The only major problem is basically not getting the original boxes, which will lead to lower resale value in the futureI've bought several refurb MacBooks, and while some have had a few cycles on them, many did in fact start at 0. One had 4 cycles, one had 9.
The big perk is saving money. The secondary is that out of the box it's extremely unlikely for there to be any issues, as it's already been inspected post-refurbishment.
The only major problem is basically not getting the original boxes, which will lead to lower resale value in the future
Apple's refurb store used to be a much better deal. For example, I bought my late 2008 15" MBP the day after the 2009 model was announced, at a $650 discount. Got it for $1,349 +tax.One generally doesn't save "a ton of money" by buying an Apple refurb.
Rather, one -does- save a modest amount, if one is willing to accept a used computer (either of the current model release or perhaps an earlier design).
And in return, as additional compensation one gets a 1-year warranty AND the option to purchase AppleCare along with it.