Everyone knows that the price of Mac computers is unaffordable for a lot of people. If you are among those who struggle to afford this new machine, we’ve got good news for you – you can still own that super-resolution Macbook in the form of refurbished products.

Here’s a guide to help you buy a refurbished Mac.

What is a refurbished Mac?

Before anything else, let’s get one thing clear: A refurbished Mac is different from a resold. Resold means someone is selling the same item again, and it is often used and comes with issues.

A refurbished Mac was sent back to the retailer because of a minor issue. The retailer or a third-party refurbishing outfit takes the machine apart, fixes the problem, sets it in operational status, gives the product a once-over to make sure that it is working right, then repackages it to be sold under a refurbished tag.

Apple tests its refurbished items pretty extensively. And since they are making these products in the first place, you are assured that testing is thorough.

Refurbished Apple products cannot be sold at Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price or MSRP, so they are usually sold at a discount. This means you are buying a product that is often just as good as new internally but not as expensive.

Apple has its own refurbished store, complete with its own Certified Refurbished designation, which means experts ensure that every device functions correctly before putting it up in the market. The store offers top quality, so it’s almost like getting a machine that’s nearly the same as a new model. It’s like an instant discount option when shopping for a new Apple device.

However, it’s important to note that it’s not common to find refurbished versions of recently-launched Apple products because they likely haven’t been sold and returned to the retailers yet. It usually takes a few months for a Mac to be out in the market before any refurbished device is sold in the market, and these will be snapped up immediately. Most of the refurbished products will probably be between one and two years old. It’s unusual to find refurbished Apple electronics

Choosing the right vendor

Choosing the right vendor
Besides Apple’s refurbished section, you can also purchase a refurbished device from third-party vendors that specialize in refurbishing, like Derek Enterprises, LLC. You can often snag better deals through a third-party retailer than you can through the Apple Store.

When looking for the best possible prices, don’t just type a search into eBay because that’s the easiest way to be scammed and disappointed. Instead, look for stores or sellers that offer well-reviewed refurbished items.

Derek Enterprises LLC specializes in Apple/Mac products and offers brand new, pre-owned, and refurbished Macs. Todd Derek, the Senior Consultant and Market Leader of Derek Enterprises, has over 30 years of experience in Apple (Mac) Computer Service.

Signs of a good deal

While the price is the most critical factor in deciding which refurbished Mac retailer to buy from, there are other signs of getting a good deal. Here’s what to watch out for:

Warranties and return policies: A warranty offers some protection if the refurbished Mac you bought unexpectedly becomes defective after you get it, so you don’t get to waste too much money. Derek Enterprises offers similar protection. For more details, call us at (541) 255-2310.

Testing: You want to buy a Mac from a company that provides product testing. Here at Derek Enterprises, we offer to test our Refurbished Mac desktop and laptops to ensure our clients that the products they purchase will perform adequately, if not better, than new ones.

Hands-on examination: This option isn’t possible when buying online, but if you’re scrutinizing local retailers, make sure you can inspect and test the product yourself. Doing so will allow you to check any apparent problems before buying.

Original materials: A reliable refurbished product should have the original box, instructions, and accessories. These add-ons are part of what makes a refurbished model distinct from its used counterpart.

Original materials

Signs of a bad deal

If you decide to buy from just any retailer on eBay, Amazon, and other corners of the web, here are the signs that you should think twice about purchasing that refurbished Mac:

No warranty, no guarantee: If a seller doesn’t offer any protection or return policy, you should consider that as a warning sign. In the same way, if the warranty is too short, it gives you a hint that the dealer doesn’t trust the reliability of the products they are selling.

No photos of the actual product: If the seller isn’t trusted and isn’t posting real pictures of the product, slowly back away.

A Mac model that’s too old for you and Apple: While older refurbished products cost less money, that doesn’t mean you should buy it. Older products don’t usually support the latest macOS features and come with all the problems of an outdated model.

If you’re considering a refurbished Mac model that’s more than three years old, ask the seller if the product’s battery has been replaced. You can also check Apple’s “Vintage and obsolete products” page to see if Apple no longer supports the device you want to buy.

Refurbished goods that are “used”: Some retailers tags used products as refurbished. This is especially prevalent on Amazon and eBay. Go with a store that really sells refurbished products, like Derek Enterprises.

If you are living in Oregon and the surrounding areas and are looking to upgrade to a Mac, Derek Enterprises has got you covered! We offer new, refurbished, and certified pre-owned Mac products.

If you need help deciding what to purchase or want to learn more about our products and services, call us at (541) 255-2310 or machelp@toddderek.com. We invite you to visit our new retail store called SmartHelp in the Rogue Valley Mall at 1600 N. Riverside Ave., Space 253, Medford, OR 97501. We hope to serve you soon!

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