Buying a Used/Refurbished previous generation iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jmFightSpam, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. jmFightSpam macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007

    Anyone know of a reputable place online where one could purchased a certified used/refurbished previous generation, Intel Core 2 Duo, iMac? I know the Apple store sells a few, but not a lot. And, of course, I am wanting one that would hit that value/benefit ratio where just buying a new one would not make more sense.

    I think I want to avoid buying one off an individual from eBay -- I can just forsee a bunch of issues with that approach. Maybe locally from CraigsList, but even then....

  2. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    I would just buy one on ebay with a credit card... That way if you have any errors you can just dispute with your credit card company it's broken.. 99/100 they will just refund it instantly. I don't know if you can just get one from there or craigslist and just buy applecare? Make sure you get the receipt from the original owner too.
  3. alljunks macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2007
  4. kheller2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2004

    Dealmac EXCLUSIVE. Web Only.

    * Condition: New, never used, 1 year factory warranty
    * Part Number: 2/APPMA456/n
    * FMid: 41261
    * Platform: Mac
    * Qty: 141 in stock

    This wag also includes:
    iPod shuffle 1GB Silver

    Sale Price: $1499.99
  5. TheSelfishGene macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2007
  6. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I'm not sure if this is what others meant, but the Apple Refurb store is definitely the place to do this. They offer the same warranty as on new machines. And, depending on your timing, the deals can be really great. It is hit/miss sometimes with what is available, but usually for a few months after a major update (like aluminum iMacs) is a good time to buy the previous model on refurb. Check every day if they don't have what you want.

    $1000 right now for a 20". You would want to add RAM, though. Actually, on occasion computers from the refurb store will come with more stuff than is indicated. So even if you expect to need to upgrade something, wait to get the computer before buying extra stuff. My refurb Mini 1.66/1GB/80GB turned out to be a 1.66/2GB/120GB when it showed up.
  7. bluefiberoptics macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2005
    My Mom JUST received a 20 inch iMac Core 2 Duo White refurb today. I set it up and tweaked it. Fantastic machine!
  8. AsylumCam macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2007
    I would say the Apple store (refurbs) is your best bet. I just ordered a 24 in White iMac for $1449. Like mentioned above, same warrenty as a new one.

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