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[Apple] 2017 13" MacBook Pros Refurb. now available

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[Apple] 2017 13" MacBook Pros Refurb. now available

The Apple refurb store now has the 2017 13" MacBook Pros available (with and without touchbar). They also occasionally will have 2016 13" MBPs available at a lower cost than in the past. Various models, so make sure you compare with the retail before purchasing, but discounts are anywhere from $350 plus from new. Apple refurbs are practically brand new, come with one year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

Example:
Base touchbar model, New: $2400 Refurb: $2039

Alternatively, you can purchase via their edu channel at a reduced (Base $2259) and get a free pair of Beats Solo3s ($320 value), but don't think you'll be able to sell them for much more than $200.
This is the second touchbar iteration and seems to have solved a bunch of the first generation problems (as usual).
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May 24, 2011
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hmm...no non-touch bar models? Or did they sell out?
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Didn't they remove most of the ports from the 2017 model? To some people this might be a reason to look for an older refurbished MacBook Pro (2015-16 ?)
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Dontw forget 2% cash back from Ebates. Last month I bought a refurb macbook pro and received almost 50 dollars cash back from Ebates.
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Are the touch bars even worth it?
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Depends on your need. I personally liked it and found it useful.
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milhaus wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 11:21 am
Alternatively, you can purchase via their edu channel at a reduced (Base $2259) and get a free pair of Beats Solo3s ($320 value), but don't think you'll be able to sell them for much more than $200.
Is there any way to upgrade the Beats (for example to Bose QC35s or even 25s, or Beats Studio)? I have the beats from this deal but I can't stand supra-aural headphones and the sound reviews aren't too great so I haven't even opened them. But that "$320 value" is $360 to buy at a store after tax, so to dump it for $200 to spend on other over $300+tax headphones isn't worth it.

I tried to get Apple to let me upgrade to the Studios or QC35s but they wouldn't allow it. Which surprised me because it's more money and profit for them.

I'd be tempted to try and do a no receipt exchange at best buy, but they're obviously going to know where the headphones came from.
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john.canad wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 7:01 pm
Are the touch bars even worth it?
Not on the 13 inch. On the 13 inch, you'll see a battery life reduction from using the touch bar. On the 15 inch, with its bigger battery, the battery life hit is much more tolerable.
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john.canad wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 7:01 pm
Are the touch bars even worth it?
13'' models without touchbar only have 2 type c ports. so if you want 4 ports, you'll have to opt into the touch bar version...
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Oracle1729 wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 7:53 pm
Is there any way to upgrade the Beats (for example to Bose QC35s or even 25s, or Beats Studio)? I have the beats from this deal but I can't stand supra-aural headphones and the sound reviews aren't too great so I haven't even opened them. But that "$320 value" is $360 to buy at a store after tax, so to dump it for $200 to spend on other over $300+tax headphones isn't worth it.

I tried to get Apple to let me upgrade to the Studios or QC35s but they wouldn't allow it. Which surprised me because it's more money and profit for them.

I'd be tempted to try and do a no receipt exchange at best buy, but they're obviously going to know where the headphones came from.
That's not how it works. Apple owns Beats, and those Solo 3s probably cost $10-20 to manufacture. Everything else is pure profit. QC35s are made by Bose, and generally retailers get about half of the retail price, so they would actually make less profit (and it wouldn't help them move inventory and make their financials look better) if they allowed you to trade up for the QC35s.
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Dave510 wrote:
Aug 14th, 2017 5:21 pm
That's not how it works. Apple owns Beats, and those Solo 3s probably cost $10-20 to manufacture. Everything else is pure profit. QC35s are made by Bose, and generally retailers get about half of the retail price, so they would actually make less profit (and it wouldn't help them move inventory and make their financials look better) if they allowed you to trade up for the QC35s.
True, but I still would have paid $80 more for the Beats Studios because I can at least use those and they only cost Apple a few cents more to make. They wouldn't go for that either. Not to mention that no matter what I do with these (sell them, give them as a gift, etc), it's one less sale for Apple somewhere down the line.
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Sazzad wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 4:04 pm
Dontw forget 2% cash back from Ebates. Last month I bought a refurb macbook pro and received almost 50 dollars cash back from Ebates.
Is the cash back on the pre or after-tax price?
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The processors on the touchbar MBPs are faster, so the increase in price over the non-touchbar isn't just for the touchbar, but better performance.

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