correlation between refurb avail. and new mbps?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thumb, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. thumb macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I was just wondering if there is any known (or hypothsized) link between the availablity, either high or low, or refurbs and imminent upgrading of models.

    I have until the end of May to replace my tibook on someone elses dime. The tibook does fine but nothing great, so I could wait, but if there are not going to be any major changes, I might as well enjoy it now. argh.
     
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    As far as I understand, refurbs are machines that were returned to Apple for whatever reason and were fixed up like new and sold at a discount. They are not brand new machines that are left over, and therefore probably have no correlation to anything new that might be coming out.
     
  3. weldon macrumors 6502a

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    No. There are however known links between shortages of new product and the imminent announcement of new models.
     
  4. redmeister macrumors 6502

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    no i dont think there is a correlation.. if you think about it, apple is trying to sell their product no matter what the circumstances are.. otherwise they just have it sitting there in the warehouse not making a profit

    so youd think they would refurb some and sell them anyways, regardless if new ones are coming out or not

    i wouldnt worry about it too much
     
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    What happens to old stock when a new model is released?

    Would they turn into "refurbs"?
     
  6. weldon macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know exactly, but they do try and starve the channel to push through the old models. They probably hold on to a certain number of parts, or finished goods, to handle repairs and replacements. Anything else might go to refurb, but I didn't notice a big surge in refurb availability on store.apple.com when they switched from Powerbooks to MacBooks or from Core Duo to Core 2 Duo.

    I imagine they watch their inventory levels pretty closely. Historically, Apple has really struggled with inventory (both surplus and shortages) but I think they have been much better in the last few years.
     

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