Just bought a 15'' refurb MBP 2.33. Good deal?

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  1. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    I just got a 15 inch C2D MBP for $1999. I just couldn't bring myself to get a Macbook, given upcoming improvements that are no doubt in the works, and I wanted something that would hopefully be a strong system even 2-3 years from now. I really need a new system ASAP, as my ibook's power system is failing, and it shut down on me again while I was browsing the apple store. The 2.1 C2D was good, but the 2.33 seemed like a better deal overall, given the 2 GBs of RAM and better video card.

    What say you all?
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I don't know about US prices, but if you got it cheaper than what they retail for, I'm going to have to say it's a good deal. ;)
     
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  4. O. Frabjous-Dey macrumors regular

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    If you bought it off Apple's website, you probably bought the model I was just drooling over this morning. I decided I could wait, but congratulations!

    An ex-Genius has this to say about Apple refurbs in his blog:
    http://ungeni.us/section/the_bar/apple_refurbs
     
  5. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    excellent :). glad to read that, and thank you for the link.

    I did indeed buy it off apple's website. I put a macbook in my cart twice over two days, and didn't feel good about it. I feel better about this MBP, though. Of course, I certainly have been wrong before.

    I just want something for the long haul, rather than another transitional/temporary system, as my ibook was.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Quietmind--

    I've owned a couple Apple refurbs--an eMac for my son and a Airport Extreme Base Station. Both perfect.

    I think the only difference from a new unit to a refurb is the refurb comes in a brown box..... You can't BTO one, but so what?

    And pricewise, saving $500 on a $2500 machine is pretty awesome.....

    Best,

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  7. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    I agree, that is a sick computer for the price. However, I saw that model I believe on the refurb page as well, but am going to hold off until the new hardware/Leopard arrive. I can't justify $2,000 today when it will go so much further in 3 months!
     
  8. arachn1d macrumors member

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    Actually - I think the benefit won't be nearly as close to the memron upgrade. Maybe slight improvements but nothing ' so much further '.
     
  9. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    that's sort of what my thinking was. the macbooks should see considerable improvement, but the real stepping stone was Merom itself. With a 256 MB video card, I'd like to think it'll be okay for at least the next 18 months.
     
  10. Scorpius macrumors newbie

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    So you're the guy that bought it!
    I was looking at the couple of MBPs on there earlier today. I've been planning on holding off for Leopard/MBP updates, but I was sorely tempted when I saw those refurbs at a discount. I'm glad I will wait a bit longer, but you definitely got a good deal.
     
  11. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations! I've seen the low-end MBP discounted to $1849 and the high end one at $2349 or so, so you saved at least $300 I'd say.
     
  12. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    About how long does it usually take a refurb to ship?
     
  13. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Well, they have to wait for a new product to break in the field, and then for it to get returned, and then for the techs to fix it... j/k... :D

    Seriously, usually if someone's advertising a refurb its in stock and will ship same day or next day. Did you get it from Apple? I bought my last two refurbs from PowerMax and Smalldog.
     
  14. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ordered on tuesday morning, and it hasn't shipped yet.
     
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