Difference Between Second Hand and Refurbished Macbooks

Difference Between Second Hand and Refurbished Macbooks

You have lots of purchase options when it comes to buying a replacement Macbook. Today we’ll be focusing on MacBook and MacBook Pro systems. We’ll look at the differences between second-hand/used systems and refurbished. Is there a difference? Let’s find out.

Why would you want to buy a used, refurbished or restored Macbook in the first place? To save money, of course! Used and restored or refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro systems represent great value to end-users and businesses alike.

Second-Hand/Used MacBook Systems

Second-hand or used MacBook and MacBook Pro systems are typically pre-owned systems that come to you with a wipe-down and a smile. What we mean is that you don’t get much when buying a used system, other than perhaps a photo of the unit you are buying and the word of the seller who tells you that everything works great. That’s about it.

For some people, this is fine. Besides, you’ll see some great deals on Second Hand Macbooks at places like Gumtree, OLX, and the Facebook marketplace. However, you need to be careful when buying a second-hand Macbook. After all, you’re not buying a toaster. You’re buying a complex piece of equipment that performs hundreds of different tasks as you use it.

So, be sure you test the system for things like a WiFi connection, optical drive, hard drive, memory, screen brightness, keyboard lights, hinges, etc. You get the picture. You certainly don’t want to miss something that the seller may have hidden.

In fact, we suggest taking the system to a laptop repair store and having an Apple certified repair technician inspect it for problems. This simple step could save you hundreds or even thousands of rands down the road.

Refurbished MacBook Systems

Let’s move on to restored or refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro systems.

Typically, these systems have undergone an entirely different experience prior to being sold, which can include:

  • A thorough diagnosis by Apple-certified repair technicians to locate and replace any components that may have failed
  • A thorough inspection to test and replace known hardware such as screen hinges that may be failing
  • An extensive software diagnosis to ensure that the hard drive, memory, and optical drive are still operating within factory specifications. Any component that fails is replaced.
  • A thorough cleaning
  • In addition, the after-sale experience is typically different for refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro systems.

Included with most Refurbished Macbooks For Sale is:

  • A warranty, which is typically 30 days to 1 year
  • A return policy, in case you are not happy with the system
  • Professional packaging
  • Free shipping

Clearly, there are some big benefits to purchasing a restored or refurbished MacBook or MacBook Pro system versus buying a used or second-hand system. Even though restored or refurbished MacBook systems can cost a bit more than a comparable used system, we recommend that you at least take a look at the pros and cons of each and base your decision on the overall value of each condition.

For more information or to find top quality used and refurbished Macbooks, visit PowerBite today!

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