Refurbished or not??

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tfward, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. tfward macrumors member

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    I was thinking about picking up a Macbook and I considering a refurb. So my question has anyone on here had good or bad experiences with apple's refurb units and would anyone give me some insight as to wether I should go with the refurb or a new unit. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I just ordered a white MB 2.2/1GB/120 for $999/Refurb. I've heard nothing but good things about the refurbs. You can't customize, but they have the kinks worked out of them, and they're a lot cheaper...
     
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    I have two refurb products: a year old MBP and my AEBS, which arrived yesterday.

    Both arrived in pristine condition. Aside from a wonky battery on the MBP (which was immediately replaced by Apple), no problems at all.

    I recommend refurbs, and will buy more in the future.
     
  4. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought two refurb MacBooks so far and they're great. You can't tell them from new because the shells are replaced and, as necessary, the screens. Some people also get a bonus extra RAM or bigger drives. The base warranty is for a full year and they're eligible for the AppleCare extended warranty. The only disadvantage is that you're not getting the current model unless you're buying at least 2-3 months into the current generation when some returns have been refurbished...
     
  5. vader26 macrumors regular

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    I bought a first generation macbook pro refurb about a year and a half ago now and had some issues with it (case bulged on top of latch, random shutdowns, kernal panics). In the end they gave me a full refund, and I just bought new the latest version at the time. I don't believe with what i have read however, that this is common in Apples refurbs and i would not hesitate to purchase another when it suits my needs (especially after the great customer service i received with my faulty one).
     
  6. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    Go for refurb - they're just as good, and cheaper. What's not to love? :)
     
  7. tersono macrumors 68000

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    I've been buying refurbs for years. There is no downside unless you absolutely MUST have the latest and greatest. The only difference is that they come in a plain box rather than the fancy glossy version. Everything else is as new.
     
  8. whynot83706 macrumors 6502

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    Do you still have 14 days to return refurb. system and receive full refund?
     
  9. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I've bought 3 refurb products (iMac G5 17", black MB 2.0, iPod Shuffle 2G) and all have been pristine with no problems whatsoever. I think they are actually better than new, because they have been through more testing than a new unit. I would not hesitate to buy refurb whenever I get a chance.
     
  10. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    This is good to know...

    Does anyone have advice on how to deal with waiting for it to ship??? lol...:)
     
  11. jstad macrumors regular

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    Keep refreshing the page every 10 minutes then mumble to yourself about how slow they are. It only gets worse when FedEx and UPS get ahold of it. :D
     

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