help with buying refurbished

me2621a

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hi im thinking if buying a 2.16ghz macbook pro from apples refurbished site. If anyone knows what i should exsplect in terms of quality. in other words should i wory about scratches or dents or is it going to be just like a new computer.
 

skubish

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me2621a said:
hi im thinking if buying a 2.16ghz macbook pro from apples refurbished site. If anyone knows what i should exsplect in terms of quality. in other words should i wory about scratches or dents or is it going to be just like a new computer.
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Refurbs are either customer returns aftering opening or computers that were replaced. Apple checks/repairs them and sells them as refurbs. There should be scratches or dents. They come in a plain brown box instead of nice MBP box seen in the store.
 

celebrian23

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Don't expect it to look perfect- some of them do, some don't. Expect a scratch or a dent because you never know. They come with the same warranty as new computers, so if something truly isn't working as it should, you shouldn't have any problems.
 

me2621a

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but will apple fix it if there is a dent. apple representitives are usuring me that this computer will be identicle to a new one aside from the box. the computer its self will be flawless and there will be no schratches on it or dents. shuld i trust this info
 

celebrian23

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Apple won't fix a minor dent or scratch. Obviously if it comes to you majorly dented/scratched that's pretty unacceptable. Realize you aren't buying a new computer, which should never have scratches/dents.
 

idea_hamster

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I got a refurb 1.67GHz G4 PB. Took it out of the brown box, plugged it in, sat down, hit the power button, and got ready for my discount Mac experience. (FYI, I loooove starting a new Mac!)

What do I get? The question mark folder that means there's no useable OS available to the CPU. :confused:

Big deal? No -- I just installed Tiger from the disks and got on with it.

But you should keep in mind that the thing's not new.
 

Planner Dude

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FFTT said:
Generally current model refurbs are in like new condition.

If you are not qualified for education discounts getting a refurb is a great way to save on your purchase.

So the Education discount doesn't apply to refurbs??:(