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

GreatDane63

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Oct 24, 2012
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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......
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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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......
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.
 

GreatDane63

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Oct 24, 2012
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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?
 

drambuie

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Feb 16, 2010
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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.
 

drambuie

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Feb 16, 2010
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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.
 

TrboMac

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Aug 8, 2012
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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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