Refreshed MacBooks?

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  1. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Does anybody have experience with refreshed MacBooks? How do they compare to refurbished? Refreshed simply means the computer was returned and Apple repackaged it, correct? Would I find a higher probability for a dead/stuck pixels (possible reason for the return...)?

    The reason I ask: I may be purchasing a refreshed MacBook from my Apple Store tomorrow. Price is $1156 for the mid-range white C2D model.


    Thoughts?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. phungy macrumors 68020

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    A few members have purchased refreshed Macs and they turned out to be brand new. Are you eligible for educ. discount? It is only $45 more than the refreshed price...but if not the refreshed price is pretty good.

    Brand New > Refreshed > Refurbished is how I think though many swear by refurbished Macs.
     
  3. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am a student, but only in high school thus making me ineligible for an education discount.

    crap policy, but oh well.
     
  4. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    could you provide a link for these "refreshed" ones. I have only ever seen refurbished ones.
     
  5. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Refreshed ones can only be found at Apple stores, not Apple online.
     
  6. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No link available. I called up my store and asked if they had any refreshed or refurbished MacBooks; they had some refreshed.

    Prices:
    $989 Combo
    $1169 mid-White
    $1350 Black
     
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    thanks. I think if your opting refreshed you might as well go for a refurbished, if the price is cheaper. Also, find a friend in college or with a sibling in college and take advantage of their EDU discount.
     
  8. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I was figuring the extra $69 as the fee for having it now and not having to wait until the next time the mid-white shows up in the refurb store.
     
  9. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    A night of sleep had me wondering why there is the $69 difference between refurbished and refreshed...

    Thoughts? Any chance I could barter the price down to refurb price?
     
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    Well with refurbs, they check the entire thing over. With refreshed laptops, they're just opened and returned, but I'm not sure if anybody checks it like they do with refurbs.

    In some ways, I'd rather have a "recent" model refurb than a refresh. Or am I completely insane. :confused:


    I can't explain the $69 difference in price difference between the two, either.
     
  11. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I might be going out to get it soon. Aside from the $69 difference in price, is there any reason not to purchase a refresh?
     
  12. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    I'm with abstract. I also think the refurbed get a better look over then the refreshed. Refurbished means there was a documented problem that warrented that computer to be repaired. Refreshed means someone did not like it for some reason and returned probably with the 10% restock, but that reason could of been a problem, like a display problem thats considered "within normal parameters" to Apple but unacceptalble to the rest of the world.

    I hope that makes sense.
     
  13. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that had crossed my mind as-well; a return because of dead pixels or something.
     
  14. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    plus it might have fingerprints all over the screen. I know someone who returned theres for an update version of the Macbook, the one she was swapping had fingerprints on the screen and I said you should at least clean that off, but she didnt care.
     
  15. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm a very indecisive buyer, so when I was faced with the prospect of purchasing the refresh today, I decided to just wait and order the refurb. The $69 I save can go towards iLife '07 when it's released.

    Is the refurb store updated on a certain day or is it random?
     
  16. phungy macrumors 68020

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    At first I thought it was scheduled but now I want to say random? The past week I noticed it updated Tuesday morning, Saturday morning. Maybe one more day but I wasn't paying attention.

    Week before I believe they restocked on a Wednesday morning.
     
  17. Quboid macrumors 6502

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    I can't remember the last time i saw an a refurbuished mid macbook core 2 duo on the apple site.
     
  18. phungy macrumors 68020

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    There was a few this week. mid-range white and black C2D refurbs.
     
  19. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The Black CD MacBooks only come with 512mb RAM, correct?
     
  20. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Well that's what the refurb page may say. Most likely you will get 512MB but you may also be lucky enough to get 1GB :)
     
  21. Quboid macrumors 6502

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    Am i the only person that doesn't see any macbooks on the apple website?
     
  22. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Looks like they're out of stock...for now.
     
  23. buffalo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The black MacBook looks nicer but I don't have enough $ for the C2D, I would consider getting the CD. $999 for the black Core Duo plus another $120ish to upgrade the MacBook to 1GB (2 x 512 from Datamem) If I do that, the only difference between the CD black MB and C2D white is the processer, correct? Also I wouldn't get the draft N wireless, not a huge deal but it would be nice to have.

    Which would you recommend? I like classic white, but black is growing on me.
     
  24. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Also the new C2Ds have dual-layer capability. But yeah, that's the main difference. The C2D White 2.0 MB was 1099 refurbished. So the difference is only $100, +512MB and DL SD from the black CD.

    I know its tough. I was in the same dilemma. I went for the white cause I had money issues too. But now that I do (almost) have enough, I'm going for black (to match my setup). Yes, you can laugh at me...
     
  25. maceleven macrumors 6502

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    I returned a macbook mid bcause it had a dead pixel ,and then i returned the next one because the apple installer scrathed it up when installing ram and now the next one has a stuck pixel, so and they were all brand new i think...but i'm am thinking to just ask them to discount this one for me or or exchange it. what do you think? just look for ding or deep scrathes ..the ding probably means they droped it....and you dont want it if it droped!
     

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