Refurbished iMac - What's In The Box?

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  1. BlueSquidDoug macrumors newbie

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    When buying a refurbished iMac from Apple, what exactly will it come with?

    Will it come with a mouse (Magic Mouse?) and keyboard? (Wired or Wireless?)

    I haven't found any horror stories of refurbished Macs, so is buying it refurbished worth it?

    And one more random question - What do I need to hook up a second monitor to the iMac, and can I hook up a third?

    Thanks!
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    it will come with the same stuff a new one comes with. the only difference you will be able to tell is the different box.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC508LL/A?mco=MTkwMjE2MzY

    They are basically new Mac but come in brown box instead of the white retail box. There are some horror stories with refurbs but there are horror stories of brand new units as well. Refurbs should be individually tested to they should work. It's great way to save some money, IMO it's worth it
     
  4. BlueSquidDoug thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much guys!
    Another quick question (iMac related) How does Final Cut Studio run on an iMac? Any money-saving tips for Final Cut Studio? (I'm on a really tight budget, haha)
     
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    It runs fine, the faster the iMac and more RAM it has the better it performs.
     
  6. talmy macrumors 601

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    The only real downside to a refurb is you can't order the BTO options, but occasionally you will get one with an unexpected option (more memory or larger hard drive).

    I haven't bought an iMac refurb, but I have bought two MacBook and two Mac mini refurbs which have been perfect.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Some BTOs such as better CPU (i7), SSD or hi res screen you can but things like RAM and memory you can't (can be added from aftermarket though)
     
  8. juicedropsdeuce macrumors 6502

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    If you want new in box

    If you are looking for the last gen iMac 27" i7 2.8ghz, check out either macconnection or powermax. They are selling these new in the retail box for $1699 (same as apple refurb). Plus you may be able to avoid sales tax, that sealed it for me. No more risk than buying from Apple. If you have an Apple store nearby they will fix it under warranty.

    I 'tried' using Powermax b/c they had good reviews and trade in program. Surprisingly it was a horrible experience trying to get in touch with anyone and then they tried to upsell me by sending me an invoice with quadruple priced RAM and applecare that I never asked for. Ha! Ended up using Macconnection, it was pain free. Either one should be fine though.
     
  9. electrolux76 macrumors member

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    I've bought 3 Macs from the refurb store and have never had a problem with any of them.
     
  10. Audre macrumors newbie

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    Refurbished iMac - What's In The Box?

    Got the new 21.5 refurbished 2 weeks ago. So far so good. Also bought refurb airport express which is also working fine.
     
  11. ias2010 macrumors newbie

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    refurb are same as new, i bought two and saved around $800 on two macs, i could tell the difference if they are refurb or new, the only difference is box. i bought applecare from saved money.
     
  12. OW22 macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to buy a 27in refurb next month.

    First time going Refurb. What's the exact story there? Are they units people bought and then returned back to Apple? Or are they units that people ordered and never went through with the sale?

    I hope they're not units that had something wrong with and are basically returns?
     
  13. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    They are basically units with something wrong with them (in the case of the iMac 27, it is likely a yellowish screen issue). They repair them, but because of the law that states that they can't resell it as "new", they resell it as "refurbished."
     
  14. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Your explanation is only partially correct. Products enter the refurbished program for a variety of reasons including when NPI are released old inventory is routed to refurbished. Customer returns for ANY reason, for example you buy it, take it home and the wife/husband/so gets angry because you bought it. The possibilities can be endless.

    The good news is all products that enter the program are re-tested, re-serial numbered, and made to be as new or better. In short the refurb program is a pretty good deal.
     
  15. OW22 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info guys. So really, there shouldn't be a possibility of a yellow screen say with a refurb? If it was given back because of this it would be repaired and then put out for sale?
     

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