The extra benefit of refurb models is that they're usually more fully tested than the brand new ones before they go out of the door, too. So both cheaper and more likely to be reliable right from the start.<br><br>- padmavyuha<br><br>[color:purple]A lopsided man runs best along the little side-hills of success<br>- Frank Moore Colby</font color=purple>
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I convinced a friend to buy a refurb iMac last year, she has had nothing but problems... I feel so guilty. I told her refurbs are generally a great idea cause all the bugs should already be ironed out. The iMac has been sent in 3 times to date and yes I did have her buy AppleCare.<br><br>My personal experience has been great. 3 refurbs and no problems at all.<br><br>
You don't say exactly what the problems were on the iMac so it's hard to say, hardware or software? Many times AppleCare calls are due to software issues, which many times stem from user error, which has nothing to do with the integrity of the hardware.<br><br>If it has been in 3 times for hardware issues it could be covered by a lemon law, unable to fix an issue after three incidents.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
I'd buy one in a heartbeat...<br><br>(1) Get SAME 12 Mo warrenty.<br>(2) save hundreds of $<br>(3) any doubts - reinvest dome of the savings to get AppleCare. <br><br> Win-Win !!<br><br>I bought refurb iPod -- had 12 mo - works great.<br><br>David (OFI)
One incident was with video, one the hard drive failed and not sure of the third but she was without her iMac for a week. Is there a 3 strikes and "give me a new one" rule?<br><br>The real drag with these sorts of problems is that you're on the phone with AppleCare for hours and hours and then without the computer for days or weeks. The thing with refurbs it seems you can't just take the computer down to an authorized Apple dealer and have them fix it up. She was told by AppleCare to drop it off to an Apple techs house, kinda strange I thought because she lives in Vancouver so there are many authorized dealers. <br><br>I'm not saying refurbs are a bad deal. Like I've said, I've had no problems with the 3 I've owned... just one persons experience.<br><br>I forgot to mention that she's a switcher... not having the best first time Mac experience. I've told her every company will have lemons within the millions they build.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Charles on 01/09/08 12:48 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Wow, that's unfortunate luck, especially for a switcher. <br><br>The three strikes is usually for the same problem, not different ones.<br><br>Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out for her.<br><br>Jim<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
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Hard drives are relatively easy to deal with yourself as long as you can read and follow directions. It only takes an hour or two if you've never done it before. Of course, restoring the system and software takes a while if you don't have a good, recent back up.<br><br><br>
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