Would it be better buying refreshed or refurbished?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Topono, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Topono macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2006
    When I went to the Apple Store today, they said I could buy a refreshed or refurbished PowerMac. It seems like buying it refreshed is a better deal, because nothing was wrong with it in the first place. Would you get a better dicount if you went with a refurbished system? Also, it seems I can't find refreshed products on Apple's site. Is there a page for them?
  2. darrengreer macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2006
    Sorry, misread your last statement there. I thought you were looking for the refurbished site.

    I've actually never seen "refreshed" as an option. I had always assumed that you were gambling with a refurbished model. YOu might be getting a refreshed or a refurbished. Seeing as it goes through the same testing, I'm not sure if it would matter too much to them on price differential.

  3. Topono thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2006
    When you buy a refreshed/refurbished Mac, does it come in a new box and with new instructions?
  4. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    From what I know - "Refreshed" items are typically customer returns (bought from a retail store). They are just checked over, restored and repackaged so they look and behave as new (i.e. Welcome screen). In the UK you tend to find these for sale in the Regent Street store with around a 10% discount.

    "Refurbished" items on the other hand could be previously faulty Macs that have been repaired, or BTO Macs ordered over the internet that were returned, or even excess stock from previous generations.

    All refurb/refreshed items come with the usual Apple warranty and will include the relevant accessories/CDs/manuals etc.

    Some (but not all) refurbs may arrive in a brown box rather than the original packaging.
  5. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I think refreshed has to be through an actual physical store. I could be wrong, but that's what I thought

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