When will new iMac line be available refurb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NektariosTheCat, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. NektariosTheCat macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    I'm looking for a 27" i5 2.8ghz iMac, I'm going to buy it refurb as I do for all my Apple products when possible.. however I've never been on the "bleeding edge" of a release such as this. I check the refurb page about 100 times a day waiting for one to pop up but I haven't seen any of the new line yet. What I have seen is the price drop on previous generation models (friday I think)..

    In the past how long has it taken for the current gen to appear on refurb? Obviously they need to be purchased, returned, refurbished & retested, and then make it up on the site. Is it like a week, 2 weeks, 1 month.. does Apple "throttle" the release of refurbs so that you're forced to buy Retail for a month if you want the new product etc? I haven't seen any of the new Mac Mini's up on refurb yet for instance - although I haven't been watching closely at all

    Also when are refurbs typically posted, it seems like it happens at a specific time in the day - I saw many (older) iMacs go up at once at maybe 10 or 11am EST a couple days ago. Is there always 1 update a day around a specific time?

    Thank you so much for any advice!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    All models eventually show up as refurbished. It's a function of how many are ordered/returned.

  3. miki66 macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2008
    agree, give it a few months. you can always get cheaper new macs on other retailer like amazon or macmall

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