Time Capsule-Difference between buying from H.E Store & Refurb Store (UK)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Azzin, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.

    If I were to buy a 2TB Time Capsule from the H.E Store, I would pay £222.00 instead of the normal RRP of £249.00 (so a saving of £27).

    I can also get a refurb from the Apple store for £209.00 (a saving of £40).

    So, is there any advantage to paying £222 from the Education store, versus £209 from the Refurb store?

  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    UK product protection laws may negate this advantage for you, but in the US refurb products warranty date is 1 year from the original sale, not from your purchase date. You'd get full 1 year with the EDU purchase.
  3. cxc273 macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    If you really need the original retail box, say for a gift or what not, the education store is the best way to go. Apple refurb products, at least in the U.S., come well packed with everything you would normally receive, but not in the same outer packaging you would find in retail. The refurb boxes can be elegant in their own right -- the Airport Express, iPod and Apple TVs I've purchased come in nice boxes. But the boxes for my Mac Mini and Time Capsule weren't as attractive.

    I've purchased a number of items as refurbs, including a Time Capsule, and have had no issue with them. I would highly recommend them.

    As for the warrant question, the Apple U.K. warranty for the Time Capsule can be found at http://www.apple.com/legal/warranty/products/mac-english-uk.html.

    I'm not a lawyer, but the warranty states that the warranty is good for a year after the original purchase date by the end user. Maybe I'm reading it differently than the previous poster, but I would think that the "end user" is you and the one-year warranty kicks in the moment you place your order online. I've never had to get warranty service on a refurb Apple product, so I have no practical experience with this.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Actually, I wouldn't buy a Time Capsule at all.

    They have a record of failure after a number of months (used to be about 18) due to internal heat buildup (not enough venting due to poor design -- i.e., "for style" and not "for function").

    If you want backup, you'd do far better (and CHEAPER) to put together something yourself.

    I'd suggest a USB3/SATA docking station and a couple of "bare" drives.

    Use CarbonCopyCloner (or SuperDuper) to create 2 bootable clones of your internal drive, and "rotate" the backups regularly.

    CCC backups are BOOTABLE -- VERY handy to have around in a "moment of extreme need"….
  5. Azzin, Mar 19, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013

    Azzin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    Completely agree, I've had several refurbs and all have been first class.

    Yeah, the wording is ambiguous to say the least:

    Personally, I would say that a Time Capsule is an Apple branded desktop and portable computer product... :D


    The difference being here is that the reponsibility to ensure everything is backed up falls on me.

    The reason I'm looking at a TC, is to remove myself from the backup equation and have it done for me, so saving a few £s is not my goal.

    My reason for asking about an education purchase, is to find out if a TC purchased via the HE store would come with a 3 year warranty. ;)
  6. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    The TC would only have the 3 year HE warranty if you bought the TC with a Mac because the AppleCare covers the Apple accessories bought with the computer at time of purchase. Now, if you're buying the TC after buying a Mac through HE, you might be able to call AppleCare and ask nicely if they'll add the TC to your AppleCare for your Mac.
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    All of my refurbs from the US refurb store have carried a 1 year warranty from MY date of purchase. Last I looked all refurbs are given a new SN to differentiate them from New products and because of that the computer is given a one year warranty from the date of the refurb purchase.

    Now this is from Apple directly, if you bought a "refurb" from a 3rd party then it is really a "used" Apple product and thus would have the one year warranty from the original purchase date.

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