Red flags when buying refurbished?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ThirtyThr33, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. ThirtyThr33 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2011
    Boulder, Colorado
    Hey, so I have been considering buying a refurbished mac lately mostly due to not having much dough to drop on a new one. If it's really not recommended by anybody then I will probably reconsider, however I wanted to hear opinions on buying used or refurbished. Is it safe? After reading countless threads on macs breaking I am somewhat nervous. I plan on buying from a place called The Mac Shack in Boulder, CO.:apple:
  2. GGJstudios, Jun 21, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Refurb models are only available from Apple's online store. If you're buying from The Mac Shack, you're buying used, not Apple Certified Refurbished.

    Apple refurbished Macs are a great way to go. The overwhelming majority of the posts in these threads agree. They're covered by warranty, just like new ones, in case something goes wrong. You can't miss.
    Apple Refurb Store
    Apple Certified Refurbished Products
    MacRumors Guides: Apple Refurbished Store

    If you want more information, here are just a few of many threads on this topic, found by searching the forum with Google:

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  3. ThirtyThr33 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2011
    Boulder, Colorado
    The Mac Shack is an Apple Authorized Seller and an Apple Authorized Repairer. Doesn't that mean they can officially sell refurbished?
  4. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    While I buy new, I have a very good friend that always buys refurbished Mac Laptops. He has had nothing but stellar service from these units. Cosmetically they look as good as my new ones do. I must say I am very impressed with Apple's refurb program.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple Certified Refurbished products are only available on Apple's online refurb store: Refurbished Mac They are not available through any Apple bricks-and-mortar stores or through any Apple resellers.
  6. cleihgeber macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2011
    I just bought a new 15inch Macbook pro refurbished from the mac store and it is basically a new computer. However the battery had 10 cycles on it...but not bad at all considering you should get 1,000 before 80%. Good luck, you won't be making a mistake when buying Apple refurbished.
  7. antifeik macrumors regular


    May 24, 2011
    I don't know,but I bought a refurb MacBook pro mid 2010 and I had all kind of problems,the first one I received came doa,apple replace it with another one,no problem,now the other one after 2 months the power adapter went bad,the trackpad also went bad,I don't know,they look new,but I don't know,I either have bad luck or certainly the quality of them products are not as good as you might think,good thing it's on warranty and apple is repairing all that free of charge,I mean,I still like the computer,but I'm a little dissapointed,cause I taught apple computers being so expensive and on the website saying that refurbs go tru a meticulous procces of reconditioning them,I don't know what to think,I had a hp pc for 4 years and still going strong no problems at all,I don't know,I'm just saying,you know:confused:
  8. ThirtyThr33 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2011
    Boulder, Colorado
    Ahh! That scares me. That's likebthe only negative thing I've heard anyone say about refurbs. It might just have been a few bad apples tho (no pun intended) but I freaking pray and cross my fingers hoping I don't get a bad one. I've had a crappy computer for too long.
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Exactly! When you sell millions of computers, it's inevitable that a very small percentage won't be 100%. That's what warranties are for. The same possibility holds true even if you buy new vs refurb. In both cases, you're covered.
  10. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    i suppose it's good to mention you'll be paying tax on apple refurbs.
  11. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    May 12, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I've honestly heard that buying refurb from the apple store is a really good deal. The reason being is that Apple actually takes it apart and fixes what is wrong. So they can get a second look at the inside of the machine and make it work even better in some cases. I've read posts on people saying their heat management is better in refurb models because apple technicians take the computer apart again and reapply the thermal paste.

    I would definitely trust a refurb. But ONLY from the apple store. Good luck man.
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The Apple online store is the only place Apple Certified Refurbished products are sold. They're not available anywhere else.
  13. woodekm, Jul 2, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011

    woodekm macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2008
    I've bought 2 mac book pros and 2 minis from the refurb apple store over that last 5 years. All of my keyboards, mice, iPod and 2 airports were purchased from them and I've never had a single problem with any of these items.

    I bought my Apple care on Ebay for my laptops (just to be safe) and had no problems either. I had to use apple care for my first MBP 15" to have the battery replaced, but I believe it was my fault, ( kept it plugged in for 2 1/2 years and never cycled the batt). Now I know. They replaced the battery for free (overnight). Regardless, that was the only problem I've had with any of my refurb items. They are also warrantied the same as new from Apple.

    I'll ALWAYS buy refurb directly from Apple.

    BTW: Id pass on the free shipping from Apple if you want your stuff fast. It doesnt really cost that much more and you'll get it in a couple of days instead of UPS Ground which takes a week + (if your on the east coast). IMHO
  14. antifeik macrumors regular


    May 24, 2011
    Yeah,apple will fix it if it's under warranty that's no problem,but the matter of the fact is that it's a hit n miss on the refurb stuff IMHO,cause there's a few 2010's in the refurb site,humming...wonder why:confused:
  15. RoyalFlushAK(s) macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    Why not buying new for say $500-$600 extra and you have pace of mind. Get the Apple Care for whatever may be.., $350 or so. Go to an Apple store in your area and get what you like and be happy. The only thing what you've got in this life is what you going after. Always remember that.


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