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In need of a new macbook. Should I buy new or used?


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I recently damaged my Macbook and am in need of a new computer. I want another Mac, but I do not know if I should buy a new one or a refurbished one. I have heard good things and bad things about buying used computers. What should I look for if I do decide to buy a used one?
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I recently damaged my Macbook and am in need of a new computer. Should I get a new one or a refurbished one? If I do get a used computer, what should I look for when purchasing?
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If saving money is a priority, buy a refurbished machine from Apple as they're as good as new and fully warranted.
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As far as I know if you buy refurbished from Apple themselves, they are guaranteed, just like if you bought a brand new one? Could be wrong, new to the Apple world... But I'd say if you can find one that suits you through Apple, refurbished, I'd go for it.
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Refurbished machines bought from Apple have the full 1 year warranty, and are also eligible for the extended Apple Care.
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Do not crosspost! It causes confusion and clutters the forums.
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Refurbished are in some cases BETTER than new, since they've had a second inspection. But on the whole, the pecking order I'd use is a) new, b) refurbished from Apple, c) used but from a highly trustworthy person/dealer. I don't go beyond (c).
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Refurbished are in some cases BETTER than new, since they've had a second inspection. But on the whole, the pecking order I'd use is a) new, b) refurbished from Apple, c) used but from a highly trustworthy person/dealer. I don't go beyond (c).



+ 1 ( I second that...)
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Chas I just dont go past b. ;p
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I bought both my macs off of craigslist and could not be happier. I was on a tight budget and bought a 20" imac and a 15" macbook pro both 2006 models with the intel processors for 600 bucks and they have been working great for me. Maybe when the tax refund check comes I will buy a new one but I have had no issued with used. If you carefully inspect them you can get a good deal.
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If money is tight, then do a careful search of Craigslist or this forum for a good used one. The only issue is most people seem to ask close to the price of a refurbished on CL for a used Mac. But I bought my Macbook over 2 years ago at a fair price and a 20" iMac at a fair price. My 27" iMac I bought refurb from Apple and it has worked flawlessly since I got it. I would not hesitate to buy refurb again. Best of luck finding the right Mac for you.

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