Should I buy an Apple Refurbished Laptop?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Nick McEnjoy, Oct 30, 2011.


Buy a refurbished MBP 13" now or get a new MBP 13" on Black Fridday?

Poll closed Nov 29, 2011.
  1. Buy now

  2. Wait

  3. Buy one now, then buy the new, then return the old :D

  4. Don't buy any. All MBPs suck.

  1. Nick McEnjoy macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    Apple is offering the MBP 13" (2/2011 version) for $929 shipped.
    From what I read on Apple's web site, the refurbished products are pretty much like new. Could anyone please share your experience about Apple refurbished purchase(s)? How is/are the item(s)?
    Should I buy one now, or wait to get one on Black Friday?

    Thank you in advance.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    MacRumors Guides: Apple Refurbished Store

    Apple Certified Refurbished Products

    If you want more information, here are just a few of many threads on this topic, found by searching the forum:
    Refurbished MBP or New?
    Getting an iMac - New or Refurbished?
    Refurbished vs new
    HELP: Refurbished 17" or New High End 15"?!
    Are Refurbished Macs as high quality their new counterparts?
    Do refurbished fail more often than new MBP's?
    New MPB or refurbished model?

    search results by GGJstudios
  3. Nick McEnjoy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Wow. That's Macbook Pro lightning fast. Thanks a lot.
    Can I keep the poll?

  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can, but there's no point. As you can see, this question has been asked hundreds of times in this forum. You won't get any different answers than those that have already been given countless times. You'll find that most questions you can think of have been asked many times, so searching the forum first is an excellent way to get fast answers, without posting and waiting for people to respond.
  5. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    well you can wait until black friday and save $101 [brand new MBP] which is a beautiful dollar off the education price :D
    but if you have a microcenter nearby or something, you can stop buy and grab a base 13" MBP current gen [make sure it includes the refresh upgrades and all] for about @$1000 :D
  6. Nick McEnjoy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    I did the search, but I could not find any thread regarding the refurbished MBP 13" 2/2011 version versus the newly "refreshed" version. Most of the discussions regarding refurbished Macs are several months, if not years, old. In addition, the two versions are slightly different: the new one has a slightly faster CPU and a bigger hard drive.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You didn't ask that. You asked:
    Those were only a sample of the threads found by searching. All of these are threads active in the past year, with 5 or more responses:
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    That's only a difference in different models. It has nothing to do with new vs refurbished.
  8. Nick McEnjoy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    I lean towards this. The new version is a little bit better. Also in some "refurbished" threads, some people said the items sometimes got some marks. No one really knows how long the hard drive and the battery have been used...

    I checked. They currently have the old version $999 + tax, which is about $70 more than the refurbished one.
    The current gen is 2.4Ghz, 500GB.
  9. Nick McEnjoy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Well, I did state specifically:
    So everything followed is applied for this specific model.

    The next part I want people to share their experience:
    I agree there are some information here, but many things have changed since then. Someone even died. There might be new information that has not been in the old threads.

    In fact, there are two questions: new vs. refurbished, and old version vs. new version. And "a difference in different models" thingy is important: The refurbished one is in fact a little inferior to the current gen one. So I would not really "save" 200 bucks. And that's why I want to hear people's opinions.
  10. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    You will probably save more by, buying refurbished now than waiting and buying new on Black Friday.

    Current refurb discount $270.00

    If Apples takes $100 off a new MBP13" for the Black Friday sale (Which may or may not happen).

    Your still paying $170.00 more than you could be.

    You are almost always guaranteed the best price/value when you buy refurbished. ;)
  11. Nick McEnjoy, Nov 5, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 5, 2011

    Nick McEnjoy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Then, if Black Friday turned out too black (no deal) :D then I still have the (then) refurbished option, which might be even better (than today's refurbished deal). Also, I should take the brand-new/newer version/better config factors into account. Is that possible and reasonable?

    I decided to wait. BF is only three weeks away.
    There will be more refurbished MBP's. Even new gen MBP refurbs will be in stock. The brand new and refurbished old gen MBP 13" are only $70 away. Besides, local Micro Center usually offers best prices, and local Best Buy price matches (I asked) with any store. Either way, I would get best pricing then.
  12. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    when calculating the cost make sure you include tax. I've considered refurb MBP's but after adding 7% sales tax vs getting a good price on a place like Amazon or B&H Photo where I also get free shipping and no sales tax (depends on the state you ship it to) then it seems like a better deal to pay slightly more for brand new. I got my 15" MBP from Amazon last year on BF for about $1,650 no tax... Just wait 3 weeks to see your options

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