The words “refurbished” or “used” can make people nervous when looking to purchase a new electronic, but when looking into buying your next Apple product buying a refurbished Mac is a great option. Buying a refurbished Mac can save you between 10-25% from buying new, who doesn’t want to save some money?
So what do “used” and “refurbished” really mean? These two words are interchanged a lot when talking about looking into a refurbished Mac, but they have different meanings that you need to know before you make your next purchase.
Buying a used Mac means the product will come in the condition that it is in when sold whether it is new, old, dirty or warn. With a refurbished Mac, items are supposed to be in new, mint, excellent or good conditions. When you buy a refurbished Mac it is cleaned and any cosmetic damage that is repairable is also done to make it look as new as possible.
Along with being cleaned and repaired, refurbished Macs are also inspected to make sure everything is functioning, a process used Macs do not undergo. These inspections test the products’ hardware and if any of these tests fail the hardware is replaced. Many times with a refurbished Mac customers are also able to add upgrades for more memory, different accessories and software that sellers of used Macs would not provide.
Another difference between used Macs and refurbished Macs is a warranty. Some used Macs will come with a warranty but most of the time they don’t. When you purchase a refurbished Mac it includes a 90-day warranty (unless the original Apple Warranty or AppleCare warranty is still good). There could also be an additional option to buy an extended warranty as well.
There can be some risk with buying a used Mac and the quality of the product might not be the best, but refurbished Macs offer a reliable option for customers to get a quality product at a cheaper price. So when you’re looking into your next Apple product, feel confident in a refurbished Mac!