Refurbished Ripoff

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chadwick, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. chadwick macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2005
    Can someone please explain to me why an older model refurbished powerbook is selling for only a $300 discount ($1,599)?
    Even more mind boggling is that for only $100 less ($1,499) they are selling a 1.5 ghz model. Why would anyone not spend the extra measly $100 for the far superior model??? Why isn't Apples asking price more compelling.
    It seems that the refurbished price is based on the models price as new. But how can they flaunt a 41% saving by saying that a model is now only $1,499 instead of $2,499 brand new when that model is not being sold anymore? You can now buy a brand new model that is better in every way for only $1,999. If you wanted to compare apples to apples look at what you would get for your $2,499 now!
    Why does the original price of a discontinued model have any relevance? It should only be mentioned on models that are currently for sale new!

    Y'know as long as I was pricing refurbished I figured that I would shop around here. So I IM'd one guy who mentioned he was selling his powerbook how much he is asking. He replied $1,650. Ok, so I figured that he must have just bought it in the summer and wants to sell it for the brand new one. Wrong! He is selling a 1.5 ghz model that is over a year old! When I told him I could pay the same amount and buy a better book that is unused with full warranty strait from Apple he told me that his powerbook cost $3,000 new. WHO CARES?! It seems that Apple is not the only one bragging about original price. But what does it matter that he originally paid so much last year if I can pay far less and get far more this year. On what planet would it make sense for me to buy his one year old computer that is well used and only has 2 years left on warranty for the same price as a refurbished? Is there no depreciation of value?
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Everyone selling is trying to get as much as they can--that's why.

    No one is forcing you to buy anything. If the don't sell them that way, they'll find some other way.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    You sure that's not the OLD 15 inch and the new (well, same) 12 inch? They are in totally different markets.
  4. paulypants macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2003
    Buffalo, NY
  5. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    wine, wine, wine, wine. Yes we know, no we don't care
  6. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    You know, he asked a valid question, wasn't flaming, or typing teh 3l33t, what's with all the fan boys? Comments like above offer nothing - just as you guys said about "don't like the price, don't buy it" Don't like this post, don't read it, and don't comment on it. (end fanboy rant)

    Chadwick, Macs do hold their value unlike any other computer. Apple can do this, afterall they have a monopoly with OSX:) Don't forget, getting the refurb from their website isn't like getting one off of ebay, you're still getting apples warranty. As for the person selling the pb privately, if he/she doesn't sell it at their price, they'll keep it, or reduce the price. Can't hurt to make a reasonable offer - or move on to another sale.
  7. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Simply put, if you think the new powerbook is such a great deal why don't you buy one?
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    WINE is Not an Emulator, yes, true, but what's your point, my dear whiner? :eek: ;) :D

    Well, I guess it angers people because it's so egocentric. It's like asking why the world doesn't revolve around the OP.

    But actually, I'm just here for the picnic. Machts nichts to me. :)
  9. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    ME! :D :D :D
  10. chadwick thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2005
    Thank you Nichos and anyone else whom I did not offend with this thread.
    I realize that we live in a capitalist market and of course everyone has the right to ask for as much as they can and should not feel bad for getting it. I was just wondering why specifically with these products does it seem to be more acceptable to ask for such high prices. That's all. Too often people start threads like "Are you a righty or lefty". I had a legitimate question.

    I have been using Macs for almost ten years now. I am actually a graphics professional (unlike most people these days who buy Macs because they look cool) and I also have other priorities other than buying every new product that comes out (like paying for food and shelter for my family). I am also a digital photographer and have commented in a couple of other threads with what I think is some helpful advice. I don't see why so many people in here are so crabby when anyone says anything remotely intelligent.

    Can someone please direct me to a forum of professionals with the same needs as me. I am here because I don't know where else to go to find Mac advise In this Windows world.

    Also, to answer a question above, I was an inch away from buying the new powerbook when I read a thread about the horizontal line issue. I figured if I can get a book that is almost exactly the same with a perfect screen for less money than why not.

    Am I really whining?

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