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Topic # 141048 28-Feb-2014 06:13 Send private message

I recently received an email a few days ago regarding an iMac selling for $999. They are advertising that its the lowest price in NZ... but I'm just wondering if it's worth it to buy it? It's refurbished and I think it's an older i3


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  Reply # 995953 28-Feb-2014 06:43 Send private message

Just had a look, here are the specifications:

https://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i3-3.2-27-inch-aluminum-mid-2010-specs.html

Keeping in mind that it is almost 4 years old at this stage - I'll leave it up to you whether you think paying $999 for almost 4 year old technology as a good buy.




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  Reply # 995967 28-Feb-2014 07:53 Send private message

Seems good value, but its not Apple refurbished by the looks of it. Using the word refurbished on an Apple product could be a little misleading IMO. I think its a nice buy

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  Reply # 995989 28-Feb-2014 08:27 Send private message

I'd steer clear.

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  Reply # 995990 28-Feb-2014 08:29 Send private message

gehenna: I'd steer clear.


Why?

Bad value or as its basically just a secondhand iMac and not Apple refurbished?

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  Reply # 996004 28-Feb-2014 08:41 Send private message

Well that's $1000 for a machine that's a year out of manufacturer support. So no calling Apple when something goes wrong. No taking it into an Apple Service Centre without paying time and materials.

At least Apple refurbs come with a standard warranty. Have you checked the Apple refurb website: http://store.apple.com/nz/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

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  Reply # 996052 28-Feb-2014 09:19 Send private message

There's a few places that sell off their own "refurbished" Macs, iPhones and iPads (PB Tech does it from time to time, plus a few of the small Asian-owned parrallel-import computer stores). Mostly old equipment which is ex-lease. Usually they do come with anything from 30 days to six months warranty, but personally I'd steer clear.



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  Reply # 996156 28-Feb-2014 10:27 Send private message

Thanks for all your comments. But I'm still deciding whether to get it or not... it's for three days only it seems like so I still have today and tomorrow to decide so we'll see!

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  Reply # 996160 28-Feb-2014 10:28 Send private message

Does the CGA apply for refurbished goods? I think it might but can anyone confirm or deny?

The goods aren't being sold as seconds/as is so CGA may apply?




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  Reply # 996162 28-Feb-2014 10:30 Send private message

Ok basic general consumer advices is that CGA still applies to "seconds" except that you cannot complain about the defect that caused it to be a second if this was mentioned prior (not sure what happens whether the exact defect isn't actually specified).

Here you are being sold a working computer with no known/stated faults. So CGA should apply past the 90 days?




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  Reply # 996178 28-Feb-2014 10:47 Send private message

Well you could replace a hard drive and claim the device is "refurbished". I don't see how you could reasonably attempt to claim on CGA for a device that is already 4 years old.... unless the refurbishment included every component inside the case.

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  Reply # 996191 28-Feb-2014 10:54 Send private message

gehenna: Well you could replace a hard drive and claim the device is "refurbished". I don't see how you could reasonably attempt to claim on CGA for a device that is already 4 years old.... unless the refurbishment included every component inside the case.

CGA applies to new and second hand goods, and Consumer NZ also believes that this extends to "seconds" so it's not far fetched to suggest that CGA will likely apply to this purchase.

The CGA is deliberately vague with regards coverage - a "reasonable length of time" here might be a year, and that would make sense given that the original computer should really be good for at least 5 years.




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  Reply # 996200 28-Feb-2014 10:58 One person supports this post Send private message

anniehall: I recently received an email a few days ago regarding an iMac selling for $999. They are advertising that its the lowest price in NZ... but I'm just wondering if it's worth it to buy it? It's refurbished and I think it's an older i3

It's a nice display I can see why it is attractive. Apple resale value remains high for a good period but you may not realise it hits a cliff and crashes into the ground. That happens one release after the point that Apple decide not to supply any more operating system upgrades. Ie; 'Mavericks' is the latest.

Someone else could take a guess at how long further upgrades will be available for that machine. Or even if the current O/S is available for it. Apple are not easy to predict.

A comparable current spec Apple machine is approx $2.5k. 1K for something that is 13 years old is a big achievement on Apple's part ; ) but it's around the market price imho. For a well made machine with some kind of warranty on it it's not so bad and does get you started on the Apple platform.

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  Reply # 996210 28-Feb-2014 11:03 Send private message

From everymac: "This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," except for Power Nap and AirPlay Mirroring functionality (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or later."



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  Reply # 997704 2-Mar-2014 18:43 Send private message

Made up my mind to buy it today but seems its sold out :( But seeing all your opinions on it I will take this as a sign. Time to start looking again.
Thank you all anyway

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