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Refurb price drops
Posted by: artie67
Date: March 11, 2009 06:19PM
Anyone pick up a Refurb IMac since the recent price drop? 2.4 's at $849 for the "20 and $1049 for the "24 along the with drop of the 2.8 a couple weeks ago. What is the longevity of the Optiarc DVD burner? I read that Apple only replaces with same. I think Applecare is a must here.
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 11, 2009 07:26PM
optiarc is a sony burner

i dunno if the life of the DVD burner would be the first thing i would think about -- but i would imagine that it will last plenty long -- unless you are burning 500 DVDs a day?

several peeps bought the 2.8 for $1200, the best deal on any mac at any price going right now



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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: Black
Date: March 11, 2009 07:29PM
Mini-hijack here:
I think Applecare for a laptop is a no-brainer, but I paid $949 for a refurb white 20" going on a year ago-- is Applecare particularly crucial for one of these, in anyone's opinion?




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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: March 11, 2009 08:13PM
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Black
Mini-hijack here:
I think Applecare for a laptop is a no-brainer, but I paid $949 for a refurb white 20" going on a year ago-- is Applecare particularly crucial for one of these, in anyone's opinion?

I got AppleCare on the 20" I bought in 2006, but I haven't needed it, and it's getting ready to have its third birthday.

Did you use a credit card with extended warranty? If so, I'd just go with that, unless someone pipes up with a problem they know about with the particular model you got. If I could predict the future, I would have saved the money I spent on AC for both the iMac and this PB. The only Mac I had to have repaired after the first year was the Pismo. Naturally I didn't have AC on it, but American Express was very prompt about sending me a check to pay for repairs. (And then it kept going for years without any more trouble.)
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: Black
Date: March 11, 2009 08:28PM
Thanks, AD. I've looked at the fine print for my CC's extended warranty and there are so many exclusions, and there's so much paperwork I think I probably wouldn't bother. Aside from that, who knows how much longer Citi is going to be around.




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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: vicrock
Date: March 11, 2009 08:35PM
I look on applecare as cheap insurance - buy it on e-bay, and hope you don't need it. I don't consider myself hard on computers, but I have not had one in the last 5 years that didn't need SOMETHING fixed.
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: March 11, 2009 08:37PM
The 24" 2.8Ghz actually got a slight upward bump from $1,199 to $1,299. You can get one new in the box for only a hundred dollars more in the clearance section. The 3.06Ghz got a *big* cut from $1,899 to $1,599 though. It has the GeForce 8800 GS video card with 512MB of memory too. That may be the sweet spot now. Although I'm sure they'll be gone fast, if they're even still available.

There's a lot of nice hardware available right now if you're in the market.
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: March 11, 2009 09:01PM
Last time I checked on eBay; Applecare for iMacs was selling for $77-$87. That is very cheap insurance. $3-$4 a month.

I've bought Applecare off eBay for my Mac Pro, MacBook and iPod Touches. You easily save up to 50% off list price.



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: richorlin
Date: March 11, 2009 09:11PM
I've always bought Applecare off of eBay. I bought a refurb 24" iMac a year and a half ago and I've had to have both the hard drive and optical drive replaced. Parts and labor would have come to almost half the price of the refurb unit. Certainly worth the $90 I paid for the AC. Oh, and thanks to info I learned here, I also used the iMac's Applecare to replace a four year old Airport Express that went wonky.



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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: March 11, 2009 10:02PM
I thought this was gonna be about the $179 + 15% off deals that have been mentioned on other threads around here...
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 11, 2009 10:08PM
I just sent in my 2 year, 11 month and 20 day old macbook pro into repair, got both its strange-sounding fans but also its original (and long-since toast) battery replaced. Well worth the insurance I paid for a retail apple care.

I have never purchased an Apple Care from ebay as this sounds too strange to me - why would someone sell their Apple Care? How can they make money off this if it isn't stolen?



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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 12, 2009 01:26AM
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sekker

I have never purchased an Apple Care from ebay as this sounds too strange to me - why would someone sell their Apple Care? How can they make money off this if it isn't stolen?

I have never purchased Apple care, and I too have wondered why Apple care would show up on eBay. My thoughts on this are that maybe this happens when someone sells a Mac, and they realize that Applecare does not add any resale value to the computer. Why purchase insurance for a rapidly depreciating asset?
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: March 12, 2009 01:48AM
One repair and you have taken care of the cost of Apple care how many times over.

Yes, in a perfect world our Macs would run for 10 years if need be. But over the last 5 years we've seen power supply issues in the PMG5s, coolant issues in the PMG5s, video board issues in the iBooks, bad capacitors in the imac G5s, plastic cracking on MacBooks.

Sometimes Apple covers the repairs without the need for Applecare, sometimes not.
It's that inconsistency that I don't want to deal with.

We pay extra for our Macs but that does not guarantee they will not fail.



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)





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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: decay
Date: March 12, 2009 10:05AM
if someone buys AppleCare, then they drop or physically damage their Mac, or it's stolen, and they haven't registered it, they can sell it if they don't plan on getting another Mac of the same type, or at all.



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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: michaelb
Date: March 12, 2009 10:42AM
I understand why many people want to buy applecare, and having just bought a mini myself, at some point next year I will think about it. I always use AMEX so I always get the extra year, so that will likely decide it for me.

However, I want to address a commonly expressed misconception about applecare specifically and insurance generally: you always lose (on average). Much like gambling, you are betting against the house. I guarantee you that Apple prices AC to ensure that they make profits across the product line, including on laptops. Because consumers are much more cost sensitive on the price of the product upfront, prices and profits on these repair agreements are much higher.

The reason to buy any insurance product including AC is in the unlikely event of a loss you would be unable to repair or replace the product. Buying AC increases your overall computer costs for your lifetime by (guessing) 5-10% at least, even net of the reduced cost of repairs paid for by AC.
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Re: Refurb price drops
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 12, 2009 06:02PM
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sekker
I just sent in my 2 year, 11 month and 20 day old macbook pro into repair, got both its strange-sounding fans but also its original (and long-since toast) battery replaced. Well worth the insurance I paid for a retail apple care.

I have never purchased an Apple Care from ebay as this sounds too strange to me - why would someone sell their Apple Care? How can they make money off this if it isn't stolen?

One source, persons who buy and do not get around to registering before selling or losing a Mac has been mentioned already. But a bigger source is Apple retailers. They have certain Applecare quotas in the form of some percentage of machines sold to get incentives from Apple in the form of demo machines and other bonuses. So if they are coming up short at the end of a month or quarter, they can sell Applecare off at invoice or less to someone who will sell it in the various "gray" markets. Since the invoice price on Applecare is a fraction of the retail price like most extended care packages, there is plenty of room to still make a small profit. The retailer meets their quotas, gets the bonus material, and others get Applecare for a markdown. Apple is not out any money either, they were paid, so does not make a big issue of it.

Another source is stock from store and distributor closings. I suspect a good fraction of the recent CompUSA and Circuit City stock of Applecare boxes went this way instead of being sold in the stores.



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