Buying a Refurbished Mac? 10 Things You Need to Know

MakeUseOf | 7/19/2019 | Dan Price
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Everyone knows Mac computers are expensive. Whether the hardware justifies the price is an argument for another day, but one fact is clear: the high cost makes Macs unaffordable for a huge number of people.

If you want to use a Mac but don’t have the money to buy a new machine, a refurbished model is definitely worth considering. But there are a few points you need to keep in mind before you part with your cash. Keep reading to learn more.

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If you are thinking about buying a refurbished Mac, make sure that you don’t accidentally end up buying a used Mac instead.

There are only a limited number of places to buy official refurbished Macs. Apple itself has a store for refurbished hardware, but you can also check out sites like Mac of All Trades, Other World Computing, and PowerMax. You can even find some great deals at stores like Best Buy.

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Buying a refurbished MacBook is a great way to save money, especially since Apple computers last a long time, so here's the best places to buy them.

Some sites that sell refurbished Mac also sell used Macs—so pay careful attention to the product description before you hit the button to buy.

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Remember, a refurbished Mac will be as good as new internally. If any of the computer’s components were not at the functional standard of a new device, Apple (or a trusted party) will have replaced them.

Refurbished products can only come onto the market when newer offerings become available.

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For common devices, such as old entry-level MacBook Air laptops, that’s not an issue. But if you want a fancier model, you might have to wait for a refurbished version to hit the stores. And remember, you could be competing with other people who have their eye on the same machine.

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