Buying Refurbished

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Zazoh, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Excuse my ignorance. I see many posts talking about buying refurbished. Are these computers that were returned to Apple for some reason?

    Is there really that high of a failure rate? I've been on the PC side since DOS 4.2, but want to make the switch to MAC for many reasons, just curious on where all the refurbs come from?
  2. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    The quality really varies. Most open-box non-DOA returns probably get turned into refurbished models, so a large chunk of them are most likely brand new internals. They have the same warranty if that means anything to you.
  3. rust.puppet macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2008
    Ashtabula, OH
    plus if anything went wrong with a new one in a week because of quality control.... your apple care is going to give you a referb back anyways... so its smarter to buy referb.
  4. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Refurb is a new machine that Apple can't legally sell as new anymore. Either open box returns or repaired after a hardware failure (Even if its the hard drive or a ram stick).
  5. Drudkh macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2009
    I just bought a refurbished 24" iMac last week and it looked just like a brand new one. The packaging was very nicely done. The screen looked perfect and no scratches at all. Paying much less for a refurbished iMac was much more worthy for the old hardwares.
  6. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I echo these statements... just finished unboxing/setting up my new 24" iMac refurb and there wasn't a scratch or any sign that it was ever taken out of the box before. Well worth the savings IMO.
  7. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I've had both a refurbished Mac Mini and MacBook Pro. Both came in excellent brand new condition and have worked great. You get the same warranty with the refurbs, so that should give you peace of mind. I'm a big fan of refurbished Apple products.
  8. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Def go for refurbished, I checked online about this too and tons of people who do buy refurbished have said that its basically brand new, no scratches or anything like that, just like brand new.

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