Refurbished quality

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    chrisrosemusic1

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    Hi there,

    I'm debating on ordering a refurbished 2012 MBA. I'm about to sell my MBP for £900 and would like to acquire another notebook and a new iPad.

    Apple currently have the base 13" 2012 model for £849 - £150 less than a new one, which would then mostly cover 50% of the iPad cost.

    However, I rarely buy things reconditioned or second hand because I like the 'new' feeling. How is the casing on refurbs from Apple? Are they immaculate or do they have scratches/wear? It sounds fickle but I'd rather buy new if I get a new looking machine than save money and get one with a few nicks in it - I look after my stuff to the point of obsessive so a scratch would be as good as a broken unit to me.
     
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    It's just anecdotal evidence, but I had a refurbished MacBook Pro, and the only way you could tell that it was a refurb was that it came in a different box.

    This seems to be the common opinion around the forum as well.
     
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    As stated above, the only difference you'll see is that it comes in a brown box instead of a glossy printed white box.
     
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    chrisrosemusic1

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    That fills me with some confidence then.

    I guess you still have the 14 day return period? I could order it, inspect it and if I am uncertain return it and pay the extra I suppose :)
     
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    chrisrosemusic1

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    Found a retina 13" for £1059 so I've ordered that tonight. Hopefully is in as good condition as you all say :)
     
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    Cheffy Dave

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    One of the best kept secrets are the refurbs. My 2007 & 2008 C2D BMB are still going strong, 54 C2D 2010 11" MBA's with 64 SSD's snapped up out of the refurb store, 3 for me, 51 for friends, who paid me to put in 256 and 512 OWC SSD's, every single unit, going strong. Please keep in mind, most are returned to Apple, because they found it to small, went to a 13", etc, in some cases there was a problem, which Apple addresses, every unit, is thoroughly gone over,retested,and certified.
    I would never hesitate to buy a refurb,anytime, from the Apple store. Buy with confidence, always,anytime!
     
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    designs216

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    I've owned 2 refurb MBPs and they have both arrived in pristine condition. Sometimes the buyer even gets a surprise, the last machine was advertised as having a 5400 drive and arrived with a 7200RPM HD. I would highly recommend Apple refurbs.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Same for me, every product is immaculate. Just packaging differs, but who cares?

    Btw, I'm waiting to see a MBA 11/8GB/i7/512GB in the refurb store....
     
  10. macrumors G4

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    I bought a refurbished 2010 MBA and it actually shipped in a white shipping box. :) Of course, it wasn't the glossy retail box, but for what I saved it was worth it. I'd have loved to have been in a position to buy one of the refurbished base rMBPs at $1369 yesterday rather than the $1879 I paid for the rMBP in December after I lost my MacBook Air.

    To the OP, most refurbished units you see are simply product returns. For all yo know, there was never anything wrong with the Mac in the first place, but someone opened up the box and took it back for some reason. In other cases, it was truly refurbished or just repackaged and resold. My refurbished 2010 MBA arrived with 0 cycles on the battery.
     
  11. macrumors 601

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    My refurb was missing the bundled apps: iMovie, word processor, spreadsheet blah-blah. Not a huge deal but I thought I mention it.
     
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    Refurb items from Apple look like new. They are even better in the quality of them since they go even more rigorous quality checks to assure they are ready for sale again.

    The only difference between a Refurb item and a new one is the packaging. That is all to it. Not to mention all refurbs include the same 1 year warranty as new products (and AppleCare can be added).
     
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    Your refurbished device would have included Word Processor or Spreadsheet but it would come with the programs in iLife; iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts and Reminders.
     
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    chrisrosemusic1

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    Well it's coming on Monday so I hope my experience will be as positive as the rest of you.

    Will post a response once I get it :)

    Thanks to all.

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    Will do!
     
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    You will be fine i have had two refurbished Macs a macbook pro circa 2010 and a Mac Pro 6 core Dec 2011 and both were immaculate, inside the pro there was not a single speck of dust and case was in perfect nick, the MBP was stolen but the MP is still working well.
     
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    How is the lifespan of the SSDs with refurbished MacBook Airs? I would imagine that these are a little used or older than a brand new MBA. Is it a good idea to get AppleCare on these?
     
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    Got a refurb Mba 11 and its worth it :) Basically a new Mba without the box :) However my battery dis say that it is 6 months old when I got it :( But its still at 95% health and I've been using it for 3 months now.
     
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    Both my 2012 MacBook Air and my 2011 27" i7 iMac are from the refurb store, and I'd never buy Apple products from anywhere else. Up to 20% off for a tip-top, cosmetically perfect product? Oh, ok then.

    Like others have said, only difference is the unbranded, plain white box.
     
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    As far as refurbished products from Apple goes, we've had:

    1 x iMac G5
    1 x iMac 24"
    1 x Powermac G5
    1 x iPod Touch
    1 x 24" ACD

    All of them were perfect with the exception of the iMac G5. The keyboard was WELL used. Not sure what happened there, but when I called and let them know there was DNA on the keyboard, they sent me a new one no questions asked.

    All of the other products looked and operated like new. There was no way to tell they were refurbished, save for the box they came in.
     
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    chrisrosemusic1

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    Got it today - absolutely flawless and only 1 cycle count on the battery. I'm amazed by how fast it is, and also just how light it is compared to my i7 2011 Pro.

    Amazing price, amazing laptop - very very happy with Apple once again <3
     

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    Mine came in a white box. A sad, generic white box. But really fantastic quality - zero cosmetic issues and the thing works great.

    This is my second refurb, and I don't see a reason to not keep buying refurbs in the future.
     
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    I've ordered an MBPs, and (now) 3 MBAs in tota;, all refurbished from Apple, and each one of the units I've received looks and feels pristine and new.

    As I recall, there's a 2 week return policy, so there's practically no risk at all. The only frustration is waiting for the exact configuration to eventually make it to the refurb section.
     
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    God if we had refurb section in our apple online store, that would be awesome;(
     
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    This is a useful tool if you're ever waiting for a specific configuration: http://www.refurb-store.com/en/

    It'll send you an email each morning a product arrives in your chosen country's refurb store that fits your search criteria, meaning you can be the first to snap it up when it does come along.

    Still have to wait, but makes the waiting easier...
     
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    very glad youre happy!
     

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