At what price do you pick refurb vs new?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rhino89, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. rhino89, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014

    rhino89 macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2011
    Ive been looking at the apple refurb store and noticed a 2013 MacBook Pro retina i5/8/256 for $1159. The new 2014 models were a minor upgrade to this, but I may be able to snag one for about $1190. So at what price point do you choose "2013 refurb" vs "2014 brand new"? $50 apart? $75? $100+? Looking to save some money, but also to not sacrifice performance/value in the long run.

    Edit: just to clarify, I'm trying to get opinions to the question of "For an extra______ ($25? $50? $76? &100+) you might as well just go with the new 2014 model over a refurb 2013 model"
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It depends on how much you want to save. Buying refurb is like buying new, except for the box.
  3. sebseb macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2014
    Even If I can save 100+, I would go refurb. It's pretty much the same thing.
  4. rhino89 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2011
    Do you mean you would always pick last year's model as a refurb over this year's new model, regardless of how far apart they are price-wise? Like I'm wondering if for just an extra _____ (25? 50? 75? 100?) it would be better to just go with the new current model. Maybe my original post wasn't so clear.
  5. sebseb macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2014
    I was looking the other day for the 2500$ rMBP with dGPU and refurb was 2099$ and it's the same specs and you save a lot. Right now apple ran out of the 2014 model but soon one will appear.

    Now the normal 2014 with Iris Pro is 2000$ while a refurb 2013 is 1490$ for a small spec change. Now is 510$ save worth it? if you think you need 16GB RAM and not 8GB or the better cpu, then maybe the 2014 rMBP would be better. But a refurb 2014 is 200-300$ cheaper than its new version and since apple offers the same 1 year warranty, same accessories makes it a great deal.
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Not always

    If there had been a processor or a dGPU update the new version would be worth the extra cash but due to broadwell delays this is not the case this year so there is no need to go for the 2014 version.
  7. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    My opinion: for an extra $50? you might as well just go with the new 2014 model over a refurb 2013 model. Anything more is not worth it. This is regarding only the 2013 vs. 2014!
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It all depends on the configuration, and price point. I could be wrong, but I generally only see around a 12% savings, unless the model is an older generation which I'll not choose.
  9. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    In this case the hardware difference is trivial. Save the cash.
  10. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    for an extra $100 or less I am definitely going for the newest model.

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