Refurbished Macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kk2007, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. kk2007 macrumors newbie

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    I am about to buy a new notebook computer and i want to switch over to a mac. I am still a college student so funds are limited and i was just wondering if i could get any information about refurbished macs, i know they are examined by apple but was wondering if anyone has purchased one and recommendations to either buy a better computer refurbished or a lower model new. Thanks.
     
  2. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    I've never bought a refurb myself, but lots of people on here recommend getting them. I'm sure you'd be really happy with one so I'd say got for it.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I bought a refurb iMac one time and was quite pleased with it. I couldn't tell it wasn't new in any way except the brown box. However, if you live in a state that charges sales tax, you may find that buying a brand new computer from Amazon is actually cheaper (after the rebate). I just bought an iMac for my wife, and the refurb store price was $1049+tax= $1135. The same iMac from Amazon (brand new) cost $1199-75= $1124. So I opted for the new one.
     
  4. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    kk2007, someone creates a thread just like this pretty much every week. If you do a search, you'll find a lot of people have posted about their experiences with refurbs.
     
  5. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I bought a refurbished 20" C2D iMac and I am very happy with my purchase. I got a great product and for a lot less than buying a brand new one, I saved around 35% off the rrp. If you don't mind refurbished Mac and want to save some cash it's well worth looking into it.
     
  6. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    I also bought a refurbished 20" iMac C2D. It looks/acts like a completely new machine and it came with a free processor and video card upgrade. all for free and cheaper than a new stock 20". Needless to say, I would definitely by the refurb. You get the same warranty and can buy applecare so there is no downside IMHO.

    Cheers
     
  7. mantic macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased my 2.33 C2D MBP as a refurb.. It seems brand new. Only thing to complain about is it was shipped with a non functioning remote.
     
  8. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Refurb products are a great buy. Cheaper, near-perfect quality (although my iMac seemed perfect), and you may get a free upgrade.
     
  9. Jarcrew macrumors 6502

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    I've had experience with TONS of refurbs and, if anything, they're more reliable than new machines!
     
  11. Mr. Gumby macrumors newbie

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    I bought my mac mini refurb and apart from a barely noticeable scuff on the top, it works perfectly (I've had it for almost a year now). My brother bought the same model refurb and it came with a larger hard drive (80gb instead of 60gb).

    I'd definitely buy refurb again.
     
  12. noirluispher macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a refurb (check my sig). And it appeared brand new except for the numerous "grey screens of mystery" that occured within 2 hours of booting up (and continued for the next 24 hours as I was going though the Apple troubleshooting techiques). To make a long story short, Apple sent me a replacement refurb and refunded me 100.00 dollars from the sell price of 1999.99 for the my troubles. The second refurb is working like a champ.
     

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