Buying a refurbished i5 15"... should i wait for the price to come down?!

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  1. 14&t macrumors newbie

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    i am planning to buy a REFURBISHED macbook for use as an architect/industrial designer to save a little money.

    right now a refurbished base (2.4GHZ) 15" i5 is for sale at $1529... does anyone have any idea how long it will be before that price comes down? how much lower do you think it will go?

    am i right in going for the 2.4 i5 over the 2.66 core 2 duo?

    thanks for your help!
     
  2. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    It won't go down anymore than that I will tell you that.

    Apple usually keeps it at that set price until they sell out. By then, they will have come out with a new generation and the current generation will be put at that price range.

    I personally think you should go with the current refurbs. Best time to buy is when you need a laptop. If you are worried about price there are PC's but they generally suck after you have used a Mac.
     
  3. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    It will drop in price only after another refresh.
     
  4. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    yes, definitely go for the 2.4 i5, many reports say the 2.4 i5 is 25% faster than the 2.8 core2duo
     
  5. Sequin macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if they will ever add a hi-res glossy 15" one? I feel like I check every day and they only have anti-glare. :mad:
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Trust me, you want the antiglare. Some members here might recognize me as the guy who thinks glossy > antiglare but after seeing the antiglare at a store today (I was adding myself to the iPhone 4 priority list), I'm sold on the antiglare. No more reflections at all. Pure bliss.
     
  7. jedivulcan macrumors 6502

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    I was biased against glossy screens in the beginning when they introduced them in 2008 and they slowly grew on me once I purchased them.. my older PowerBook G4 and early MacBook Pro era matte anti-glare displays were all replaced with glossy screened unibodies and I've been completely fine with them. I just perceive the glass to be a little more durable (I don't dread a stranger poking the screen like matte ones).

    If anything, you should get an i5 over a Core 2 Duo.
     
  8. jamesbond05 macrumors member

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    i got my i5 2.4ghz mbp for $1400 brand new sealed on ebay a couple weeks ago. I decided to get the i5 over the core 2 duo because i felt i was cheating myself by paying so much for older generation tech. I also got a deal on the i5 so I ain't complaining. :)
     
  9. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    I love the glossy screen. Doesn't everyone love checking themselves out on the mirror like screen?
     
  10. cryer macrumors regular

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    So you were advocating glossy > antiglare on this forum to the point where people might remember you for this but you never even saw antiglare in person?
     
  11. Sequin macrumors regular

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    Oh no I definitely want glossy. I've seen the anti-glare one a billion times and don't care for it. I never take my computer outside or anything and my current laptop is glossy and fine. Reflections are also a plus to fixing my hair in class :)
     
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    "brand new sealed" usually means it was stolen or purchased with stolen credit card.
     
  13. jamesbond05 macrumors member

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    And how do you know that? Please lets not go there. I placed my bid at the last minute early on a tuesday morning and I won the auction for $1400. If the auction would have ended for $1800, I guess you won't this saying this.
     
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    read other threads and you'll see why. If you have a new MBP sealed in box which you bought for $1900, why would you sell it for $1400?
     
  15. jamesbond05 macrumors member

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    Its not his or my fault that the bidding ended at $1400. It was not a buy it now listing. If it was then it would be a different story. It was a 7 day auction. I think it ended at such a low price because he didn't specify that it was the new model with the i5.
     
  16. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    That will be the price until the next update..
     
  17. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    How observant you are....
     

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