My last few questions before I buy an aluminum MacBook...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by booste, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. booste macrumors member

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    I'm very close to purchasing a 2.0 Alumium Macbook... I just have a few more questions...

    1) I'm going to buy a refurb. I know the box it comes in is just a plain brown thing. But inside of that is it the same as a brand new one, does it include the exact same software, guides and cables?

    2) Do they reinstall leopard on refurbs? Or is there going to be stuff left over from the previous owner?

    3) The refurbs can be tracked when there shipped too, right?
     
  2. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes

    The only thing at all that is different is the shiny box and the extra $200 in your bank account!
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Refurbs are great deals- identical to new units except for...well, being used. I've had very good experiences with refurb units in the past... maybe because they've been pored over by the technicians before being resold.
     
  4. pinoyplaya macrumors regular

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    Wait... before you buy here's one thing to consider.

    Do you pay sales tax to where the item is going to be shipped? If so, then buy a brand new one from MacMall. It will end up costing you $40.00 more and you get a brand new mac instead of a refurb plus you get overnight shipping if you do so choose.

    There's currently a rebate on the MacBook if you buy it through MacMall. I think it expires at the end of the month.
     
  5. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    You mentioned this in the OP, but refurbs often have what I've heard 'easter eggs' extras installed by the original owner. The original owner may have had 4 gigs of ram installed in his macbook, or had a larger hard drive installed.:D
     
  6. ZachsMacDaddy macrumors 6502

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    Good luck getting MacMall to actually pay out on a rebate. You get better odds on the lotto.
     
  7. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry, this is just funny. Imagine that, buying a refurb and you can just log on, launch mail and answer all the e-mails in the inbox. That would be absolutely terrible.
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Or hilarious, depending on the contents of the message...

    I think Apple would be in some legal trouble over privacy violations if that happened though.
     
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    Sales tax in the Apple store is always over-estimated on my orders.

    Sales TAx here is ~8.5%. This is what the cart shows before I order. AFter I order I get the confirmation and it shows a sales tax rate closer to ~4%.
     
  10. IrishSniper87 macrumors regular

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    I read some posts where a guy got a refurb with 4GB RAM and a 320GB harddrive upgrade on a macbook. So it does happen.
     

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