Can you tell if it is a refurb?

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  1. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    A friend of mine is going to purchase a used Mac. He asked me if there was any way to tell (looking up serical # maybe?) if it was a refurb, or bought brand new from the apple store? I've never thought about this. I tried looking at apple's website, but didn't come up with anything.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. techster85 macrumors regular

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    If it is a refurb it should say so somewhere on the computer itself, but I don't know if you can look up the SN anywhere to find out...
     
  3. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    The serial number is located in the battery compartment. On the serial number label it will say "Apple Certified Reconditioned". Directly below that will be the serial number, which will begin with "RM" (Re Manufactured).
     
  4. BII macrumors member

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    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP...e.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=D8593B5A&nclm=CertifiedMac


    From the apple store site:

     
  5. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    i have been toying with the idea of getting a refurbished ipod video or macbook for xmas
     
  6. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I highly recommend going for Apple reburbs. I have a refurb Macbook and a refurb 30GB 5G iPod. Both arrived as good as new, but I only had to pay 179 for the iPod and 949 for the Macbook.
     
  7. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    how long have u had them for??
     
  8. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I've only had the Macbook for about a month. The iPod I've had for about 3.
     
  9. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    nice, well i dont really need a macbook but it would be nice to have one.
     
  10. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    To help you along. I have bought several refurb products in the past and I have not had a single issue with any of them. I have yet to buy an apple product but It should be good to go.

    If my work place would allow me to get a refurb with our computer plan I would, just to save some money. :D
     
  11. diehldun macrumors 6502a

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    I was seriously considering a refurbrished PB at the Apple Store about 3 years ago until they took it out of the box, and literally the bottom-right side of the casing partially fell-off.

    I ended up buying a new PB that day... ever since then, I've been reluctant and unsure about the quality of refurbs. But maybe that was just my rotten luck
     
  12. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816

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    apple refurbs rock. i have a 30gig vid and its looks new and runs perfectly
     
  13. szsiddiq macrumors 6502

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    statistically, refurbs are more reliable, because they've been inspected closer...but wut does anyone care about science when the refurbs come in a boring brown box? on the other hand ur wallet will love u
     
  14. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    very true
     

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