Safe place to buy a 2011 refurbished or used 17-inch Macbook Pro?

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  1. changfai macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Does somebody know a safe place to buy a refurbished or used Macbook Pro?

    The Apple Store is not an option as I'm looking for a 2011 17-inch and they don't sell those anymore.

    By 'safe' I mean a legit store from which I can order one knowing I'll get what I payed for and not a broken laptop or even worse, a box full of... nothing!

    So far I've found:

    UsedMac - really bad reviews pretty much everywhere, so no longer an option.

    GainSaver - interesting case, because I found several reviews saying "oh, they're shady", "stay away, it's a scam. you'll get nothing", but the majority of the reviews is quite good actually, like here and here... Then I found this. So, no longer an option

    Ebay - I've never been too keen on Ebay, so the idea of buying a $1500 laptop from there just gives me chills... also, refurbished or used, 1-year warranty is a must! and that alone excludes most of the stuff on Ebay.

    It also needs to ship to Europe, but most stores do these days...

    I'd really appreciate any advice.

    Oh, and by the way, a big thumbs down to Apple for discontinuing the 17-inch MBP.
  2. orthm macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    My dad got a 17' on Apple refurb store earlier this year, so they still pop up from time to time. Other options might be Amazon or B&H. Possibly big box stores that may have a leftover, but options are limited if you want to avoid ebay/craigslist.
  3. changfai thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Whats B&H?
  4. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    I would visit and setup a notification for when the 17" comes back in stock. About 2-3 weeks ago, they had all kinds of models.
  5. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
  6. changfai thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    The US Apple Store doesn't ship to Europe. :(

  7. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
  8. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA

    If there aren't any, keep checking back. You'll frequently see Early 2011 and Late 2011 models on there and at very reasonable prices. And it is Apple doing the refurbishing, so you get the same Apple limited warranty and the same eligibility for AppleCare that you do on a new Mac.
  9. abbottcostello, Nov 7, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013

    abbottcostello macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2013
    Bflo, NY
    I've never bought anything from them, but deals in used macs, hope I don't come across as a shill because I just referred someone else to their site in another post. They seem like a legit outfit.
    I ran across the site a few years ago when I was thinking of trading in my old G5 PPC on a new computer, but wound up keeping it.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    They also have an amazing store I invite you to visit should you ever come to NYC.
  11. Phildo macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2011
    Perth, Western Australia
    Use a freight forwarder such as

    Buy stuff, have it sent there and then re-sent to you.

    I'm in Australia. I have various things sent to Shipito. They repack it into one box and then send that.

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