Buying refurbished Dare I say...Apple

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Buying refurbished Dare I say...Apple

Post by snyder66 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:10 pm

I posted a recent laptop thread and went to Best Buy and received very little help. I think I would like to just give Apple a try. Are all refurbished laptops the same? I am just too veal to shell out over $1500 for a laptop. Any buying advice would be appreciated.

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Post by Balanthalus » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:16 pm

Do your homework on specific models and what the customer complaints are regarding the hardware. Most Apple products work great, but the pieces on some models have design flaws and come apart every few months. (E.g. the rubber-bottomed macbooks, some of the macbook chargers)

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Post by Lollytiger » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:41 pm

If you are familiar with Windows I probably wouldn't make the switch to Apple. But it's okay, the only unacceptable purchase here is the 5k watch.

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Post by BogleBrit » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:53 pm

Be sure to check out the warranty period carefully on any refurb item. I was looking at a refurb TV once and it only had a 90 warranty whereas the standard new item had 12 months.

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Post by stevewolfe » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:59 pm

I've purchased refurbished Thinkpads before from IBM and Lenovo and had no issues. In that particular case, each machine came with a 1 year warranty and that warranty could be extended if you chose to. You might check their outlet as they often have good deals there, but the number of machines listed can vary widely from nothing to hundreds. Pays to be persistent. http://outlet.lenovo.com.

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Post by jpark1982 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:28 pm

I've had good experience with buying refurbished directly from Apple. Bought an iPad 1 the day that the iPad 2 was announced for $150 off the retail price and it came with a brand new battery and looked 100% the same as new.

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Post by jeffro » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:37 pm

Hopefully this helps. This is the refurbished macbook pros and airs on apple's website. http://store.apple.com/us/search?find=r ... hed+laptop. If you have any questions call or go to a store and they can assist you with purchasing one. They may try to get you to buy a new one but if you don't want a new one just hold your ground.

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Post by htdrag11 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:44 pm

I bought many electronic refurb products, including a MacBook Pro about 4 years ago. It was practically new and I did not buy extended warranty. It works fine at a saving of about 20%.

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Post by Polar_Ice » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:06 pm

If it comes with the same warranty, then why not but a refurbished one?

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Post by Kenkat » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:12 pm

A lot of refurbished electronics are items that were returned not necessarily because they were defective but just because the original purchaser didn't want them. Once the box has been opened, the manufacturer doesn't want to sell them as new just in case there was a problem that gets past the manufacturer check out process, but most are perfectly fine.
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Post by gtaylor » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:13 pm

Yes, the Apple refurb store is a pretty good deal.

Also, if you have the FIA Fidelity AMEX that gives 2% back, you can poke through the FIA website's WorldPoints Mall to get to the Apple online store and get an extra percent or two rebate on top of the 2%. This worked as advertised for my Christmas purchases. The Apple store does not cleverly adjust pricing to compensate, and I did buy refurbished items, and the extra discount applied.

All of this beats the corporate employee discount which is available to me by showing my [big tech company] badge in the store. That discount tends to be approximately zero percent ;(

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Post by bombcar » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:13 pm

We've bought multiple refurbished machines from Apple and they've all been as new and great. Sometimes they even have bonus memory installed!

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Post by venard5 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:51 pm

I've bought a few refurbished machines on the Apple website over the years. All arrived looking as new, and with a full Apple warranty.

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Post by thedude » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:25 pm

FYI, I bought a Mac Mini refurb from Apple in 2006. Still works great, if a little slow (I put in more memory to speed it up).

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Post by blacktupelo » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:41 pm

Have bought two refurbished iMacs in the past four years, a 24" iMac and a 20" iMac and they looked like new. Had no problems with the 24" one. The 20 " need to go to the store for service because of a fast running fan. Works fine now. Why pay the new price is you can get 10-15% off? Same warranty as new.
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Post by awval999 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:45 pm

Thinking about getting an iPad2 and refurbished looks like a good deal. For the same price as new I can get refurbished one with 2 year Applecare + a case for the same cost as a new standalone

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Post by tibbitts » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:49 pm

The OP was asking if all "refurb" laptops are the same. No, not even close. Refurb can mean like new from the manufacturer with a like-new warranty. It can also mean off-lease, worn out from several years of daily heavy-duty business use, and not even cleaned.

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Post by BobStrauss » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:52 pm

Recently purchased a refurbished iPad 2 - new shell and outer glass, same warranty as a new one but $100 cheaper. What's not to like?

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Post by epilnk » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:38 pm

I bought a refurb iMac desktop many years ago. It was a bit of a lemon, to be honest; the only mac product to ever give me trouble and I had to bring it into the mac store every year or two. But the repairs were all done for free, and I got 7 years of use out of the computer. So not the worst experience.

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Post by kyounge1956 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:31 am

bombcar wrote:We've bought multiple refurbished machines from Apple and they've all been as new and great. Sometimes they even have bonus memory installed!
jpark1982 wrote:I've had good experience with buying refurbished directly from Apple. Bought an iPad 1 the day that the iPad 2 was announced for $150 off the retail price and it came with a brand new battery and looked 100% the same as new.
My experience was just the opposite. The only computer I've ever had major problems with was a refurbished iMac bought from Apple. The hard drive went bad, the computer crashed intermittently and more. It needed enough repairs while under the original warrantee I decide to buy the extended service contract, not something I usually do. I was glad to have it, too, as the computer needed additional repairs. I replaced it almost as soon as the three years were up. From now on, it's new Macs for me.

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Post by guitarguy » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:13 am

Lollytiger wrote:If you are familiar with Windows I probably wouldn't make the switch to Apple.
True dat.

If you enjoy troubleshooting problems and running virus protection and having to delete 100 unwanted junk programs on your new computer (and on and on with other annoying things), then definitely don't switch to Mac. :mrgreen:

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Post by johnubc » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:25 am

I have had no issues buying Apple Refurbished items. Items are often returned that have no defect at all. Full warranty and some bucks off is a good thing.

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Post by V572625694 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:44 pm

Aside from cleaning the exterior and replacing non-working parts (keyboard, screen, ports, disk drive) what can the manufacturer or another vendor actually do to "refurbish" a used computer? Is there any way to test for parts that are near failure?

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