Mac Mini Flood in Refurb

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by willgreene99, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. willgreene99 macrumors regular

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    I've been waiting a while for something to show and now there are almost a dozen that 'popped' up in the store just now.
     
  2. buckawheat macrumors member

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    I've been waiting too, but most of them are only at most $80 off of the new employee purchase prices - not a huge discount. I want to believe that we are less than a few weeks out from a new refresh at least a bump, which I hope has better graphics and specs, but is also able to have the hard drive and memory updated (which is where I am worried that the 'new' mac mini won't allow updates).

    Oh well, I'll hover over the buy button for a few more minutes before I decide...
     
  3. TheRealDanM macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up a 2012 i7 on Amazon Marketplace for $675. Seller claims the unit is only 3 months old, but as long as it's under a year I know I can throw AppleCare on it still come out feeling pretty good about the purchase.
     
  4. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    I have a question, if I see a refurb in apples store with a i7 and 16 GB of Ram and a 256 GB flash drive but it is a OS X Server and I don't need an OS X server...can I still use it as a regular mini (meaning one configured without a server) or will the Server one cause me problems if I don't use it as a Server?
     
  5. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Don't buy that one! It's a horrible value, as the non-server version of that, brand new, is only $1099. It's a weird anomaly in the Apple Store pricing, as they add the price of the SSD on top of the machine that has 2x1TB disks, but you don't get the extra disk.
     
  7. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    format drives install Mavericks, no problem
     
  8. RCAFBrat macrumors regular

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    As far as I know there is no issue whatsoever; with the server version you are simply getting same mini but with software already installed (note that the software is pretty inexpensive so someone wanting to use a mini as a server can buy non server model and bto / mod it to suit their needs).

    That being said, I believe the server version with single SDD is not properly priced since you can bto a non server version to same specs for $$$ less! In the case of the one you are looking at, in the Canadian store the refurb is only $60 less than brand new identical bto without the software. I would suggest that you look at the fusion with 8GB if you want a better deal. I definitely do like refurb pricing on most everything else!

    I honestly don't know why the server is even offered with single SSD. If there is a pair of them, which I don't believe to be the case, then pricing wouldn't be so bad but as is it seems a huge rip off.
     
  9. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Don't even need to do that, just delete the Server app. The base OS is no different.
     
  10. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    The Apple Store reburb 2012 2.3 i7 costs more than B&H's new 2012 2.3 i7. Also Apple Care is cheaper at B&H than at Apple.
     
  11. Grubster macrumors member

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    B&h shows 753. Apple refurb is 679. What am I missing? Pi guess no tax from b&h?
     
  12. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    it's not that simple, a clean format and new installation would be better
     
  13. chrfr macrumors 603

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    No, with a new machine, you can just delete the Server app, as there's no services running or configured.
     
  14. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    I noticed a lot of these refurbs in the US apple store are only about $70.00 cheaper than buying brand new....is it worth the $70.00 to buy refurb? I mean I guess that savings could cover a superdrive purchase.
     
  15. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    You're not missing anything. I'm missing the ability to read accurately and perform simple arithmetic. :eek:
     
  16. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

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  17. luckysob macrumors regular

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    I think that you are better off buying new from B&H Photo.
     
  18. Ubele macrumors 6502a

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    Why? I've bought several refurbs from Apple over the years, including a 2012 Mac mini 2.3 GHz i7, which I bought over a year ago. They're fully warrantied, they don't look "used" cosmetically, they come with all documentation and accessories, they've saved me money, and I've never had a problem with one. The only difference is that they come in a plain white box rather than the printed boxes that new ones come in. If the price on a new unit from B&H is the same as the price on a refurb from the Apple store, I'd get the new one, just for the box, but otherwise, I'd rather save money and get a refurb.
     
  19. Schnort macrumors regular

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    Apple store charges tax and shipping in almost all states and is $70 off the retail price.

    B&H, for most people, don't charge tax, have free shipping, and they're currently $30 off the retail price and they give you parallels for free.
     
  20. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

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    Few more just showed up again, come on apple clear up your inventory and show us the new one :D
     
  21. Roadking714 macrumors regular

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    B&h shows it for 753 is that a refurbished? And how legit is the site sorry first timer here
     
  22. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    No. And they are legit.
     
  23. Roadking714 macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks I wonder if best buy would price match
     
  24. DavidG328 macrumors regular

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    I know they will price match from some sources. When we bought our new iMac they just got online and looked it up.
     
  25. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    Also while we're plugging B&H they usually carry most special order-only configurations and auto-enroll AppleCare is cheaper too. I paid $104 for AppleCare on my mini in January. Even MBP AppleCare is only about $180.

    I've been a B&H fan for about a decade. They also carry the OWC Data Doubler kit for minis so I was able to get the mini, the Data Doubler, RAM and an SSD on the same order.

    Just sayin'
     

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