Best Buy Open Box rMBP Condition

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by daMachine, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. daMachine macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2014
    As the title says I'm trying to gain some clarity on Best Buy's Open Box Items.

    I see a very low priced 15" rMBP on Best Buy's website with all the specs I would like (actually more). It's graded as "fair" and says "scratches" on "bottom." The price is simply great and would not be able to even consider this without it being open box discounted and NOT Geek Certified.

    That said, the store is a bit of a drive for me and I don't feel that calling ahead to verify condition would be appropriate as someone else may decide to buy it before me once they are made aware [from my phone call].

    This brings me to the question for those with experience buying (or selling) Best Buy open box items. Would "scratches" on "bottom" be referring to the bottom of the housing or of the display. I expect the housing to get scratched here and there during normal ownership so no problem, but I wouldn't want it with scratched up screen. Would Best Buy specifically state "scratches on screen" if that was the case?

    Any clarification would be appreciated.

  2. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    I'm not a Best Buy expert having never bought from them before, but I imagine it probably means scratches on the bottom of the laptop - not the screen.

    I would be fairly confident that they would have specified if there were scratches on the screen.

    Of course, I'd still inspect the machine if you get a chance.
  3. yukyuklee macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Inspect the Laptop and you can negotiate with the manager about the price.
  4. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
  5. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
  6. daMachine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2014
    OK. I went down to the Best Buy and took a look at the rMBP 15" i7 16/256 (2014). Didn't see a single scratch on it (maybe just something very light, but it seemed almost not even there). Seems like they didn't want to put any effort into it and just get it sold.

    So, score for me about $1,400 after taxes and 10% rewards points from BB credit. Cheapest I've seen online if $1899 new plus taxes for me.

    Really an unbelievable buy. Guess it pays to check it out sometimes. Good luck to any future open-boxers ...... I'm now a believer in open-box.
  7. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
  8. siroht macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Yeah great buy!!! I just scored a excellent condition Macbook Pro 15 (2014) 16GB/256SSD for $1400 out the door. Not one single blemish or scratch!! They were going to charge me $200 more because they were sending it though the Geek Squad certification at the time I walked in the store. I told the Rep I wasn't going to pay a dime more than what was advertised on their site. He argued with me and said that the price online would have eventually changed right after GS did their magic.

    Long story short...after talking to the store manager he agreed to let me have it at the original advertised price of $1492 and on top of using a BB mover's coupon (additional 10%) I believe I got a great deal on a $2000 MacBook Pro:D
  9. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    congrats, my air, rmbp, TB display, ALL BB ob lol
  10. kensic macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2013
    wow looks like both you guys scored the same specs MacBook.

    bestbuy openbox is pretty awesome. I scored one at 40% off AFTER tax on a 2012 model back in early 2013. so yea I would do this again in a heart beat.
  11. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Open box all the way. Once they didn't have the TBD I ordered so they gave me a new one at the open box price -$300 off for a NIB TBD monitor!
    Let's try not to spread this too far though huh?

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