where to get a good quality refubrished MacBook

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  1. matt90036 macrumors regular

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Definitely buy it from the apple online store.
     
  9. matt90036 thread starter macrumors regular

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  10. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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