Returning iBook, need help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by antares98, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2004
    Not sure if this is the right forum, but here goes....

    First off, it's nice to finally stop lurking and start posting to this fine forum. Hi everyone!

    After months of hemming and hawing (desktop v laptop, G4 v G5, plastic v aluminum, etc.) I finally purchased a 12" G4 iBook. I've been playing with it for a few days and, while it's a great laptop, feel my needs would be better served with a desktop (I lose portability but gain power to rip, mix & burn). Since I've already "initialized" this machine (though I haven't registered it), I was wondering what is the easiest way to "uninitialize" it, so that there's no trace of my presence? The is physically "as new" but I don't like the idea that the operating system bears signs of use. Would a clean install of the OS fix this?
  2. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Sadly, the fact that you opened the box is enough to 'prove' that you used it, so, unfortunately, you're likely out the 10% if you return it. Of course, you can try, but I think there's an open box policy that costs you 10% within, I think, 10 days. This is to the best of my knowledge - might not be correct.
  3. macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    are you asking for return reasons or for personal protection reasons? i think if you do a wiped install of the os you'll be fine.
    also, if you are returning to apple they will wipe the hard drive and refurbish the computer anyhow.
    but jsw is right, you'll still have to pay 10%. but i read your post as being concerned about personal information....?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
  5. macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Once you cut the tape on the box your screwed. Your going to have to pay the 10% or you could try selling on ebay. I'm sure you could get close to full price.
  6. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Note: The 10% restock fee is what the Apple Stores charge. YMMV if you bought it elsewhere.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2004
    Thanks everyone!

    I appreciate the quick replies. Yes, I'm asking for reasons of privacy/personal security. I'll do a clean install tonight and start the return process tomorrow. Ah, well....

  8. macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    I say sell it on eBay. You might even get more for it. Some people get crazy at the last minute with the bidding.


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