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[Refurb] Apple M1 Mac Mini from $929, Macbook Air from $1359, Macbook Pro from $1699 Delivered @ Apple

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Quite a few of the M1 powered macs are starting to show up on the Apple refurb website various colours available for most models: https://www.apple.com/au/shop/refurbished/mac/2020-mac-mini-...

Macbook Air M1:
8 core CPU, 7 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256gb SSD - $1359 ($1599 RRP)
8 core CPU, 7 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 256gb SSD - $1609 ($1899 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512gb SSD - $1679 ($1949 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512gb SSD - $1929 ($2249 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1tb SSD - $2189 ($2549 RRP)

Macbook Pro M1:
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256gb SSD - $1699 ($1999 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512gb SSD - $1949 ($2299 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 256gb SSD - $2209 ($2299 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1tb SSD - $2459 ($2899 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 16GB RAM, 2tb SSD - $2969 ($3499 RRP)

Mac Mini M1:
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256gb SSD - $929 ($1099 RRP)
8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512gb SSD - $1189 ($1399 RRP)

I've purchased a 16" Macbook pro previously through the refurb store, and it looked as new, and comes with full warranty, can even be extended if you want.

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  • +13 votes

    Nice. I’ve always bought refurbs from Apple. Always perfect condition and no issues.
    Plain white box is the only negative. People don’t seem to like it when selling.

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      You keep boxes?

      • +99 votes

        When I buy a $2-3k laptop, I even keep the parking slip as a memento.

        • +14 votes

          It's true. Buyers like to know where you parked. I wouldn't buy a second-hand one without one.

          • +3 votes

            @Daabido: Kicking myself for my gps being disabled through the purchase process, lost half the resale value straight away

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              @cydia9k: if the seller did not take a selfie with the product when they bought it and the picture is not geotagged and time stamped. resale value of the mac product they are reselling is slashed heavily.

      • +12 votes

        Yep. Heaps easier to package up and sell. And people will pay more with the original box. Even the plain white refurb one.

      • +10 votes

        For Apple devices, absolutely! It helps if you ever want to sell.

        • +4 votes

          Who sells 'em? I flog 'em until they're dead.

          Just popped a white 2008 mb in the ewaste as it's finally completely dead, my 2013 mbp is still going strong.

          • +1 vote

            @marklar: I sell them even after they've died and people stil buy them. I obviously disclose all faults, but managed to sell one of the polycarbonate ones back in the day for $180 or so with no battery life, no working charger, intermittent screen turning off, broken keys…..presumably there was some value in the logic board or something

          • +1 vote

            @marklar: I sell most of my Apple devices a couple of years after I get them. They hold their value so well I just sell them and get new ones.

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              @ldt: I plan on buying a M1 Macbook Air tomorrow for $1439 and selling it next year when a better one arrives. If I sell it for $900, it works out at about $10 per week to stay up to date.

              • +1 vote

                @worldwidehappiness: I usually get the latest iPhone and sell it for $200 less a year later. $200 a year to have the latest phone is a bargain for me!

      • +6 votes

        Looks less likely to be stolen too.

      • +6 votes

        Easily way better resale with original retail box.

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          Agree to all the above, absolutely keep all boxes especially apple products.
          I even keep the cables etc new as most likely I'll have them X10 anyway.
          It guarantees a quick sale to QUALITY customers
          You can just check out eBay for all Apple empty boxes, market there just for them.

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            @BL1TZKRE1G: why apple didn't have the empty boxes when they do their refurb?

            These empty boxes is listed for some good prices
            Wonder how many are buying these at these prices..

            If you they are actually selling for these prices then I might list some of my boxes or keep it longer since they might even go up in value later on

            https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1...

      • +4 votes

        yes for anything that has good resale value, mac's, surface devices, graphics cards, sometimes even CPU/MB boxes. People seem a little more willing to pay more when they can see you have treated it well and have even kept the original packaging.

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        i saw gumtree selling retail boxes, like $10-20

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          Do the retail boxes have serial numbers on the label or are they generic throughout?

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            @Davesday: From memory they have serial numbers alongside a generic product barcode.

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              @Chewiebacca: One can’t buy boxes off the market and include them when reselling their MacBooks. It would make them more suspicious when the serial numbers don’t match.

      • +1 vote

        Actually the Apple boxes are pretty good for keeping random cupboard stuff in. I just write on the box what is on them.

        • +4 votes

          that is sacrilege to write on the them
          these boxes should be consider like a work of priceless art
          and also you can resell these boxes

          https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1...

          just get some other boxes (e.g. pc parts, fruit boxes) if you need store your stuff.

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          I use them as drawer dividers/organisers. Can still include them when selling if you don't mess them up.

    • -2 votes

      Resale is one issue that would concern me. It seems doubly risky for the buy - secondhand and refurbished. The other issue is that it's secondhand. Previous owner watched youtubes in the toilet with it? All that just to save $80 upfront for a Macbook Air (GG and OW 10% off). No.

      • +27 votes

        Using a Mac Mini in the toilet may be a challenge. YMMV.

      • +3 votes

        I watch YouTube in toilet using the phone. Laptop is too much of a hassle…

      • +4 votes

        Don't worry about stuff like this - Refurb stuff always seems to have brand spanking new casing on there. Never seen a refurb anything from Apple with a scratch or imperfection on the outside, and the inside is impeccable too.

        • +1 vote

          I doubt the claims that they virtually replace the whole laptop. I've seen people claim they replace the screen, the battery, and the case. Parts and labour would be nearly the cost of the laptop. And there's no reason to replace the parts.

          • +2 votes

            @worldwidehappiness: Internals you're correct, but I don't buy it for the externals… I guess it honestly depends on the reason for the return initially and condition of the return. Some past items I've purchased have had an exterior of plastic casing that is EXTREMELY easily scuffed (Apple TVs, routers, etc…), and there's never been any evidence of prior usage.

      • +3 votes

        if you buy anything second hand you will have to assume they have been used in the toilet or even someone have watched porn on it while playing with their sausage or finger painting

        just wipe them clean with antibacterial cleaner and take ownership that it now yours in a fresh new state.

        • +10 votes

          And then assert your dominance by using it in the loo yourself

    • +1 vote

      People are weird. You'd be better off just saying no box included.

    • +2 votes

      I bought a refurb Air M1 two weeks ago. The box wasn’t plain white - it was identical to my previous non-refurb box but has grey refurbished under the logo.

  • +16 votes

    Hurry up M1X

    • +8 votes

      few more days :)

      • +7 votes

        3 am AEDT 21st April

        • +2 votes

          unlikely to be a Macbook event as current leaks suggests. More of a iMac, iPad pro and other accessories event

    • -1 vote

      Spring loaded event :))))

  • +16 votes

    The M1 macs are amazing value even when compared to PCs.

    • +6 votes

      Shame about the state of PC parts nowadays.

      The limited upgradability is disappointing for the M1's but everything is rock solid.

      • +5 votes

        I also worry about the repairability of the M1 Macs as well. Not many places will do the circuit board level repair… and Apple's techs will just rip out the logic board and replace it.

      • +7 votes

        To be fair nearly all Ultrabooks are soldered and glued everything as well.

        The Mac Mini losing upgrades does suck.

        • +1 vote

          Interestingly the Mac Mini kind of supports upgrades through thunderbolt which is a novel approach. But still a pity that simply things like RAM can't be improved.

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          It is annoying, I thought most still allowed for m.2 ssd upgrades. Ram is a different matter.

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            @Caped Baldy: I upgraded the ram and hard drive in a Mac mini a few years ago and it's not for the faint of heart. Even being an IT tech by trade it was one of the more difficult devices to upgrade and needed a few unusual screwdrivers.

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      why do you say this?

      Apple has never been know from value for money.

      • +2 votes

        Normally Macs are more expensive than PCs of similar performance. However the M1 has such impressive performance and battery life you can't really get a PC laptop in the same price bracket which match's the M1 Macs speed and battery life.

  • +11 votes

    I justified the 8GB version new, because I figured the battery would go bad by the time it gets too annoying to use.

    But at the moment, my macbook air doesn't choose to charge, because it wants to conserve the battery and it knows i leave it plugged in a lot. I started at over 80% when it stopped charging, now it is down to 76% and still happily not charging…

    So this bloody intelligent battery conservation is gonna keep me using an 8GB macbook for 5+ years unless I sell it. I know it's a positive thing but this is the internet so I need to complain about something.

    Consider the 16GB if you're the kind to use things until they die, perhaps.

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      I have a 2018 Macbook air, it's still somewhat usable with the fan blowing when watching a twitch stream

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        I'm still using a mid-2014 11" macbook air.

        Wish the res was a little better, and it can't output to 4k =\

        Fine just fine, besides that.

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          Same but 13 inches and with 4gbs of ram.

          Surprisingly useable for basic stuff for only a dual core

          • +1 vote

            @Merlict: I’ve been using an upgraded 2011 15” MBP until LAST WEEK it just died, a month after it’s 10th anniversary. 😢

            Can’t beat that longevity though!

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              @Cyan9: Wow, you can probably even chuck the carcass on Ebay for some money back

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                @Merlict: Probably, yeah! It’s a wonder how long it was a fine usable machine for, upgraded with 16GB & a 1TB SSD it was a great daily.

    • +2 votes

      Yeah, I vowed to not buy another 8gb RAM Macbook after my 2015 Macbook Pro. It got painful to use after a few years.
      It's insane that 8gb is still the base though.

      • +8 votes

        The pricing is classic apple. $240 for 8gb to 16gb is a rort.

        • +3 votes

          Soldered onboard so they can literally charge what they like. Bring back the old days of user-upgradeable-ram…

        • +1 vote

          Yeah, hence why I haven't yet bought a new laptop. Sneaky bastards.

      • +3 votes

        The M1 does use the memory more efficiently than x86 systems though. I have been shocked at how good the 8GB has been on my unit. I thought for sure I'd be returning it for a 16GB model, but I here I am 3 months later and it's all good.

        • +5 votes

          Yeah I have heard that. But still, for longevity I'd rather 16gb.

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          I'm not sure it uses the memory any more "efficiently". Just memory access is magnitudes faster by way of the unified design.

          If an application requests a huge chunk of memory/heap for its exclusive use, then that memory block is essentially allocated - and if additional memory is required beyond what is available that has to be swapped out to disk (SSD).

          https://www.macworld.com/article/338844/how-worried-should-y...

        • +2 votes

          Yeah, it "feels" like 12GB, to me. And that's mostly fine, except… If you're the kind to have both safari, and chrome open and idle with lots of tabs + other stuff, it can start to chug slightly and briefly. Perhaps that same kinda only small performance hit will extend out further though with the way it efficiently swaps, like maybe it won't get worse when it needs to be swapping more in the future. I'm happy with the 8GB for now, but, in 3 years time perhaps not.

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        I have a 2015 13" MBP with 8GB ram too, I think the RAM speed in this case slows the whole device down a lot sometimes (1866MHz)

    • +4 votes

      You do know you can turn off intelligent charging if you really want to ;)

  • +2 votes

    The M1 Mac Mini is tempting as I'm wanting to upgrade my late 2015 27 inch iMac and move to a Mini with ultra-wide monitor rather than sticking with an all in one again.

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      I just looked monitor support and it's only one hdmi monitor and one usb-c for outputs.

      • +4 votes

        For me 2 screens for Mac Mini is enough, or even a large curve 34" screen is quite good

        M1 Macbook that can only connect to 1 external monitor can be a quite significant limitation for some users tho…

  • +1 vote

    Hmmm…I'll have to check if refurbished qualifies under the Employee Purchase Program that I get through my workplace. I'll post here later when I've had time to check it out.

    • +1 vote

      no additional discounts with EPP sadly

      • +1 vote

        Yep, just found that out myself. Oh well.

  • +1 vote

    You can get similar discounts on the non-16GB models using the education store. You will receive new and not refurbished.

    • -1 vote

      But you have to lie. Not worth feeling awkward when you pick it up or return it for repairs or whatever.

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        Why would you feel awkward for even one second? It's not a charity, Apple still make a great profit on Edu prices

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        Where do you have to lie?
        I recently purchased an iPad from the education store and at no point was anything mentioned about whether I’m a student or not.

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          It’s actually just before checkout when you confirm your order. You have to check a box saying you are part of an educational institution.

          • -1 vote

            @blergmonkeys: Again. Nothing of the sort when I did it.

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              @ldt: It is there. You probably didn't notice it as it is part of the usual T&Cs. It's on the final checkout page.

              Maybe pay more attention next time and also not jump to accusing others of lying without fully knowing what you're going on about.

              https://imgur.com/a/FKMGVsN

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                @blergmonkeys: I haven’t accused anyone of anything!
                Again. Wasn’t there for me!

              • +1 vote

                @blergmonkeys: I have just gone through the process up to submitting the order and I do not get that tick box!

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      Weirdly there seems to be no discount on the refurbs for education. Even though you can access the refurb store via the education "portal".

  • +1 vote

    Excellent! Just when my 2009 MBP is on its absolute last legs.

  • -2 votes

    New mac mini m1 listed in ebay for lower price. https://bit.ly/3vhn94f

    • +1 vote

      Not a buy it now price though.

    • +2 votes

      that's an Ebay listing? with qty=1
      can't possibly compare to official apple refurb with full warranty and other inclusions

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        Yeah qty =1, but better than refurb and dont think any changes to warranty or inclusions.

        • +5 votes

          It's an auction. Come back in 5 days and see if it ended up going for cheaper than the refurb. Not really comparable…

  • +13 votes

    Ik this sounds cliche, but wait a bit if you're wanting to buy a MBP now and don't need it immediately. The new model will apparently have significantly slimmer bezels with more ports like SD card reader and HDMI.

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      Yeah, will be announced tonight at 3 am AEST. I'd suggest holding off for another half a day or so.

      • +1 vote

        I haven’t seen any rumours of a new MBP. Seem to be iPad and maybe, iMac.

        A new redesigned MBP will be later in the year I suspect.

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          Yeah I think it's Ipad's too, but waiting one day can't hurt

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          Supposed mid-year release which makes sense based on historical releases.

  • +8 votes

    For Mac Mini, looks like TGG and Officeworks still selling at $989?
    https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/apple-mac-mini-m1-256gb-mgnr3...
    https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/mac-mini-8...

    If you can get 5% off TGG giftcards it brings down to $940
    So paying $11 more you get a brand new one instead of refurb…

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      Know any clever deals for the MBA?

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        Wait for 10% at JB and use GC for additional discount. Or eBay sales. Base model only though.

    • +1 vote

      Refurbs are good for the upgraded models. 16gb ram or upgrade SSD.

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        looks like the current refurb link from the post
        only have 256GB or 512GB SSD
        but both are 8GB ram
        from the comments in Ozb, looks like 16GB ram model are all custom build from China
        so there will be very limited refurb stock in Australia

        In my usage, 256GB is already sufficient
        if there's a need to add more data storage
        a NVMe ssd drive with Type-C enclosure can achieve 900+ Mb/s read/write speed will do the job