Best buy Open box sale for Macbook pros

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  1. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Did anyone take the advantage of Best buy's open box sale?

    They are currently selling every open box items with extra 10% off.

    Usually, Bestbuy has open box items for 10% discount, but you would add another 10% off on top of that. I thought that was a pretty nice deal as long as you can find a laptop that is in nice condition. (I am sure these items were returned it under 14 days or less.)

    Your thoughts?

    Anyone bought these open box items at really nice deal? I am looking to buy Macbook pro. Please share your experiences.
     
  2. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    look at it first, see if ur gonna be happy

    for me...i like brand new no one touched XD
     
  3. rever3nce macrumors 6502a

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    ^ i hate to be the smart @ss that has to say it but "someone" has ALWAYS touched your device even if its new. i took advantage of an "open box" item from best buy on my macbook pro in 2010. it was used for one day and brought back. Now dont get me wrong i dont like used things (who does) but sometimes you gotta play it smart... it saved me couple hundred bucks. i work retail and there are just some people that get a lil too happy with their big bonus paycheck and sleep it off then wake up to return what they bought the very next day. it get repackaged and wiped clean and sold for $100's less
     
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    some dude at futureshop tried to sell me a used one, it was covered in fingerprints, the keyboard was all oily, it was aweful,

    i dont knwo why they showed me that :s
     
  5. rever3nce macrumors 6502a

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    yeah thats a different story lol . i looked at it and it was flawless. just some spoiled 13 year old kid that got it and returned it lol... probably didnt know how to use it right. all in all i saved a pretty penny.
     
  6. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    10% is nice.

    i got education discount plus an extra 50$ so i saved 150 for my 2011 15inch macbook pro :XD
     
  7. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

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    I don't really like refurbished items either...I would rather save up a few hundred dollars more and get something only apple and myself have touched...i know it's petty, but after seeing some of the ways people treat their computers just no way...
     
  8. Rocco83 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with this 100%. What if some 6 year old crapped on the keyboard the 2nd day someone had it and they took it back, you go in and buy it a week later from an open box sale. Not enough wet wipes to make it worth the few $100 I would save on something I'm already dishing thousands out for....
     
  9. Texcoonazz macrumors newbie

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    My experience with Open Box deals from Best Buy have been mixed. Bought 1 TV that worked out and returned 2 back to back that did not.

    As far as the computers watch your store. Some will try to pull a fast one on you and you will end up paying more than if you had bought it new. I was set to buy an open box Sony laptop last year. 10% off or about $110 bucks. Then I learn or am told that I have to pay extra because the GEEK SQUAD had to wipe it clean and restore to factory. If that was not enough they go on to tell me that while the GEEK SQUAD had possession they decided to go ahead and do a "PRE SET" on the unit. Which naturally costs a little more. When it was all said and done the used Open box would have cost me $50 over a new one.

    Be Careful with Best Buy. You can get some great deals. But you have to watch your step or you can get a not so great deal...... And stay away from the black tie stuff. When you go to use it you will find out how bad it can be.
     
  10. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    I've always had good luck with Best Buy open box.
    I've purchased a Mac Mini (2009), 13" MacBook Pro (2009), and a Sony TV this way and not had any problems. Plus, usually Best Buy looks over the item when it is returned and will not accept a return if there is any physical damage.
    I kind of think of open box items the same as refurbished computers and iPods from Apple. You get the same item you would if you bought it normally, and although it might have a use cycle on the battery, to me it's worth saving the money over regular retail.
     
  11. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

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    LOL I know this is off topic but I saw that topic where the kid pooped on the MacBook Pro :D I get freaked out when somebody touches mine so I can only imagine how it was for him...but i cannot help but grin lol
     
  12. Maxpilot macrumors member

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    The difference between Bestbuy's open box and Apple's refurbished MacBooks is Apple's refurbs have been through a process to find and fix what "might" be wrong with them and insure they are in factory condition before they go back out for sale. Bestbuy just takes a return and resells it and does not take the effort to find or know why it was returned. I would not buy an open box item from Bestbuy. I have purchased several refurbished items from Apple however with no problems at all. In fact, I purchased a new MacBook Pro that had a small dent in the bottom. None of my refurbished items had as much as a finger print on them.
     
  13. Uffish Thought macrumors member

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    New or apple refurbished for me...

    I wonder if that MBP ever got RMA, cause no Genius Bar was going to touch that one.
     
  14. da3dl3us macrumors member

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    I think the thread creator for that admitted it was a joke topic.
     
  15. Salukipilot4590 macrumors 6502

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    For what kind of discount? Maybe $100 off?

    I'd rather have a new one that I know nobody dropped or accidentally had a porn related misfire.
     
  16. ThirtyThr33 macrumors 6502

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    Refurbs get more attention by apple experts than new ones. Just sayin. The only person handling your new laptop is ping who took it off the conveyor belt in china.
     
  17. ladytonya macrumors 6502a

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    I have had mixed experiences with open box items at Best Buy. I bought my last laptop on an open box sale and it was flawless. The box had been opened and retaped, but I seriously think the people just opened it and didn't like the color so they returned it. All the accessories were in their original, sealed plastic packaging and even the computer itself had all the plastic and tape on it as if it had never been opened. When I booted it up for the first time, it started like a brand new machine that had never been booted up. Had to go through Windows setup and everything.

    Another open box item I purchased was an HDMI cable and that was a different experience. It didn't work at all. In fact, it looked like someone had tried to somehow modify the connector and then returned it when it wouldn't do what they wanted. I took it back, showed the woman what it looked like and she ensured me that it wouldn't be put back on the shelf. I even got it exchanged for a brand new one at the same price because the manager was embarrassed that the item had been put back on the floor in that condition.

    As for the Geek Squad pre-sets, they are a waste of money. My mom bought a desk top and the only one they had with the specs she wanted had the pre-set and she actually talked them into selling it to her for the advertised price because it was the only one they had left. When I set it up for her, I had to uninstall all kind of bloatware that I am assuming was installed by them as it wasn't your usual PC manufacturer junk. I probably spent an hour uninstalling all that junk before I could even start getting it configured for her! It was crazy!
     
  18. darkwng macrumors newbie

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    I got my Macbook Pro 15" open box at Best Buy, last week. No scratches on it or anything, saved $200.00, everything was in great condition aesthetically the only issue I had was it didn't have iLife installed on it when I got it, so I brought it back they installed it and gave me a hardcopy.

    I agree open box items can be hit or miss, but I checked the registration, it's still under waranty and I think I may end up getting Apple Care for it too (it still qualifies as I asked someone at the Apple Store). I also really wanted to get a new one but being a poor student I couldn't pass up the discount.

    I think it would be wise to take a look at the actual unit before deciding on whether you want to buy it or not, even then there's a 14 day return policy so if you decide you want a new one you can always just return it.
     
  19. schmeg macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Pro

    I just scored on a 15" for $1429. Retail was 1799. Great deal. Machine looks and feels brand new. I wouldn't have known is was an open box deal except for the tape on the box, and the 380. dollars I saved.
     
  20. Oxonian3 macrumors regular

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    PORN relate misfire is right
     

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