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    $52 saved: Refurb iMac i5 or New iMac i3?
    So Uncle Sam wasn't as generous as I'd hoped he would be and I didn't get "all that" back this year. No worries, I'm still getting a smokin' iMac! Naturaly I selected the best iMac I can afford, the 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3, selected my config (which absolutely must include iWork and a full-sized keyboard /w numeric pad) and was ready to rock. I

    ...but wait, refurb iMac to the rescue!

    The 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 I'd selected has the 1TB hard drive & the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB, but I discovered a 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 refurb for about literally $8 more (after tax) than the new i3. Its got the same 1TB hard drive & the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB, but $8 cheaper and has a faster processor. Almost sounds like a no-brainer.

    Almost.

    Unfortunately when I add on the requisite iWork ($79) and the full-sized keyboard with numeric pad ($49), am I really ahead? The only difference between the "new" 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 iMac and the 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 refurbed iMac is the cost of the i3-to-i5 processor upgrade; $180...and I'm paying $128 of that just to get the iWork and must-have full-sized keyboard I'd have otherwise ordered with the i3.

    Essentially, it comes down $52 (if I upgraded my i3 to an i5 myself). Is it worth saving $52 to get a refurb over a new iMac (particularly when the refurb could have issues or dings)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phacade View Post
    So Uncle Sam wasn't as generous as I'd hoped he would be and I didn't get "all that" back this year. No worries, I'm still getting a smokin' iMac! Naturaly I selected the best iMac I can afford, the 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3, selected my config (which absolutely must include iWork and a full-sized keyboard /w numeric pad) and was ready to rock. I

    ...but wait, refurb iMac to the rescue!

    The 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 I'd selected has the 1TB hard drive & the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB, but I discovered a 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 refurb for about literally $8 more (after tax) than the new i3. Its got the same 1TB hard drive & the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB, but $8 cheaper and has a faster processor. Almost sounds like a no-brainer.

    Almost.

    Unfortunately when I add on the requisite iWork ($79) and the full-sized keyboard with numeric pad ($49), am I really ahead? The only difference between the "new" 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 iMac and the 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 refurbed iMac is the cost of the i3-to-i5 processor upgrade; $180...and I'm paying $128 of that just to get the iWork and must-have full-sized keyboard I'd have otherwise ordered with the i3.

    Essentially, it comes down $52 (if I upgraded my i3 to an i5 myself). Is it worth saving $52 to get a refurb over a new iMac (particularly when the refurb could have issues or dings)?

    Absolutely wouldn't be worth $52 savings to me. Hard to follow (and honestly a little hard to believe) your math. Generally you save at least 10% going the refurb route.
    However, I would not buy iWork preinstalled from Apple. You can get it from Amazon for $67, or for that matter, you can buy the individual components from the APP store as you need them (I think $19 each) and you may not need or want Keynote.
    Regardless, either of these systems will smoke. Enjoy your new Mac.
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    In plain numbers (price incudes approx tax to Oklahoma):

    "New" 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 + Applecare + iWork preinstalled = $1,691.78
    "Refurb" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare only = $1,701.55
    "New" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare + iWork preinstalled = $1,891.62
    "Refurb" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare + full-sized keyboard + iWork = $1829.55
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    I'm having trouble following your math, too.
    But in any case, the refurb will not have "issues or dings". It will be indistinguishable from brand new other than the plain box/packaging it comes in.

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    The plain numbers, including shipping per Apple's website, speak simply enough:

    "New" 21.5" 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 + Applecare + iWork preinstalled = $1,691.78
    "Refurb" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare only = $1,701.55
    "New" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare + iWork preinstalled = $1,891.62
    "Refurb" 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 + Applecare + full-sized keyboard + iWork = $1829.55

    My point was that, while I could save a bit of money going with the refurb, by the time I added in the full-size keyboard and iWork, I may not have saved all that much...but what do you think?
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    I would get the refurb 3.6GHz i5 + Applecare + $49 full keyboard (Apple Store under "Mac Accessories"). Then purchase the iWork apps for $19.99 each from Mac App Store after you get the iMac set up (about $10 cheaper than from the Apple Store online). Sell the wireless keyboard that comes with the iMac and recoup some $$. Pricing is very similar between that and the New 3.2GHz i3 with iWork preinstalled.
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    Hmm. I never thought of doing it that way. Good call!
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    Mods, feel free to close or delete this because...

    I just placed my order. Got the 21.5" 3.60GHz Intel Core i5 refurb...its all mine (or will be in probably 5 days or so).
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    You made the right decision IMO Phacade. It should rock!
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