Apple Expands Availability of Refurbished 2018 MacBook Air, Mac Mini to U.S. and Canada

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has begun selling certified refurbished 2018 MacBook Air and Mac mini models in the United States and Canada for the first time, following availability in several European countries starting Friday.


    In the United States, refurbished pricing starts at $1,019 for the base model MacBook Air, down from $1,199 brand new, and $679 for the base model Mac mini, down from $799 brand new. Various other custom configurations are available for each Mac with discounts up to 15 percent versus brand new prices.

    While the refurbished higher-end MacBook Air models may be worth considering, the base model is worth passing over, as authorized resellers such as Amazon and B&H are offering it brand new in box for $999 in the United States.

    Orders placed today are estimated for delivery by early next week. We recommend using Refurb Tracker to monitor inventory.

    Apple says certified refurbished MacBook Air and Mac mini models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged, with all manuals and cables included in the box. In our view, a refurbished Mac is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new one. They're also backed by Apple's standard one-year warranty.

    A refurbished Mac's warranty can be extended to three years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+.

    (Thanks, Jason A!)

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  2. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    When the price to buy someone else's rejected hardware is more than the new price at Amazon, Best Buy etc there's a problem.
  3. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, I'm not sure these are a very good deal refurbished.
  4. Wig321 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2018
    Europe refurbished prices are rubbish on the mini, same price brand new with student discount.
  5. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    How is it a deal if your own official channel partners are selling brand new units for less??
  7. Pepe4life macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2018
    Won’t get any MacBooks until the keyboards are redesigned

    Won’t get any Mac mini until the Bluetooth issue is fixed

    Won’t get any iMacs until they refresh them

    Isn’t it sad that I have a hard time spending my money on Apple nowadays
  8. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    It’s been like this for years. I never understood why people go crazy over the refurbished items. I find most much cheaper brand new at MicroCenter. I guess it’s good for those with limited local options.
  9. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I can think of a couple of situations where the refurb is superior, but not many. Only two off the top of my head
    1. You don't live by an Apple Store so you can't just go out and add AppleCare+ to your machine without significant inconvenience (the only realistic scenario)
    2. You are, are friends with, or have a family member who is an Apple employee and you can get an additional 15% off the refurbished price AND get 15% off AppleCare. (small subset of people)
    I bought a refurbished MacBook Air because of reason 2. It allowed me to get some amazing specs for a crazy low price. But that's just not normal for people.
  10. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    I thought you could buy AppleCare+ after purchase via phone? I did a few years ago. They just ran a remote hardware test.
  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I think you might be right about that. I stand corrected.
  12. kylelerner macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    Neither Amazon or B&H has theirs listed for $999. Check your links.
  13. StarryNights macrumors newbie


    Feb 13, 2017
    Another reason some people prefer the refurbished Macs is that they actually have more thorough QA and inspection compared to an off the shelf brand new unit.
  14. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Apple Logic.
  15. criticasm macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Hey Haru, you forgot about the flex cable screen failure on MacBooks. That's the worse issue yet & surprised there's yet no lawsuits or Govt inquiries from consumer protection or even more focus by so called tech journalists for what was clearly designed to fail after a 1-3 years & require expensive repair.
  16. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
    Yup. I waited a couple years for better systems but finally gave up: Built a Linux desktop last spring and bought a Windows 2-in-1 this winter. I think Apple is only interested in one thing these days: iPhone.

    I checked the pricing of these refurbs in my country and they're still overpriced for what they are. My 2012 Mac Mini is going strong. I'm actually in the process of installing Linux on it right now so I can use it as a small server for Pi-hole, etc.
  17. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Where is the new MacBook Air for $999???

    The links provided show normal prices.
  18. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014
    Hmm tempting for the Mac mini.

    The spec I want is $230 off.

    i7, 8GB RAM & 512GB SSD.
  19. Val-kyrie, Feb 9, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019

    Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2005
    What is the issue with Bluetooth on the new Mac Minis?

    [edit: Good luck getting people to buy Minis with only 256GB—or worse, 128GB (which should never be sold on this computer)—options for storage, since they can’t be upgraded].
  20. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    It was all last week. The deal ended yesterday. Both had it for 999. Google Express had it for even less. And these sales aren't uncommon. Much better than taking a chance on someone else's unit they deemed wasn't good enough.
  21. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I have a 2012 Mac mini with a 256 gig SSD and it’s almost empty because I store all my files on an external thunderbolt drive and that works well for me, so 128 gig would be fine for my needs.
  22. Macintoshrumors macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2016
    uhhh the price listed in the article is not $999 and the refurb are 256gb instead of 128gb. I’d say that’s still a bargin.
  23. Pepe4life macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2018
    There’s a design flaw with the hardware resulting in USB ports interfering with Bluetooth. Check the Mac mini forum for a huge thread on it
  24. Yvan256, Feb 9, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019

    Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    If I were to buy a 2018 Mac mini, I would get the entry-level model. I don't quite trust that T2 chip to not lose all my data, so I would only use the internal SSD for the OS and applications. And 128GB is more than big enough for that. The 2018 Mac mini has four extremely fast ports, connecting external drives to those should be nearly as fast as the internal, T2-locked-down SSD.

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