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When it comes to technology for work or play, Apple makes some of the best devices you can find online. From compact tablets to powerful laptops, you’ll find the ubiquitous developer’s logo in the hands of almost everyone throughout the day. These devices can be very expensive, but there’s a way to get some of the best technology out there: the Apple Certified Refurbished program.
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If you’re not familiar with Apple refurbished items, they’re basically used items that were either returned, recycled through the program, or defective. For those of you looking to save money on Apple products, this is the perfect way to get what you want for less. Plus, every Apple Certified Refurbished product comes with a standard one-year limited warranty – if something doesn’t work right, they’ll fix it.
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If you’re still hesitant about buying an Apple-certified refurbished product, we’ve answered some common questions and highlighted the best deals you can snag.
What are some of the best Apple Certified Refurbished deals available?
Why should you buy refurbished?
Shopping refurbished is not only a great way to save money on your favorite products, it also helps keep perfectly working Apple items out of landfills. You can think of them as “like new” items that have undergone rigorous testing to meet the functional standards of a new computer, but are available at a reduced price. For example, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is currently priced at $1,299. However, if you buy a refurbished one, it’s $1,059 (a $190 saving). Like new products, they come with a one-year limited warranty (up to 90 days of free technical support) so you have peace of mind if something doesn’t work right.
How does it compare to new Apple products?
They’re subjected to the same rigorous tests that brand new Apple products go through. They also use genuine Apple parts when needed, thorough cleaning and rigorous inspection. And they all come with original accessories, cables and operating systems – and a new battery and outer shell.
The only discernible difference: refurbished Apple products are sent in a white box and not as in the store.
What types of Apple Certified Refurbished products are available?
You can get almost every line of Apple products that includes their Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TV items – iPods and accessories are occasionally available. While you don’t typically see the latest products in the refurbished department, there are times when you will come across one. Stock is also limited.
What kind of guarantee does it come with?
All Apple Certified Refurbished products come with their standard one-year limited warranty. The limited warranty covers all manufacturing defects (including defects in materials or workmanship) for one year from the date of purchase. In layman’s terms, if you are using it normally and suddenly a problem arises through no fault of your own, it will most likely be covered during the one year period of the limited warranty.
Can you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan for your refurbished items?
Absolutely! As with any new Apple product, purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you up to three years of telephone support for your refurbished items, covering any defects through no fault of your own.
What is the return policy?
The same standard return policy applies to Apple Certified Refurbished products. You have 14 calendar days from the time you received your item to return it – which gives you two weeks to see if you change your mind.
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