Refurb iMac came with better than ordered specs?

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    Diode

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    So I placed a order for a 21inch i7 with a 1TB and 4GB of ram and was surprised when it arrived with a 2TB HD and 8GB of ram.

    Is it normal for Apple to send out better machines then what you order? This is my first refurb.

    Shame it didn't include a SSD....
     
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    wrinkster22

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    Yeah, its happened quite a bit. If you really want a worse machine go return it :D

    Think of it as a gift from apple and enjoy your iMac!
     
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    Just curious how often does this happen?

    Seems like a good reason to purchase a refurb especially if you like gambling.
     
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    Great upgrade
     
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    Diode

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    Yea the only other anomaly was the power header on the MB for the SSD was missing - just the pins. Fortunately my OWC power cable fit on the pins but it's not as secure as if it was an actual plug....

    I wonder if I could take it to a Apple Store and have them install the header on the MB/swap out the MB.
     
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    Fried Chicken

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    It happens, didn't happen to me though :/
     
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    thekev

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    It's possible refurbished stock may be oversold at times, and it isn't necessarily predictable. Many of them may simply be returns that have been checked. It's not surprising that they just guarantee certain minimum specs when you make the purchase. It's probably more cost effective for Apple than retrofitting each one to suit the exact needs of the order.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Interesting thread. I'm ready to buy a 27" refurb and it's been a couple of weeks since I've seen any available. Anyone know if they are holding back while they ship new ones? Or hopefully they are busy repackaging new iMac's as refurbs? ;)
     
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    Diode

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    They go in and out of stock quite frequently. Check once or twice a day and you should be able to snag one.
     
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    macjram

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    I wonder if it'll be a problem when you take it in for a repair / return and the specs dont match up?
     
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    tom vilsack

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    Be kinda fun to tape a call to apple to complain your refurb came with better specs then you ordered ;-)
     
  12. macrumors member

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    No, it won´t be a problem in case of repair - just make sure its correct on your invoice - specs are listed there. It happens sometimes, as they don´t want to offer 20 different versions of the same machine in the refurb section - it confuses people.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    The exact same happened to me. Got the exact same build. It appeared to have a few dead pixels near the bottom of the screen, but they all seem to have come back to life over the last week. Perhaps it was the gentle massage they received as I obsessively wiped it clean every time I sat down at it. Yes, I would have been happy to receive the SSD as well.

    With all the posts regarding potential issues with the latest models, from yellow tints to excessive noise, I am glad I went refurb. My daughter has enjoyed a few DVD movies even, which would have cost me extra with the newer model.

    Cheers!
    kc
     
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    Diode

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    And of course now it won't turn on.

    Back to Apple it goes. Hope they don't knock me for having installed a SSD...
     

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