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Apple today began selling certified refurbished models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip in the United States and Canada for the first time since the notebook was released in November 2020. As usual, the refurbished models are discounted by approximately 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models.

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Apple's online refurbished store has the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip available for $1,099 in the United States, for example, compared to Apple's regular price of $1,299 for this model. This configuration includes the 8-core M1 chip with 8GB of unified memory and 256GB of SSD storage in Silver or Space Gray.

Apple says refurbished MacBook Pro models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a USB-C power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. In our view, a refurbished MacBook Pro is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new model, so this represents a good opportunity for savings. However, keep in mind that third-party resellers may offer better deals over time, so be sure to monitor our deals roundup.

Apple's refurbished Macs are covered by a one-year limited warranty and have a 14-day return policy. AppleCare+ coverage can be purchased as well.

(Thanks, Ryan Gregg!)

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 13-Inch MacBook Pro With M1 Chip
 
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FloatingBones

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Not surprising they have them as refurbs already now that the YouTubers have finished using them for review.
Really? You think that the quantity of YouTubers buying/returning 8GB M1 MBPs would be sufficient to precipitate Apple to offer refurbs? How many Macs do you think this would take? Are there more than 200 YT reviewers?

That might be a factor, but I'd guess the larger effect is people returning those 8GB MBPs for the 16GB option.

Well you're guessing just like I was.

Of course. Your guess implies that there are many YouTubers who bought/returned MBPs for review. How many? Did you bother to look to see how many YT reviews you could find published? How many did you find?

Why do you think that individuals wouldn't buy and return 8GB MBPs? The lead times for the BTO units were getting out to about 2 months. Some people want instant gratification, and some people simply figured out that 8GB wasn't enough. Apple tends to encourage this behavior, especially since COVID-19 prevented customers from trying out these machines first in retail stores.
 
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Really? You think that the quantity of YouTubers buying/returning 8GB M1 MBPs would be sufficient to precipitate Apple to offer refurbs? How many Macs do you think this would take? Are there more than 200 YT reviewers?

That might be a factor, but I'd guess the larger effect is people returning those 8GB MBPs for the 16GB option.
Well you're guessing just like I was. I don't remember saying I was stating facts. I would say my guess is more relevant than yours because if you honestly think that many people are returning MacBooks with 8GB in favor of 16GB models (enough to create a ton of refurbs) that's really stretching it.
 

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Well you're guessing just like I was. I don't remember saying I was stating facts. I would say my guess is more relevant than yours because if you honestly think that many people are returning MacBooks with 8GB in favor of 16GB models (enough to create a ton of refurbs) that's really stretching it.
There are some 16GB models available. I saw a 16/512 model for $1439.
 

Deliro

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Here’s to YouTube “reviewers” and people that just want to try new tech, with no intention to keep it, for the refurb market. Cheers!
 

mi7chy

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There are of a lot of lightly used ones sold for much less than msrp through private parties. Should've been more patient getting mine since I see them now for $1K for MBA M1 16GB/1TB.
 
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ouimetnick

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Refurbished Macs are generally not a great deal. I find that you can easily get a gently used model for even less. If the gently used model still has its 1 year warranty, you can even buy AppleCare+ for peace of mind.

The M1 based MacBook Pro is a poor value** regardless if new or refurbished. Just get a M1 MacBook Air and move on. Same ports, same computer, no stupid Touch Bar, and less expensive.

** If you are doing sustained heavy duty work where thermal throttling is an issue, the MBP has a fan and thus generally won’t thermal throttle. For regular day to day use that many folks need a Mac for, the MacBook Air is a better value.

I’d also like to think that hard core professionals are still using Intel based Macs with more RAM and discrete graphics. Those users will likely upgrade once Apple has a proper M1X or whatever based Mac. The current M1 was designed to replace low end Intel offerings, not higher end quad core machines or Xeons.
 
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