Would you buy Apple Refurbished?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by barebackbadger8, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    Bit undecided whether i want the 11" or 13" macbook air, but thats another story.
    Anyway i have been looking at the apple store uk refurbished section
    They have a macbook air 11" for £639 (128gb, 4gb etc)

    But i could risk purchasing through education and get it new for £644

    My max budget is £700 for the 11" or £750 for the 13" so walking in the store is a no go
    But was wondering what are peoples experience of purchasing refurbished?
    I know you still get the 1 year warranty etc but worried about dents and scratches
  2. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
  3. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    I've bought loads of Apple gear from the refurb store. The trick is to find something that has the specs you're after but once you do that, what you'll get has a full guarantee and everything looks brand new. I've never had anything delivered that was in any way marked or looked like it had even been used. It was brand new but cheaper. The only difference from the full price stuff is it arrives in a plain white box but all the parts will be there.
  4. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    Posting from a refurb now. Purchased many refurbished items from Apple over the years. Very satisfied with each one.
  5. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    If you purchase a current model, it may be nothing more than a returned item. If someone returns one, they can't resell that as new, at least in the US.
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I bought a 2014 MBA from Best Buy middle of last year.

    The first one I got had a slightly crooked hinge, such that the bottom right of the screen was a little lower than the bottom left when the laptop was opened.

    A quick way to check for this is to look at a laptop straight on, and notice how the top case (keyboard part) of the laptop can obscure your view of the rubber ring around the screen from certain angles. Now move your head up and down and see if the right side of the rubber ring is obscured before the left side.

    This is an admittedly small problem but it was annoying me. I went to a different Best Buy and a couple of Apple Stores and checked to see if their MBAs suffered from the same problem. About half of them did.

    So I exchanged my laptop for a different one, and that one's hinge is perfect. Couldn't be happier.

    But, it means I also wouldn't trust my luck with a refurb unit which I might not be able to exchange as easily.
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Refurb's are generally a good deal. However if it's only £5 difference between a refurb and a educational discount, why not just buy that one.
    What I will say about the refurb store (in the UK at least), is when you see something on there you want, don't delay. They don't stay on there for long.
  8. barebackbadger8 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    Thanks all, good to know that the refurbs as a rule tend to be ok

    I could purchase through education, but i am not in education :)
    Someone gave me a link to their uni store and i know its rare apple chase up whether or not you are in ed, but its a risk
    However in the uk pc world say they sell the 8gb models of the macbook air
    £749 for the 11" with 8gb
    £849 for the 13" with 8gb

    I only surf the net and manage my itunes so i know 8gb is massively OTT, but this will have to keep me going for at least 3 years (wife said haha)
  9. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    posted from a refurb macbook air. Not sure what a new one would look or perform like but this one looks as new. Very happy and would buy again.
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I purchased a refurb MBA and two refurb AppleTVs last year. They all looked just like new and have been problem-free. I believe the only possible issue is that some credit cards will double the warranty for a new item but not for a refurb. That may only apply to purchases in the US however.

    I also purchased a new Mac Mini last year from B&H photo. When you included sales tax on a refurb from Apple, the new Mini was only $5 more, so I went with the new one. This was a US-specific issue again though. :)
  11. AirJordanFan93 macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2015
    If they had a MacBook Air with the specs I was looking for then I would of gotten one from the refurb store rather than getting a new one.
  12. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I would absolutely buy Apple refurbished, again.
  13. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Apple has the same no-questions-asked return policy for the refurb items as it has for new ones. There is no risk at all to buy a refurb. If you get really unlucky and receive one with dents, you can always return it.
  14. barebackbadger8 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    Seems like a unanimous yes to refurb then haha
    Off to pc world later to see if i prefer the 11" or 13"
    Then take it from there
  15. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    My last Mac (not current one) was refurbished. Apart from the box you wouldn't even know it was. Mint casing, same 12 month warranty. If it saves you a couple of hundred £'s then it's definitely worth doing.
  16. mwebb macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Yes - but only an official APPLE refurb

    If you order online from the Apple Store, you are good to go, done this many times, not "like" new, indistinguishable from new, with replacements of key parts (listed on the Apple Store refurb department).

    If you order from other outlets, like Walmart here in the States, who knows what you get - usually other companies' ideas of refurbs are "customer returns, looks new to us" without even a boot-up to check it out.
  17. barebackbadger8 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    well went to pc world and decided on the MBA 11"

    thankfully Apple still had the base one available for £639 online so ordered that :)

    cant wait till wednesday..

    thanks for all your help and comments
  18. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    I've had couple of refurbished Mac products, both times it was like new and never had any issue with either products.
  19. Xeridionix macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2015
    I've heard many great success stories with Apple's refurbished products. Typically they are simply orders that have been cancelled or returned within the return period, and they get a thorough check over and a clean bill of health before being resold. Not only that, you get a full 1 year warranty and the ability to purchase additional AppleCare on it within that period just like a new machine.

    What I wouldn't recommend doing is purchasing any open box or demo model computers from third party retailers, since you never know what has been done to them (and in the case of demo units have likely been running 24/7 for months).

    And congratulations on your purchase. I'm sure you'll love it! :)
  20. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Good choice. The real question is: why would't you (buy an Apple refurb)? Answer: only if you really wanted the white box. ;)
  21. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2008
    Newton-le-Willows, England
    Yes you have to be quick. My wife wants a MacBook Air, only the base model. Checked refurb store this morning, Mid 2013 1.3 for £599 :D
  22. MrGIS macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    I'd buy refurbish any day of the week and twice on Sunday. These units are as good as new.
  23. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    i actually don't buy units new anymore because refurb is such a great deal

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