Thinking of getting an iMac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hypertc13, May 23, 2014.

  1. hypertc13 macrumors regular

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    It has been probably 8 years since I have had a desktop computer. Once I got into college I used a 15" mbp and towards the end of college I purchased a 13" mba. I absolutely love my portability of my macbook air. I can take it anywhere pretty easily. However recently I have started doing some work where the screen size seems to hinder my productivity quite a bit. Now I am to the point where I am considering getting an iMac to help out.

    Would you guys ever consider buying a used one off ebay or craigslist or stick to new or refurbished through apple?

    Thanks for any advice
     
  2. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    I've sold through Craigslist, so I think that's a good option for a deal. Just make sure you take a look at it in person and don't buy sight unseen.

    With the last iMac I sold, the buyer had a contract they had me sign stating it was the model I specified and in working order, and if it wasn't, they could return it to me for their cash within 24hrs. That wasn't really a big deal, just be sure to read any contract carefully.

    Refurbs make for good deals as well, and will definitely save you a bit. I've bought most of my macs as refurbs, and I've been entirely happy with them.
     
  3. hypertc13 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice. I definitely could go for a refurb and possibly and older model. I'm not doing any heavy video or photo editing so I don't NEED the latest and greatest even though it would be nice to have.
     
  4. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    I got a 2011 27" model the other day for $1100, so if you're willing to go a little older, you'll save a ton.
     
  5. hypertc13 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice! Did you get that off craigslist or what?
     
  6. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    No, Apple refurbished store. They pop up pretty rarely, but when they do they're a great deal.
     
  7. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a refurb iMac in summer 2008. No complaints. If you decide to go that route, keep the refurb section of the Apple Store in a tab at all times because the best deals often go quick.
     
  8. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    I can definitely confirm this. Refurb.me is a good resource as well!
     
  9. hypertc13 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the advice. I appreciate it. I've always been a little concerned going with a refurb even though that concern is unwarranted. Glad to hear you guys haven't had a problem with yours.
     
  10. jdblas69 macrumors regular

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    In most cases when you hear the word "refurbished" I know what you mean you get certain thoughts in your mind. In the case of Apple products it is well known that they go through a very thorough refurbished process. Plus you get the one year Apple warranty and the option to purchase Applecare.
     
  11. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

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    My experience was good enough that I went on to buy a refurb Time Capsule.
     
  12. macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    Just FYI, OWC (macsales.com) and macofalltrades.com are also great options for buying used Macs. :)
     

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