Are refurbished rMBPs a good buy?

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  1. Sully macrumors regular

    Sully

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    With the new rMBP retaining the same processor as the last generation, I've been looking into a refurbished one from the Apple Store.

    But, they're only a few hundred dollars less expensive than buying new. Is there any compelling reason to buy these over a new one other than a little discount on price for what is a used computer that was defective and is now supposedly fixed?
     
  2. ZXMustang macrumors member

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    I wouldn't do it. I contemplated this too a few weeks ago, but just pulled the trigger on a new 13" rMBP. Im glad I did. New unmolested computer with all the latest tech. I feel better about it. Technically speaking its not a huge just from the mid 14 that this one replaced. But its that notion of having someone else's problem laptop for almost full retail.
     
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    In many cases it may have had a problem. Someone may have returned it because they didn't like it or wanted a different model. A 13" may have been too small or a 15" too large. They loaded their stuff on the 256gb drive and realized they really needed the 512.

    They can be a good way to save some money. Not a huge discount but better than nothing. Add in the full warranty and eligible for AppleCare and it is usually a better deal than used on eBay or Craigslist.
     
  4. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on the model and the discount.
    For example, if the $2500 model with the dGPU is only $200-300 off and especially if it's from a prior generation, then it does not make sense to buy it refurbished.
    If it's current and $300 off then I would bite.
     
  5. acastic macrumors regular

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    I've purchased a number of Apple refurbished computers over the years. They have all been in excellent condition and look new. If there's a model up on their site that you found and like, don't hesitate to pull the trigger if the price is right.
     
  6. mpfuchs macrumors regular

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    I just bought the 2014 model of the 13" rMBP from best buy and saved $200. Not refurbished, just last years model. Basically I got the hard drive upgrade to 256GB for free.
    Seemed like a great deal to me, and I love my new MacBook!
     
  7. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    I bought my 2012 rmbp maxed out in 2013 from the refurb store. Don't regret it one bit minus the 2013 getting the quicker pci-e storage. Then I bought apple care and it runs out jun 2016. Machine still works great, and just got a new screen.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Apple refurbs are a great deal. I've bought several and never had a problem with them. The only reason I didn't go refurbished on my last purchase is the fact that I wanted Broadwell and Force touch.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    They were not necessarily defective. They could simply have been returned by someone that changed their mind. People return things for all kinds of reasons.

    Regardless, they go through a second QC which new machines don't, get a new battery, top case and anything else found out of spec. They are then repackaged and sold.

    You still get the full 1 year warranty and are eligible for Apple Care.

    If you're not needing the latest and greatest, I don't see what you've got to lose.
     

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