Refurb'ed 27" iMacs showing up!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by agr5, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. agr5 macrumors member

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    Just a FYI... 27" iMacs are showing up on the Apple refurb site. I haven't seen any quad-cores yet.

    This could be a good sign that they got the screen issues fixed.

    Sorry in advanced if this has already been posted but I didn't see it.
     
  2. audx macrumors member

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    wow! amazing news... i was in the market for the high end 21.5" but now that the 27" refurbs are available i will most definitely be taking that route instead. Is this a good idea? These computers are a lot of money and i dont want a computer that comes with scratches and **** all over it? it needs to look brand new. I dont have experience buyin refurb from apple. so here are some quick questions..

    Are the refurbs pretty much identical to brand new?

    What are the pros and cons to buying a refurb?

    Should i buy a 27" refurb or a brand new high end 21.5"?

    THANKS:D
     
  3. js81 macrumors 65816

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    It will look brand new. And if it doesn't, Apple would replace it, I'm sure. To my knowledge, at least for iPods, iPhones, etc., Apple replaces all external casing with new parts. Check around the forums - you'll find plenty of people who recommend Apple refurbs. And while I haven't bought a refurb Mac myself, I have bought/used refurb iPods and iPhones and all have been as good as new, save for the lower price! :D

    EDIT: Oh, refurbs come in plain boxes. Just FYI, in case the box is worth hundreds of dollars to you... ;)
     
  4. agr5 thread starter macrumors member

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    But it comes with all the necessary parts right? Just not packaged as new...
     
  5. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    Everything is present and as new except the box.
     
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Ive bought several refurbs. I'm happy with all of them. Only one had an issue and apple promptly replaced it.

    They come with all the pieces and are even reshrinkwrapped
     
  7. tombb macrumors member

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    I have also purchased several Apple refurbs over the years. I have never been disappointed. Every refurb looked and smelled like new--even the fingerprints had been cleaned off.

    The paperwork, disk(s), keyboard and mouse all looked literally new, still sealed in factory packaging. (In this day of H1N1, that's not something to sneeze at.)

    The (generic brown, yet fully-padded) boxes were clearly labeled as refurb, and I believe the manufacturing labels on the computers were also labeled as refurb. When it comes time to resell (as I have done so many times), you should inform the buyer.

    Some refurb buyers have reported unexpected upgrades, i.e. the actual machine shipped may possibly contain extra RAM. I have never been fortunate enough to experience this phenomenon.

    Warranty is identical to a new unit and refurbs are also eligible for AppleCare. In my opinion, refurb units have probably been tested and examined much more thoroughly than virgin units--thus may be less likely to exhibit problems.

    In conclusion, I would strongly endorse purchasing a refurb unit. Use the money you save to buy AppleCare and some (non-MS) software. :)
     
  8. Paul1983 macrumors newbie

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    Refurbs are great. I just bought my girlfriend a refurbished white MB 2.13 for xmas. Comes with everything, except the box that you get when you buy one new in a store (big deal!). I saved almost $400! I opened it up and the thing smells new, no scratches or fingerprints except for the trackpad button which had some rub marks on it. But nothing worth crying about!

    I will definately be buying a refurb 27!
     
  9. audx macrumors member

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    WOW this seems like the way to go. Thanks for all the responses. The total is around $1650 and that includes next day shipping (want to make sure to have it by christmas) and $130 for tax because i live in ca. Definately worth it!
     
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  11. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Is that the 3.06 27"?

    If you dont want it by Xmas, its $1579AR. no tax to CA

    http://www.macconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail.htm?sku=10682041
     
  12. sharkync macrumors regular

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    My 24" iMac is a refurb and I couldn't be happier with it. It literally does look and smell like new. All accessories were brand new as well. Enjoy your new 27" i Mac!
     
  13. avihappy macrumors 6502

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    The funny thing is that these might have less problems (flickering, tinge, HDD noise) than a new iMac. After all, they have to make sure the iMac actually works properly when they repair it and put it up for refurb! Shame there isn't an i7 up there or I would cancel my order for a new one and just get a refurb.
     
  14. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    Give it time, they will start showing up. I'm waiting on the i5 to become available. My last 3 refurbs have run flawlessly.
     
  15. phoobo macrumors regular

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    Not to worry...

    H1N1 only survives about 2 hours outside the body anyway.
     
  16. tombb macrumors member

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    [OFFTOPIC]
    Well I just googled it and it looks like expert opinion varies on H1N1--probably due to a dearth of willing volunteers. (Should we sign you up?) ;)

    Generally, infective agents live on non-porous surfaces (remain infectious) for between a couple of minutes and a couple of days. (Depends on surface and agent.)[/OFFTOPIC]

    I contend that, given a choice, most folks prefer non-contaminated keyboards and mice despite any proof of infectivity.

    Also, the comment was intended as humor. "Nothing to sneeze at." Get it? Oh, nevermind. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

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    I will be buying this refurb probably in February. hopefully the i5 goes on refurb by then though.
     
  18. phoobo macrumors regular

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    Too late

    Already happened. I'm a microbiologist.
     
  19. toed macrumors member

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    3 of the i5's are mine...

    I am on my 4th i5 and aside from screen issues they were all perfect. I'd buy a refurb one in an instant...

    From the sounds of things, they may have a lot of refurbs.
     
  20. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    I took the same route. I was looking for a "new" iMac to replace my ancient Day One 20" CoreDuo from 2006. I considered a brand new 27" - but decided the better value right now was a refurb 24". Got it yesterday and couldn't be more blown away with its size and speed. You'd never know it wasn't a brand new machine.

    But more on-topic, yeah, the refurb 27" was hard to resist, but I didn't think it provided the same value as the 24". I've seen the 27s in the store a couple of times, but they never last long.

    When I was waiting/watching, I bookmarked the iMac page and checked it often. http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac
     
  21. Paul1983 macrumors newbie

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    I'm leaning more towards a refurb 24" as well, did yours have 4 gigs of ram or 2? And were there any marks or any indication of it being used?
     
  22. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    No marks, no indication of any prior use. No dead pixels on the gorgeous display. Aside from the refurb packaging, you wouldn't know it wasn't brand new.

    I went for the 2.66/4GB/640GB option, again for the perceived value. These can take up to 8 gigs of RAM, so there's an (limited) upgrade path in the future when the price of two 4GB ram modules falls into the reasonable range.
     
  23. Paul B macrumors 6502

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    I see a "Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo" for $1,449 right now. That's a really good deal.
     
  24. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    That really is a good deal. Wowzers!
     

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