Cheap Refurbished Apple Computers

Are you looking for cheap refurbished Apple computers? Well in this article I’ll discuss some of the pros and cons of buying refurbished vs. buying new as well as point out some good places to purchase refurbished Apple products.

Apple products are very expensive, but they are high quality. It is this high quality that makes refurbished units more attractive than other products which may not be that great to begin with. Apple is also known for replacing some of the key components when they refurbish their products. For example, many refurbished iPads actually have brand new screens and sometimes new cases so really the inside components are the only pieces which are reused in the refurbish.

Unfortunately, the tradeoff for this very high quality on the refurbished units is that often the prices are not that much lower than for brand new products. As an example, currently on the Apple store’s website there is a refurbished 13” MacBook Pro listed for $1,189. That’s only $210 off the brand new price. In my opinion, if you’re going to spend $1200 on a MacBook why not get a brand new one? In this case the discount for the official refurbished unit direct from Apple is 15%. This 15% seems to be pretty standard for an official Apple refurb.

There are third parties that offer certified used Apple products as well. These are not official Apple refurbished units but the savings can be more significant. For example, has certified used 13” MacBook Pro’s for under $1,000. This is obviously several hundred dollars cheaper than directly from Apple, but the fact that they are not official is somewhat worrisome to me.

Another third party example is I’m sure you’ve heard of Amazon. I love them. And Amazon actually has lower prices on NEW MacBooks than buying from Apple directly, which is amazing. If you couple this with an Amazon Prime membership which gives you free 2-day shipping (plus many other cool benefits) it’s tough to beat Amazon for Apple product prices and shipping. In addition, in many states there is currently no sales tax on Amazon purchases which can save you quite a bit of money when buying an item as expensive as a MacBook.

I’ve highlighted a couple of the current Apple computer offerings on Amazon below if you want to check them out. If you do some research on Amazon and other third party retailers you may find cheap refurbished Apple Computers to meet your needs.