your experiences with refurbished mac products

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by morethanblood, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. morethanblood macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    since the MBP still hasn't gotten updated yet i'm considering buying a refurbished 17" 2.4 mbp. i have never bought a refurbished apple product, are they generally a safe bet?
  2. zelet macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2003
    I just got a refurb Macbook yesterday and I am completely impressed. The only difference I can tell between new and refurb is that the packaging isn't as nice.

    Otherwise, my Macbook is in perfect condition with brand new power adapter, new battery, and an extra gig of RAM (for a total of 2GB) than what I bought. Yes, you read that right, Apple gave me a bonus gig of RAM just for being so God-damned good looking.

    So, go with refurb unless you want pretty packaging.
  3. AndyFL macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    There must be one of these threads every day... :)

    I would urge you to try the "search" function to see for yourself, but I guarantee that you will find 99% of people would definitely recommend buying refurbs. Same warranty as new, at sometimes significant savings. That's enough for me. My first refurb'd PB G4 Ti lasted me ~6years, and I just bought a refurb'd MBP recently. Unless you're just a person that HAS to have something brand spankin' new, I say you can't go wrong with a refurb. Good luck
  4. Idioteque macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    I have always been a fan of the refurb store. I have bought laptops, ipods and accessories from the refurb store. My last purchase, and only negative experience, was my macbook's isight was defective. It had a vertical line missing from the video. Needless to say apple fixed this free of charge, however I did have to send it it and was without my macbook for about a week.

    To be honest the hassle was still worth the price cut. Hope that helps.
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    I've owned a perfect running MacBook for 14 months now. They come with a 1 yr Apple Warranty and the availability to purchase Applecare. They go through more scrutiny and quality control then their non-refurbs do.

    Safe bet?....yep.
  6. dj420118 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Refurbs are great for getting into the "Apple Club" and spending less money. My g/f just bought a refurb macbook and man was it a steal...go for it!
  7. ChrisN macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2007
    Demarest, NJ
    Well I am in the same situation as you morethanblood except I want to get a mbp so its good to know that I am gonna get a perfectly fine machine and save 300 dollars!:)

  8. dlap macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    I bought a Refurb Macbook Pro a year ago and came damaged the model I bought was a Core duo and after two replacement I ended up with a Core 2 duo.

    I have also bought other stuff there and, in the end, I find myself with a great device with a cheaper price tag.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    All Apple Refurbs look brand new (during the refurbishing process, damaged/blemished parts, if any, are replaced).

    Same warranty; runs the same as new.

    Only difference is refurbs typically comes in brown box instead of full retail box.
  10. Sean9689 macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    I own reburbed MBP, MB (Black), and iPhone...all work/look perfect.
  11. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    My PB is a referb. had some problems with the keyboard when i first got it, but because its under the same warranty as a new mac, the replaced they keyboard for no charge. so i would recommend the referbs.
  12. appletastic macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Refurb rules!

    Remember that you have the same rights as if you were buying a normal product (well at least in the UK you do).

    I got a refurb Mac Pro.. to my delight when I got it it had a 500GB drive instead of 250GB, a 512 graphics card upgrade and wifi and bluetooth.. all for free!
  13. fishinthecity macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    Hobart, Tasmania
    I bought a refurb 17"/2.4Gig last week.. Couldn't be happier with it. Ordered it at 5pm Wednesday, arrived 9am Friday, and, it came in what appears to be a standard retail box (inside a brown shipping box).

    It looks, acts and smells completely new!
  14. BornToMac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2008
    I received a refurb 2.4 ghz 15" mbp last week and have had kernal panics (computer freezes than instructs me to do a hard restart) ever since I got it. After talking with other apple owners, I have come to the conclusion that this is an isolated incident and I am in the process of sending it back and having it replaced with another refurb. I would still buy refurb vs. new ($$) and even look at buying the apple care plan on ebay if you dont have an edu discount.
  15. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    I heartily endorse Apple refurb products to all my users and anyone else who is interested in buying a Mac. I have purchased numerous refurbs over the years, and other than not having the retail packaging, they have all been as new as I could imagine from a cosmetic as well as a functional standpoint.

    If you're really living right, you can end up with a "courtesy upgrade," which is a standard spec model that might typically have 1G of RAM, which the prior owner had put an extra gig of RAM in, for example. They pass a lot of this stuff along, and if you get it, well, it's a "courtesy upgrade".....

  16. AClark macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    I bought a refurbished black macbook before Christmas and it had a defective headphone jack. Apple said it was a known hardware problem and replaced it without any questions.
  17. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    I've purchased two refurb'd MBPs from Apple in the last 6 months. the first one was a customer return--some faint scratches on the screen indicated that someone wiped it a few times.

    The second one looked absolutely new and never used. I think the second one failed a factory inspection because i discovered a 2 mm chip in the plastic molding surrounding the edge of the laptop.

    i returned the first one and am currently using the second one.

    Whereas the refurb ipods always look new (new cases), the laptops generally do not, but in most cases you have to look really hard to find the defect.
  18. gusapple macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2007
    The alphabetically sixth to last state.
    Personally, I have a bad track record with refurb products, but every product that Apple has said will work works. I would make sure to get the AppleCare Protection Plan just in case.

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