New Macbook vs. Refurb Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Jlizard27, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Jlizard27 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, there is probably another post that is like this, but I searched for awhile and could not find it, so I'm posting my own.

    I am getting a Macbook in a month for sure, but I don't know whether to go for the Refurb Macbook or spend a few hundred bucks more and get a new Macbook with a slightly bigger HD. Thanks in advance for help.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Get the refurbished one and buy a bigger hard drive later. Terribly easy to install and you get a nice candidate for an external drive as well.
     
  3. ki2594 macrumors 6502a

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    if your good with tech stuff...go ahead with wat the person above me said. If not, you might wanna get a new one. All depends.
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 601

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    Memory and HDD are cakewalks to install on a MacBook. Heck, Apple darn near includes instructions on how to do it in the battery bay.

    So I'd get the refurb with AppleCare and put the money into more memory and (likely) a larger HDD then you could get new.
     
  5. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    I just got a refurbish macbook and i love it and i upgraded the ram to 2gb and it is one of the best computers i have ever brought Good Luck
     
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Refurbs. are a good deal for the money savings. Bought a few and were like new without the box.
     
  7. zap2 macrumors 604

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    do you need that hard drive space?

    Personal, I'd consider it, so all my files would be on my laptop(although that might be a huge hard drive, depend on your needs...at which point , forget it, and buy an external disk)
     
  8. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing but positive experiences with refurbs for me :D
     
  9. Laco macrumors 6502

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    whatever you do get at least 2gb of ram :)

    but i would get the refurbished probably.

    But if you have a student discount the price is similar since you can't get the discount on refurbished macbooks.
     
  10. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    refurbs already have the 'kinks' out of them. they are a way better choice.
     
  11. mosx macrumors 65816

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    Get the refurb. You'll actually be buying the Mac at the price it should have been originally ;)
     
  12. krypticos macrumors regular

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    well you could go refurb for 999 or 1049 what ever color you want but if you want a new whitebook for 1094 go to newegg.com under apple laptops they have last gen 2.2 white for ^ that that is the way im going here in like a week o yea no taxes no newegg
     
  13. bananaquit macrumors member

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    Like everything else, not all refurbs are perfect. I just returned a MacBook with a defective combo drive. I suspect your odds are pretty good, however, of getting a great deal and a nice computer going the refurb route.
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Go with the refurb and get a nice 500GB external hard drive for your back-up. :cool:
     
  15. Zegna macrumors member

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    I've been really curious about one single thing on refurbs, though.

    Are the outside plastic shell, the keyboard area, and everything else, is practically "without a scratch"? Or is it "very slightly" used looking?
     
  16. Jlizard27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Supposedly, all refurbished Apple Hardware is supposed to be in "new" condition. It apparently has been checked for scratches and dings and such and all traces of use have been removed. Supposedly.
     
  17. zelet macrumors regular

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    My refurb white Macbook looked completely new. I couldn't find a single flaw. I don't think I'll ever buy a Mac new again.
     
  18. DaBrain macrumors 65816

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    If anyone was to look at my black refurb macbook I would defy them to be able to say it's NOT new! Mine and many others came in and we can not tell that it was not a new computer. I would not hesitate to buy another refurb. I understand your concern as that was mine also, but not any more--))) Hope that helps! ;)
     
  19. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Ditto for my refurb black MB.
     
  20. chapmac macrumors member

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    I would wholeheartedly recommned a s refurb. My refurb Blackbook was perfect with no signs use at all on the machine, although wierdly it came with an incorrect power adapter. Apple sent me a new one quite happily when I phoned them though.

    If you are considering a refurb you might want to think about timing though. Not sure if it is the same where you are but here in the UK the refurb prices vary quite a lot. I bought my Blackbook SR2.2 just after the current model was released. I think at this time they must have had excess stock and wanted to shift the old model as I was able to buy with 31% of list price. Since then the price for the machine in the refurb store has gone up and at the moment the same spec machine is only 16% off. So timing appears to be important, perhaps the cheapest time is right after a new model is released. Might be interesting to see what happens iMac prices in the refurb store in the next couple of weeks.

    I'm entitled to HE education discount which in the UK is 15% so it wouldn't have been be worth it for me but for the extra saving.

    Hope this helps.
     
  21. danny_w macrumors 601

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    That is exactly what happened to me. I bought my black MB right after the new model (at the time) was released. The new price was $1499 and the refurb had been $1299 (current model at the time), but the day the new ones came out the same refurb (now one generation old) went down to $1049. The price was too good to pass up so I bought it immediately. I have not seen these kind of prices since then. It has been absolutely flawless in every way, and you would never have known it was not new.
     
  22. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    My friend got a refurb and it had a couple of very faint scratches on the base, but you'll get that after a few days use of a new one anyway.
     
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    my black refurb has a tiny area near the battery where the paint flaked off (looks shiny). It also had a "squishy" trackpad button, which has already been fixed by apple. Overall, I'm very happy with it. $1050 for a refurb 2.2 is a lot better than $1500 for a new 2.4, IMO.
     
  24. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    About prices; I have been looking at refurbs daily for a month. The prices/availability go up and down almost daily. Today they had no black ones.
     
  25. DaBrain macrumors 65816

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    Yep they sell quickly! There's a widget out there that monitors the apple refurb store. IM not sure of the name though! Sorry!
     

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