Bunch of open box MBPs and Bestbuy

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  1. mag2001 macrumors 6502

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    I saw about 9 different open box MacBook Pros at bestbuy today that were all space grey! I wonder why they have so many?
     
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    It seems that 9 people returned laptops.
     
  4. mcomp112 macrumors regular

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    At least they're marked as 'Open Box' at Best Buy. One of my friends bought a supposedly New 13 inch non-touchbar from Amazon and received a Used one (no plastic coverings on the accessories inside).

    When he called Amazon, Customer Service played dumb but a quick Google search shows that Amazon frequently sell used computers as new. Just a PSA for those looking to buy anything high-priced electronics from Amazon (especially MBPs).
     
  5. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    * Dodgy third-party sellers frequently use internet marketplaces to sell used items as new.

    Corrected for you.

    Amazon themselves will not sell you a used product as new. You can hope for it, because it's straight up illegal and you will be entitled to all kinds of compensation, but it'll never happen (intentionally).
     
  6. mcomp112 macrumors regular

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    Uh, no. This was "Ships from and sold by Amazon".

    Feel free to google it yourself - Amazon regularly sells used items as new.

    Marketplace sellers are pure trash but Amazon itself, while relatively decent, does engage in some dishonest practices too.
     
  7. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    You have to be vigilant buying from Amazon in certain cases. I would never buy electronics from questionable Marketplace sellers. They all are rip-offs. If the Marketplace seller is a huge supplier, then that's better. Even then, it's a crap shoot.

    And just because Amazon say's it has a guarantee, there could be issues with returns if your dealing with a seasoned thief or low life.

    I use Ebay for used. It's worked out a lot of issues over the years.
     
  8. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Because people decided they prefer silver?
     
  9. mcomp112 macrumors regular

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    Not talking about Marketplace sellers here. The problem is Amazon.com itself selling used items as new (items marked as "Sold and shipped from Amazon.com").

    My advice to people is, if possible, to only buy directly from the manufacturer in the case of high-price electronics.
     
  10. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    It's easy enough to tell is it's not new, and Amazon has an excellent return policy, so I don't think this is major issue. Mine came brand new and in perfect condition, and you can judge from reviews at Amazon what portion weren't new (an extremely small number, apparently).
     
  11. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Serious question - does 'open box' mean literally that, and I can go inspect the laptop for cosmetic flaws? Or does 'open box' just mean 'used and returned'?
     
  12. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    It could mean either. Usually it means that it was purchased and then returned due to buyers remorse. I did purchase an open box one time which was literally still brand new. Apparently someone had removed the shrink wrap or it got torn while being handled by the associates.

    To answer your original question yes, you can open the box and look them over before buying. Most of the one's I've looked at are perfect and have under 10 charge cycles on them.
     
  13. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, awesome. May be the way to go! Thanks.
     
  14. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    You can also buy open box via the website. I bought my camera that way, appeared brand new.
     
  15. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    It's definitely the best deal generally when buying from a big box retailer in store. Some people claim they are able to get an extra 10-20 percent off by bargaining with management. I've had no luck but it's worth a shot!
     
  16. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    My friend just got one a month ago and it has GPU issues. Flickering screen.

    Not that all do. Just be careful and test it out. Make sure your credit card protects you.
     

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