Apple Australia - refurbished Macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cb911, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. cb911 macrumors 601

    cb911

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    okay, i did a quick search to see if this had been talked about before, but no luck.

    i'm looking at getting a PowerMac G5 very soon. most likely used, or refurbished if i can find one. heck, i'd buy new, that's no problem, if i could somehow find somewhere really cheap. :p

    so the question is - does Apple Australia sell refurbished Macs? i can't see the link on their Store site like there is one on the U.S. Store site.

    also - are there any auctions in Aus where i could find a good deal? or any other places? where is the cheapest to buy new anyway?

    i have found this site that lists lots of Mac auctions sites, so i will check all those out.
    http://www.tandb.com.au/buying/

    thanks for any help. :)
     
  2. hsvguy macrumors newbie

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    I don't think Apple Australia sells refurb machines. I know that certain resellers do though. Have a look at these websites:

    Computers Now: http://www.compnow.com.au/
    Next Byte: http://www.nextbyte.com.au/
    New Wave Systems: http://www.newwavesystems.com.au/

    I have seen refurb machines on all these sites in the past. In my experience, Computers Now have slightly better prices. New Wave can sometimes be a little expensive too, so check your prices against others first.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

    cb911

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    thanks for those links, now i remeber seeing the NextByte Firesale & clearance pages before. maybe if i get desprate i'll give them a call and try to beat them down on the price. :p

    and i also wanted to ask, has anyone in Aus (or other place overseas, outside the U.S.) made a refurbished purchase from the U.S. Apple Store? those prices seem pretty good, i'm just wondering how that affects AppleCare (i'm thinking it would be a good idea to have AppleCare with a refurb) and how much postage that would cost. i'm thinking maybe a couple of hundred $$$ for postage, but still... would be an alright deal.

    just don't say that i'd have to take it to the U.S. to get it repaired.
     
  4. surroundfan macrumors 6502

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    Unlike the US, Apple Australia auctions off refurbs etc to their authorised dealers, who in turn run firesales every few months.

    See for example: http://www.mac1.com.au/index.shtml
     
  5. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    What are you looking for, i am going to sell my mini shortly, bought in may/june? around then. Still elidgable for applecare. I haven't seen any good resellers in australia, none at all, and beleive me i looked:(
     
  6. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

    cb911

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    thank you very much surroundfan!!:D
    that was just what i was looking for... and there's a store just there in James St, how did i never know about this? and it looks like they've got just what i want.

    do you have anymore links to sites/stores that get the Apple refurbished hardware?

    barneygumble - i'll be looking for a PowerMac G5. Dual 2GHz minimum, but i'd love a Quad G5, that's more of a stretch, but i'll be looking to see if i can find one for a good price
     
  7. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    if i recall the warranties on powermacs are only valid in the country where you bought the computer, it's only laptops that have a global repair warranty....so, yes, you would have to take it to the U.S. to get it repaired
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Exactly right Macky-Mac, the desktop Macs only have local warranties. iPods and laptops have international (roaming) versions of AppleCare though.
     
  9. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

    cb911

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    thanks, that's good to know. i'll keep it in mind.

    but that's alright, the refurb prices i've found from Aus stores is lower than the reburb price from the U.S. store by a couple of hundred AU dollars. :D

    also at that link from WhirlPool a few of those refurbished and used Apple stores listed don't even stock G5's?!! :eek: the best some had was a G4 PM Mirror Door 1.2GHz or something?
     

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