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703 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2007 10:53 PM by Betty R. Beckham
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2007 10:48 AM (in response to bodegalee)No problem buying a refurb. You get the same warranty as a new one, and can add AppleCare anytime within the first year.
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Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2007 11:18 AM (in response to Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com))I'll second that opinion. I bought my MBP as "open box" which, I was told, meant that it had been returned, reformatted and OSX reloaded after being checked out. I have had no problems with it except that the serial number did not appear in the "about this MAC" window. I took it to the Apple store and the Genius entered it into the firmware using special software. No other problems, I got Applecare just before the window expired.
I guess I saved about $100, got exactly what I wanted (MBP 2.16 mHz, 2gB, 120gB 7,200 rpm) and a year later it has worked out fine.MacBook Pro 2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 2 250 GB LaCie external in RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2007 11:44 AM (in response to bodegalee)Unfortunately with me, I had a sour experience with a refurb MBP. I purchased a refurb a few months back, and the thing looked beat up. The metal casing was messed up, the keyboard warped, and the superdrive didn't work. I was really upset. So upset, that I called Apple and explained to them my situation. They agreed to take it back, and I went out and used my educational discount and spent $200 more to get a brand new one instead. I will never buy a refurb laptop again. I'd rather take a little longer and save up more money to get a new one. But that's just me.17" FP iMac 1.25GHz G4, 1.25GB ram, SuperDrive, Mac OS X (10.3.9), 15" Macbook Pro, 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB ram, SuperDrive, Tiger
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2007 10:53 PM (in response to Jorge G.)I have bought a number of refurbished Apple computers in the past and was pleased. But my recent experience is so problematic that I will never buy another refurbished unit.
I bought a Macbook Pro 17" C2D 2.4GHz 160Gb @7200rpm - 2Gb Ram - 1920x1600 on Oct 29, 2007. Case was slightly warped but more importantly the keyboard became intermittently unresponsive within days. AppleCare deemed it DOA and offered to replace it. 4 days ago a replacement, also refurbished, arrived. Within hours the superdrive stopped reading DVDs and CDs. Called AppleCare & have a case number. Reset the SMU and zapped the PRAM. Superdrive came back to life. Today I tried to use the superdrive and it again refuses to mount any media. Just spits them out. The SMU and PRAM resets did nothing. After two duds in a row, I am upset. More importantly, how & when will I get a laptop which is dependable. Given a choice - no more refurbished units for me. It has cost me more in time than money saved.Macbook Pro 17" C2D 2.4GHz 160Gb @7200rpm - 2Gb Ram - 1920x1600, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Powerbook G4 17" 1.3GHz 80Gb (10.4.11)