Mac mini refurb?

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  1. olly666 macrumors regular

    olly666

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    I'm considering a Mac mini with SL Server. I know it's $999 new, but how much is it going for as a refurb? (always sold out when I go to check)

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  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I think the mini server is $849 on refurb.
     
  3. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    Has Apple even released the MacMini server to the refurbished store? I can't recall seeing it :confused:

    Habitus :apple:
     
  4. olly666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup, definitely seen it there. Just once... And its price-point didn't sink in. :(
     
  5. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    That's usually the case. Most refurb items aren't worth the money you save (e.g., saving $40 on a iPod).

    The MacMini server is quite intriguing, though!

    Habitus :apple:
     
  6. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

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    the refurbs arent really worth it in my eyes, its rare you find and absolute bargain[​IMG]
     
  7. olly666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Money saved is money saved in my opinion. The only difference between new and refurb is the shiny new box they're shipped in.
     
  8. jtmx29 macrumors regular

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    Yup, money saved is the same as money earned!
     
  9. addaminsane macrumors member

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    thats not much of a price drop for a refurb lol, that should be a special sales price!
     
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Mini Servers do appear on the refurb store every couple of weeks. I look at the Canadian store, so the prices are not likely useful to you. I assume the inventory is about the same since the Canadian stock ships from the US.

    I'm a bit of a refurb store junkie. Mini Servers are not marked down much, and they go within a few hours. In fact, I've very rarely seen any Mini for more than few hours.

    The refurb store, at least in Canada, is also the clearance store. I've seen Macs listed for up to 45% off. I've seen those sell-out in the time I go from the 'List all' page to the page that lists a specific model on sale.

    I scooped a current version of a Mini for 42% off last month.

    The trick is to check in the morning, and keep checking....

    If you are not in immediate need of a system, but would like to pick one up in the near future, you gotta get obsessive about checking, set up your account ahead of time if you don't have one yet, and pounce.

    There were 6 or 8 models of Minis on the Canadian store this morning, now there are.... none.
     
  11. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Why post a thread here? Why not go to Apple.com, click on Store, click on Refurb and have a look? Seems odd.
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    15% is fairly standard for the refurb store on current stock.
    Because the prices are not advertised when they are out of stock.
     
  13. brendu macrumors 68020

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    $150 off on a machine that is equivalent to a brand new one, and comes with the same warranty... id say its a pretty good price drop..
     
  14. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Depending on the model (stuff that's "previous gen"), you can get 20+% off. Remember, tho', that that % off is calculated on the price it sold for when it was "current gen" so going by apple's listed % off alone is not the be-all-and-end-all of your actual savings.

    With a refurb you’ll get:

    * A Mac that performs and looks like new
    * The same one-year warranty as new
    * The same eligibility for Apple Care as new
    * A machine that is fully tested (including full burn-in testing)
    * A machine refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing
    * A Mac that has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected.
    * A Mac that is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.) – nothing is missing
    * It includes the operating software originally shipped with the unit and the custom software offered with that system

    And, yes, I'm proudly a refurb evangelist!
     
  15. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    I would be also if ***** :apple: would ship to the US military without having to use additional shipping options like APO box = you just wiped out the savings from going refurb:mad:
     
  16. Maxington macrumors 6502

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    Great website to check the Apple store for refurbs is:

    http://www.refurb.me/

    Often times it won't be listed on the apple website but you can access it from the Apple store directly via the refurb.me site.
     
  17. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    They're not advertised, but they can easily be found with a google search:

    CLICKY ME

    Yep, it's $849
     

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