A Frugal Way to Buy a Mac or iPod

I‘m a Mac addict. And now that Macs use Intel chips and can run Windows, I’ll never buy another PC again. A few months back I bought a 20″ iMac and saved $200. How? I bought a refurbished iMac directly from Apple. It came with the same warranty as a full-priced iMac, was shipped to my home in three days, and has worked great. To my surprise, a lot of Mac addicts that I know had never heard of buying a refurbished Mac. It’s really simple.

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Go to the online Apple Store and scroll down to the bottom left sidebar and you’ll see links under “Special Deals.” Click on the Refurbished Mac link and you’ll see a current selection of discounted laptops, desktops, and other products. One that caught my eye was the 23″ flat-panel Cinema HD Display for $749, which sports an original price of $1,999!

You’ll also notice that Apple sells refurbished iPods. You can get a 4GB Nano, originally priced at $199, for only $129. This beats the price I paid for a Nano at Costco a few months ago. If you’ve bought a refurbished Mac or iPod, let me know how it’s worked for you.

Published or Updated: March 30, 2012
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

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