Has anyone ever bought a Refurb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mep42, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. mep42 macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    There are some pretty good deals on refurbs, has anyone bought them before? What was the experience like, pro's con's, what's the condition of the computer?


  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Refurbs are considered better than new because of the extra quality control.
    The only con is they come in a white box instead of the normal box ;)
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Plenty have, generally good experience. Def. no evidence of being worse then buying new. Mroogle will provide some more evidence.
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    Buying refurb is the best thing you could do. It's cheaper and higher quality.

    The only con is it comes in a boring box. Mine was brown.

    You may want to be home when the delivery guy comes, because the box says "Apple Certified Reconditioned" really big on the side. Same thing for Dell, except is says Dell.
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I've had a few Apple refurbs. One was my current MacBook Pro. Its just as good as a new one in every way. If you're worried about cosmetic damage, you really shouldn't. Both it and my old Mac Mini were flawless as is my sister's MacBook Pro which was a refurb.
  6. mep42 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    I really don't think its worth it for me because a new one is only 100 more, and I am just going to sell the free ipod touch for a very conservative $150 at least.
  7. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Yea, especially if you're not getting the 17", the battery life is to die for.:)
  8. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    I've had no problems with refurb's. No cosmetic issues whatsoever. I'd recommend them to anyone unless you can get new through a student or ADC discount.
  9. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    I've bough 2 refurb'd iMacs . . .

    . . . a 20" G5 and current 24" Intel 3.06GHz. The only thing missing is the
    pretty box. ;^) I had a power supply failure on the G5 (it was a known
    problem when new) at about 2 years old, and it was fixed under AppleCare,
    as was the internal HD at about 2.5 years. The newer Intel iMac had a flaky
    Airport card, which was replaced at about 3 months. Other than that, both
    systems run all the time, with only a few hours sleep at night, and an
    occasional shut down if I'm gone for more than 24 hours.

    As some have noted in other threads, you may even get newer things or
    more memory or a bigger disk. For example, with my new Intel iMac, I got
    iLife '09 (even though it was a refurb'd 2008) and the full alu keyboard
    (even though new ones get the smaller one, I think).

    If I'm in the market for a system, I often wait until the 2nd upgrade - the
    newer iMac I got for about $600 under its original list price.

    I'd do it again . . .

  10. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    I purchased a refurbed 24" iMac. Would I do it again? You betcha.
  11. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Yes, I usually buy them, and prefer them.

    There are some other recent threads on this in apple hardware buying advice tips and discussion, here are a couple links


  12. JustLikeYou macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    I am going to buy my first refurb here soon (not first mac though) and I'm looking forward to a good experience.

    And with the free ipod promo, I think $150 for resale is an accurate guess, not a "low" one... considering the market is flooded with them right now, and even if you wait, it will get devalued by the new ones coming out. That's the one reason why I'm going with the refurb 13" MBP instead of buying new with the free ipod and student discount. After paying extra taxes on the purchases and going through the hassle of selling the touch just to make back a little bit isn't worth it to me.
  13. MattMK45 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Yes I have, but not through apple, after the release of vista and how badly it turned out , I was eager to switch to mac so I flicked through my telephone directory, knowing that my budget wouldn't stretch to the prices of the apple store. After a while I found a great little business in the near by area, so I called what I was looking for and he did just that. He was very approachable and knew everything I wanted. It was a great price, by the way it was a 1ghz g4 powerbook. As I see it that is the way to go if you are on a budget or prefer private sales. He is well known as he has bought, fettled if needed and resold for over 20 years and only works with mac. Here is his company name.

    ABC Raw Paw, best to search on google but that is the way I would reccomend
  14. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    I've bought four Macs refurbished, and I've found they ship that day, and arrive two days later. You need to be certain what model it is you want, though. During upgrade crossover times, there are a few versions to be had.
  15. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    great to buy refurb, if I were not going to study my post-grad a receive a 17% discount then I would definitely be buying my 17" MBP as a refurb :)

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