Considering buying a used iMac tomorrow; advice? [Update: Waiting 'til Dec]

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  1. MsDalfo, Nov 11, 2012
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    MsDalfo macrumors member

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    Hello! My local Apple-Authorized reseller very recently got a 27" iMac in stock from a photographer that's buying something else. I'm thinking of buying it, but I have to make a decision soon because other people are apparently interested as well (but I called first).

    Here's what I know:
    i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 graphics card, new hard drive (apparently this model had a manufacturing error, and so he's replacing it for free), and a 9-month warranty. It's less than three years old, because it's still under a bit of Apple Care, but I don't know what year it is. They're asking $1,500.

    I'm wondering if this is a good deal, if I should offer lower, or if I should hold out and wait for the market to get flooded with people upgrading to the newest generation that was just revealed a couple of weeks ago. I have a 2007 MacBook Pro that's still holding out, but I'm hoping to make this iMac my new primary machine.

    I would rather buy something from Apple's refurbished store, but I hardly ever see many 27" in there, let alone with the specs I want.
    Should I just buy this, replace the RAM, and not worry about it having an i5 processor?
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC814LL/A
    I'm going to be using the computer primarily for Adobe programs (but little to no video editing), and a little bit of gaming. I've heard the i7 is basically useful for video editing, and not very useful for any other kind of casual user; is that true?

    Thank you for any advice you're willing to give, I appreciate it. Thanks!
     
  2. quasinormal, Nov 11, 2012
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  3. MsDalfo thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, thanks a lot! Yeah, in that case, I'd be much better off getting that 2011 refurb.

    Thank you very much.
     
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    The market will be more saturated once the new 2012 iMacs finally it the shelves. Wait until then.
     
  5. DrRadon macrumors regular

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    Consider waiting untill people actually get their new iMacs in a cupple of weeks. Prices surly will drop once everyone has a new mashine and decides to sell the old one of.
     
  6. patricem macrumors 6502

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    2009

    These go for about $1000 on ebay. The 2011's sell for about $1500. Apple store has the refurb 2011 for about $1500. Too old for that price, IMO


    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

    Originally released May 2011
    27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera
    $1,419.00
    Save $280.00
    16% off

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    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

    Originally released May 2011
    27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics with 1GB memory

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera
    $1,599.00
    Save $400.00
    20% off

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  7. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't worry about the i5 processor in the 2011 model. I have a 2011 i5 and had a 2009 i5 before that. Both iMacs perform very well working with 30-40MB photo files in Lightroom.
     
  8. MsDalfo, Nov 12, 2012
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    MsDalfo thread starter macrumors member

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    But do you think the prices will drop in the Apple Refurb store? Do they do that?

    Thank you, everyone else, for your replies. I went ahead and bought the one I linked to in my original post from the Refurb store, but I can always return it within two weeks if I decide to wait until December (which I probably will; lolbuyer'sremorse).

    That is good to hear!

    --

    Edit:
    I went ahead and called in and cancelled the order. Even the lady on the phone told me it was probably a good idea to hold off until December. The wait is going to kill me, though. ;)

    Thanks for the advice, guys! You probably saved me a good chunk of change (and not buying a 2009 iMac, hah).
     
  9. MsDalfo, Nov 12, 2012
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    MsDalfo thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone who keeps an eye on the Refurb store; do 27" iMacs ever come up with 2GB VRAM? I forgot you could even upgrade past 1GB. I don't really need it, but if I see one I may just get it.

    Seems that people only get 2GB VRAM when they play the refurb lotto (did some google searches).
     

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