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rabbit ridge
2005-12-16, 22:36
hi everyone, thanks for having me

i'm going to be buying a PB 17" pretty soon and i just found out that the applecentre near me is selling 'reconditioned' models for quite cheap (PB 17" for AUS$3000).
i asked what reconditioned meant and they said it was computers that had had faults and got sent back to the factory to be fixed.
does anyone have experience with this kind of thing? will i be ok if i buy one of these, or should i shell out the extra 600 for a brand new one?

thanks in advance

Brad
2005-12-16, 22:42
That's also known as "refurbished" in the US.

I've read lots of very good experiences with refurbished Apple products. A refurbished machine is given much more special attention and testing than normal ones to be sure everything is working properly before selling it again. That, in theory, should result in a better and more reliable product.

Also, some refurbished machines are simply returns that can't be marked as new.

PS. Welcome to AppleNova! :)

Franz Josef
2005-12-17, 01:05
I've read lots of very good experiences with refurbished Apple products. I second that.

WMD
2005-12-17, 18:58
I've more than read, I've experienced. I bought my Powerbook a month ago refurb, saved $200 (that figure includes the recent update)...and out of the box, you'd never be able to tell it wasn't new. Except for the preinstalled 10.3 with 10.4 in the box, and the reported 16 charge cycles...and the box ;) you'd never know...it was flawless. Heck, I even forget sometimes :p

I say, buy refurbished. Totally.

Wyatt
2005-12-17, 21:47
I've more than read, I've experienced. I bought my Powerbook a month ago refurb, saved $200 (that figure includes the recent update)...and out of the box, you'd never be able to tell it wasn't new. Except for the preinstalled 10.3 with 10.4 in the box, and the reported 16 charge cycles...and the box ;) you'd never know...it was flawless. Heck, I even forget sometimes :p

I say, buy refurbished. Totally.
I'll back that up. I'm typing this on a refurb mini right now. Definitely a good way to go.