Any Experience with Apple Refurbs?

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  1. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I mine as well turn this into a new thread...My g3 isn't doin the job, so I've decided to go after a powermac g5 (refurb)...How has everyones experience been with apple refurbs? Has the computer arrived broken? Perfect condition? This is a big investment for me, if refurbs are too much of a risk, then I'll have to buy new, which will cost me too much...
     
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Perfect condition on an iMac G4 and a 3G iPod :)
    Just that brown box.. but meh.. once it goes into the basement, you'll never remember. Well worth the savings, and if anything does go wrong, you have the full warranty, and Apple will take care of you

    reality
     
  3. dobbin macrumors 6502a

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    I've always though that refurbs are more reliable than new machines. This is because refurbs are thoroughly tested by the repair engineers before being resold, unlike new computers which ship straight from the factory with little testing. A refurb will not be DOA and I can't see any reason why it should have any more chance of failure in the future than a new mac.

    I bought a refurb G4 cube a few years ago and never had any problems with it whatsoever. I bought it from Cancom rather than Apple direct, although I understand they were acting as an agent of Apple rather than doing it off their own back.

    I'd say go for it, and save yourself some cash.
     
  4. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    My first iMac was a refurb and it worked very well for me not to mention the savings I got at the time :)
     
  5. FF_productions thread starter macrumors 68030

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    yeah, the warranty and all the checking by engineers gives me more confidence to go ahead with a purchase..anybody else?
     
  6. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Yes, it would give me more confidence.

    When purchasing a refurb can any custom options be added? Like larger HD, memory, or bluetooth.
     
  7. SurfinSHELL23 macrumors regular

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    Not at time of purchase - but people sometimes get little goodies unexpected - like a bigger hard drive or more RAM than they thought they were getting when they paid for it.

    For me, having student discount, it doesn't pay, because for 12" PowerBooks the difference is negligible if any.

    -Brian
     
  8. FF_productions thread starter macrumors 68030

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    there's a lot of good deals on powermac g5's, anyone here bought one?
     
  9. macorama macrumors regular

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    Haven't bought one, but wouldn't hesitate if they have what I want next time I buy. You're getting the normal warranty, with a hefty discount. What's there to lose?
     
  10. JonMaker macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if refurbs are/were/will be available outside the US? I've never seen them in Canada. :confused:
     
  11. eazy_e macrumors newbie

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    Do you get a student discount on refurbished models?
     
  12. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    Nada.
     
  13. dobbin macrumors 6502a

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    Mine was in UK. Theres a link to the refurbished store in the bottom right hand corner of the main UK store page.
     

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