Refurbished Macs & Free upgrades

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Planner Dude, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

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    I have read about people who buy a refurb mac computer with specific stats, but get even better stats via free upgrades (IE.1 GB of RAM instead of 512). Can anyone attest to how common this actually is?
     
  2. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    It happens occasionally, but I doubt anyone has any real statistics on how often it happens. I'd say buy it and if its upgraded, great, if not, oh well. I wouldn't bet on it.

    BTW, the refurb mac I bought was standard.
     
  3. roland.g macrumors 603

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    What do you think is a better buy and will have a better resale next spring...

    a refurb 20" iMac 2.0 Intel Core Duo for $1,199 + tax
    or a used 20" iMac 2.1 G5 (built-in iSight) for $800-950

    both are 10.4 512MB RAM 250HDD BT & AE
     
  4. Planner Dude thread starter macrumors 6502

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    refurb 20" iMac 2.0 Intel Core Duo for $1,199 + tax for resale value
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    You don't think I could still get at least $600-750 for the iMac G5 by then. I think if I can get it for as low as $750-$900, that's a cost of $150-200 over 6-9 months. That's about $20/month. Am I crazy thinking I could resell it for that much??

    What do think the 20" Core Duo would fetch.
     
  6. NeoMac macrumors regular

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    I bought a 17-inch G5 iMac refurb and it was supposed to come with 160 gig hard drive but it came with a 250 Gig. I doubt I will ever use that much space but it was cool.
     
  7. Planner Dude thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if you found the right user you could sell it, but I just think that by haveing an intel machine, you have an insurance policy
     
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  9. JAT macrumors 603

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    Poll would work better.

    I bought a Mini. Listed as: 1GB RAM, 100GB drive. I received: 2GB/120GB.

    So far batting 1.000!
     
  10. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a

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    When I bought my 12" PowerBook refurbed I got a 512mb RAM stick instead of the (then included) 256mb stick.

    When I got my G5 iMac, I had an upgraded hard drive.
     
  11. bcarter360 macrumors newbie

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    I bought a refurbished 20" Intel iMac and was supposed to come with the standard 128mb video card and 512mb RAM but instead shipped with the 256mb memory card and 2gb of RAM!
     
  12. generik macrumors 601

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    White Macbook with free 80gb hdd upgrade instead of 60 :)
     
  13. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    My daughter's iBook came with a free HD upgrade, but all of this is totally luck
    of the draw.

    It all depends on what the original order included before it was returned.
     

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