New or Refurb?

cynics

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Pro and cons? I'm dead set on a 27" iMac. I keep hearing how good Apple customer service is blah blah....so is a refurb as good as new? I don't want to regret this decision. Can I get apple care+ on a refurb? If so wouldn't a refurb be "better" then new? Money isn't a huge issue but saving it is generally my preferred method...

Thanks for the help guys. I'm on tapatalk and having trouble searching currently so don't kill me!
 

cynics

macrumors G4
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Jan 8, 2012
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Plenty of threads on this, that said all my Apple products, with the exception of the iPhone 5 are all refurbs, 0 problems, same warranty as new, at a great price reduction, buy with confidence!:cool:
Thanks bud. I've been hearing great things about there refurbs and I figured if they were so good then they are good enough for me. Buy an ATV 2 with the savings.... :)
 

xpected_one

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Sep 23, 2008
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The only drawback I have noticed over the years of always purchasing refurbs is the resale. Many people who are unfamiliar with Apple's awesome refurbs think that they are getting an inferior product. I have even had people refuse to buy a refurb with plenty of applecare left on it. Just something to consider, although refurb is all I buy :)
 

cynics

macrumors G4
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The only drawback I have noticed over the years of always purchasing refurbs is the resale. Many people who are unfamiliar with Apple's awesome refurbs think that they are getting an inferior product. I have even had people refuse to buy a refurb with plenty of applecare left on it. Just something to consider, although refurb is all I buy :)
Thanks for the tip. How do people know it was a refurb in the first place? Just curious.

I'm the type of person that keeps a computer until its garbage though. Might not with this iMac though, thanks again for the tip.
 

cynics

macrumors G4
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The brown box is a dead giveaway.
But I mean on resale? Aside from disclosing that info? I used to be a box keeper but now I live in a condo and boxes just take up too much space so would there be a way to know? Serial # or something?
 

fa8362

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But I mean on resale? Aside from disclosing that info? I used to be a box keeper but now I live in a condo and boxes just take up too much space so would there be a way to know? Serial # or something?
A lot of people won't even consider it if you don't have the original box.
 

Weaselboy

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But I mean on resale? Aside from disclosing that info? I used to be a box keeper but now I live in a condo and boxes just take up too much space so would there be a way to know? Serial # or something?
Refurbs have a different serial number prefix.