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bobsuncle2
3rd February 2011, 12:25 PM
Hi, looking at getting the 21.5" entry level iMac (Configure - Apple Store (Australia) (http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MC508X/A?mco=MTg1ODA4NTk))

I've also been looking at the clearance section of Next Byte which is offering a iMac 21.5" 3.06Ghz/4GB/1TB (MC413X/A - ZDEMO), a iMac 21.5" 3.06Ghz/4GB/500GB (MB950X/A) and a iMac 21.5" 3.06Ghz/4GB/500GB/S (MB950X/A - ZDEMO) for much much cheaper prices.

Are there any concerns I should have about purchasing a demo model (assuming its the one they have on show in store) - does the system software get a reboot to 'out of the box' state when you purchase it?
Is there any specific questions I should be asking about the clearance products (slightly techspeak illiterate)

Thanks for your help!

gehenna
3rd February 2011, 12:35 PM
Please use the search feature, this has been discussed many times before. Add your questions to an existing thread so we can keep all the info together.

Thanks.

EDIT: To be fair there's actually not that much showing up in search, as you were :)

EDIT2: Ahhh yep, there is is....knew it was there somewhere: http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/27412-refurbished-macs-bargain-hell-shiny-white-box.html

bobsuncle2
3rd February 2011, 12:49 PM
Please use the search feature, this has been discussed many times before. Add your questions to an existing thread so we can keep all the info together.

Thanks.

EDIT: To be fair there's actually not that much showing up in search, as you were :)

Lol hence the asking of the question :)

gehenna
3rd February 2011, 12:50 PM
Look up...

bobsuncle2
3rd February 2011, 01:45 PM
Thanks for that! You wouldn't happen to know anything about buying ex-demo stock? The prices on the Next Byte site seem to good to be true! (Half price for one of them!)

tcn33
3rd February 2011, 01:48 PM
There's a long-standing old thread about this. The basic info is still true though.

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/27412-refurbished-macs-bargain-hell-shiny-white-box.html

I didn't get my first brand-new Mac until my third one, I think - the first two were refurbs. Both still going strong, to my knowledge. Demo units from a reseller are potentially a different story though - you never really know whether it's been through a proper Apple refurbishment process or maybe the work experience kid just gave it a wipe down.

leon
3rd February 2011, 01:54 PM
I'd personally get it from Apple in their own refurb page.

In my experience when you purchase ex-demo it doesn't come with the full 12 months warranty. Usually you only get 3 months or the balance of any remaining warranty. With Apple you get the full 12 months.

The Ex-demo machines also tend to be a little dirtier and have a few scratches/battle marks due to customers playing with them all the time. The refurbs I've received from Apple have all been perfect cosmetic wise.