Best Buy Open Box

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LaCosta, May 23, 2016.

  1. LaCosta macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Anyone here have experience with purchasing a Best Buy Open Box special?

    Issues, concerns, or problems?

    I do know that there is always Apple Refurbs which are certified.

  2. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    I did once, an iPad 2. It was still covered under warranty, too.
  3. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I've never been a fan of Best Buy's "geek squad"... but any given BB's return policy (15 days), any open box item would still carry a very large portion of Apple's warranty... even if it was returned and sat at "on the shelf" for a month or so, it would still carry 10-11 months of Apple's new product warranty.

    It should be a good way to save a few dollars.
  4. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Open box should include the standard Apple 12 month warranty from the date you purchased it just like an unopened new product.
  5. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    Your warranty will be based on the original owners purchase date. I could not get Best Buy to give me the date and Apple would not let me register my MacBook without the date when I contacted them.
  6. kch50428 macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2015
    North Iowa
    Don't leave the store without powering it up and make sure it's not Activation Locked...
  7. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I would check the warranty coverage as others have noted. You can check it here using the serial number.
  8. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    Just to add that you can test for that here: Check for activation lock (iCloud website)
  9. LaCosta thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    I ended up with an open box from Best Buy 27" iMac 2TB Fusion Drive Late 2015..... Price....$1,495.

    A customer return within the 15 day period. Original box, packaging, screen still had plastic wrap, stand had wrapper, etc.

    Pretty good huh.
  10. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    Did you buy, or do you have a USB 3.0 (or Thunderbolt) external drive for Time Machine backups?

  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Nice, with BB's open box, i think the odds are very high that it was returned because the original buyer was unhappy with it or had some sort of buyers remorse.

    BB would have sent defective units back to Apple
  12. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I have purchased two Best Buy open boxes - the first was several years ago when I bought a 2012 mini for $300. The box was open, but the computer was still wrapped in its plastic and all accessories were present. That machine is still serving me daily today :)

    The second was a couple months ago when I got an Apple Watch for the wife. It was $250, and again, the watch itself was pristine and serves her well.

    Go for it mate!
  13. LaCosta thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    YES! It was just a buyer remorse return. I asked the BB Manager and he stated the history. From inspecting the merchandise, clear it was hardly used. I determined that the Magic Mouse charge was over 90%....meaning little use other than unboxing (assuming it was only charged once). I determined that it was purchased within the 15 days by contacting Apple to confirm the story told by BB.

    As for a Time Machine backup..... I have not yet. I am new to the Macs....getting set up and figuring up requirements. I might very well use an online backup scheme too.
  14. msscout.mae macrumors newbie


    Nov 28, 2017
    I know this is an old question, but I referred to this page recently when I purchased my 2017 Open Box MacBook Pro. So, after going through with the purchase I wanted to add my $0.02.

    I WAS VERY NERVOUS about purchasing a $2,500 computer as Open Box. Whatever the Bust Buy rep said aside, I was very skeptical that I would receive a $675 mark down (Open Box price $1,825) with absolutely no defects. But you have 14-days to return the device, so I decided to try the equipment.

    Now 10-weeks later, I am so amazed and happy with the product. Works like brand new. I'm updating from a 2010 MacBook and it's incredible how the Pro's work. I love this computer. I love the touch bar.

    And to add an additional benefit,
    I'm a teacher and $1,825 was not coming out of my pocket, so I financed at 0.0% APR for 12-months. So not only do I have an amazing computer, I also get to dance with Citi Bank and get this computer without paying a cent of interest!

    I will always look at an Open Box option before I make any large purchase from Best Buy!!
  15. psymac macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Sometimes the open box prices are good, but mostly they don’t beat online vendors who don’t charge sales tax.

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