Refurbished iMac - worth it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by superbungalow, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. superbungalow macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    I've been hanging on for iMac updates since christmas, but it's getting ridiculous. Still, I'm not paying full price for a model soon to be updated (very soon from the sounds of things). But a refurbished 3.06 Ghz w/ 500gb HDD just popped up on the UK apple store, for £1,164. So what do you think? Just as good as one of the new ones? Better? Worse? Obviously we don't know if these updates will be quad core or what, although definitely nVidia, but this model has the 8800 GS which I don't think I would be able to notice the dfference from the 9800 (probable new model), as I'm not a serious gamer or anything. so what do you think?
  2. iisarenotnobody macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Great buy, and no matter what your computer will always become out-dated. better to go with the best of the breed now.
  3. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'd recommend waiting until mid Feb, refurb prices will come down even more after the update.
  4. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    What update?
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Yeah I second waiting, I'm waiting for the update to get an even better deal on a refurbished low end 24" iMac, hopefully I can hold out that long, guess we'll see.
  6. baseveer macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2009
    east of where you are
  7. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Indeed. Consider how after the Oct 14th update refurb MBPs fell by $350.
  8. Aintawerd02 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2009
    The update of even newer iMacs surfacing, that update :D
  9. superbungalow thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    I know a lot of you said wait, but I'm going to go for it anyway, unless a load of apple sites go UPDATE ON TUESDAY, in which case I'll wait, but I have a couple of questions.

    There's another 24" for £948, and the only downsides seem to be the slower processor, graphics card and smaller hard drive. Two of these are non-issues, I don't think I'll use the faster hard drive to it's full potential, and I don't need 500GB, but what's the difference in graphic cards, is it noticeable? The most I'd be doing would be a bit of photoshopping, nothing heavy, web design stuff, that's all, and maybe some games. (bear in mind I'm perfectly happy playing games at their lowest settings).

    Also, a few questions about refurbished models:

    1. Do they come with the latest software? (iLife '09)
    2. Do they have trials of iWork '09 / '08 (If so which, and how long?)
    3. Can you return them in the 14 day remorse period like new ones? (If brand new ones come out and they are better value for money, for example)
    4. What condition should they be in if I return them?
    5. How do I return them?
    6. Are they that different from new?

    Thanks :)
  10. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  11. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    Refurbished macs can have scuff marks and scratches.
  12. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
    its a good saving money wise but id rather pay the extra and get a brand new one, i got my first mac nearly 3 years ago and the unboxing part was fantastic(sad but true) most of the refurbs don't come with the original packaging and its not the true apple buying experience imo

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