Bad Time to Buy REFURBISHED Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by elgrayso, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. elgrayso macrumors member

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    I am saving up for a refurbished Mac Pro (would purchase in a couple months). Mac Rumors says not to buy a new one because they are at the end of their cycle. However, it took awhile before the apple store had refurbished models for sale.

    While it would probably be a bad time to buy a new Mac Pro, is it also a bad time to buy a refurbished one? Also, do refurbished prices drop when a new model is released?

    Figured I would see peoples thoughts before I pulled the trigger on that purchase :)


    PS: Model would be
    Refurbished Mac Pro 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5
     
  2. itcrashed macrumors regular

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    It's all relative. Before any recommendation, we would need to know what you would be using it for among many other factors.

    Essentially, if it does what you need it to do, and effectively, "end of cycle" becomes irrelevant.

    If "wow" and "cool" factor or having the latest and greatest are important to you, then it might not be a good time to buy.
     
  3. elgrayso thread starter macrumors member

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    i do video, animation and audio projects that can get pretty slow on my 2007 imac.
    would like to be able to run different software and audio plug ins without it bogging down much.

    basically my question is if there will be a price drop or something that would make buying refurbished a bad idea at the moment. for instance, if i waited a couple months and it dropped $500, that would be worth waiting for, etc.
     
  4. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    We never know when Apple will update their computers. If you can still work on the 2007 iMac, the new Mac Pro will be an unbelievable leap forward, regardless of the possibility of an upgrade.

    Also, the refurb mac pros are already priced low (much lower than edu pricing, at least in Canada), so I don't see them going 500$ lower.

    Loa
     
  5. elgrayso thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you for your responses.

    my other question is:
    is there a way of knowing if the refurbs are in limited quantities. i would purchase it sooner especially if i knew they were low in stock.
    or does it seem like they wont run out any time soon.

    perhaps there is no way of knowing. just figured i would ask because i don't know anything about these things :)
     
  6. bigchief macrumors 6502a

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    Here ya go.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac
     
  7. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Not exactly, no. But the 2013 Mac Pro is still relatively new, and as long as they're not replaced by a 2015-16 model, there will probably always be a few refurbs available. If you're in the US, you should be alright for quite a few months still.

    Loa
     
  8. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    I also believe that US and Canada share the same refurb stock.
     
  9. MMcCraryNJ macrumors 6502

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    If you are in the US, make sure you check out third-party sites as well (B&H, Adorama, Amazon, MacMall, etc). There are definitely deals to be had on new configurations, and a lot of the time you won't have to pay sales tax.

    I jumped on the stock 6-core model with AppleCare included for $3499, tax-free, from Adorama (even though they are out of stock and you'll have to wait several weeks for it, it's worth the price savings). You can also pick up a 1TB SSD on Amazon or Ebay for around $650 if needed.
     
  10. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Sadly no...

    Loa
     

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