Apple's iMac model is becoming an increasingly popular addition to consumer's desks across the globe, but for others it is just too expensive for their wallets. In this article, I'm going to introduce you to several websites where you can buy used or refurbished iMacs for hundreds cheaper than you'd pay when buying one new at full retail price. I suggest doing some price comparisons between all the sites listed below then choosing the best option for your needs.
Naturally, getting a refurbished iMac is easiest buying directly from the source. Apple's online store features a “Apple Certified Refurbished” section which often lists current or previous generation iMac models at significant discounts. Additionally, Apple vouches that they test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty. However, supplies are limited and updated often.
MacMall is an online retailer that specialized in Macs as you could probably guess. Similar to Apple, they have limited supplies of refurbished models and their stock is updated regularly. They are a reputable retailer and I have ordered several products from them in the past with no issues. The only downfall is that it does not include the original 1-year Apple warranty unless stated otherwise.
eBay is the largest online marketplace of used goods and there are plenty of well-taken care of iMacs auctioned off each day. When dealing with eBay sellers, it is important to do your research by carefully checking their feedback and reputation levels. Besides that be sure to pay close attention to the seller's description of the item to see if they mention any defective or damage and view the upload photos to see if they accurately match the description.
Most people usually think of purchasing new items via Amazon, but it is lesser-known that many used items can be bought on the site for a fraction of the price. Similar to eBay, you need to pay attention to the seller's feedback and reputation, but the majority of Amazon seller's will be trustworthy to do business with.
From time to time, Best Buy's online store will sell refurbished iMac units straight from their warehouse or via their marketplace which is powered by 3rd party sellers like Amazon or eBay. Checking out their selection is worth it, but keep in mind that “Best Buy Marketplace items cannot be returned, shipped to, or exchanged in to Best Buy stores”.
Similar to Best Buy, Newegg occasionally offers refurbished iMacs directly from their warehouse or from their marketplace (aka third-party sellers). Their prices are competitive and are typically far cheaper than buying brand new.
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