Clearance vs. Refurb MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by metrocon, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. metrocon macrumors member

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    I'm considering getting a 2.5 last-gen MacBook Pro, and apple.com has it listed under the refurb section for $1499, and the clearance section for $1655 (w/ corporate discount). Is it worth the extra $150 to get a "new" machine vs. a refurbished one? What are people's experiences with both clearance and refurbs? Thanks!
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    Go refurb!

    # It performs and looks like new
    # You get the same one-year warranty as new
    # The computer carries the same eligibility for Apple Care as new
    # It is fully tested (including full burn-in testing)
    # It is refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing
    # It is thoroughly cleaned and inspected
    # It is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.) - nothing is missing
    # It includes the operating software originally shipped with the unit and the custom software offered with that system
    # It is placed into a final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

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    Refurb. Unless you want the "feeling" of new. But technically, they're the same thing.
     
  4. disco2000 macrumors newbie

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    How possible is it that the refurb has a new Graphics card or Logic board that are less likely to go bonkers than in the new units?
     
  5. deff808 macrumors member

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    Purchased a refurb iMac yesterday. Got shipped out today i believe so.
    Didn't want to pay the full price of a new one.

    I'm sure the refurbs, get fully fully inspected with new parts etc... More than a new one!
     

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