Buying a Refurbished 2013 13" rMBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Vettori13, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Vettori13 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    Hey everyone,

    I live in New Zealand and I am very interested in purchasing a rMBP.

    I find that they are a little bit too expensive at their current prices but refurbished ones make the 13' rMBP very appealing.

    Due to the better graphics performance of Haswell processors I am only looking at the new rMBP's that should be announced on the 10th.

    I want the 256GB model with the stock processor. How long do you think I may have to wait before I can pick up a model such as this from the refurbished store? I know that it can vary a lot but I at least want to know how long it takes usually for new models to make it to the refurbished store.

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It usually takes a few months for new models to show up in refurb. I would guess a 2 month minimum.
  3. ghoti macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    I am assuming you are as disappointed as I am that Haswell did not get integrated into the rMBP yet... :(
  4. Vettori13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    Extremely, haha. I think I will have to be patient though because it's best to not rush into buying a computer you are not 100% happy with :)
  5. ghoti macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    I agree -- I have been waiting 6 years though and I just can't wait any longer, so I pulled the trigger on a rMBP refurb today. :apple::D:apple:
  6. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    I hope 6 years is being sarcastic.
  7. ghoti macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Nope. I just mean that I have been using a late-2006 C2D as my only machine since 2007.
  8. Vettori13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    Well that should be a massive step up! :D I have been using a Dell Vostro 1510 since mid-2008 so, as you can imagine, the wait feels like a long one haha.
  9. darcyjames macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2012
    Yeesh, then a 6 month wait (or so) for a refurb rMBP 13 with Haswell and ac shouldn't be a big deal!

    Although, maybe you're hanging on a by thread and need something NOW. I picked up a current 8GB 256GB 13"rMBP for $1359 and love it. Also sold my overkill 15"rMBP and bought a Thunderbolt display and my kids a MBA (2012 refurb). TMI probably
  10. ghoti macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Absolutley it is -- both a big step up and a long wait!


    Yeah, actually a 6 month wait would be a huge deal at this point. I have to give my display a little "reach-around" to make it work about half of the time (I'm sure some connector is loose and I need to get inside the MB and re-secure it)... also I have a number of big projects to complete in the next 3 months and I need something that can handle the job and this MB isn't cutting it anymore.

    I actually went for the same rMBP you are referring to -- the 13" 8/256. (I opted for the 2.6 refurb (instead of the 2.5) to get (possibly) improved internals.

    I figure - at worst - if Haswell rMBPs come out in the next 6 months, I sell this book at a slight loss, suck it up as a "rental fee" and go Haswell if improvements are significant.

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