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I am soon going to be purchasing a white 2.0ghz macbook, and i can purchase it with my sisters university discount, or i can save $100 over that discount and buy refurbed. is there really any difference between the two? does it look used in any way? so should i buy new or refurbed?

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im not sure because ive never bought a refurb, but to me, personally, the 100$ is worth the feeling of knowing its brand new, im the first one who used it. the computer is so new that you need to wonder why it was returned to apple in the first place, it may have been a straight return or it could have been a repair. who knows, it might moo on you
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Refurbs from Apple are like new, just can't be sold as new. I've gotten 2 Mac mini refurbished from Apple that show absolutely no signs of wear or defect. I'd trust Apple before ANYONE else.
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Refurbs from Apple are like new, just can't be sold as new. I've gotten 2 Mac mini refurbished from Apple that show absolutely no signs of wear or defect. I'd trust Apple before ANYONE else.
Deus_es_machine is probably right, but I agree with Menace's opinion on this one. I would rather spend the $100 to have a brand spankin' new machine.

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Yeah and that new macbook smell is...heavenly.

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My brother and I both have refurb MacBook Pros, they look just like new. I wouldn't buy new over refurb unless I needed a build to order option.
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well consider this. With the university discount its only 100 dollars more.... AND YOU GET A FREE IPOD NANO! I would go new.

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good point^^

I am also considering refurb vs. brand new.

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I wouldn't buy a refurb on a bet , most of these have been sent back because of heating problems and other problems. To try to save 100$ is crazy. Some they fix, some they don't.
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apples refurbs are computers with malfuncitons sent back. apple ships out a new computer, and fixes the old one. Swaps motherboards, ram, displays...w/e is needed. Then they are sold as refurbs, even though they are exactly like new computers.
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macattack basically hit that one on the head but i would suggest you get the propper wording of all of the refurb informatin on the top of the apple refurb stores website
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Even though I own an iMac it was refurbed and i have had no issues with it.
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Since you get the same warranty on a refurbished as you do on a new computer, why not just go with the refurb? And you get a free nano with a refurb, just like with a new computer.
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Since you get the same warranty on a refurbished as you do on a new computer, why not just go with the refurb? And you get a free nano with a refurb, just like with a new computer.
I would go with new, because even though it carries the same warranty, I'd rather not have to use it. Doing without my computer for repairs, even for a few days, would be very difficult. For me, $100 more is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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buying a refurb does not mean "having to fix my computer all the time" these computers are exactly the same as apples new products.
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