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Certified Pre-Owned Macs
September 29, 2009 - Dave Hecei
When people ask me why I use a Mac instead of a Windows PC I have to tell them that I use both, but I’d rather work on the Mac. This is mostly personal preference since modern computers, whether a Mac or a Windows PC, work the same way. Macs users, at the moment, don’t have to worry about the plague of Malware and viruses. Macs are great for content creation – web pages, digital photography, video and audio editing, etc. PCs are much better at business applications, gaming, and are cheaper. This last one, price, can be a big deterrent in choosing a Mac. Because of this, I don’t buy new I buy refurbished.
Refurbished is not a new concept. If someone buys a Mac but they send it back, for whatever reason, Apple cannot sell it as new, even if there is nothing wrong with the item. These units are then checked over and then sold as ‘Refurbished’.
On the Apple Store website there is a special section were they sell refurbished items. These items – Macs, monitors, iPods, etc. – are sold at much lower prices. This is a great way to save money and still get a current or near current model. Apple sells their refurbished item with the same warranty as if it were new. This can take much of the anxiety out of buying a refurb.
Typical savings can vary depending on the item, the original price, and the age. A currently shipping iMac model may be found refurbished for 100 to $300 off. An iMac that is one version behind the current model may be 200 to $500 off. This is a great way to save money when upgrading from a much older Mac model.
Refurbished Macs can also be found from Apple dealers. This can also be a great way to save money. These items are quite likely not refurbished by Apple but by their own technicians. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but the item will have a warranty from the dealer and not Apple. These refurbs usually have even lower prices, partly because of the warranty but usually since they are one-of-a-kind item.
If you have an older Mac, either a PPC model or maybe one of the first Intel Macs, buying a refurbished model is a great way to upgrade and save money. Think of it as buying a Pre-Owned Certified Mac.
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