Amazon Warehouse Deals?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gaps, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. gaps macrumors member

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    I'm looking for anyone who has bought items through Amazon's warehouse deals? There is a 17" Macbook Pro Quad Core 2.2 going for $2,145 and that is the best price I have seen anywhere. Any reason not to get it? What is their return policy/restocking fees? Thanks...
     
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Can't speak for buying, but if you search, you'll find their return policy.
     
  3. gaps thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, just realized they have a website warehousedeals.com.
     
  4. Tjnlv macrumors newbie

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    Yes I just received an Amazon Warehouse Mac

    I will post more on this later, but I just received a like new MacBook current model white unibody for $713 no tax, no shipping. IT is absolutely perfect. And you cab return I believe within 30 days no restock if you are not satisfied. Mostly just returns and slightly scuffed or damaged outer packaging. It's probably where I will look for all future mac purchases.
     
  5. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    What warranty do you get? Is it like buying a used laptop so just the remainder of Apple's 1 year warranty?
     
  6. Tjnlv macrumors newbie

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    Warranty for Amazon Warehouse

    I checked today and apple "estimated" that it had a warranty until sometime in late January. However I think if you give them new date of purchase they may reset that date. Also Amazon offers highly discounted Square Trade Open Box Warranties as well I think it was offered at $49.99 but I did not take it.

    I have seen 11" MacBook airs for as low as $797....keep in mind I only shop the "like new" items.
     
  7. Tjnlv macrumors newbie

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    Why I Bought

    Also and this may be off topic....I sold my two month old MacBook Pro 13" i5. It seemed to run very sluggish to me and maybe is burdened by the current graphic card situation.

    So until a faster solution is found I went to a white MacBook, put 4gb in.........and it feels like home again. Video seems better....everything. I don't know if this was an isolated problem, but I was very unhappy with it.

    I have heard others grumble as well, keep in mind above 13 in. there are two graphics cards....so it is not an issue.

    So it might be the time to snap up those duo cores and nvdia cards equipped "deals" while you can.

    Has anyone else had this experience?
     
  8. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    You're saying a lot in this comment and I'm really trying to parse it altogether, but huh? I highly doubt a 2011 MacBook i5 is faster than a 2010 (or lower) Macbook Core2Duo (barring no user updates). You probably had other issues you were unaware of.
     
  9. Tjnlv macrumors newbie

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    Problem could have been isolated......

    Yes I agree. The new pro is faster. The processor is great. It could have been my unit. However, I don't seem to be alone in this, I have heard this from other people. Apple's own choices of sticking with the Nvdia graphic cars and the "ancient" intel core 2 duo chips for the macbook pro 13 inch, MacBook Airs, MacBook........I don't think Apple was being cheap. They simply were not pleased with the sandy bridge/3000 graphics card required combo. They got around this in all the other models by adding a second AMD, a super unique solution. Steve even stated this was a better option at current time. Well I'm sure the supply is now dwindling on these ancient chips and their hand was forced. It is not a secret and has been well covered that the intel graphics card is not on par with its predecessor. You know faster faster faster chips are always great but only a piece of the overall experience. My experience was I don't like how this performs....choppy hd video etc.

    And I look very much forward to when a better solution is found, and that could be next week in the MacBook Airs........And as soon as that happens I will want to (re)upgrade again. Again this is mainly a problem for people who prefer a 13" or less computer. The 15" 17" while gorgeous MacBook Pros. Are just a little not as as portable as I prefer.

    A computer is the sum of its parts or as others put it as slow as it weakest component. And it just felt really strange. Like they had to be obligated to use that card.....or redesign case because of space limitations.

    By the way with a a few and probably very important differences internally the white MacBook is essentially the same as a last generation 13" pro..........yes no aluminum, no backlit keyboard, no remote, no firewire, and my also that little battery indicator thing on the side which I honestly personally have never used.

    Personal computing is just that its personal. Different things are important for to people for so many reasons. And at $713 no tax no shipping. I thought it was a very fair trade for the time being. A "bridge" over the "sandy bridge/3000" scenario if you will.
     
  10. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

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    I'd be interested to hear how this warranty question resolves. My understanding is that there are only two ways for Apple to calculate a warranty start date: (1) date of original purchase or (2) 90 days from date of shipping to the retailer. If the serial number was properly recorded at the time of original purchase (by the previous buyer), that would be binding. If that for some reason didn't go through, you're stuck with "90 days from date of shipping" - and who knows when that is!

    From what I was told by Apple, when you're buying from a 3rd party retailer, sometimes the serial numbers go through the way they're supposed to . . . and sometimes they don't. If the serial number doesn't record automatically, then the only way to get that purchase date is to send them the original receipt. Without that, you're outta luck! And they won't accept the receipt from an "open box" purchase.

    If anyone on here has had a different experience, please let me know. After several phone calls to Apple over the past few days, this was the best info I could come up with.

    Some people who buy Apple products just have no clue - they figure they don't have to register their serial number until the day they need service. My favorite was the listing I saw on eBay a few days ago for a 2007 MBP "with brand new Applecare (unopened)". The seller apparently figured that when she bought Applecare 4 years ago, her job was done - she never opened the box or activated it! So, if and when that computer ever stops working (6, 7, 8 years down the road), as far as she's concerned, that Applecare protection will still be "good as new"! Yeah, right . . . good luck with that! :D
     
  11. JohnRocks macrumors member

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    I have just discovered buying on amazon.com. I love it. Now with this site, I think I love it more. I am so glad I looked over this section. There are so many things to look through and get at a cheap price.
     

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