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    is it a fraud
    Recently i've got my MacBook Pro from a guy who lives in America. (I live in Europe) I've sent him 2500$ for

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP41.00C1.B03
    SMC Version: 1.27f1
    Serial Number: W88360C1YK0

    what bothers me is that i waited more than a month for him to respond and send it hearing many excuses

    Is it possible that i've got a refurbished computer and how can i find that out

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    did you get it yet?

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    yes, and is working fine, with all cd;s and updates are running smooth.
    altho there is slight irregularity when i close the lid, it doesn't fit precise, there is about 1-1.5 mm difference between left and right side.
    And i didn't get my original invoice from Apple store
    Is there any way checking status of my machine on line and finding out w hat exact model it is.?
    many thanks

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    That does appear to be a last generation notebook rather than the new one. The current models have a 2.53Ghz CPU and 1066 MHz front side bus.
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    right, but can i find out is it bought refurbished or genuine new

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    Register it and find out how much warranty is left. Really there is no difference if you cannot see a difference. I have a "new" 4,1 and my wife has a refurbished one. There is no difference.

    As for the difference in the lid, I have the same thing and I believe my wife's as well. It is an EXTREMELY minor issue as I personally prefer the previous Gen because of the Matte screen, the 2 fire wire ports (400 & 800), and the regular DVI out as opposed to the new display port.

    The only thing would be to get Apple Care and then you should be set for 3 years. When my wife's had an issue with the sensor detecting light for thel it keyboard they fixed it at no charge, and it was back in her hands within a week. Granted I live in Erfurt, Germany, and my Apple Store is the main service hub for all of Thuringia (the Province if you will), so perhaps we got exceptional service.

    It seems if he took so long that perhaps he did order it new. Really, if it came with all accessories, only has the uneven lid which most if not all have, and you have the normal warranty (you should get Apple Care though to be safe) then I would say keep it and move on.

    edit: your warranty is good through September 3, 2009. I would get that extended ASAP to be safe. You can find legitimate Apple Dealers on eBay and get Apple Care for $200, which is a small price to pay for 3 years of warranty for peace of mind.

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    I think this is what you are looking for...

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    thank you so much on this reply,but thing is i didn't get original invoice just commercial one from DHL(photocopy) and i have a privilege to live in all-forsaken Serbia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operaman View Post
    Register it and find out how much warranty is left. Really there is no difference if you cannot see a difference.
    There's a difference if he thought he was paying for a new product and got a refurb, while the person who bought it pocketed the difference. I would definitely want to know whether or not I got what I paid for.
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    Take out the battery and look near the memory cover. If it's a refurb, it should be labeled as such in that area.
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    This is good to know, thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by iivanyu View Post
    yes, and is working fine, with all cd;s and updates are running smooth.
    altho there is slight irregularity when i close the lid, it doesn't fit precise, there is about 1-1.5 mm difference between left and right side.
    And i didn't get my original invoice from Apple store
    Is there any way checking status of my machine on line and finding out w hat exact model it is.?
    many thanks
    Yes, that happened with my MacBook Pro like a couple of weeks ago. It didn't even want to eject my CD. So what I did is used force to bring it back together and I also cut the lids (or whatever they are called) that wipe the CD when you are inserting it.

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    When you say there is an issue when you close the lid, I presume you mean when you flip the screen down? Seems to be a little confusion...

    Anyway, regarding FRAUD - did the guy in the USA say that the machine was new? If he is not an authorised Mac dealer then surely the machine could only be classed as good as new? How did you pay, cash, credit card, pay-pal?

    Have you had any further problems with the Mac?

    Also, do you mind if I ask why you did not by from Apple directly?

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    Ha, I'm so glad you asked that last question. But first to say i've payed by sending the money(threw the bank) to a guy who happens to live in America. I know I could have bought it somevere in EU but they were cheaper about 150$ than my resellers at home(which is in Serbia). To make it clear, every Apple item here is 100-150% times more expensive than in USA, that stands for Serbia. And at any store in Europe situation is not so drastic but heavy enough. So instead paying 3500$ or so here i thought it would be good idea to pass with 2500$.
    So my nightmare begins. In september money was sent and i have waited for the gentleman in question for more than a month to obtain it and post it by DHL (he asked and got 250$) there is a photocopy of DHL invoice on 168$. After four days it arrived in Belgrade Serbia and was in customs for ten days. Any way in spite all i've saved about 6 or 700 $. I never got original receipt!!
    No further problems with the Mac

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    Never been to Serbia but visited Yugoslavia before the troubles, a very beautiful part of Europe.

    Hopefully the Mac will be fine and you will have no troubles but it may be worth contacting Apple Support and asking if they can give you any information.

    Good luck my fellow European Mac user!

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