Refurb Price Fluctuation

tsk

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I noticed two days ago that Apple had the standard 12" iBook available for $799 as a refurb. Now today it's up there for $849.

Is this standard practice that they fluctuate like that? Does Apple just sort of decide what to list it for depending on how many they have a particular day or was the lower price just a one day mistake?

Also, is there a best day of the week to look for the refurbs?

Thanks.
 

topgunn

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The difference in the iBooks is that one was an earlier generation or had a different configuration. For example, you will find Dual 1.8GHz Power Macs on the refurb page for $1499 and $1599 or Dual 2.0GHz for $1649 or $1699.

The best TIME to look is around 7 AM CST. The best DAY of the week, probably Wednesday or Saturday.
 

tsk

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topgunn said:
The difference in the iBooks is that one was an earlier generation or had a different configuration. For example, you will find Dual 1.8GHz Power Macs on the refurb page for $1499 and $1599 or Dual 2.0GHz for $1649 or $1699.

The best TIME to look is around 7 AM CST. The best DAY of the week, probably Wednesday or Saturday.
No, that wasn't the case. Both were 1.2Ghz models. That is the current generation. I know because originally when I looked, they had the 1.2GHz CD version and the standard 1.2GHz at the same $799. I thought that was odd so I looked the config over.
 

tsk

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macapple said:
ive heard alot of bad stuff on refurb goods is it really that bad
I've herad nothing but good things. You're in a different country so perhaps your mileage may vary. In general it seems that most refurbs here are just returns within the 14 day window.
 

cubist

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No, if you look carefully, you'll see that the $799 model does not have Airport Express, whereas the $849 model does.

I bought the $849 model and it works fine. No dead pixels, scratches or anything else wrong with it at all. I actually think Apple is simply reducing inventory thru the refurb store.
 

tsk

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cubist said:
No, if you look carefully, you'll see that the $799 model does not have Airport Express, whereas the $849 model does.

I bought the $849 model and it works fine. No dead pixels, scratches or anything else wrong with it at all. I actually think Apple is simply reducing inventory thru the refurb store.
No no no. That's the models listed today. Two days ago, they had 2 799 models. One was the standard model and one was the CD only model.

I sent someone a message about this and I'll see if I can dig up a copy.
 

sw1tcher

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I think the $799 iBook is a 1GB model while the $849 model is the current one. I'm pretty sure of this since I check the page at least once during the day and once at night, if not twice.

Yes, I know I have no life....