Buying a refurbished MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by vivalashakeit, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. vivalashakeit macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    What's the difference between a MacBook that's been refurbished and one that's brand new? I know the refurbished is cheaper, but why?
  2. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    The box. That's the only difference. The new units come in the white box you see in the stores. The refurbished units come in an unmarked box that's bigger. Warranty is the same. Even has the new computer smell when you open the box.
  3. jamse macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2009
    nothings wrong, but people dont like the idea of products being "refurbished." when a unit is sold as refurbished they take out defective components out of the unit and replace them with working components, or if the unit is cosmetically damaged they will replace the exterior. i think apple also sells opened units, that were returned as refurbished.

    you get the same 1 year warranty, all the accessories, just not the retail box.
  4. maestro55 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2005
    Goat Farm in Meridian, TX
    There is nothing wrong with buying refurbished. The only reason when I bought my MacBook it was the day that a new revision started shipping but otherwise I would have considered getting a refurb. I say go for it if you see something you like.
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...the only problem with buying from the Apple refurb store is they don't ship to military addresses directly:mad:
  6. ronimac macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    refurbished macbook

    its totally worth buying a refurbished macbook. i bought one a couple of weeks ago and its brand new good way to save money. u can check it out if u want i made a video of it.
  7. airlights macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Henderson, NV
    Your video was brilliant. It completely convinced me to buy refurb.
  8. aluminumapple macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2009
    Refurbished refers to alot of people who might have opened a brand new baught macbook than suddenly decides to return it, or people who have returned within the lotted time of the purchased date, or defective product that has been fixed to be re sold.
  9. OnceBitten macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
  10. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    Ive bought 2 refurbed Macbooks. Both looked like brand now. The 2nd one I bought did have issues out of the box however. Upon first book it had a kernel panic. Had to reboot and it started fine. But after using it a while it had another kernel panic. It wouldnt run the hardware test so I knew something was wrong. Apple replaced it straight away and the next one was fine. Even with the issue I has on the 2nd one this wouldnt deter me from buying refurb in the future.

    Ive also bought a refurbed 20" iMac with no problems whatsoever.

    I look at it like this, plenty of people that have bought brand new had hardware issues. So buying new is no guarantee against problems. Save some cash and get a refurb.

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