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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?
    hi i am getting a mac for my birthday, i am 14 and will be using it for school and school related tasks and loading music onto and films etc. I would just like to know what mac you guys would reccomend for me and wether buying refurbished products is a good idea or not? Thanks for all your advice.
    P.S- I will be buying a notebook not a desktop.

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?
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    Same thing as new. How I got mine. And if it breaks down at any point, it has nothing to do with it being refurbished and the fix it like its new (depending on the warranty of course.) Mine hasn't broken down by the way.

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    I've had a refurb. Macbook and sold it 3 months later. Not that it was bad, only because I decided on a refurb iMac. I've had that for 3 months with no problem. I've had 2 refurb. iPods as well. Refurb is the smart way to go.
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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?

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    it's a very good idea. All of the apple products I've owned are refurbished and no one, including myself, can tell the difference vs. new.

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    I've never heard anything bad from any members here who have bought refurbed Macs. They're basically brand new, they function new, and they look new.
    "Anecdotal thinking comes naturally, science requires training." - Michael Shermer

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    Love my refurb macbook, only difference I noticed from a new macbook was the plain brown box it came in.

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    No problems with my MacBook Pro - I couldn't tell it from new aside from the plain cardboard box it came in. They even gave me 1GB of RAM when it was advertised as having 512MB. I paid $1270 out the door with tax, I've yet to see another deal like that with equivalent specs. Even the older G4 15" Powerbooks go for more on Apple's refurb site.

    I've said this in a few other threads, but I think it's worth repeating - the term "refurbished" implies that the machine has been made "like new". If there are any problems, you can always return or send it back for a refund.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?

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    thanks guys and any advice on which portable mac to get?

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?

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    and also on the apple mac webiste (UK as that is where i live) it says that there may be cosmetic imperfections to the macs have any of you experienced this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srgthunder View Post
    thanks guys and any advice on which portable mac to get?
    It depends on your needs. What do you want to do with the machine?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by srgthunder View Post
    and also on the apple mac webiste (UK as that is where i live) it says that there may be cosmetic imperfections to the macs have any of you experienced this?
    No, but the return policy still applies - so if something is not to your liking, you can always return it and get another.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    ok thanks guys and im undecided between the black macbook or the just below it, also does anyone know any uk stores to get external hard drives for macs?

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    Cancom have lots of externals (lots of expensive ones too :O). They also sell refurbs there, but they might not be as good as the ones on the Apple website..

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    Are refurbished products from the apple store a good idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by srgthunder View Post
    ok thanks guys and im undecided between the black macbook or the just below it, also does anyone know any uk stores to get external hard drives for macs?
    You can use just about any external drive you want to. You don't need to purchase something "Mac-specific".
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    I think a lot of mac users like LaCie for external storage. I'm getting a western digital passport to lug around and still looking for a good NAS for the house.

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