Refurb 27" Imacs 3.3/2gb fusion on ebay for $1499?

jwp333

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I'm seeing these recently. Offered by the Digital Pavilion. It's about $500 less than the Apple refurb price. Not seeing any negative feedback. I assume there is no Apple warranty although it says there is a 1 year warranty. Is this a deal to avoid? Anyone burned?
 

Steve Jobs.

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I ordered one of these, I hope the warranty is legit. All the comments on the internet I found about this deal say it's a legitimate warranty. It arrives in a week.
 

trsblader

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There's a few seller's that have these deals going on +/- about $50 at any given time. I messaged 2 of them and they both said the 1 year warranty is their own warranty (not Apple) but that all machines are eligible for Apple Care still. There was another thread here a while back where someone received the machine and it was everything as advertised and he was really happy with it.
 

InlawBiker

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I'm seeing these recently. Offered by the Digital Pavilion. It's about $500 less than the Apple refurb price. Not seeing any negative feedback. I assume there is no Apple warranty although it says there is a 1 year warranty. Is this a deal to avoid? Anyone burned?
I bought one from "ipowerresale." The iMac looks like new from the factory and has worked flawlessly. Mine was $150 more expensive though.
 

jwp333

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OP here. They became available again at $1499 from the digital guy, and I ended up buying on Saturday. It should arrive by Friday. Moving from a 2007 20 inch model. Should be quite a change.
 
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Rmonster

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OP here. They became available again at $1499 from the digital guy, and I ended up buying on Saturday. It should arrive by Friday. Moving from a 2007 20 inch model. Should be quite a change.
I hang on to all my "old" macs and still enjoy them. "Quite a change" is "Quite the understatement" though. Thanks for putting a smile on my face after a long day. I hope that the experience works out well for you and please do update.
 

dsc888

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I've had it in my cart and have not checked out. It's a great deal. What is holding me back is that it has a spinning drive. I worry about failure and want to go all out SSD. I know I can un-fuse the drives and even install an SSD but I rather not have to go through with anything that could affect the warranty. That coupled with the fact that Apple is about to release new iMacs is influencing my decision. But I'd be all over this if it had the 512 GB SSD.
 

Steve Jobs.

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I got one of these. I've been using it for a month now. It's amazing! No issues with it at all.
 

Fishrrman

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Steve wrote above:
"I got one of these. I've been using it for a month now. It's amazing! No issues with it at all."

Just wondering -- did it arrive in a "white box" (like a new model would), or a "brown box" (refurb-style box)?

Did you check it to see when it was manufactured?

I've seen A LOT of this particular configuration being sold "as refurbs" on ebay through a few outlets that seem to have "more than their share" of "refurbs" to sell.

It's almost as if Apple had pre-built too many units in this particular configuration, units which didn't sell. And now -- to "move them out" before the new iMacs come along -- they're re-boxing them and selling them as "refurbished" for a lower price.

That's only speculation on my part.
I don't need an iMac right now, but if I did, I'd try one of these.
 
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Rmonster

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Steve wrote above:
"I got one of these. I've been using it for a month now. It's amazing! No issues with it at all."

Just wondering -- did it arrive in a "white box" (like a new model would), or a "brown box" (refurb-style box)?

Did you check it to see when it was manufactured?

I've seen A LOT of this particular configuration being sold "as refurbs" on ebay through a few outlets that seem to have "more than their share" of "refurbs" to sell.

It's almost as if Apple had pre-built too many units in this particular configuration, units which didn't sell. And now -- to "move them out" before the new iMacs come along -- they're re-boxing them and selling them as "refurbished" for a lower price.

That's only speculation on my part.
I don't need an iMac right now, but if I did, I'd try one of these.

I went back on myself in an advice thread that I started recently:-

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/27-retina-purchase-advice-request-based-on-useage.2044461/

I'll update that thread separately and sorry if there was a more correct way that I should have linked/flagged that.

My daughter and I decided that we would wait and see what the next gen would bring.

However, I found the following spec on Amazon (over here in the UK):-

Late '15 27" Retina
i5 3.3GHz
8GB Ram (I already have extra ready to install)
2TB Fusion (would have loved to gotten her pure SSD but budget doesn't allow just now)
M395 Graphics

Purchased from third party seller described as:-

Condition: Used - Like New - As new open boxed unit in immaculate condition, complete in original box with accessories. 10 months apple warranty supplier. UK Apple reseller.

At a price of £1,549.00 including delivery.

I would have stumped for either the 3TB Fusion or a smaller pure SSD and then additional external storage but there were no viable deals.

The offer was attractive because a) the price, b) protection offered by Amazon and c) that Amazon Protect 5 year warranty/insurance was offered alongside the purchase, which I opted for for the first time as all my older Apple products still work perfectly while many of my more recent purchases from 2011 onwards have suffered issues.

The same spec ordered as new from Apple's UK website is £2,249.00.

So, if it's too good to be true then I will return it but if it is as described then I think that I should be delighted given the £700.00 saving (yes, I appreciate that it is "two year old tech" nearly).

When I read the Terms & Conditions of the 5 year insurance, it seemed to imply that the cover was only available for brand new items purchased from Amazon and when I checked they returned the premium.

So, as an aside, as the iMac appears to have 10 months Apple Warranty remaining, if all is "as described" does anyone of the top of their heads know if I would still be eligible to purchase Apple Care.

Hope that this isn't thread hijacking!

Cheers
Rich
 

MacRazySwe

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Tempted!

Quick question, will international buyers have to pay import charges on refurbished units?

If I were to purchase a NEW, unopened product from a non-EU country, I will be charged a 25 % import tax. Seeing as a refurbished unit is actually used, I was wondering if the same applies or not? Does anyone know?
 

nambuccaheadsau

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Depends where you are and I do not think the UK Government, like mine in Australia, will ever pass up a buck.

I was interested in buying an iMac from OWC, however GST and import duties were to cost me 20% of the US value for any item over AUD$1,000.00, including freight charges. Then it would have cost me $50-$100 for a licensed Import Agent to do all the paper work and gthat attracts GST of 10% asx well.

Just too hard.
 

jwp333

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Update is that it arrived last Wednesday, a little earlier than the original shipping estimate of Friday. It came in a white box with refurbished on the outside label. I've had not a lick of trouble with it. No dings or stuck pixels. And it registered with Apple for the 1 year warranty. The AppleCare 3 year warranty comes up as available for purchase when you buy online direct from Apple. I haven't bought it yet. I may buy it along with the superdrive and extra ram for kicks.
 
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