lion/sl dock...
Well you can tweak that, there are several guides, just a quick google search buddy. It is hardly a reason to sacrifice the performance gain in ML.
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I would venture that your best and only bet would be an Apple Authorized Reseller that has old, unsold stock.

Connecting Point Computers in Medford Oregon would be one such Reseller. Last I knew (heard from someone), they even had one or more 24" iMac(s) in stock . . . . still.
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Refurb store is your best bet, to avoid scams and have a nice product.
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I realize that. I want the origional box, not a white box. I have OCD, yes...
Sorry. Although, you can't have OCD and want to buy a product from an sketchy local sale via Craigslist.

Trying to buy a previous generation machine as if it were brand new only comes from Apple refurbed, and other vendors like Best Buy etc. Those machines will most likely have ML installed . . . .maybe 1 in stock at some remote store will have a ML install code you can use.

It'll be a tough find but good luck.
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I would venture that your best and only bet would be an Apple Authorized Reseller that has old, unsold stock.

Connecting Point Computers in Medford Oregon would be one such Reseller. Last I knew (heard from someone), they even had one or more 24" iMac(s) in stock . . . . still.
That's actually kinda... Cool!
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I would venture that your best and only bet would be an Apple Authorized Reseller that has old, unsold stock.

Connecting Point Computers in Medford Oregon would be one such Reseller. Last I knew (heard from someone), they even had one or more 24" iMac(s) in stock . . . . still.
could you please post their url?
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could you please post their url?
Google Search Results Page for Connecting Point Computers, Medford, OR
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I called every best buy and macmall in my area. No luck. Maybe I'll try the marketplace
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