Refurbs close to update time.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by littfam, May 27, 2012.

  1. littfam macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    Does anyone have any personal experience ordering refurbs at or around update time? I've heard that Apple will "call back" or possibly send the remaining "new in the original box" units to the refurb store. Has anyone ever received a unit with original packaging from the refurb store?
  2. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    I don't think they take those to the refurb store. They usually just sell them out with a small discount or sometimes send them to other retailers to clear inventory.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    They don't sell new models in the original box at the refurb store. Read the info and links below.

    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are only available from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold by any 3rd party or local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, can alert you when it becomes available.

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