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Refurbished Mac: worth it?
wilsontc 
10/6/08 10:06:26 PM
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Hello guys,

I noticed that the refurbed iMac 20"'s are nearly $300 cheaper than new ones, and they still have warranty. Is there a catch? If I buy one and it's a dud, will I get a new iMac, or another refurbed one (which could blow up at anytime).

Does anybody advise against buying refurbed? As a student, $300 makes a huge difference; much better than the pathetic $50 academic discount Apple offers on iMacs.

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TinBane 
11/6/08 1:31:24 PM
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We used to sell refurbs. We found a high proportion of them had multiple issues, and required a lot of service. It can take up a lot of your valuable time sorting it all out.

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Ulrik100 
11/6/08 5:32:39 PM
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the refurbs onthe apple site are also previous or older models.

so it may be cheaper, but it's still only $300 less for an older model not the current spec, and as TinBane said they may be DOAs or early warranty jobs that have been "fixed" but not quite.

Personally i'd go new and claim an Education vdiscount. You do know a student or a teacher don't you?

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TinBane 
11/6/08 7:46:11 PM
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If you are getting bottom of the range iMac, with just the $50 off, buy it somewhere that will offer good service, as they can match that price, and can carry out repairs for you...


you aren't in melbourne are you? :P

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wilsontc 
12/6/08 12:39:06 AM
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Quote by TinBane
If you are getting bottom of the range iMac, with just the $50 off, buy it somewhere that will offer good service, as they can match that price, and can carry out repairs for you...


you aren't in melbourne are you? :P



Yes I am. I'm still umming and ahhing about it; if I don't need photoshop too badly, I will just go with a regular PC running FreeBSD, as that's the cheapest option by far (I already have 2x22" LCDs, so I'd have to sell one if I got an iMac anyway),

PM / post the details of your workplace please! If I decide to buy an iMac I will definitely get it from your shop Tinbane :)


Ah, if only the mac mini could do dual monitors!!

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Quote by hill60606
$4-5 Billion should go a fair way towards it, especially if we get it from somewhere cheap like MSY.



JayT 
17/6/08 4:10:36 PM
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I am wondering the same thing, i mean there is one up for $1229 and the only difference between the current spec (which is $1599) and this spec is the refurb has 2.0ghz core 2 duo and current spec has 2.4ghz.

Its not worth an extra $370 for 400mhz.

So i may buy one :O


Edited by JayT: 17/6/2008 4:11:00 PM


Edited by JayT: 17/6/2008 4:11:10 PM

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wilsontc 
17/6/08 9:53:08 PM
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Quote by JayT
I am wondering the same thing, i mean there is one up for $1229 and the only difference between the current spec (which is $1599) and this spec is the refurb has 2.0ghz core 2 duo and current spec has 2.4ghz.

Its not worth an extra $370 for 400mhz.

So i may buy one :O




Let us know how it goes!

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$4-5 Billion should go a fair way towards it, especially if we get it from somewhere cheap like MSY.



zephyr 
27/6/08 9:41:10 AM
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Quote by wilsontc
Ah, if only the mac mini could do dual monitors!!



Ah, but it can, if you get a Matrox dualhead2go. Although with the mini and the monitors you already have, you may be disappointed with the resolution it can drive.

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

Just saying it exists, that's all...

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wilsontc 
27/6/08 12:46:41 PM
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Quote by zephyr
Quote by wilsontc
Ah, if only the mac mini could do dual monitors!!



Ah, but it can, if you get a Matrox dualhead2go. Although with the mini and the monitors you already have, you may be disappointed with the resolution it can drive.

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

Just saying it exists, that's all...




Yeah, but at that price I'd rather get a second hand Power Mac or new iMac and ditch one of the monitors.

They also now have a digital edition. I guess it uses a dual linked dvi port, because it can drive two 24" monitors I think. Either way, it's a much higher resolution than the original dh2go.

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npw112 
7/7/08 7:16:48 PM
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Quote by wilsontc
Hello guys,

I noticed that the refurbed iMac 20"'s are nearly $300 cheaper than new ones, and they still have warranty. Is there a catch? If I buy one and it's a dud, will I get a new iMac, or another refurbed one (which could blow up at anytime).

Does anybody advise against buying refurbed? As a student, $300 makes a huge difference; much better than the pathetic $50 academic discount Apple offers on iMacs.




No Mac is worth the asking price. Go for second hand or build your own like I did. I built a system that rivals the most expensive Mac Mini ($1150) for $350.

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plebsmacker 
7/7/08 10:49:26 PM
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Quote by npw112
Quote by wilsontc
Hello guys,

I noticed that the refurbed iMac 20"'s are nearly $300 cheaper than new ones, and they still have warranty. Is there a catch? If I buy one and it's a dud, will I get a new iMac, or another refurbed one (which could blow up at anytime).

Does anybody advise against buying refurbed? As a student, $300 makes a huge difference; much better than the pathetic $50 academic discount Apple offers on iMacs.




No Mac is worth the asking price. Go for second hand or build your own like I did. I built a system that rivals the most expensive Mac Mini ($1150) for $350.



Great input chump, thanks for playing.

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npw112 
8/7/08 6:34:13 PM
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I'm just giving some advise you don't have to call me a chump. Settle down.

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m0zes 
8/7/08 9:02:30 PM
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Quote by npw112
I'm just giving some advise you don't have to call me a chump. Settle down.



For next time, this is the mac section, people come here to ask mac questions, the rest of the forum is pretty much pc so it's pretty hard to post in the wrong section. Thus advising people to buy a pc is not going to win you any favors. Think of it this way someone wants a workstation graphics card for their system specifically for cad work, do you recommend them a desktop card because that's what you'd buy from a price perspective? Nope, you respect that they know what they need, offer helpful advice or you don't post, easy.

How are you finding the imac then wilsontc?

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 8/7/2008 09:15:15 PM

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zephyr 
9/7/08 9:09:35 AM
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Quote by m0zes Think of it this way someone wants a workstation graphics card for their system specifically for cad work, do you recommend them a desktop card because that's what you'd buy from a price perspective?


hehe, good analogy and pretty spot on. Hackintoshes are all well and good if you're just mucking around and learning about OS X, but for serious work, I'm not going to trust a copy of OS X running on non-Apple hardware that might decide to stop working sometime in the future.

If I lose a day's work, or have a machine down for that time while I'm fixing it, it pretty much wipes out the money I would have saved by building my own "mac" :-)

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PC FREAK 
11/7/08 1:21:08 AM
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m0zes is correct in his analogy and im not subtracting from it in anyways for i completely agree. (Or atleast not my aim).

Hackintoshs are great, but there not to be used for mission critical applications or anything of importance. They also have a tendency to break with updates suck as .2->.3.

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