New 11" Air arrived with scuffs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by speekez, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. speekez macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Ordered a new 11" Air through store. Received in the mail. I am noticing faint scratches by the trackpad and scuff on cover corner. Maybe these are considered machine marks. This is an 1.6, 4gb, 128GB model. Paid a premium so not sure if should settle.

    If I ordered through, do I need to handle this through them, or is this an in store genius meeting? I ordered the upgraded unit, so not sure they can address this in store.


    Attached Files:

  2. Mike225 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    SF BAY
    Considering the 300% premium you paid for it, I would not settle if I were you.
  3. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    My 13 had stuff on the case that looked like scuffs but was really adhesive like material. It came off with a microfiber cloth and some cleaner. Are you sure they are scuffs?
  4. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
  5. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Neither rubs off. And they are dependent on the angle of view, which is why I didn't see them at first. Guess I will be calling Apple tomorrow.

    Sorry, if you sell a product where aesthetics is integral to the product, then this type of quality control doesn't cut it.
  6. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  7. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    Sned it back.

    I only say this as my 13" macbook aluminium came with the smallest most tiny dent in the lid. I considered sending it back but seeing as everything worked perfectly and i couldn't afford the time without it i kept it....

    Fast forward 9 months, and the superdrive fails. So i took it to the Apple store genius to get it fixed under warranty and even though they fixed it, they were being very 'arsey' about doing so as they examined it and found said 'dimple'.

    I explained that it came with it and i just put it down to manufacturer error and decided to keep it, thinking that this would get them on my side completely as i didn't make a big deal at the time. I was wrong they questioned me beyond belief about where i kept it, how i carried it, had i dropped it, etc. Despite the the fact that i took it out of a neoprene case and it was inside a Speck hard case from day one!!!

    Send it back, its not worth the hassle if you get a Genius like that should anything go wrong!!
  8. superego macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Seems like a typical case of Apple's quality control. I guess they keep sending out flawed units like yours hoping that customers wouldn't return them, because it's hard to understand how something like that could pass inspection in the factory. Loose quality control is all about profit, so don't let them fool you into settling for anything less than perfect. Return it.
  9. Glaxx macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2007
    Same thing happened to me. I freaked out when I saw it, but got a slightly damp microfiber cloth to remove it.

    If yours definitely won't come off with simple cleaning/wiping, I'd definitely take it in. No reason to have a brand new machine come out of the box with defects.
  10. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    I called They are refusing to exchange the item because it was a custom (upgraded product). They are telling me their policy is no returns or exchanges on built-to-order items unless DOA. They directed me to their return policy online, but I see no such wordage.

    I'm wondering if I should take this up with my credit card (AMEX)
  11. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    That is unacceptable and untrue. Call back and talk to a different person, you got an ******.
  12. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Precisely. That is actually not a true statement. This is a completely Apple-offered configuration, and Apple completely put the unit together before it ever shipped to your hands.

    I could see the person's argument if this was a product not offered as a configuration from their store, and some 3rd party decided to *add* a config.

    The person you talked to obviously had an issue with your complaint and told you a story.
  13. speekez, Nov 23, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010

    speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    I have placed a dispute with AMEX. At best, Apple was offering $50.

    It's not like I changed my mind and want to return the product. Apple, you sold me something with defects on it, and you're telling me I'm stuck with it? And even better, I paid extra for this privilege?
  14. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Update: Spoke to another CS agent. She was very kind, and though it took some time on the phone with upper management, we worked out an exchange.

    I still think receipt of defective merchandise, BTO or not, should be a non-issue exchange. Regardless if the issue is cosmetic or hardware. Regrettably, I think will think twice now about buying BTO configurations if there are no guarantees in places to protect my purchase.
  15. potentpotable macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2010
    Jeez, what's with the ******* AppleCare reps?

    I'm hearing more and more - in addition to my own experience - instances of Apple refusing to do anything for something that THEY are at fault.
  16. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    I will say that both reps were polite, as was I throughout the exchange. I only mention that because I think keeping cool can go a long way toward getting things resolved. I will also say that I see no mention in Apple's return policy (on their website), saying that BTO units cannot be exchanged. It says Personalized Products cannot be exchanged, but that is in reference to engraving. I asked the first rep to direct me to this policy online, and after we both visited the page, it was pretty clear this policy wasn't spelled out. I was told Apple does not do exchanges for something that was essentially "superficial". Sort of ridiculous when Apple hosts 5 minute videos on their site selling the beautiful aesthetics of the unibody build.
  17. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Not that I don't believe the OP, but it is nearly impossible for him to prove that the scratches were there when shipped.
  18. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Maybe that's why so many folks make unboxing videos. :)
    Ok, I kid. But proof is an automatic bonus for doing so.
  19. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003

Share This Page