Apple Refurbished Store
From Mac Guides
The Apple Online Store has Apple-Certified Refurbished Products that perform and look like new Apple products, and are covered by Apple Store’s standard one-year limited warranty. Apple's Refurb stores can be accessed by visiting your region's store, and clicking the "Special Deals" section. Currently, this section is available for many countries.
Get a good idea of what you want and at what price, and be ready to take action on it quickly when your model becomes available. Items sold are usually removed from the Refurb store within a few minutes of order confirmation, so it's unusual to see a product listed which is no longer available.
Refurb alert services
When Apple receives returned products by customers or are end-of-series, It refurbished it. This means that the producer will renew it before offering it at its online store with substantial reductions (more than -40%). Its online store called also «Refurb store» works on a first come first served basis while stocks last. In addition, the manufacturer supplies the store at quite a late time and in very limited quantities. You must be very motivated to get an item ! Some services facilitate the purchase of these items :
RefurbMe offers a full service to check on refurbished products. You can receive notifications when a product that suits you best is available (by SMS, phone call or email).
So, you can easily set your customizable alert to receive the product that you are looking for. But also request for new arrival notification. In the main page, you can filter by the products' features as: release date, price, CPU speed, RAM size, hard drive...
The service allows you to have always an eye on the latest refurbished Mac products available in more than 21 countries (America, Europe, Asia, Australia... ), have a full access to stock and price trends, watch real-time stock preview.
Mac2sell.com offer RSS feeds for the US and UK Refurb stores, which allow you to keep a constant watch on inventory using a RSS reader such as the (newly) free NewsFire. Clicking on the items in the RSS feeds will direct you to their store page immediately.
152.org also offers RSS feeds for the Japan, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong (en) and Italy. You can select a specific feed for Desktops, Accessories, iPads or iPods. You can also narrow the results with a search to show only the items you're interested in.
Refurb Store commitment
Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. These products have been returned under Apple's Return and Refund Policies. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple's stringent quality refurbishment process.
Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:
- is fully tested (including full burn-in testing).
- is refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.
- is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
- is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.).
- includes the operating software originally shipped with the unit and the custom software offered with that system.
- is given a new refurbished part number and serial number.
- is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.
Refurbishment procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple's Finished Goods testing procedures.