Can i buy a new IMac from the Apple refurbished store?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GreatDane63, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. GreatDane63 macrumors newbie

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    I use my DVD drive almost daily. With the new 2012 Imac lacking an Optical Disk Drive (DVD/CD) I was wondering if anybody knows if I can buy a "new" 2011 IMac (with an ODD) from the Apple Refurbished store and guarantee that is is a "new" ie: unused machine. My spouse will not accept a "used" machine, even with a warranty and Apple Care, etc......
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you can't guarantee that a refurb model was never used.

    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
     
  3. GreatDane63 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So all "new" IMac's that Apple has on hand will be sold as "refurbished"?

    Is there any other way to buy a "new" 2011 IMac?
     
  4. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Some third party retailers may have remaining inventory. Check MacMall.
     
  5. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple retail stores will continue selling the 2011 iMacs until sold out, or the 2012s arrive. I checked with my local store, and the 21" supply is thin, but they have a bigger supply of the 27 inchers, including the i7 CTO model, all still at ful price.

    Also, the local authorized Apple reseller has their remaining iMacs at a discount.
     
  6. James twinli macrumors newbie

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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not necessarily. Refurbs are primarily items that were returned to Apple. Some are returned after use; some are returned unopened.
    3rd party retailers may still have some in stock.
     
  8. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know about the US, but the Apple stores in Canada have them. The 27" i7 is $2099 Cdn, and they have a few in stock locally. I'm trying to decide whether to get an i7, or wait for the 2012s. Personally, I like the 2011 design better.
     
  9. TrboMac macrumors regular

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    I was wondering the same thing. I have seen, for example, the 2011 base iMac w/ the same specs going for either $979 or $999. I wonder if the latter would be it's 'new'?
     

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