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Apple Opens eBay Store with Refurbished Products

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Is Apple taking refurbished stock to eBay?

If you're considering a used MacBook (or iPod, or any other Apple product), you might do well to check out eBay, which apparently has it's very own Apple-run refurb store. 9to5 Mac reports that the store, named only as "Refurbished Outlet," is a trial run by Apple and the products offered come with all kinds of perks you wouldn't get buying from a private seller. These include a one year warranty, a fresh battery in iPads/iPods, a re-install of the original OS, repackaging complete with manual and cable, like-new condition, complete burn-in testing, and a final quality inspection by Apple. The prices match refurbished models sold through Apple's own website.

 

Though Apple has not confirmed that the store is run by Cupertino, 9to5 Mac seems to have gotten confirmation from someone, noting only that nobody on eBay would go on the record with a confirmation. The site noticed the store a few weeks back and has been speculating about its existence ever since. They believe it's an experiment so there's no telling how long it will last, or if it will lead to bigger and better things. For now, head on over to the store and check out what's on offer for yourself.

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    abbadon_34 , November 20, 2012 11:17 PM
    all those people "donating" their old phones ... guess where they endup ...read the fine print
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    abbadon_34 , November 20, 2012 11:17 PM
    all those people "donating" their old phones ... guess where they endup ...read the fine print
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    fuzzion , November 20, 2012 11:38 PM
    AAPL may sell really over priced toys but when it comes to product exchanges, they do so under 5 mins.
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    dimar , November 20, 2012 11:51 PM
    Clicking on New iPad (3rd Generation), takes to refurbished ipads. Looks like scam to me.
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    A Bad Day , November 20, 2012 11:58 PM
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    a fresh battery in iPads/iPods


    I don't think that's going to be possible without some added expenses to the customer. Batteries glued to the interior of the case is a tad more difficult to remove than popping them out.
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    blakbird24 , November 21, 2012 12:17 AM
    This is very un-Apple. If it's for real then i'm impressed. Although it is sorta silly because customers will be buying used Macs at prices they would pay for NEW anything else...and that's just to have old hardware in a pretty case.
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    bebangs , November 21, 2012 12:28 AM
    dont have the ego to promote and resell from apple store? like what blakbird24 said - this is so un-apple.
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    adgjlsfhk , November 21, 2012 12:38 AM
    It's not Zak!
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    vaughn2k , November 21, 2012 1:51 AM
    ... and they're selling it almost the same price of buying a new one...
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    grit5 , November 21, 2012 3:47 AM
    vaughn2k... and they're selling it almost the same price of buying a new one...


    Because they come with a 1 year warranty and the option to extend to a 3 year warranty. Same as a new product
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 21, 2012 4:39 AM
    These refurbished macbook pros are about the same or more expensive priced than with the education discount at my university for new.
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    Kami3k , November 21, 2012 5:36 AM
    grit5Because they come with a 1 year warranty and the option to extend to a 3 year warranty. Same as a new product


    So that someone excuses it to be the same price of a new one? Lol....
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    shaun_shaun , November 21, 2012 7:31 AM
    what is the difference between Apple products and Refurbished Products ? :) 
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    halcyon , November 21, 2012 8:45 AM
    The deals aren't that bad if you're not an Apple hater (or you're an adult). You get a warranty, new batteries (in ipod/ipads) and they make sure they're in new condition.
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    olaf , November 21, 2012 9:32 AM
    Still at Apple prices ... pass ty wm...
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    jn77 , November 21, 2012 10:25 AM
    Checked the link out..... why not just buy a new one..... wait, I would not buy a new one....lol....... epic fail.

    Maybe Apple can sell me a IIfx or a IICi, or what would be even cooler...... a Mac LC........ that was the last time Apple was "cool"....... we are talking about vintage 1994 products......
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    damianrobertjones , November 21, 2012 11:28 AM
    Refurb? I thought that Apple devices never had issues?
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    dextermat , November 21, 2012 12:27 PM
    The biggest issue with Refurbish product is the warranty. Why pay 10-20% less on an electronic and get only 1 /3 of the warranty at best. A refurbish product is claim to be "as new" so it should have at least 3/4 of the warranty. I wouldn't touch any refurbish product with a 10 foot pole especially laptop in that case.
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    k7mm , November 21, 2012 12:38 PM
    All those people who have Apple care....they bring in their broke stuff...this is where all of it will end up.

    Apple has the same failure rate if not more as any manufacture.

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    velocityg4 , November 21, 2012 1:44 PM
    jn77Checked the link out..... why not just buy a new one..... wait, I would not buy a new one....lol....... epic fail.Maybe Apple can sell me a IIfx or a IICi, or what would be even cooler...... a Mac LC........ that was the last time Apple was "cool"....... we are talking about vintage 1994 products......


    Those are older than 1994. 1994 would be the first generation of Powermacs. Those you listed came out in 1989-90 and ended in 1992-93. Although those first Powermacs were amazing.

    My 7100/66AV with 72MB RAM, 2MB VRAM, 2x CD-ROM, 17" 800x600 screen, and 2GB Fast-Wide SCSI hard drive was blazing fast.
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    grit5 , November 21, 2012 5:23 PM
    shaun_shaunwhat is the difference between Apple products and Refurbished Products ?

    Not the same cost as a new Apple. Usually 100-300 off for computers(a few seconds is all it takes to actually know what you are talking about these days)

    k7mmAll those people who have Apple care....they bring in their broke stuff...this is where all of it will end up.Apple has the same failure rate if not more as any manufacture.

    As stated earlier, these refurb products come with the same exact warranty coverage as a new unit, no 90day crap like most others companies(esp 3rd party resellers)
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