What happens to all the new defective return Imacs ?

fireworkz

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Aug 18, 2007
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Hi.

I keep reading about various people getting defective Imacs.. they return them and get another to find that too is defective (read in one of the posts) - I wonder what do Apple do with those Imacs.. fix them up and re-sell them as new or as refurbished because technically they are used.. Just like when one rolls out a new car out the showroom..its no longer a new car..
:D
 

MK2007

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Aug 31, 2007
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Apple does not fix the refurbished iMacs. They dump them on a new owner as "refurbished". Sometimes there is nothing wrong with the unit. In other cases the unit has cosmetic and operational issues.
 

Thunderbird

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Dec 25, 2005
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Apple does not fix the refurbished iMacs. They dump them on a new owner as "refurbished". Sometimes there is nothing wrong with the unit. In other cases the unit has cosmetic and operational issues.
Apple does not 're-furbish' their refurbished computers? :confused:
 

MK2007

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Aug 31, 2007
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Read enough posts in the Apple Discussions forum and you will learn that little examination of the returned units is done. This was VERY apparent during the G5 era of the iMac when customers reported problems with refurbished units. Just the other day someone posted a thread in the MacRumors forum about his refurbished Mac with cosmetic issues.

Most customers don't have problems, but you are indeed taking a risk by purchasing a refurbished unit. As long as the Mac boots alright Apple service personnel don't do much except put a new image on the drive.
 

AlexisV

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Mar 12, 2007
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Remember you're always going to get people posting they have a faulty Mac, but nobody posts they have a fully working one!

5 years and 5 Macs at our company and all work perfectly. Only a tiny proportion have faults, which will always be the case when you're producing hundreds of thousands of electronic devices.
 

stockcerts

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Jun 29, 2007
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Apple does not fix the refurbished iMacs. They dump them on a new owner as "refurbished". Sometimes there is nothing wrong with the unit. In other cases the unit has cosmetic and operational issues.
This is not the case. Apple does not re-sell units that have real problems. They are addressed, resolved, and then sold as a refurb with the same warranty as a new unit.
 

negatv1

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Aug 12, 2005
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Apple takes back all the awful computers back from macrumors.com users who found that the aluminum case was 'too aluminum-y', or the glass was to 'glassy', and sells these computers to regular human beings who find no problems and enjoys the several hundred dollar savings. :)
 

CIrawI3riCIge

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Apr 26, 2007
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Remember you're always going to get people posting they have a faulty Mac, but nobody posts they have a fully working one!

5 years and 5 Macs at our company and all work perfectly. Only a tiny proportion have faults, which will always be the case when you're producing hundreds of thousands of electronic devices.
Exactly! My G4 PowerMac is still perfect from 2001, so why is this the only time mentioning it? Because it works.
 

Tom Sawyer

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Aug 29, 2007
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Hi.

I keep reading about various people getting defective Imacs.. they return them and get another to find that too is defective (read in one of the posts) - I wonder what do Apple do with those Imacs.. fix them up and re-sell them as new or as refurbished because technically they are used.. Just like when one rolls out a new car out the showroom..its no longer a new car..
:D
Perhaps on some of these they should test the question, "Will it blend?" :D

But seriously, I would imagine they go through a pretty rigorous certification. I've always heard that refurb items are more scrutinized than new items off the line. That may be a myth of course.
 

wPod

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Aug 19, 2003
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Perhaps on some of these they should test the question, "Will it blend?" :D
ha, i love that web site!

But I quesiton how well the referbs are looked at. I bought a referbed PB a couple years ago (heh, wow has it been that long?) and they keyboard was obviously messed up. took it in to an apple store and they replaced the keyboard and all was good. so i am surprised i got the referb with a bad keyboard, but being under warranty they fixed it quickly and everything else has worked just fine. you would think that when it was 'refurbished' someone would have noticed the keyboard. oh well, i think it was worth the savings, the PB has since been great!
 

oduinnin

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Aug 3, 2007
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Planet Earth
From Apple's Web site ....

Before we put a pre-owned Mac, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV up for sale in Special Deals, it undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process to make sure it's up to Apple's tough quality standards. We back it with our standard one-year limited warranty. And you have the option of purchasing an AppleCare Protection Plan for it.
Just for the record! ;)