several q's including macbook refurb or new macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mike4him, May 19, 2010.

  1. mike4him macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    long time lurker first time post-er:

    I thought this would be a good spot for my question/comment. I am a teacher so keep this in mind as you read. I am doing basic functions on the MB, heaviest work is using imovie.

    Would you buy the just posted refurb (here) or the new macbook? I can wait until the BTS promotion begins.

    As many have noted, the previous macbook simply seems to be sitting in the refurbished section of There it is $759.

    The newer version is $949 for me (boo, not $899!). The newer generation doesn't seem worth the extra money to me. I don't need the extra battery life and the processor and video don't seem necessary for what I do.

    I called my local apple store and they let me know that yes if I buy in the back-to-school time frame they will give me the freebies (assuming that happens). I had thought about getting an ipod touch already, but would prefer the 32gig to the 8gig (assuming they give the 8gig FAR). .

    Does any one recall if they did discounts on the 32 or 64 gig touches for the BTS promotion?

    If i buy the refurb now and save $190 (plus smaller amount of tax on total purchase price) that should be plenty to get me a touch from a re-seller this summer, correct?

    thanks for your advice in advance.
  2. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Honestly, ask yourself a couple questions:

    Am I going to do anything that requires a stronger video chip? If you're buying a MacBook in the first place, my thoughts are no.

    Am I going to need "up to 10 hours" of battery life? Or will "up to 7 hours" be fine? I have a MBP with a 5 hour battery, I never run out of battery.

    Is 140MHz really worth that much more to me? 140MHz isn't a big speed boost by any means these days.

    In terms of BTS specials, Apple tends to do this: "Buy a Mac, get a free iPod touch!" Now, they make you pay for it up front, and you receive a $200 rebate later. So they don't really discount it, they just give it for free as a mail in rebate.

    I would advise you to buy the refurb for $759. You're saving $200ish and you're getting a computer that is fundamentally the same as the one for $949. Now, if you're deadset on a stonger GPU, slightly longer battery life, and 140MHz of speed, then I guess dropping $949 is your best bet.

    If you were me, I would buy the $759. It's a steal.
  3. mike4him thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    thank you for the advice. after calculations refurb it is. i am very impressed with this site and y'all's (texan here) advice. I will do my best to help make this place even better.
  4. miicah macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    If I were buying a new macbook right now, I'd be going for a refurb or second hand with the 9400G
  5. ct95 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    If you want an iPod touch anyway, I think cost-wise new Macbook + free iPod touch versus old Macbook + re-sold iPod touch is a virtual wash. ($949 versus $759 + 190). You get the new Macbook just by waiting two weeks. Both are good deals, but the former has a slight edge due to the upgrades. You also get $100 towards a new printer. Virtually free printer (you have to pay the taxes), which can then be sold or kept if you need one.

    I am hoping the iPod rebate is the same in dollar amount as last year ($229) as opposed to pegged to the cheapest iPod touch. You might then apply that to the higher end iPod touch.

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