Question About Apple Refurbs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Finnxeon, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Finnxeon macrumors regular

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    So in the next few weeks i am going to buy a macbook......however, the refurb 2.0 Ghz White MacBook is very tempting, but i am concerned about its appearance......i like my new things to look new if you know what i mean. So my question is, in the opinion of refurbished Mac users, do the products still look as good as if they were new?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. At least, that's what I've heard, and I've never heard otherwise.
     
  3. Finnxeon thread starter macrumors regular

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    good news

    Well that's encouraging, i wouldn't mind saving a little money.....just means more apple products for me!

    Thanks!
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Also I've heard sometimes you get nice suprises like more ram or bigger hard drive that you weren't expecting every now and then
     
  5. rafifreak00 macrumors regular

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    A friend of mine got a blackbook at school refurbished, and it looks squeaky clean as if it was new. I can't tell the difference and I always love to keep my computers clean.
     
  6. Finnxeon thread starter macrumors regular

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    squeeky clean and suprises.....what could be better!
     
  7. macaddicted macrumors regular

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    I've used a refurbished G5 for a few years now. The only problem I ever had with it was, ironically, the original Apple RAM.
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I posted the same type of thread a while back because I was looking at apple refurbs for a possible buy. Still have never bought one, but everyone there said they were very pleased with their buy and that the only difference they could tell between their refurbs and a brand new machine was the extra money they'd saved!

    I'd say it's an excellent option for those on a budget.

    The only downside might be that you don't get an original box (you get a cardboard one), but that's really only a problem for later on, if you like to resell your old machines to fund your new ones.

    Other than that, you get a second QC, the same warranty, the possibility of "surprises", and extra money to spend elsewhere. Seems like a great deal!
     
  9. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Im in the same boat as you. Im looking to get a new MacBook for school....but was looking at the refurbs just for kicks. Seems like a good deal to me. From what I notice though the only different between refurbished and new is about $100...
     
  10. x704 macrumors regular

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    I have a referb iBook and it looks/works great. One thing about my iBook that I did not know was suposed to do was goto sleep when you close the lid. I recently tested to see if it would work if the magnet part of the swich was there and it does, so nothing wrong just a missing magnet for the sleeping swich.


    Edit: YAY I just noticed that I am not a "macrumors newbie" anymore (even though I was not one from the time I signed up)
     
  11. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Buying the latest model as a refurb is a great way to save and still buy with full confidence and a full factory warranty.

    Many who do not qualify for education discounts can benefit greatly from
    a refurb.

    They generally come in pristine condition, so you're not settling for a scratch and dent model.

    The majority of refurbs come from new purchase returns with repairable issues that can not be sold again as NEW.

    My daughter loves her iBook Refurb and never once felt like she was settling for
    a used machine.

    Her's came with an upgraded HD at no cost.

    Refurbs go fast because they are quite popular, so you may need to wait a few days to see the model you want pop up in the listings.
     
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    My friend got a reburb iBook awhile back and it looked great. Not a single scratch, surprisingly. But maybe he just got lucky :confused:
     
  13. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    I ordered a refurb Macbook, it should come today or tomorrow (Yay! :D ) I'm expecting it to come in great shape. I heard the the refurb systems come in generic brown boxes though :(

    I guess a brown box is ok as long as it has the apple logo on it
     
  14. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Spend some of those savings on a good quality case and no one will ever guess
    you have a refurb.
     
  15. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    Bought a refurb ipod with click wheel (black and white screen), works awesome. Looks awesome, like new. I got a 20 gig for 169, 250 out the door with apple care and free shipping. Two thumbs up from me! ;)
     
  16. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Being a refurb owner i thought i'd pitch in.

    My PowerBook which has been my main machine was bought as a refurb. It came practically new, there is no way you could the difference apart from the Serial Number and the Box it came in, it was sparkling/spotless.

    The additional candy was that it also shipped with a BTO 100GB 7200RPM HDD which was God send to me so adding more RAM meant i had the fastest G4 available.

    Another good thing is that the machine has given me no issues whatsoever, i run it for 10-13 days straight without restart and it works like a champ.

    Second story is that i bought an BlackBook recently for my brother and it also came spotless/sparkling and the candy for that was it came with a 120GB HDD and 2GB RAM upgrade..i mean thats AWESOME!. and it also had no issues..no shutdowns..moos...whines....just perfect.

    Highly recommend refurbs, its cheaper and you often get more than you would if you bought a new machine. Whats not to like?
     
  17. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    another happy refurb owner.
    iMac 20" core duo in May of this year.
    Plus Apple employee friend discount made it almost the same price as a retail iMac 17" core duo. No brainer for me.
     
  18. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Don't forget a refurb is most likely to be free of defects because any problems associated with the unit will have already been taken care of. You cannot say that about a brand new machine straight off the production line.
     
  19. ipodcentral112 macrumors regular

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    I agree 100%
     
  20. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

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    I wanted to get a refurbished 2ghz macbook also but I decided to just wait for a refurbished core 2 duo macbook. How long do you think that it will take for apple to start selling the refurbished core 2 duo macbooks after they are released?
     
  21. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    i have refurbished 2 ghz white macbook, looked brand new, and had 1 gig ram :) so, i cant complain. you might want to wait for the core 2 duos. any day now...
     
  22. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Good point, I never thought of that.
     
  23. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed - I'm on my second refurb Powerbook and no regrets at all. Spotless and packaged like new. Very happy to get my computers $300 cheaper.
     
  24. nomad01 macrumors 68000

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    I was working on that theory last year.

    However, a Powermac and three powerbooks later and I was begging for a refund. To have so many faulty units in a row seems like spectacularly bad look though as most people praise Apple's refurbs.

    Perhaps Quality Control in the UK is not so hot as the US. The Powermac also came with marks and dirt over it. The Powerbooks did look pristine though. They just were either DOA or came up with errors within a day or two.

    Luckily, Apple took every one back with no problem so I'd certainly recommend trying to get a refurb to save money. Then if you get the duds, you can reassess the situation. :)
     
  25. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Some batches of perfecty new units off the shelf have issues too.

    Buying refurbs saves money so at least you can buy a good system for less.

    A few hundred bucks can make the difference between having just a computer or having a computer with software and a case or a back-up drive, digital I/O or something else you need.

    You might consider ordering your refurb at your local store or call to order.

    I found that it helps to have a regular sales rep in the event there's any problem.

    But never had any problems.
     

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