2013 iMac refurbs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by EADGBE, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. EADGBE macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    #1
    Hi, new here and this is my first post, although I've been lurking and reading.

    I'm about to pull the trigger in my first Mac, having been a Windows user since 3.1 (!). Yeah, I know....late to the party :D.

    Anyway, I'd really like to buy refurbished, and ideally I'd like the latest iteration. Has anyone noticed whether the 2013 models have appeared in the refurb store yet?

    I'm tempted to snag a 2012 but I'd prefer a '13.
     
  2. davey1107 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    #2
    2013 iMac refurbished

    Hello,

    I've bought several refurb iMacs through Apple through my company - good way to get a discount and we've had nothing but perfect performance from these.

    I've watched the offerings on the last 3-4 iMac releases. In my opinion, Apple "holds" the newer model refurbs until their stock on older is low. The 21" models tend to pop up for 20% off retail about 90 days after release. 27" models seem to take longer, the 2012s came out in October but I didn't see refurbs until spring.

    For those looking for a deal who can watch the apple store religiously, there is sometimes a "sweet spot" for a VERY short time where both models appear, with the oldest model even more discounted. In the last round, I believe that the 2012 27" popped up at 20% off and there were 2011s for 35% off for 3-4 days. We jumped on this and grabbed the $1799 base 27" for a little under $1200.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    #3
    Hey, welcome to MacRumours; and welcome to the world of Apple! Refurbs are definitely a good way to save a pretty penny. However, if you can, try go the education route. If you know anybody in higher education (University is the best one), you'll save a sweet 15% on the RRP AND get free 3-year hardware warranty with it (exactly the same as AppleCare, except you only get 90 days worth of phone support with the education, and 3-years phone support with AC.)

    So I'd definitely consider that route before sinking cash on a refurb; add the hardware warranty and you'll be saving much more compared to refurb units. :)
     

Share This Page