$999 Refurb vs $1199 new

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rxl125, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. rxl125 macrumors regular

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    Refurbished MacBook 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    for $999

    With education discount...
    vs 1199 for a new one with 2 gigs of ram and a speed pump and 40 more in the hard drive...

    What's the better deal? Would I most likely be getting a new macbook in the refurb area?
     
  2. mchank macrumors regular

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    If you get the refurbished one, you could get a bigger hard drive and use the one that comes with the Macbook as a backup drive. Ram is cheap nowadays; at Fry's you can get a 4gig kit for less than $100. Of course, with a new one your get the new processors which should have bettery battery life. I personally would get the refurb; with the money you'd save you could get more space or a second battery.
     
  3. catfish743 macrumors 6502

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    I second the refurb. I honestly don't think there will be much of a difference.
     
  4. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

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    i'm going for a refurb when they update the site
     
  5. closeupman macrumors member

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    why not just go for the 2.1? it's new and it'll cost the same as the refurb. a dvd writer isn't that big a deal (plus you could always get a faster one on your own when you really need it).

    do you really think .3 ghz is going to make that big of a difference?
     
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

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    For $50 more ($1049) you could get the black MB with a larger 160GB hdd. That would be my choice.
     
  7. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    You can get that same model brand new at Amazon right now for $1,069 with free shipping and no sales tax while they last. That would be cheaper in the end than paying $999 + tax for the refurb from Apple.
     
  8. rxl125 thread starter macrumors regular

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  11. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    I just went for the $999 refurb. I considered the Amazon deal but wanted to get a new laser printer too and the $100 mail in rebate from Apple was too tempting.

    The Blackbook is nice but I decided that 40Gb of HD space and fingerprint magnet matte black finish wasn't worth the $50 for me. I'm aware that the white ones scratch easier so it came down to preference.

    The $950 White refurb doesn't accept 4Gb of Ram and has a slower FSB, smaller cache, and older integrated graphics chip so I didn't want that one either...

    I didn't get the low end new one because I wanted a DVD burner.

    On another note, I order 4Gb of Ram from OWC and they sent me an email saying that my order was delayed because I was having it shipped to an address other than my credit card billing address (I was having it sent to my girlfriend's house), and I would have to fax them a form with my driver's license and and credit card copied on it. I decided I didn't want the hassle so I looked at Crucial and the ram is only $5 more (wow they've come down...) there so I canceled and reordered from them.

    The only thing that you might consider is that refurbs of the new models might become available but I figured they wouldn't be much less expensive than one with an Edu discount, which is still more expensive for what you get.
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    from the Apple refurb store, probably not (significantly), and the refurb store is so blippy and they get soldout quick.
     
  13. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like case closed to me, what else is there to think about? Unless you live in a weird place that charges less than 7% tax then the new one is cheaper.
     
  14. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    For those of you considering, Ive recently seen a MPB pop-up in the refurb store for $1299 on a few occasions. They go fast, but they have been there. I cant recall the specs, but the original price was $1999.

    Actually, I just came across a screen cap of it. This was from about a week ago.
     

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