How is the quality of Refurb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sargent bannana, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. sargent bannana macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I have recently posted about switching to mac and everyone suggested refurb. I never buy anything used or refurb if there is much of a diffrence. Its just because i LOVE new stuff. I love the whole unboxing experience (call me weird)

    I just wanted to know how Refurbed is diffrent than new besides the fact that it was used before. Like is it scratched dented just not as good as buying new etc...

    Is it in the nice apple packaging or is it sum brown box?

    Does it come with stickers? (it better or i will be greatly depressed)

    Does refurb last as long?

    sorry for all the questions lol just a little curious.
    thank you
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. bamaworks macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    As far as product quality goes, it is excellent in my experience, no different than a brand new item.
  4. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
    Well its the same quality, you just dont get the authentic box, in some cases you can, my friend actually did.

    I have an iPod refurb still working years later, my friend brought a refurb macbook and that still works and they both came in mint condition
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Well the products will have been with someone else before you got them.
  6. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
    I thought they were from different shop stores, not ones that people have sent back, they come from shop displays etc
  7. bagelche macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Western Mass.
    I'm a believer in buying Apple refurbs. They have the same warranty and every one I have either purchase (personal & work) or seen from someone else have been pristine. My MBP had a date just a few weeks earlier than my purchase day. Mine have come in drab cardboard boxes with the words Apple Refurbished on them. I can handle that for the savings and the machine within (how often do you transport your computer in the original box)? I think my laptop came with a sticker, but I haven't done anything w/ it.

    I wouldn't really worry about seconds. It's not like you're buying from goodwill (though I do that too). It's for all intensive purposes a new machine.
  8. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Yeah the warranty would be the only thing that would deter me from buying refurbished, but Apple offers the same warranty for new or refrub items, so whenever possible I buy refurb. Especially for iPods it is AWESOME!
  9. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    What do you think :apple: does with defective products people send back? They replace exterior parts and fix what needs to be fixed, run all the necessary tests then sell it as Refurbished. Actually sometimes you can get new unopened merchandise that was surplus, though not at the refurb rate anymore. You can tell the ones that are new because they have no "Was:, You Save:" price description.
  10. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    I've had a perfect record with refurbs from Apple. My first one was my G4 (Digital Audio). Still cooking, though upgraded (1.5 GB, 1.2 GHz), six or seven years later. Next was my 4th gen iPod, which got replaced with a new unit under AppleCare. Then I bought an AirPort Extreme base station (the original round one), and, most recently, my MBP.

    The biggest difference is they come in plain brown wrappers (at least all of mine have), and may - MAY have minor cosmetic imperfections.

    But I recommend them, as long as you don't need to live on the "bleeding edge" of Apple's hardware.

    Have a Great 4th!

  11. oacory macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Jersey

    The only real difference that I know of is that you can't configure them how you want. You just take what is already configured and they are selling.

    20" Intel iMac 2.16Ghz; iMac G3 800 Mhz; 15.4" Gateway laptop; 16GB iPod touch
  12. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Yup, comes in "sum brown box."
    Other than that, in my experience, indistinguishable from brand-spanking-untouched new. I have a flawless (no scratches, no dents, no fingermarks, no inner weirdnesses) refurb iMac 24". I'll buy refurb again.
  13. ck37 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2007
    if it is a refurb of the current line chances of coming in the original box are good.

    I'm a believer in it, because Apple does a thourough check of the computer, recases it if needed etc. New computers don't go through those tests reallly. lso you have the same return policy warranty as a brand new.

    Save some money go for it. Wont be dissatisfied.
  14. dylangurl21 macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2005
    Refurbs are actually pretty awesome. I have gone through a few ipods, recommended them to friends, and had a refurb macbook (I'm a student so usualy buying w/ BTS discount ends up being a better deal for me). They are actually tested (unlike new hardware) until they meet standards (which I must admit I am not familiar with.

    They are both returns and displays and usually you can find good deals. Bonus upgrades also enhance value but I always looked at them as a bonus, not an expectation.
  15. jcoop macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I've bought three refurb iPods over the years, and each has been as new except for the brown box. I would have gone the refurb route when I got my iMac last year, except I wanted an upgraded hard drive. Apple's refurb are great.
  16. PLin macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2003
    I think the only refurb I've seen gives you the same unboxing experience is the MacBook. I bought one that had basically the same box as a new one except that the box was all white with no pictures on it. All of the other refurbs I've purchased have generic boxes.

    That said, refurbs may have even better reliability than new Macs. By the time the refurbs are available, Apple probably figured out why repairs were necessary and have tweaked the components. If you buy new, you might be getting one that has been sitting in a warehouse for months with older parts.
  17. McGiord, Jul 4, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    For some products a refurbished one is sometimes better than new in stock, many times you get the latest upgrades and fixes to avoid "warranty issues".
    Anyway the people in the factory will always test them and touch them before anyone, same thing with the cars and trucks, so SAVE MONEY AND BUY REFURBISHED FROM :apple:STORE= 100% RECOMMENDED.
    buy mflb
  18. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Been there, done that...... many many times........ neveranottaproblemo :eek:

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