Good idea to buy refurbed?

MUCKYFINGERS

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Is it?

I am probably going to get a PowerBook 12" 1.5 ghz really soon, but I heard that getting refurbed 1.33 ghz Pb 12"'s isnt such a bad idea either.

What's everyone's opinions on refurbed?
 

hhlee

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refurb is a well promoted option on this forum from other posts i've seen.
 

tobefirst

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I've got a refurbished dual 2.5 sitting at home and I love it. Works perfectly and looks great. Even came with additional RAM and a bigger hard drive. The only downside: those refurbished boxes aren't near as sexy as the real boxes. Too bad, huh?

Seriously, though...I'm very happy with my refurb, and will definitely look at them again the next time I'm in the market for a computer.
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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Oh, quick question... do the Powerbook 12" come with speakers on the acutal laptop, or do you have to use headphones?
 

SteveG4Cube

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I just got a refurb 20" imac, and it came with 512mb/250gb instead of 256mb/160gb. Same warranty as new, looks brand new, works flawlessly, not one complaint. My sister got a refurb. iBook G3 awhile back and it's still working great, too. I'd highly recommend refurb. stuff from Apple.
 

sstern1

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The PB 12" comes with speakers, they're just hidden in the pictures. They're not bad.
 

imac abuser

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before you jump on me lol, I think refurbished would be like buying a used car some are good some SUCK. If I'm spending the money i did on my powerbook I would rather have new for a few extra bucks.

JUST MY OPINION!!!! lol
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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Thanks for all your replies, guys. There aren't any refurbed Powerbooks at the apple store right now (well, at least on the education website), so I'm probably going to get the 1.5 ghz one. thanks anyway! :)
 

RAS admin

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I have been using a refurb dual 2.5 G5 since Sept. last year. It became available on the Apple site while everyone else were still waiting due to low yields from IBM. It was advertised as stock, but it arrived with a 250GB SATA (instead of 160GB), 1GB of RAM (instead of 512MB) and $300 cheaper.
I also got Apple Care for it and my 30" LCD at the same time.
 

CalfCanuck

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Just be aware of which generation you are buying in refurb ...

This has more to do with the G5 iMacs, than the older PB's, though, since the more recent PB changes are less drastic.

For the G5 iMacs, however, the 2G had a LOT of smaller upgrades that together add up to be a different computer. (video card, BT 2, standard Airport Express, 512 MB RAM, bigger (and faster?) HD, plus possibly a redesigned mid-plane assembly - since it is no longer user interchangeable)
 

tsk

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If you're an educational customer like one post seems to indicate. Don't buy the refurb. Use the Student Union promo and get a free iPod Mini and sell it on eBay. You'll come out farther ahead than the refurb price.
 

hhlee

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
Thanks for all your replies, guys. There aren't any refurbed Powerbooks at the apple store right now (well, at least on the education website), so I'm probably going to get the 1.5 ghz one. thanks anyway! :)
apple usually releases refurbs daily.
 

GlynJones

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I ordered a Powermac Dual 1.8 and that arrived with a dented foot. It was lopsided so I had to prop it up with a bit of rubber.

It is pot luck what you get.
 

sw1tcher

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
Thanks for all your replies, guys. There aren't any refurbed Powerbooks at the apple store right now (well, at least on the education website), so I'm probably going to get the 1.5 ghz one. thanks anyway! :)
If you think you'll get an additional discount on a refurb through the education site, you won't. The prices on refurbs are the same whether through the main site or through the education site.

To get in on a refurb deal, check the site out at around midnight. That's when they seem to get listed.
 

FFTT

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GlynJones said:
I ordered a Powermac Dual 1.8 and that arrived with a dented foot. It was lopsided so I had to prop it up with a bit of rubber.

It is pot luck what you get.
You should have send your's back immediately!

Refurbs are supposed to meet all new specs.

A slight scratch is even rare, so if you're not happy with an Apple
product, don't mess around, insist on the quality you've paid for.