Do refurbs come with OSX?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ruggerjvd, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. ruggerjvd macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2007
    am looking to pick up a refurb moddle from apple, but in the description of what you get, it doesn't mention an operating system.

    If I have to buy the OS separately, it sorta negates the cost advantage of the refurb.

    I don't see how Apple can not include OS discs with the refurbs. Makes no sense, and is cheapskate tactics to boot.
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Refurbs come with OSX. I don't know why you think they didn't :confused:
  3. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    All Apple computers come with Mac OS X Leopard pre-installed. Refurbished or new.
  4. jvette macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2007
    If I remember correctly you not only get the current operating system included but an upgrade to Snow for only $9.95 if you buy from the Apple Refurb site.
  5. ag55 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    No refurbs are so cheap because Apple puts Vista on them, and its locked so no service packs can be installed. And it comes pre-loaded like a Dell with loads of bloatware.
  6. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
  7. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    Why would they sell a computer without an OS?
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Because people can and do.
  9. neil1980 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2008
    I've bought a computer with no OS before... saved a packet.

    Though I could never see Apple selling a computer without OS
  10. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    LMFAO, wicked cheap guy!
  11. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    People can and do buy Apple hardware without an OS? I mean, that is what we are talking about, right? I think that would be news to quite a few folks.
  12. ruggerjvd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2007

    Well, that's what I thought. Looking at the description of the refurb package, there is NO mention of an OS. If you read a parallel description of a new machine, it clearly states Leopard is installed.

    I wouldn't put this sort of sneaky thing past Apple, caveat emptor.
  13. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    But it does say it comes with the Install/restore DVDs.
  14. ZachsMacDaddy macrumors 6502


    Dec 24, 2007
    I wouldn't say there's NO mention of the OS. I just pulled up a random refurb macbook page and here's the screenshot of it. Look on the right side, it clearly states the OS version.

    Attached Files:

  15. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Even before the "Included Sofware" heading, there is a feature on the "up-to-date program for your refurbished Mac"?

    What would be the point of this if it didn't come with an OS, as there would be nothing to get up-to-date?
  16. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I'm lost where the warrant for this comes from?
  17. ruggerjvd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2007
    OK, it's possible I missed it.

    My comment regarding apple has to do with some of the hurdles they put you through for warranty issues (eg. my recent rigamarole to having my ipod replaced under warranty), not willing to provide information on updates and then screwing over the people who recently purchased, which happened to me NUMEROUS times over the years.

    Call me a jaded fan. That's the main reason I have put off a major upgrade of my setup for 9 years. It's their business model and works for them, but I wonder if the chicanery is part of the reason they only have 5% of the market?

    p.s. I'm also a stockholder.
  18. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    Oh god, screwing owners by not announcing product releases? Don't buy around conferences and you are fine. The computer you purchased before [insert product here] was announced is no less functional. As a matter of fact, you weighed the pro's and con's of that purchase in your head before deciding to pull the trigger and buy so at the time the system did everything you need but since suddenly a new system is announced yours is less useful? Ha.
  19. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    As a rule you get the same contents as the ORIGINAL box contained, just in a plain box. This means that if the computer was originally sold or stocked before an OS update, then the box will only contain the original disks.

    I bought an iBook refurb instore after Tiger had been released, but the contents of the box only had the original Panther install disks. There was no free upgrade to Tiger, either. You need to check or ask Apple to see whether upgrades apply to your purchase if buying just before or after an OS version update.
  20. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's called "Apple wants to actually sell the computers that they currently have so they don't tell you that, hey, we have a new computer that is better than the one we're selling right now, but we're not selling it yet, so you'd better keep buying the old (current) model."

    They have policies in place that allow people to return computers if they want a new one. There is no "getting screwed". Tech changes, deal with it.

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