Refurb Classic 160 - a good buy?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by firecrasher, Oct 26, 2008.

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    Hi, one of my friends is looking to replace his 5th gen Classic 80G, the Genius bar told him he could get 10% off a new one if he trades it in, but there's a refurbished 160G for $250 on the Apple Store.

    I've never had any experience with Apple refurbs -- is this a good deal? Thanks :)
     
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    Vader

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    Sell the classic 80 gig and buy a refurb. Best route.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    yeah dont trade it. You could get close to 100 bucks for it, sell it. Then thats 40% discount.

    Get a 160, i had one, i loved it.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    I think it has some issues, but that's what selling As Is on eBay is for...
     
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    Scepticalscribe

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    A refurb Classic 160 is a great buy, if you love music, have a huge collection and want a long lasting battery. Tell your friend to go for it.
    Cheers
     
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    lamina

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    Refurbished iPods are indistinguishable from new ones, other than the fact that it comes in a brown box.

    I've dealt with 3 and they've all been absolutely immaculate. I'm pretty sure they put a new case on the refurbs. They had the original wrapping on it and everything.
     
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    OldLadywithiPod

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    Old Lady with Refurb iPods agrees that refurb is the route to take!

    I have one refurb shuffle that works faster and more reliably that my bought-new shuffle. From looking at them, you can't tell which is the refurb and which is the new.

    I used to work in electronics manufacturing and I suspect that the refurbs are more carefully tested and re-tested than are the new items that are just tested once super-quickly to get them off the line and shipped. Of course, exceptions can happen, we can all have a bad day and several lemons go out the door. But Old Lady is willing to bet her next iPod piggy bank money that refurbs are more reliable.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    been debating about doing the exact same thing.
    i've had friends with refurb'd ipods and i've had a refurb'd iphone. none of us have had any problems and like others have said, they're indistinguishable from new.
     
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    Scepticalscribe

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    Actually, when the new models/updates were issued in September, I immediately bought a refurb 80 GB classic, (to replace my beginning-to-show-its-age-30 GB classic) and am very happy with it. Terific capacity and an really excellent battery. Refurb is certainly a good way to go on this.
    Cheers
     

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