Buying a refurbished Mac book. Yes or no?

46 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    We bought a refurbished iMac in Oct. 2008; a 24" 3.06 GHz. It is still running great and has never had any hardware problems. We saved several hundred dollars and have not regretted in the least buying a refurbished mac.

    • Answered by Cynthia A from Jeffersonville
    • 8-Apr-2014
  • Yes. At first, I was skeptical about purchasing a refurbished Mac, but I'm glad I did. I purchased my refurbished, maxed out 13'' MacBook Air (2013) on 4/30/14 from Apple's website and I received it 2 days later and I love it!!! It is just like a new laptop and I saved close to $400!!!! The only thing is that it doesn't come in the original box. It comes in a huge white box, but other than that, packaging is nice and it comes with a new power cables and manual.

    I've decided to purchase the refurb because of the 1 yr warranty and because I can get a full refund if I return it within the 14 day period, so I had nothing to lose, besides, I can also purchase the apple care.

    This was a great investment and I will definitely purchase another refurb from Apple in the future.

    • Answered by Lakesha D from Bronx
    • 5-May-2014
  • Yes! I bought a refurbished Macbook Pro with 8GB Ram, 256 SSD, 2.4 GHZ i5 processor. I can't tell the difference between the refurbished one and a new one. Plus, it comes with the same warranty and ability to purchase AppleCare! Definitely a money-saving choice and well worth it if you find the right model!

    • Answered by Marshall M from Aberdeen
    • 2-May-2014
  • Definitely; don't hesitate.

    I've ordered refurbished MacBook Pros twice and each time they arrived in absolutely PERFECT condition, not a mark, not a scratch, not a dent, not a scuff. Absolutely MINT condition. They arrive with new cables, protective sheet on the screen and keyboard, etc. The only differences between a refurbished MBP and a new MBP is price and the fact that you don't get a nice white printed box, just a plain brown one.

    I will continue to buy refurbished MBPs going forward.

    • Answered by Ian L from Dartmouth
    • 15-May-2014
  • Yes! I purchased my 13 inch Macbook Pro back in the fall of 2010 from Apple's website, and I have had no major problems with it to this day. The product arrived within two days, and was in factory condition, all the accessories and manuals ect were new and inside the box.

    My lifestyle is somewhat rugged, so I haven't kept the machine in the best environments, but I have used acceptable 3rd party protectors and coverings, the mac still runs efficiently and looks new whenever i clean it. Definitely a good value if you need or want a Pro but need to save as much money as possible. In fact, I plan on purchasing an additional refurbished unit within the month. Will get the Apple-Care this time around.

    Until my personal finances improve, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase refurbished... from the APPLE-site I stress!

    • Answered by Julius W from Richmond
    • 2-Jun-2014
  • YES YES YES. I would recommend the Mac Refurbished to anyone wanting to get into the mac world and those who have been here since the beginning. I bought a late 2011 and a mid 2012 macbook pro 15". The warranty and support is the same as if it was new and the money you can save is awesome.

    I would, however, recommend one thing.. BUY THE APPLE CARE! it's been a lifesaver when a computer had an issue and had to be sent in. So happy we have the applecare.

    With our great experience with the refurbished store and apple's support both online, on the phone, and in the store, we now have 2 macbook pro 15", a macbook pro 13", 2 iPad, 2 iPhones, the airport extreme with time capsule and have even converted our business to apple. Now just can't wait until the new iOS and OS X.

    • Answered by Christopher L from Dallas
    • 8-Jun-2014
  • I bought a Refurbished MacBook in 07 and it still works like a champ. No issues to report.

    • Answered by Steven O from Elgin
    • 3-Jun-2014
  • I look to refurbished first when I look for anything Apple. I bought a 2010 11.6 inch macbook air and its still working fantastic, even though just 2 GB ram I run Mavericks with no problem. At the rate its going it will last a decade! My iMac was bought at the store but after my air purchase I Look to refurbished first :)

    • Answered by James O from Etobicoke
    • 1-Jun-2014
  • I have never once purchased a new Apple device (exception is iPhone with service plan). I have had two iPads, one iMac, two MacBooks, and a MacBook Air with zero problems with any of them. Apple does a fantastic job of refurbishing devices providing me with a great savings on a product that meets my needs.

    • Answered by Andrew H from St Louis Park
    • 26-Jun-2014
  • i have two refurbished mac products and they are just as good as brand new...just for less money.... so yes do it

    • Answered by Steven J from Fort Saskatchewan
    • 21-Jun-2014
  • Yes, we bought a MacBook on refurb 5 years ago and it's still doing great.

    • Answered by Alison K from Acworth
    • 4-Jul-2014
  • I bought a refurb'd MacBook Pro. It was indistinguishable from new and I saved quite a bit of money. NO regrets...!

    • Answered by Ivan B from Laurel
    • 9-Jul-2014
  • Definitely. Bought one (from apple) 3 years ago, sold it to a friend (it's still running strong - i7 quad core and I upgraded the ram to 16gb). Went back to pc, bought a refurb air for the wife (from apple), she LLLOOOOOVVVEEEESS it, so I bought a used MBP and am now considering a refurb air, if I could find one with an not-so-inner geek will not allow me to get anything less....

    • Answered by Roger J from Columbus
    • 3-Jul-2014
  • I have furnished my office with Mac Mini's and Macbook Airs with Refurbs....and saved hundreds.

    Apple's refurbs are as good as their new products - with same protection and service. Apple is an amazing company when it comes to standing behind their refurbs. I got a refurbed phone from my provider and it was obviously not an Apple product, and took it to the Apple store and they took care of it - no questions asked.

    Suport after the sale is the best.

    A definitive YES.

    • Answered by Steve M from Greenfield
    • 22-Aug-2014
  • YES: I bought a 2012 13" MacBook Pro in 2013, In March 2014 the keyboard developed a fault. Apple replaced the keyboard under warranty & it has been working fine ever since. I did purchase an additional 2 year warranty with Apple care.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to save some serious money & buy refurb. Mine looked brand new when I received it and it came with all the accessories as well as a free upgrade to OSX.

    MacBook Pro.
    8GB Ram
    2.9 GHz Intel Core I7
    750GB HD
    Optical Drive

    • Answered by Vinny O
    • 22-Aug-2014
  • Go for it. We have two refurbished MacBook Pros and one new MacBook Pro. Our first refurb was purchased in 2008 and our second in 2010. I am on my early 2008 15-inch right now. I'm running OS X Yosemite Beta 10.10 with a 2.5 GHz intel Core 2 Duo and 4GB of SDRAM. All is great. I dabble in iOS development so have the beta of Yosemite that is coming out later this year. It is amazing that i have a MacBook Pro that I bought 6 years ago and it is running the latest everything with no issues. I have replaced the battery twice due to normal performance degradation but that is the only thing I have done. I also upgraded the original 2 GB of RAM to 4 GB of RAM about 2 years ago.
    The second MBP refurb we bought was in 2010. It is equally impressive. It is one I bought for my wife. She does a lot with Aperture and iMovie so we needed a bit more horsepower for her. Mine seemed a bit slow. Upon more years of using Aperture and iMovie we discovered my MacBook Pro was not really the issue. We were letting the libraries get too large. Reconfiguring how we store our pictures and movies into one year per library has resolved the performance issues. Although the 2010 MacBook Pro is still faster in general. It has a faster processor and quicker hard drive RPM.
    The new MacBook Pro we have is as great as the others. We really just bought it because I was going crazy wanting something new. I think all of those years buying a new Microsoft Windows laptop every 2 or 3 years because of blue screens or HW failure engrained a false sense of just needing something new. Like I said, I am on old trusty right now. Still ticking right along. We have never had one problem at all with any of our Apple stuff. We have 3 MBP's, 4 iPads, 6 iPhones(2 - 3g's, 2 - 4s's and 2 - 5s's), a first gen iPod touch(this was the first item that really started the whole thing). We also have an AppleTV which is awesome and i think that is all. Their stuff costs more but it is worth it.

    • Answered by Michael W from Frisco
    • 3-Sep-2014
  • I say yes!
    I bought a refurbished 15" Mac Book Pro and it is working like a champ.
    I bought a brand new 13" and had to take it in for service. That is why I bought a refurbished Mac Book Pro.
    I would do it again!

    • Answered by Pierre C from Cedar Park
    • 12-Jul-2014
  • Yes Yes Yes, Have had an awesome experience and my Macbook Pro is brand new, could not tell the difference....Thank you Apple for allowing us to save some money and get the same product. If your on the fence like I was, Please DONT BE....You will not regret your purchase.

    • Answered by Michael H from Hendersonville
    • 5-Sep-2014
  • Yes

    • Answered by Christian S from Branson
    • 17-Aug-2014
  • Yes

    • Answered by Angel F from San Juan
    • 29-Jun-2014