How can i tell if my MBA is used?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by financeguy, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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    I recently bought a MBA from a 100% positive eBay power seller, who advertised it as "new". It came in a sealed box and looed brand new. I went through the startup process and registered the product successfully using the serial number.

    However, when I checked the warranty, it says that it expires on 1/28/10 (only 6 months left). Does this mean that my MBA is used? Is there anyway to know for sure?
     
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    ZachsMacDaddy

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    Perhaps it was purchased new 6 months ago but was never opened. That would still qualify as new on ebay.

    To me "new" means that when I get it the box is still sealed and the item was never opened or used. That doesn't mean that it still carries a warranty and that is a good question to ask a seller if they do not specify it. That's why when I sell "new" items that I never used, I will clearly specify what kind of warranty it has on it.
     
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    I'm fine with that scenario, but does that happen often? I'm just worried it was refurbished and sealed again. I researched some of the other threads and downloaded the coconut battery utility. It says it is 93% of full capacity and has had only 2 load cycles. Is that good or bad?
     
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    Was it a white box or brown? If it was refurbished by Apple they would use a brown box. White boxes are for new systems only.

    Even if it was refurbished the warranty deal is the same. When Apple refurbishes a system it gets a new serial # and the warranty is reset for the new buyer.
     
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    This happened to me when I bought a new Rev A from macmall said i had a few months warranty, call apple they will ask for your receipt and the will reset the dates for you.

    But buying on Ebay they might not.
     
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    Apple uses plain white boxes for refurbs..
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    White box, but I guess they could have opened it if they wanted to.
     
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    ZachsMacDaddy

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    Sealed white box and only 2 cycles? Sounds like new to me. I'd bet they just had inventory that was at least 6 months old.

    Just do yourself a favor and DON'T buy an Applecare plan on ebay. Go to Amazon or LA Computers
     
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    You can ask Apple to update the date and show proof of purchase date.
     
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    I dont think they will take a ebay receipt has to be from a authorized retailer.
     
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    If you can do this, people don't need to buy applecare anymore. We all can just create a listing on ebay and ask apple to update the warranty.
     
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    Thanks. Good to know.
     
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    I would definitely contact Apple, but because it wasn't an authorized reseller, I suspect that they'll tell you that you are out of luck, but it's worth a shot. You can also get an extended warranty through SquareTrade and they will cover ebay purchases, just put in your item number and it will quote everything for you. Just a thought.
     
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    You can do this as I did it.
     

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