Refurb experiences

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MikeAppz, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. MikeAppz macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Since going with a refurb is cheaper than buying new, does anyone have opinions or stories on the issue. I have seen comments like "refurbs go through the quality check process twice" and have also seen the comments that say "i dont want a refurb with a first revision screen that is dull." If anyone has any positive, or even better, negative experiences with a refurb that they want to share that would be great. Thanks
  2. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    From what I remember, most people seem to be very happy with their refurbs, many indicating that the only way could tell it was a refurb was the brown box it came in :). (that and the serial number is different). Some people have also reported getting additional memory and components in their refurbs. Doing a search will provide you all the answers you could ever want about this topic, as it has been discussed many times.


  3. MikeAppz thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
    No more Powerbooks

    Unforunately Apple doesn't have any more refurb powerbooks on their webpage :(
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Are you in the States? I just checked... Apple has refurb 15" and 17" PBs.
  5. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    I had a fantastic experience with my 15 powerbook, it even came in the fancy "designed in CA" box. :) No surprise upgrades though.

    I don't think you can go wrong: Cheaper + Same warranty = :D
  6. webcookie macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2006
    Brava Centauri
    My friend bought a refurb 14" iBook G4 and never really had any trouble with it. But now she's getting rid of it because she bought a new 17" Intel iMac. :)
  7. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2005
    The poor section of Connecticut
    First of all, keep checking Apple for the availabilty of Powerbooks is constantly changing. I have purchased a refurb Powerbook 12" and I couldn't be happier. You would not know that this is a refurb. It had no physical blemishes, it even "smelled" new. I ordered one with a 60 GB hard-drive, it came with 80, and it was supposed to be shipped with Panther but I received Tiger discs. That is 2 unexpected upgrades. I've heard of this quite a lot. I would enthusiastically recommend it.
  8. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    I second jade's reply - I just got a 12"pb - same experience. I also got some unexpected omni software with it. It works like a dream, and I highly recommend it.

    I would also add that it's a good deal to get refurb with the lowest amount of ram possible. Apple wants $300 for a gig and you can get third party for around $100.

    Don't forget to check the promo code sticky on this forum for additional savings via promo codes and rebates!
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i bought a Refurbished iMac G5 a couple of months back. its great. no issues, and remember that you get the standard warranty and can still buy applecare at any point within your first year of owning the machine. you get a great deal, you get a warranty. its quailty in my opinion. i don't know if i'll ever be able to buy a 'new' machine again, because the refurbs are great.
  10. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    My current Titanium 867 was a refurb, bought in Mar 2004. I used the money saved to buy Applecare. So if there's anything wrong with it, Applecare takes care of it. I think that's a better way to spend your money.

    The only thing "wrong" with my refurb unit was that the hinge showed some wear and tear. But it's cosmetic, and hardly noticeable at that time. Functionally, it's perfect.
  11. crazydreaming macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Salt Lake City, UT -Westminster College
    I bought a refurb 3rd Generation 10GB iPod a while back. It was wrapped in the original packaging except for the box. I swear it was a brand new iPod. Couldn't have been happier.

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