Refurb iMac 2.8 or Used iMac 3.06???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Advance The Man, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Advance The Man macrumors 6502

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    Planning on ordering a refurb 2.8 iMac ($1199 + tax) today, but saw this local listing for a used one. It's a 3.06 iMac and the specs are http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB398LL/A?mco=MjE0NjA3MA, but has 4 mb of ram. Other specs are the 512 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics card, Adobe CS4, Microsoft Office 2008, Parallels, XP and Toast 10 Titanium. Warranty till June. Asking price is $1500.

    Couple questions: Can applecare still be purchased to be extended two years? This is very important to me and likely won't be considered if I can't get an extended warranty.

    How's this graphics card compared to the 2.8 iMac refurb? I'm assuming it's better b/c it has 512 mb vs 256 mb.

    I would like to have Office and Parallels with XP. So that is nice. Toast would be a bonus.

    What scams should I be concerned about? I hear craigslists is a haven for it.
     
  2. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68020

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    I didn't see where you said it was Craigslist, I personally would only go Apple Store rtefurb, my last 2 BMB's were MINT:eek:

    Lastly, I don't know chip wise, if the average user would notice a difference between the 2.8 and the 3.0, if it was me I'd go for the 3.0 cus i can, but only from the Apple Store
     
  3. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is craigslist
     
  4. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I called Apple, you can put AppleCare on a used mac. However, the craigslist seller is not willing to come down from $1500. I'm not willing to pay more than $1350 due to the risk of it being used. Gonna order the 2.8 refurbished model for $1199.
     
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  7. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the remarks. It would have been a leap of faith. The 2.8 is an excellent price - ordering now!
     
  8. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Got the 2.8 today and setting it up now. Simple question. I have a 10-outlet, Belkin SurgeMaster. What do I plug iMac in to? The 'protected outlet', 'grounded outlet' or 'unswitched'?
     

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