Refurb vs Amazon

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hntjohns, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Hntjohns macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Chattanooga, TN
    I'm about to buy a new 15" 2.66ghz i7 Macbook Pro, Within the next 24 hours!

    But I have one question.

    The cost of a buying a non-refurb from Amazon is only $40 more then the refurbished from Apple.

    Is the $40 worth it?
  2. lickitysplit macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Yes, I would much rather buy a brand new unit for $40 more.
  3. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
  4. thait3n macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    If youre already going to spend $1869 (I believe) on a laptop, $40 more is only a .02% increase in price you're paying. However, any item that goes back to Apple refurbished will go through the extensive process of making sure it is just like a new computer when you receive it. Apple takes pride in their systems - only thing you may be dissatisfied with are some cosmetic flaws but that's pretty much it!
  5. lickitysplit macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Right, and when you spend ~$2300 on a unit would you be happy with a few "flaws"? I know I wouldn't be, especially with a $40 price difference.
  6. Jazurm macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2009
    don't forget how awesome it is to unbox a brand new Apple product

    p.s. its a 2% difference
  7. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    depends on the tax issue as well. If you are saying after tax that the difference is only $40 then its a toss get the same warranty....I have bought refurbs from apple before and the only difference from new is that you dont get the pretty box. But if you didnt compare the tax portion then the amazon will be significantly less...
  8. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
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    Go with new from amazon.
  9. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    refurb / no retail box could hurt resale later on.
  10. preppy macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2010
    I was in this predicament last week. I ended up going with the Amazon purchase over the refurb. I definitely do not regret it at all.
  11. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Also remember that depending on your State, buying from Amazon is tax free. So that brings the price down even lower.
  12. Hntjohns thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Chattanooga, TN
    Amazon it is!

    It looks like my pristine condition Macbook Pro will be here Tuesday from Amazon. :)
  13. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    The percentage is really irrelevant - what matters is the actual savings. Saving $40 on a $50 item is no better than $40 on a $1869 item - either way you still have $40 left. Yet people will expend far more effort to save $40 on the $50 item than on the $1869. Irrational, yet predictable.

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