where to get a good quality refubrished MacBook

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by matt90036, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. matt90036 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    I'm new to macs and I'm going to switch from windows.
    1. where can I get a good quality refurbished MacBook (any MacBook that can detect my iPad). I don't do flea bay!
    2. what's the learning curve on Macs?
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    1. Apple.
    2. If you're computer literate at all, it takes a week.
  3. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    refurbished ≠ used.

    For used, go to Craigslist if you don't want Ebay.

    For refurbished, go to the Apple online refurb store.
  4. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    If you want a refurbished, then buy direct from the Apple store website. Apple stores do a once a month sale of used products, but you never know what will be available.

    Amazon also sell refurbished Macs as well, but I'm not sure if they are truly refurbished.

    If you're going to buy used, I would say buy it local so you can test and make sure that it is still under the original warranty or Apple Care warranty.
  5. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I just bought my Early 2011 MacBook Pro from the Apple refurb store, and saved myself about $300. It is the best place to get a refurb, and the computer looks brand new. Apple changes out the casing, battery, and any part that didn't pass quality control, so you should be good.

    IMO, it is BETTER to buy a refurb than NEW, as it does go through more quality checks than a new computer.
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I have bought every Mac I've ever owned from the Apple Refurb store - based on the recommendation from the salesman in the Apple store. I went in looking for a 17" MacBook Pro, and he told me to go online because Apple goes through pre-owned stuff with very fine tooth comb and replaces anything even remotely questionable.

    In many ways, he said, the refurbed ones are in better shape than the brand new ones.
  7. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Not to mention, the Apple refurbished models come with the same warranty that new ones come with, so should you have a problem, you can get it fixed.
  8. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Canada! \m/
    Definitely buy it from the apple online store.
  9. matt90036 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
  10. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    If you aren't looking for a new one, MicroCenter has a 2ghz Core2Duo Macbook (Not Pro) used/refurb/whatever it is for $499. YMMV
  11. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I would take a look on macofalltrades.com

    My family just ordered a late 2008 iMac off of there and received it a couple days ago. The machine is in fabulous condition and works perfectly. The machine came in it's original box with manuals, restore discs etc. and came with a brand new keyboard and mighty mouse. If you are looking for used/refurbished macs I would check their website out, we have had a great experience so far.

    Looks like they have quite a few listings for macbook/macbook pros at the moment
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    As a number of other posters have pointed out, the Apple refurbished store is the place to go.

    That way, you will get an excellent computer, which is brand new, which has been individually tested and where anything remotely questionable will have been replaced; besides, you get the exact same guarantee as a "new" model - a year's warranty.
  13. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    For refurbished, Apple

    For used, Craigslist (just watch out for scams, only respond to ads with phone number visible)

    The learning curve for me was a day or two but I had some really good help figuring everything out.

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