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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today began selling certified refurbished Mac mini models with the M1 chip for the first time in the United States and Canada, with prices discounted by approximately 15 percent compared to brand new models as usual.


For example, a refurbished Mac mini with the M1 chip, 256GB of SSD storage, and 16GB of unified memory is available for $759, compared to $899 brand new. Other custom configurations are available too, but stock typically fluctuates rapidly on Apple's refurbished store, so those interested should act fast to place their order.

Apple began selling refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with the M1 chip in select countries earlier this week.

Apple's refurbished products are pre-owned devices that are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and in the case of the Mac mini, repackaged with the power cord in the box. In our view, a refurbished Mac mini 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 M1 Mac Mini


macrumors 65816
Jul 18, 2009
Having only 256GB on Mac is like a 16 or 32GB iPhone. They really need to start Macs with at least 512GB or 1TB

256GB is plenty for me. Even with Logic and all of its additional content. I find more storage just leads to more clutter and crap I never actually use. Sure, I guess it's not great if you need to store lots of high res video or tons and tons of RAW photos, but comparing it to a 16GB phone is silly.


macrumors 65816
Dec 12, 2008
Simply because it appeared in the refurbished store?
Not this quickly after a rollout. It would make me concerned, I wouldn't feel comfortable buying a machine with a chip that has never been used before anyway but to each his own


macrumors 6502a
Sep 20, 2011
Let’s see: impulse buy, failed YouTuber who didn’t get enough views to finance the device, or a indie developer using the credit from the dev kit or stimulus funds being saved for more pressing emergencies.

Folks sitting around bored taking advantage of return policies, and yes, YouTube "reviewers". There was one member here on the forums that nearly purchased -every- flavor of the M1 MacBooks to try them out. Did they really have to get a 512 storage M1 vs a 256 to figure that out?

I still recall Apple charging their 15% store restocking fees not too long ago. Honestly, I wouldn't be too surprised if some of the larger retailers implemented such policies again. That'd suck, but I'd rather see that than Apple increasing margins on new products to offset the refurbs.
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