What is a REFURB? Pros and Cons?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jason2811, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    What exactly is a refurb? I know it's when someone buys a product and their is a problem and so the company fixes it and resells it. But what are the benefits of buying a refurb? Are they trustworthy? Does the company let you know what the original problem was? Can you get a refund on refurbs? Will the company fix your refurb if there is a problem with it when it arrives? Pros/Cons? THANKS!
  2. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    -Have the 1-year warranty
    -They should fix your refurb if it comes with problems
    -Yes, they are trustworthy

    -Not much, just that it is not new new, as in totally new.:)
  3. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2006
    It also doesn't come with the original packaging that the new ones are sold in. This can make/break a deal on ebay, surprisingly.
  4. JurgenWigg macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    Then again, in order to cash in on any rebates or deals you need to cut up the original packaging.

    In any case, Refurb is just as good as new. The way that I view it is that if the computer was returned for a problem, the problem has already been caught and taken care of. There's still the warranty on it, all that jazz, it's just as good except comes in a brown box. Also, sometimes people get unexpected upgrads

    The only real problem is that the refurb store doesn't always have everything in stock.
  5. brandon6684 Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    My iMac was a refurbs and I have had no problems with it. The only thing I missed was no BTO VRAM upgrades, but I would other wise buy refurba again.
  6. Maclarny macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2003
    In many cases, a refurb is a display model at an Apple Store that has been cleaned up to be resold or is simply an open box item that Apple has received. I have purchased two Apple refurbished products, a PowerMac G5 and a 3G iPod both of which have performed flawlessly for me. Rarely, people have reported receiving hidden upgrades with their refurbs as well (e.g. free 512 MB RAM or something).

    All in all, I'd say refurbs from Apple are still top tier products and actually have far lower DOA rates than new products as they are fairly stringently tested during the refurbishment process.

    In my experience, you can't go wrong with an Apple Refurb.
  7. WizardHunt macrumors demi-god


    May 11, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA
    Usually regarding Refurbs I don't like them but I did get a laptop that was refurbished and had it for over 2 years now with no problems at all. So I guess I should start liking them huh? :D
  8. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    One other tiny difference, my refurb macbook, on the serial number sticker (which is located under the battery so not visible) says "Apple certified reconditioned" on it.

    basically it's a brand new computer for less. Mine arrived in pristine condition, not a blemish on it. I often forget it's reconditioned because it's perfect, not a problem at all with it.
  9. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    yep, the first 2.16GHz white MacBook is in the refurb store for $1099. if you have edu discount you get it for $1199 + a ipod nano for free. so edu discount is better.
  10. snowfall macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2005
    I got my Powerbook almost 3 years ago as a refurb, it's worked pretty well, though my hard drive did die about 6 months ago. Even so, I think the refurb units are good deals and would highly recommend them.

    By the way, hard drive deaths don't seem to be as uncommon as their stats would lead us to believe...
  11. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I've never bought a refurbished computer, but I've bought several refurb printers.

    I honestly believe they're usually better. They've been used, tested, rebuilt tested... more than the new ones.

    Dealing with returns, exchanges and repairs is very expensive for companies. They seem to put a lot of extra effort into testing refurbs, so they don't have to.
  12. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    I have a 3 year+ old Dual Powermac refurb that has been awesome. I would do it without hesitation provided...

    the XX% off is not worth it for really old macs. make sure you're getting a pretty recent one (look up the specs), no point in getting an older computer
  13. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

    The Red Wolf

    Apr 13, 2004
    Occi Dens Pacifica
    Flawless Refurb + Bonus

    My current C2D MacBook Pro is a refurb. The first one sent was damaged in shipping but the normal 30 day return policy applied and a replacement was sent out. It's flawless. No heat issues, under stress it hovers around 59C. And rather than the standard 120 GB drive, I got a 160 GB drive. So all kinds of happy. The only drawback was the brown box over the sexy normal box they ship in.

    ~The Red Wolf~
  14. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

    Sep 22, 2006
    I bought a refurb from the apple store... it was ONE WEEK OLD! worked like a charm, even had the OS setup when first turned it on.

    EDIT: victory not vengeance
  15. NickD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2007
    Refurb is definitely the way to go unless:

    1. You're very paranoid about quality and "need" to buy completely new.
    2. You care about the authentic original packaging too much to sacrifice it for a $100-200 savings.

    I personally am (or was) the proud owner of the following refurbished products:

    Intel Core Duo 20" iMac
    512 MB iPod Shuffle
    30GB iPod Video
    17" iMac G4

    All have worked flawlessly, and I am more than happy with the purchases.

  16. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    All macs come with the OS installed and ready to go. They ae all meant to work "straight out the box" after all

Share This Page