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Opinion: Should You Buy a Refurbished MacBook for School?

We recently put out our 2019 Back to School Guide for students who could possibly be buying their first MacBook or iPad Pro this summer.

However, we know that some of you are always looking to get the best deal or a better deal (not including college student deals through both Apple and Best Buy). With that said, you might be looking into buying a refurbished MacBook.

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The good news is that Apple does have their own refurbished store online that enables, you, the customer, to see what MacBooks are available. Apple carries the previous and current generation MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the recently discontinued 12-inch MacBook.

Another piece of good news is that you should still be able to get some sort of warranty through Apple with the purchase. It will not cover cracked screens or spilling something on the MacBook, but it will cover things like defects and such.

Apple does not sell these in physical Apple Stores, so if you are planning on buying a refurbished MacBook through Apple, you will have to do through their website.

Additionally, Best Buy has and sells refurbished MacBooks on their website and in their stores. More importantly, their prices for their refurbished models have been known to be cheaper than Apple’s.

Again, with the purchase of a MacBook through Best Buy, you should be able to get some form of warranty through Apple that would come with the purchase of the laptop and cover defects and other tiny issues that are out of your control.

Personally, my big thing is that if you are going to buy a new MacBook, the best option would be to buy a brand new out of the box and take on the cost of it. If you cannot afford that, we understand.

As for whether or not you should, I don’t think that it is a bad idea, but I would at least look at the specific MacBook you are looking at buying and making sure that it does everything that you need it to do before you purchase it.

Refurbished MacBooks are not bad and are an easy way to save money when buying a new MacBook for yourself. Just make sure you do all of your homework before purchasing. It may save you even more money in the long run.

Feature image courtesy of Macworld

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