Need to decide in a few hours! Should I buy a used 24" Apple Cinema Display for $500?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MoodyMedStudent, May 9, 2011.

  1. MoodyMedStudent macrumors member

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    Hi guys, I'm in the market for a display and found a 24" ACD which is pretty much mint condition (only 7 hours of use), with all accessories, paperwork and box and receipt for $500. Is that a good price for a used 24" ACD?

    Also, my second question is, whether or not I should consider a used 27" ACD for $750... at $250 more than the 24".

    Need to decide in a few hours since I'd like to pick it up this afternoon. Advice please!
     
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    the 24" is a great display. 500 is a pretty good price for it too :)
    the 27" is much better then the 24" however. The resolution is amazing. considering they are 1000 new, its pretty cheap.

    Id say go for the 27" :)
     
  3. MoodyMedStudent thread starter macrumors member

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    How much were the new 24" displays being sold for while they were out?
     
  4. olivelawn macrumors newbie

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    I bought my 24" ACD new right when they came out for $899.
     
  5. thankins macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if you knew this but for 349 dollars more you could get a refurb 27 inch with 1 year AppleCare warranty. I just ordered one for myself
     
  6. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    I own a 24" ACD. I wouldn't spend $500 for a used one - the seven hours of use notwithstanding standing; used is used - unless the price includes AppleCare. Otherwise, you'll be upside-down if you have to replace the logic board, etc.

    Spend the extra $500 for the 27" ACD. Without AppleCare, a $500 24" ACD is a pig in a poke.
     
  7. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Apple refurbished sells it for 600 with a 1 year warranty so would agree 500 is not a good deal.
     
  8. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    My experience with refurb displays hasn't been the best. I had to return a couple because of a significant number of dead pixels. I believe a lot of the refurbs are returns that people don't want because of those imperfections... Your mileage may vary but I will never buy another refurb cinema display. I will buy in-store with an edu discount, open and try it in the store before I leave.

    Back to the original post:
    $500 for a used 24" isn't a good deal either. If it were a used 27, I would jump on that!
     
  9. MoodyMedStudent thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe in the USA they're cheaper, but here in Canada even the 24" ACD refurbished is $699 + tax which is nearly $800.

    Maybe I'll buy one in the USA and sneak it across the border B)
     

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