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Apple has begun selling certified refurbished 2020 MacBook Air models through its online store in the United States for the first time, with prices discounted by approximately 15 percent compared to brand new models.

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Apple says refurbished MacBook Air 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 Air is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new model, so this represents a good opportunity for savings directly from Apple.

Keep in mind that third-party resellers frequently offer better deals than Apple's refurbished prices, so be sure to monitor our deals roundup.

A refurbished MacBook Air comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the notebook is delivered. The warranty can be extended to three years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+ at a cost of $249 for the MacBook Air.

(Thanks, Shanmugam Senthivel!)

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2020 MacBook Air Models
 

Elwe

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At this price point, the base model is a great deal (for people who do not need more capability).
 
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Tekguy0

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Thats a deal, though occasionally you can get the 2018 model (with the crappy KB and no true tone) for $679!!!
 
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Metrosey

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Still want an inside picture of a refurbished MacBook. The one I’ve seen wasn’t in good condition.
 
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UBNO

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Organizational discounts (i.e. student, military) stack with the refurb store. If you qualify, it can be close to 25% off list price.

EDIT: Turns out only the veteran/military discount stacks with the refurbished price. The student one does not.
 
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WildSky

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As of last week they also added 2020 Mac Minis to the US Refurb Store too. Yes, yes I know there's no "2020 Mac Mini", but that's the release date in the product description. Previously it was only the 2018s.
 
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NickName99

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These are nice prices if you really want one of these right away.

I’d hold out for an Apple CPU powered one if possible. On these thin and light models, the performance and battery life is going to absolutely crush the Intel models.
 
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ChrisBos

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I don't think that's true, for the student discounts anyway.

It's not, savings are just presented in the context of the store you're in. For example: The base i5 is $1099 in both the regular and edu refurb stores. The former also shows the regular price and says "save $200," while the latter shows the edu price and says "save $100."
 
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JBGoode

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2018 model had a terrible screen. Dark, splotchy yuckiness. I couldn’t believe how bad it was. Current model screen is MUCH better.

2018 model has the same exact screen with the exception of tru tone and it was slightly dimmer (although I heard the maximum brightness that was raised in an update). My brother has a 2018 and it's not dark, splotchy, or 'yucky'.
 
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KPOM

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So soon suggests a much higher than normal return rate.
Believe it or not, it's been 3 months since it came out. This is about normal. That said, with people working from home and stores closed, I wouldn't be surprised if returns were a bit higher (people trying it out, and then getting a different model or the MacBook Pro). I expect we'll see the 13" Pro hit the refurb store in about 5-6 weeks.
 
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Cosmoknot

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So soon suggests a much higher than normal return rate.

Returned mine within a couple of days. Fans running at full blast during videoconferencing doesn't cut it.

Spending a couple hundred extra bucks on the new Pro model was well worth it.
 
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Saturn007

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"The Air is a great laptop, but these price drops aren’t enough to justify not getting a new one, in my opinion."

Extra negative in there. I think you meant:

"The Air is a great laptop, but these price drops aren’t enough to justify getting a new one, in my opinion."

In any case, I disagree -- IF someone has been on the fence about getting one, a 15% discount is appealing and could make the difference!
 
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roncron

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Returned mine within a couple of days. Fans running at full blast during videoconferencing doesn't cut it.

Spending a couple hundred extra bucks on the new Pro model was well worth it.
I did the same as you, for the same reason. I'm guessing we're not the only ones.
 
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UBNO

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Nov 1, 2010
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I don't think that's true, for the student discounts anyway.

I stand corrected. Looks like it’s only the veteran/military discount that stacks with the refurbished store. Over there the 2020 Air starts at $764 instead of $849. Sorry for the misinformation.
 
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