Do these ever show up at refurb sec(Apple site) ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by whoknows87, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. whoknows87, Oct 1, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012

    whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    I'm gunning to buy a MBA a refurbished one 13 I've seen 4GB 256 models and 8GB 256 but the price tag is a bit out of my budget, When they do show up how much do they sell for ( Latest release) 8GB, 128SSD is fine with me
    should I keep waiting or just got for a new one do the upgrade and $50 off student discount?
  2. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Yes they do. But they go really fast. I am also looking for a 13inch 8gb machine. You can get an RSS feed from some site that will give you the whole history of Mac refurbs. Just Google it. This is what I am doing in order to try and catch the computer I want. So far I haven't been fast enough though.
  3. ronswanson macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I just went through this process over the last couple of weeks. As far as I could see (mostly from and by checking the refurbished store every 30 mins for 2 weeks!), the only 8 GB 2012 model that has shown up recently is the 13" Core i7 8GB 258 SSD machine for $1450. (There is also a higher end 512 GB model for a lot more but whatever..)

    Anyway, the 8 GB model in question is REALLY popular. It has shown up 3 times so far, roughly mid-week, every week for the last 3 weeks. I bought mine last Thursday within 10 minutes of it showing up.. I think it lasts about 4 hours each time.

    I tried signing up for alerts at many different sites that monitor a given website for changes.'s alerts are NOT reliable - I missed the above model one week because they took too long to email me. What worked best for me was a program that runs on your desktop, called Changes Meter, and alerts you with a desktop flash.. check out this writeup about this option and others:

    Anyway, my prediction is that there will more 13" 8 GB models in stock for a few hours mid/late-week this week (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.)

    Very happy with my machine! $1450 is steep and I'd rather have gotten a 128 GB 8 GB machine but no such machine seems to have shown up on the store so far (according to The base model - i5 4GB 128 GB is only $1019.. $400 more for 4 GB extra RAM, i7 step up and 128 GB extra SSD! The upgrades cost like they are new but the base price of $1019 gives you a $180 saving.
  4. qsoundrich, Oct 2, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012

    qsoundrich macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    How much was the 13" 8GB 128 machine? I decided to give up on that one and just get a 4GB base model. You can also get the one with just upgraded RAM from BH I believe, but I haven't seen it anywhere else.

    Edit: I see that this machine doesn't seem to exist in the refurb store. I'll probably go with the 4GB since the 8GB is an almost $200 premium.
  5. ronswanson macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2012
    The 8 GB upgrade is $100 for new machines on the apple store. Why do you say it's $200?

    Personally, if money is a concern, I'd go with a 13" i5 128 GB with 8 GB of RAM.. would cost $1300 new. Of course, for an extra $150, you can also get the i7 and 256 GB from the refurb store but these do far less for the machine than the 8 GB.

    But if you are going for the 4 gb model, I highly recommend the one for $1019 in the refurb store.. my wife has it and is very happy with it. Great price!
  6. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    It's only a $100 premium if you would buy from Apple to begin with. It can be had in the US for $1039 from other retailers, making the "$100" upgrade much more than 100.
  7. whoknows87 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    thanks for the input, what I wanted to know is IF the 8GB 128SSD shows up or showed up what was the price, because I can get a base+ the upgrade for 1250 I was wondering how much would I be saving IF I get it refurbished, like you said I did see the 8GB 256 REfurb if all fails I might as well get that model for 1450
  8. ronswanson macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2012

    i7/8 GB/256 GB machine available now, refurb for $1440! Like clockwork.. always midweek, midday.
  9. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    There are 6 11" and 8 13" MBAs there right now.

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