Why No 2013 Refurb 15" rMBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tgi, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. tgi
    macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    On refurb.me it doesn't even list the 2013 15" rMBP as a model you can be alerted on. Does that mean it has never been available?

    Any speculation as to why there have been 2013 13" rMBPs refurbished but no 15" models. I'm hoping to see one pop up sometime in the next month or so.
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Usually that's what it means when refurb.me does not have a model available for alerts. The availability of any given model on the refurb site is strictly determined by what models are returned to Apple. It can be weeks or months before a new model starts appearing on the refurb store.
  3. tgi
    thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Thanks for the reply. I just find it hard to believe that there haven't been any 2013 15" rMBPs returned or at least that is how it appears. I guess the 2013's must be THAT good.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2005
    phx, az
    You can still set a custom notification for it. I have :)
    I'm hoping they show up within the next month.
  5. vtecintegra, Jul 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2013
    I got a refurb 15 rMBP 2.7/16/768 a few weeks ago for $2600. There were a few available. Right now there are no retinas listed. Computer was manufactured in May 2013, but came with the first gen LG screen:mad:

    One thing to keep in mind is they don't say 2013, but "originally released in 2012". You want to look for the 2.4 or 2.7 (6mb cache) cpu instead the 2.3, 2.6 or 2.7 (8mb cache). The later three were in the 2012 models.
  6. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    There are two things at play here:

    Price protection:
    When offering refurbs that could cut into sales of full retail priced computers, why offer refurbs too soon?

    Why sell refurbs as soon as you get them, why not wait until you have 500, 1000, 5000....

    This is common for Apple. Usually the first batch of refurbs is 500-1000 and sell out in a few hours. The second batch is 1000-5000 and sells out in a day or two.

    This is business as usual for Apple.
  7. tgi
    thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Makes sense. So basically if none are in stock, I'm essentially waiting for the next batch before it becomes available.


    I see, but I've read stories of people ordering a specific model but received an upgraded processor. If that were the case they basically got the refresh of the model that they ordered, correct?
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2001
    The 2012 2.3 Ghz and 2.6 Ghz models had 6MB L3 cache as well. Like the 2013 models, only the top end custom configuration gets the 8MB L3 cache.

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