Refurbished MacBook pro

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  1. rcjh22 macrumors member

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    1. Are refurbished a better route than brand new?
    2. Do they come in a new white box? If not, why?
    3. Has anyone ever had trouble with a refurbished MacBook?
    4. Do they replace the case, battery, and screen of the refurbished product?
    5. Does it come with the rebate for a free printer like buying new?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    1. No
    2. No- they come in a brown "Refurb" box because they are not new products.
    3. Yes
    4. They fix what the original problem was and then do a full diagnostic. This may or may not include the case or screen.
    5. No.
     
  3. 0007776 Suspended

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    I think refurbished is better than new, because they are fixed so that the only difference from new is that they come in a brown cardboard box rather than the original packaging. They replace whatever is needed to make it like new, so in some cases that may be the case, screen, or battery but not all the time.
    Not sure about the rebate though. One other nice thing is that you'll sometimes get a free upgrade, when I bough my mac mini, I got 1GB of ram when the model shipped with 512MB.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Some refurbs come in retail boxes, especially if you buy an older generation Mac (Apple is just selling old stock through refurb store)

    False.

    http://images.apple.com/promo/pdf/L376656N_PrinterPro_PC21.pdf

    Refurbs don't qualify for the Back to School promo though
     
  5. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    This is definitely a subjective answer. I bought my MBP refurbed, and I haven't had a single problem with it. PLUS, I saved about $200. So for me, the answer is YES. In the future I will only buy refurb. Why pay more when you don't have to?
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Never seen a refurbished unit in a retail box, but ok.

    Oops- got me there.
     
  7. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

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    You can save a decent amount of money going the refurb route. You have nothing to worry about, who cares what type of box it comes in? You got a year warranty thats all that matters.
     
  8. ldobson macrumors regular

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    Personally I prefer to buy all my consumer electronics brand new and direct from the factory, I understand that's subjective but I`d say its hard to beat buying new.
     
  9. lacoste-rocker macrumors regular

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    I bought mine refurbished and have had it almost a year now I got it back in December of 09 for college and I have used it every day sense then and I have never had a single problem with it. It saved me almost $300 and I got a free printer. So I was extremely happy with my investment of a refurbished MacBook Pro. I hope that helped somewhat.
     
  10. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Refurb MBP's are a great deal. Get one and be happy. :p
     
  11. fluent617 macrumors member

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    if you are looking for a MBP 13" they have them for $999 at Microcenter. Better than the refurb price on the site and it's brand new. Great deal IMO
     
  12. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    Apple refurbs are effectively in new condition
     
  13. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

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    Can you buy refurbished Macbook Pro on main street Apple stores in USA? Or are they only available through Apple's webstore?
     
  14. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    You have the same warranty as with a brand new machine, so no worries. And you're saving some money....
     
  15. mefck macrumors member

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    I bought a refurb model. Granted, I have only had it for a week, but it arrived working perfectly and looked pristine. They could have sold it to me new because there is no way I would ever been able to tell them apart.
     
  16. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    That's true only if you are buying through the "clearance" section of the Apple Store and not if you are buying through the "refurbished" section.

    Case in point:

    Refurbished:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC227LL/A?mco=MTA4MzQ4Njk

    Clearance:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC226LL/A?mco=MTgwMDU2Mjk

    350 USD premium for the the one from the clearance section since its new, old-gen and has a retail box.

    Alos note how the refurbished units have a part number beginning with FC and the new units have a part number beginning with MC.
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I've heard several cases where a refurb (yes, from refurb store, not clearance) came in a retail box. It's not that big deal though, when buying from refurb store, you should expect it to come in brown box
     
  18. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    refurbs are only available through Apple's online store
     
  19. mefck macrumors member

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    Thinking about it, I am pretty sure my refurb MBP came in a white box. I will have to check when I get home.
     
  20. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    In my experience

    1. Yes, if you plan to save some money and the "refurb" fact doesn't bother you. They are exactly the same as new ones except for the box and serial number.
    2. No, they come in a brown box - but the box usually ends up in the garbage or in a closet anyway...
    3. No - on the contrary, some say refurbs are a bit more reliable since they have been through a double set of tests.
    4. Depends on what was wrong with them - but usually the exterior parts are made sure they are 100% perfect.
    5. Yes. Mine did - I was able to get the free printer when I got my refurbished MBP in 2008, but perhaps they have changed this recently.

    In my experience, refurbs are great deals.

    cheers!
     
  21. rjt1000 macrumors newbie

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    I have had 2 refurbs, a 12" ibook and a 13" macbook.

    Both arrived in refurb packaging.

    Both looked brand new.

    The ibook worked perfectly from day 1.

    The macbook had a defective optical drive and kept having kernal panics. I spoke with apple support who diagnosed the problem on the phone, sent a return label for free shipping, and express shipped the replacement which arrived within a few days. The replacement worked perfectly from day 1.

    So my advice would be, as long as you are not dealing with a time critical issue and have a week or so to sort out any problem that might occur, buying refurb is a fantastic way to save money and get "good as new"
     
  22. PittsDriver macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased my MBP as a refurb and love it. Looks brand new, functions amazingly. I wont buy new from now on.
     
  23. mefck macrumors member

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    I am not sure what this means, but my refurb came in a white cardboard box (with brown on the inside).
     
  24. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Were those cases current gen systems? Are the part numbers marked with the FC prefix? Also do the first three digits of the serial number conform with the refurb designators?

    The reason I ask is because I know for a fact that if Apple takes too many orders for a particular current gen refurb model, and doesn't have the stock to supply them, they send out a brand new one instead.
     
  25. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    My refurb came in a plain white cardboard box. I had it for 4 months. My screen had a slight (barely noticeable) imperfection, so they replaced the screen. Unfortunately, the wifi is located under the screen and was dropping connection. End result? Brand new MBP after 4 months with a refurb!

    All in all, refurbs are still a great deal.
     

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