New iMac---refurb?

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  1. imanidiot macrumors 6502a

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    I'm about to replace my mid-2010 21.5 iMac, and am wondering if there is any real reason NOT to buy a refurbished 2013 model, and save a couple of hundred bucks in the process? From what I understand refurbs come with the same warranty, etc. that a new one does, that you MAY stand a better chance of getting a defect-free machine since it HAS been refurbished, and that, basically, the only difference is that you don't get the pretty white box. Am I missing anything? I am good with the base model, as my current one is/was, the only upgrade having been my adding 4 gigs of ram to bring it up to it's current 8 gigs.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you're not missing anything. Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    Click the link in that quote for more details on the refurbishment process.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac notebook may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
     
  3. imanidiot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, GGJstudios for the response. It's what I will probably do.
     

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