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Refurbished Mac mini M1 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD Base Model - CAD$629

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[Apple] Refurbished Mac mini M1 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD Base Model - CAD$629

Refurbished base model Mac mini M1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.

Original retail: CAD$899

Currently 50 in stock as of this post.

Great deal for a base model computer. The M1 does not have the slower base SSD like the M2. Also you can't beat Apple's refurbs.. good as new with the same warranty.

Let's not turn this into an "8GB sucks" thread please. Do your research on Apple silicon.

Note: Also available on the US store for US$469 if you have any American friends!
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How did you miss the massive thread about the newest Mac Mini M2 being only $40 more brand new?

Regardless of “slower SSD”, the average user isn’t going to be able to tell between the two for regular usage and anyone who cares about that, this isn’t marketed towards them in the first place since they would have gotten the M2 Pro version.

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/apple-m ... t-2595765/
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rd-333 wrote: I didn't miss it. This is still cheaper, it's RFD! Also better SSD for those who care.
Well the refurb M1 model may cost less dollars, but in my opinion, is more expensive and not worth the $40 savings.
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rd-333 wrote: Also better SSD for those who care.
Is there proof or is this “trust me bro past performance is definitely indicative of future gains” level claim?
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Crichtonfan wrote: Is there proof or is this “trust me bro past performance is definitely indicative of future gains” level claim?
There's been plenty of tests and discussions that the base M1 SSD 256GB performs better than the base M2 SSD 256GB, due to the M1 being segregated into two 128GB modules on the chip.
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You’re better off buying this in the used market.
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Saving from buying 4 big macs will get you the mini Mac M2
To the moon
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rd-333 wrote: There's been plenty of tests and discussions that the base M1 SSD 256GB performs better than the base M2 SSD 256GB, due to the M1 being segregated into two 128GB modules on the chip.
I was hoping apple would change the SOC but this is too much to ask from Cook. I decided to dig and macrumors has a tear down video saying it’s the same stuff as in M2 air / mbp etc: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ne ... l.2378187/

So you are right it seems.

I would say the OP deal is definitely better. There are 16gb versions of the Mac mini available as well for $839.

The 16gb/512ssd refurbished version may not be worth over the similar specced M2 mini at education pricing as the difference is just ~$40-50 and at 512gb I suppose the ssd issues in M2 are gone.
Thanks a lot for sharing!
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rd-333 wrote: There's been plenty of tests and discussions that the base M1 SSD 256GB performs better than the base M2 SSD 256GB, due to the M1 being segregated into two 128GB modules on the chip.
I figured that was going to be the case, which is why I sprung for 16GB/512TB. Received it today and it’s fantastic. Huge performance upgrade over my 2012 15” MacBook Pro that I was still rocking.
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With the price drop of the M2 Mac Mini, Apple needed to decrease the M1 refurb pricing accordingly. They didn’t. $629 for a refurb M1 vs $669 (edu) for brand new M2 makes no sense. The M2 will also be supported by MacOS for longer.
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Won’t be long to see the prices drop significantly. I’ve seen $600 a few times already. Anyone buying this for 700+ either doesn’t know what they’re buying or simply can’t afford a few more dollars for the m2.
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People selling Apple products on Markeplace are on drugs.

I see people trying to sell 2015 iMacs for $1,500… 2012 MacBook Pros for $500… iPhone 12 with busted screens for $400+
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I'm hoping that Apple pricing the m1 this way gets the Kijiji/FBM used sellers to open their eyes. But considering people are still asking $600+ for 2018 base spec iPad Pros I think I'll give up all hope of a brighter future
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Low nominal price, but poor overall value compared to M2 mini.
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vader_slri wrote: With the price drop of the M2 Mac Mini, Apple needed to decrease the M1 refurb pricing accordingly. They didn’t. $629 for a refurb M1 vs $669 (edu) for brand new M2 makes no sense. The M2 will also be supported by MacOS for longer.
That'll never happen. Just look at the Intel-based Macs in the refurb store.
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dnyc wrote:
Lol, I would consider at $500. At $550 I would rather pay $79 + tax for apple warranty and knowing the unit underwent scrutiny.

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