Macbook, where to buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Gentile, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Gentile macrumors regular

    Gentile

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    I have been looking for a Macbook to use for work. I mainly would use iWork 08, Safari, Mail, and iCal.

    I want to buy one used or refurbished because I already have an iMac at home. It should be able to run iWork and Leopard.

    The best deals that I have found are refurbished for $849.00 or a used one for $800.00 on Amazon.

    Ebay and Craig's List seems way overpriced.

    Should I be looking somewhere else?

    Do I need to worry about battery life?

    How about AppleCare?

    Any other advice is appreciated.
     
  2. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    I would not say to go in the direction of CraigsList or eBay, anything that you are buying that is valued over $100 has too much of a chance of being a scam/ripoff, I would say to look at Amazon, or another way that is trustworthy. And I do not think that AppleCare is really all that much needed, and you might need to buy the software (Leopard, iWork).
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I'd go with a refurb from Apple just based on the fact that they warranty it for a year.
     
  4. schatzie macrumors member

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    I agree. Definitely Apple Refurb store. 1 yr warranty and the machines like new.

    You have 1 yr to decide on Apple Care and usually they're cheaper at other places online than directly from Apple.
     
  5. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    I've bought several refurbs from Apple Online, including 2 MacBooks, with no problems. The batteries have been new as well as the shells and screens. You can get AppleCare for them as if they were bought new.

    I do sell Macs that I replace on eBay but I make it a point to describe their conditions in detail (scratches, battery condition, warranty info, etc) accompanied by pictures. That way, there are no surprises. I would look for the same disclosures if I were shopping for one...

    Bottom line: you can save money on eBay; just shop carefully. Otherwise, Apple Online refurbs give you peace of mind.
     
  6. Gentile thread starter macrumors regular

    Gentile

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    I own an iWork 08 Family pack, so I am not concerned if the laptop does not have iWork installed.

    Everything on Ebay so far seems to come in over the refurbished price - unless it is for parts, or cracked screen, etc.
     
  7. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    I would go the route of Amazon, they have excellent prices and amazing customer service.
     
  8. DaBrain macrumors 65816

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    Plus it would come with Leopard!;)
     
  9. frankiepdx macrumors regular

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    Refurb. I bought 2 a year apart. Everything but the pretty packaging.
     
  10. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    If my MB broke down and I decided to replace it with another (instead of with a Windows laptop, which would be a possibility), I'd get a refurbished one from Apple.
     
  11. VideoShooter macrumors regular

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    For $1049 you can get a black macbook on Apple.com.

    A 2.2 with 2GB and 160GB

    I'd say that is an excellent deal.

    I bought one myself.
     
  12. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, refurb store all the way! They're like new machines, and with the full warranty!
     
  13. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone in the UK reading this thread wanting a macbook, head over to Dixons.
    Theyre doing the top spec white macbook (2.4ghz) for £779 but then taking off a further 5% discount making £740.05!
    Comparing to the same macbook on apple.com at £829 I would say thats a nice saving.
    Almost tempting me to buy one and then sell my 2.2ghz macbook.

    http://www.dixons.co.uk:80/martprd/...m=null&tm=null&sku=757902&category_oid=-28737
     
  14. iJimmy macrumors regular

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    yep, those refurb blackbooks sell quick.
     
  15. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

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    Thats a good deal for us brits!! Nice find. Know how you feel about selling current model and upgrading! I doubt i'll do it though, my 2.2GHz is doing me great
     
  16. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    That link for the macbook at dixons, I think i am definately going to get one then ebay my 2.2ghz ( its only 3 months old :) )

    The reason is, i found a discount code that you can enter at checkout, it is "aw20" and it knocks the macbook down to £720.05 so now thats £110 cheaper than apple :D
     

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