Why only Mac Mini servers in refurb store?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by glenthompson, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. glenthompson macrumors 68000

    glenthompson

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    It seems like any time I check the Mac Mini listings in the refurb store, it's only servers available. Any conjecture on why this is? I wouldn't think that there would be at may Mini servers returned.

    Of course, I just checked and there's a base model now available. Figures :)
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Mac Mini fly off the shelf - have you considered using refurb.me to send you email notifications when a certain model becomes available?
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    this is a real time direct link to usa mac minis at the apple refurb store


    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/mac_mini







    When you sit at the computer set a timer to ring every 20 minutes
    then click the link.

    refurb.me works but is too slow sometimes it tells you the gear is in stock and it has already sold out. I find it to be 15 to 20 minutes off real time.
     
  4. Omnius, Feb 26, 2013
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    Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    The mini server can effectively be made from any mini with OSX server app from the App Store and some parts that are much cheaper from newegg. Thus they sell slower and probably have have a higher return rate from folks that are money conscious. The refurb normal minis sell like hot cakes by comparison and are a great value by most standards.
     
  5. robo456 macrumors 6502

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    there's one in there right now 7:30est:

    Refurbished Mac mini 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

    Originally released October 2012
    4GB memory

    500GB hard drive

    Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
    HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    $509.00

    Save $90.00
    15% off

    ...sooooo tempted. ugh!

    --rob
     
  6. troy14 macrumors 6502a

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    Over at j&r (http://www.jr.com/apple/pe/APP_MD387LL_SL_A/) you can pick up a new Mac Mini for $564, free shipping (and for me, no tax).With tax in the apple store if your state has it it is usually almost/near the same. I live in michigan so 6% sales tax is about 31$, + 509 = $540. You're saving about $23 buying refurbished from Apple vs new from j&r. Not a huge savings!
     
  7. mklnk macrumors regular

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    I went with the server edition anyway.

    it's the only mini that comes with two hard drives already installed, which aren't exactly "easy" to install on your own after you get the thing home.

    However, in the case that you're really just looking for a media server and want the baseline $599 mini, then I do sympathize.
     
  8. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    In most states, if you don't pay sales tax you're merely deferring to pay it later as a use tax. In other words, the comparison of Tax vs. Tax Free is really flawed and utterly meaningless for those Americans in states with no sales tax at all. Also, that place is in NYC, for NYC buyers it's like 10% total sales tax applied on their purchase from j&r if you want to perform the tax to tax prices. Not to mention the fact that most folks have probably never heard of that random nyc retailer.
     
  9. jhfenton macrumors 6502a

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    1. J&R is hardly a random NYC retailer. It is a prominent online retailer.
    2. Compliance rates on use tax are lower than the sales and use tax rates themselves in most states. Most folks don't even bother to pretend.

    I'm in Ohio, so there is no sales tax from Amazon, J&R, or B&H--the random NYC retailer from which I bought my Mac mini--but there is sales tax from Apple. It does factor into my calculations.
     
  10. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    It's hardly a good idea to assume people will engage in criminal behavior or to counsel people to engage in such behavior.
     
  11. jhfenton macrumors 6502a

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    1. I don't really disagree with you.

    But...
    2. I didn't counsel anyone to engage in criminal behavior.
    3. It's not simply an assumption. Individual use tax compliance rates in pure self-assessment states like Ohio are negligible. So I understand the calculation folks are making.

    It's unfortunate, but we live in a legal system under which we each innocently commit countless crimes, many of them felonies, every day. This reality does little to promote respect for the law...including easily evaded taxes.
     
  12. robo456 macrumors 6502

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    I was curious... do retail Apple stores have refurbs? or is it just online? (I guess I can always check Best Buy for open box stuff too)

    --rob
     
  13. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000

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    Just apple.com has the refurbs. They usually update the store monday night. I know all the Mini's were available for a couple hours on Monday and then gone by Tuesday. Best advice is to check always and check often. They won't go more than week or so without being updated but if they are then you have to be ready to buy that second.
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    [[ It's unfortunate, but we live in a legal system under which we each innocently commit countless crimes, many of them felonies, every day. This reality does little to promote respect for the law...including easily evaded taxes. ]]

    "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them...you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden."

    -- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"
     
  15. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    People looking for a deal on a cheap mini are going to be checking the refurb store a lot and will snatch them up quickly when there's a good deal. People willing to pay a premium for a server model probably aren't as concerned about paying a few extra bucks for a new one, or may be weary about a refurb (not that they should be).

    Just my two cents.
     

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