Refurbished mid-2012 MacBook Pros?

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  1. umiwangu macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting rid of my 11 month-old early-2011 MBP 13" and I'm debating whether to replace it right away with an October 2011 MBP or to wait until the mid-2012s show up in the refurb store.

    Any idea when they might start hitting the refurb store? Another month or so?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It could be in a few weeks... or a few months.
     
  3. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Why did you do that?

    No big difference between the new cMBP and last years model. Besides Ivy Bridge USB 3...Ivy Bridge is only 15-20% faster.
     
  4. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    If you are just 'getting rid of it' you might as well wait for next year because Feb to October makes a minimal difference performance wise.
     
  5. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why did I get rid of it? Because the $850 I got for it plus $190 I was about to spend for extended AppleCare (B&H Photo. My 1 year would be up in August) plus $30 for Mountain Lion outweigh what a refurb late-2011 MBP costs. It's $929 along with a new battery, bigger hard drive, slightly faster processor. I only paid $1019 for the early-2011 model. So $1070 vs $929. I figure I did pretty well. This is what I did last year too. Sell current one at break-even or better price, and get a new laptop to boot!

    If they don't come out with the 2012 ones in the refurb store in a couple weeks, I'll just get the late 2011 model.

    It's pretty interesting not having a laptop. Thank god for the iPhone. :)

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    I'm not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean I should wait for the 2012 model to appear instead of just getting the Oct 2011 model because it was only a minimal update compared to Feb 2011 (proc bump and hard drive increase if I remember right)? That's what I'd love to do, it just depends on how long it'll take them to release them. I may end up just getting the late 2011 one anyway.
     
  6. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By checking the Internet Archive's Way Back Machine, I found that the April 2010 refresh of the MacBook Pro's took about 5 weeks to appear in the refurb store (the latest example I could find).

    I also called Apple sales, out of curiosity. My feeling that they wouldn't know anything was confined when the rep said he thought refurbished models only appeared after a newer model is released.

    For now, I'll just keep checking a couple times a day.
     
  7. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    They'll release them to the refurb website when their 2011 and 2010 levels of inventory are sufficiently low enough to warrant a business decision AND when sales of current brand-new models reach a level that no longer sustains profitability. Remember, Apple is a for-profit business. No use in releasing 2012 models to the refurb website when they have warehouses full of 2011 and 2010 models AND they're still selling acceptable quantities of 2012 models brand-new. Clear out the old first; then in with the new/used. Economics 101 my man.
     
  8. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good point. Like I said, I'll keep checking. I'm under no pressure to get one soon. If I need to have a laptop before the 2012 models appear, I'll get the low-end Oct 2011 model.
     
  9. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That was fast.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD101LL/A
     
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  11. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I thought refurb models were the ones that people returned?
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They are. Sometimes they're returned unopened, so they've never been used. They still go through the refurbishment process.
     
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Oh cool. I'm hoping rMBP refurbs will show up in a month or two.
     
  14. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure they will.
     

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