Condition of refurbished ipods

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by hibbers, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. hibbers macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    I was holding out buying an ipod touch until the new models were released as I was one of those idiots who believed the hype about the cameras! now I'm a little underwhelmed and thinking I might just go for an 8 GB refurb for $149 from the Apple store. I've never bought a refurbished product before - are they really 'like new'? if it will come covered in scratches and break the day after the warranty expires, I'd rather just pay the extra $50 for a new one. please advise!

    Also, probably a stupid question but are the refurbs available in store or only online?
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I bought a nano a few months ago that, aside from the packaging, I'd never have known it was a refurb. I've also purchased an Airport Express and a Power Mac refurb'd in the past. I'm a big fan.

    It is highly likely you won't even be able to tell yours was refurbished either.
  3. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    My brother has a refurb Nano. You wouldn't notice the difference from a brand new one.

    I say, go for it!
  4. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    I bought my iPod touch refurbished, it looked new and felt new.
  5. frankiepdx macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2007
    Portland OR
    Today I just bought a 2nd gen for $199 after the Apple's Touch "update" . Great way to buy Apple products. Still using my refurb Macbook. Looked brand new when I bought it.
  6. hibbers thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    Great, thanks for all the feedback! Will definitely be buying one...

    can anyone let me know if refurbs are available in store or do I need to buy online? Would prefer instore as my husband is in NYC until Sunday so can pick it up for me :)
  7. Pumapayam macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2009
    Online only.
  8. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    Yeah, you should be fine with the Nano. However, I've seen some nasty (mainly dirty screen) Touch refurbs and though my iPod Video 5G refurbs were spotless, both came with problems ranging from random freezing to dead hard drives. I don't seem to have the best luck, though... :(
  9. Link2999 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    I bought my 1st gen 8gig like a month after launch (when they were still $300). Had to exchange that one 4 or 5 months later, grabbed a new one and it still has 0 scratches because of the heavy duty case I kept on it. I'm thinking of selling it for maybe $130 or so on ebay or craigslist.

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