Apple MacBook refurbs seems to come with extra RAM?

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  1. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    I just received my refurb MacBook 1.83GHz CD (the basic model), $799 from Apple.com. Everything was as good as new, I am totally happy with it.

    I also got 1GB RAM instead of the listed 512MB, which is basically another $100 bonus. I also noticed in the forums that someone else recently ordered the same unit, and also got the extra RAM.

    I don't know if we were just lucky, or if Apple no longer has the 256MB sticks. But this is a phenomenal computer for the price, for someone who doesn't do graphic intensive work. I was so-so on the design at first (coming from a 12" PB), but have since come to like it very much (including the keyboard.) Plus I love the glossy screen. This computer costs no more than G4 iBook about a year ago, yet has so much more power and features.

    Just letting others know, in case you're considering the same model. Again, I have no idea if all of them come this way. But maybe others who have ordered refurbs recently can post what they received.
     
  2. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    It's a refurb and seeing that you have extra ram it was probably owned by someone else before you and Apple couldn't change the order. Please correct me if I am wrong.
     
  3. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I think most of Apple's refurbs aren't pre-owned. I've bought 2 different computers and a couple of different iPods, and all have been in absolutely mint condition. And most of Apple's products scratch and scuff pretty easily.

    If it was just me, then I would've figured I just got lucky. But I read about someone else getting the extra RAM first, which got my hopes up since my order was on its way...luckily I got the extra RAM too.
     
  4. Bob Jovi macrumors regular

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    I brought a powermac early last year and instead of 512mb of RAM I ended up getting 2GB!
     
  5. Trippy Jr macrumors member

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    It seems to work like this - their system only recognizes that they have X number of, say, "2Ghz Macbook Black", but it doesn't go so deep as to specify what BTO options they came with, so as to simplify the process.

    Obviously, it would be hard to list every single BTO that they get returned, so it's basically a "you will get AT LEAST this specification."
     
  6. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    It happens from time to time. My refurb MBP came with a 7200 rpm drive. Apple also surprised me with a RAM upgrade when my machine had to go in for service.
     
  7. jimijay macrumors newbie

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    You just got lucky, I bought my girlfriend a refurb MB for Christmas- Only 512 mb RAM, oh well.
     
  8. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    It seems weird that one would get extras in a refurb machine since Apple doesn't accept BTO returns.
     
  9. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    What you can do is cancel your order because apple came out with a new model only days after you placed your order, so its possible they processed them anyway?:rolleyes:

    --MrMacMan
     
  10. weldon macrumors 6502a

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    I think that these machines are coming from ones that didn't pass the final test at the factory. They get pulled, fixed, and then sold on the refurb site.
     
  11. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    yeah I got exactly that computer (white 1.83 CD Macbook) and it had the RAM upgrade. Ordered it on Dec 23rd. well worth the $800.

    The serial number indicates that it was from the last week or two before the C2D upgrade was announced. So it may never have been owned... just overstock. Although that wouldn't explain the RAM upgrade.
     
  12. Caris macrumors 6502a

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    Could you post some pics please? i was thinking of getting a refurb Macbook pro but im worried about marks etc.
     
  13. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hi Caris,

    I could, but it would really be pointless (especially since I've now used it for a little while.) The refurb 2 Macs and couple of iPods I've ordered from Apple have been totally brand new in appearance. The MacBook came in a box that said 'refurbished'. Everything inside was as new.

    The eMac I ordered actually came in the regular retail box (I think that one was a leftover edu model they were clearing out.)

    I don't think anyone has ever received anything from Apple that looked used in any way.

    I read somewhere else in this forum that someone recently received a refurb MacBook with the listed 512MB RAM, so I guess it's not all MacBooks that are coming this way. Don't know about the MBP's.
     
  14. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Why does this seem weird? BTO machines break and need to be sent back to Apple. That is where a good portion of their refurb stock comes from.
     
  15. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What is weird is that the MacBook was absolutely mint condition, as has been every Apple.com refurb I've bought. MacBooks start scuffing (very lightly) pretty much as soon as you start handling them, and this one was absolutely perfect when I got it.

    Maybe there's some polish or treatment they can apply to restore a MacBook or iPod's appearance.
     
  16. whoathere macrumors 6502

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    I, too, bought my girlfriend a MB for Christmas. I bought the refurbished 2.0 with the superdrive, and before I got it, I was scoping out the 1 gig upgrade. Came with the 1 gig RAM, as well as the 80gig hard drive. Saved me 100 bucks!
     
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    Apple usually restore the product. I've gotten several refurb iPods, not one had a scuff or scratch on it. Buying refurb is as good as buying new, you just get the computer in a brown box instead of a white/black box!
     
  18. weldon macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it wouldn't be that hard for them to pop the inards into a new case as part of the refurb process. It would be interesting to know how they handle these.
     
  19. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I agree that's probably the case, and would explain why some refurbs have better specs.

    I appreciate that Apple bothers to do this, it changes the buying experience significantly.

    On a side note, I think I'm starting the get the discoloration on the right palmrest. It doesn't bother me, I know I'll just need to take it into a store sometime in the next couple of months. Main thing is just having the downtime...
     
  20. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I think that you may be able to call your local Apple store and have them order the replacement for you, and then when they receive it you can just take your Macbook there and they'll do it on the spot (or if not, it'll just take 1-2 days instead of 1-2 weeks). It doesn't hurt to call and ask.
     
  21. madmaxmedia thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Awesome, thanks for the heads up!

    For now, its barely noticeable but does resemble pics I have seen. If it gets worse, I will definitely be taking it into an Apple store. I live in LA, so unlike many I have numerous Apple stores, all within an hour or so!
     
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