Good idea to buy refurbed?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MUCKYFINGERS, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Is it?

    I am probably going to get a PowerBook 12" 1.5 ghz really soon, but I heard that getting refurbed 1.33 ghz Pb 12"'s isnt such a bad idea either.

    What's everyone's opinions on refurbed?
  2. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    refurb is a well promoted option on this forum from other posts i've seen.
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I've got a refurbished dual 2.5 sitting at home and I love it. Works perfectly and looks great. Even came with additional RAM and a bigger hard drive. The only downside: those refurbished boxes aren't near as sexy as the real boxes. Too bad, huh?

    Seriously, though...I'm very happy with my refurb, and will definitely look at them again the next time I'm in the market for a computer.
  4. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Oh, quick question... do the Powerbook 12" come with speakers on the acutal laptop, or do you have to use headphones?
  5. SteveG4Cube macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    MontCo., PA
    I just got a refurb 20" imac, and it came with 512mb/250gb instead of 256mb/160gb. Same warranty as new, looks brand new, works flawlessly, not one complaint. My sister got a refurb. iBook G3 awhile back and it's still working great, too. I'd highly recommend refurb. stuff from Apple.
  6. sstern1 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2004
    The PB 12" comes with speakers, they're just hidden in the pictures. They're not bad.
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park

    This is from the newer PowerBooks, but PBs have had built-in speakers for some time now. They aren't the best, but they work.
  8. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

    Mar 1, 2004
    before you jump on me lol, I think refurbished would be like buying a used car some are good some SUCK. If I'm spending the money i did on my powerbook I would rather have new for a few extra bucks.

    JUST MY OPINION!!!! lol
  9. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Thanks for all your replies, guys. There aren't any refurbed Powerbooks at the apple store right now (well, at least on the education website), so I'm probably going to get the 1.5 ghz one. thanks anyway! :)
  10. RAS admin macrumors regular

    RAS admin

    Sep 4, 2004
    Berkshires, Mass.
    I have been using a refurb dual 2.5 G5 since Sept. last year. It became available on the Apple site while everyone else were still waiting due to low yields from IBM. It was advertised as stock, but it arrived with a 250GB SATA (instead of 160GB), 1GB of RAM (instead of 512MB) and $300 cheaper.
    I also got Apple Care for it and my 30" LCD at the same time.
  11. xli_ne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2005
    Center of the Nation
    powerbook is a refurb...

    never have had any problems with it
  12. ----Bowie---- macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2004
    I wish Apple sold refurbished stuff in Canada. :(
  13. noel4r macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I got a Dual 1.8 PM a few months ago. So far so good.
  14. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    Just be aware of which generation you are buying in refurb ...

    This has more to do with the G5 iMacs, than the older PB's, though, since the more recent PB changes are less drastic.

    For the G5 iMacs, however, the 2G had a LOT of smaller upgrades that together add up to be a different computer. (video card, BT 2, standard Airport Express, 512 MB RAM, bigger (and faster?) HD, plus possibly a redesigned mid-plane assembly - since it is no longer user interchangeable)
  15. tsk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2004
    If you're an educational customer like one post seems to indicate. Don't buy the refurb. Use the Student Union promo and get a free iPod Mini and sell it on eBay. You'll come out farther ahead than the refurb price.
  16. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    apple usually releases refurbs daily.
  17. GlynJones macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2005
    I ordered a Powermac Dual 1.8 and that arrived with a dented foot. It was lopsided so I had to prop it up with a bit of rubber.

    It is pot luck what you get.
  18. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    If you think you'll get an additional discount on a refurb through the education site, you won't. The prices on refurbs are the same whether through the main site or through the education site.

    To get in on a refurb deal, check the site out at around midnight. That's when they seem to get listed.
  19. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You should have send your's back immediately!

    Refurbs are supposed to meet all new specs.

    A slight scratch is even rare, so if you're not happy with an Apple
    product, don't mess around, insist on the quality you've paid for.

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