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Thoughts on buying a used/refurb mac?


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I currently own a Dual 1.8 G5 PowerPC Tower. I bought it back in 2004 and while there isn't anything wrong with it I have been thinking about upgrading to a Mac Pro Intel model.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with buying a refurb mac from apple or a used mac from somewhere like PowerMax. Seems like you can get more for your money that way. Although PowerMax only offers a 90 day warranty on used machines. Not sure what apple's warranty is on refurb macs.

Is it worth it to try and save that way? Or is it better to just bite the bullet and buy new?
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This one is a no brainer.

BUY a refurbed Mac. You get as you stated, you get more for your money and the  warranty is the same as a new machine.
There has been a lot of members on here that have gone the refurb way and they couldnt be happier.
IMO i would (and i will) buy a refurbed Mac. I looking at the MB Al Unibody and ill save myself nearly AUD $300. It will come with only 2GB but ill rip the 4GB i have in my current MB and do swappies lol
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...or a used mac from somewhere like PowerMax. Seems like you can get more for your money that way. Although PowerMax only offers a 90 day warranty on used machines.
In my humble opinion buying a used Macintosh from just about ANY online store is a BIG RIPOFF!!! These online stores charge WAY WAY more than these used Mac's are worth. Sure you get a decent return policy & a SHORT warranty period...but you are paying thru the nose for those benefits.

I feel pretty strongly about this...and that's why I using pretty strong "verbiage".

I would estimate most online stores are selling used G5 computers for something like 50% more than they are worth...and older Powermac G4's that are worth something like $30 bucks...are selling for over $100.

If you want to get the most for your money in terms of a used computer...go to e-Bay or Craig's List. Of course you don't get a return policy or warranty...so you got to be careful what you buy & ask lots of questions.

If you're looking for a new model Macintosh...buying a refurb. directly from Apple is definitely the best way to go!!!

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+1 for directly from apple. Pretty much foolproof once your bought from them because they are such a reliable company


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