You could make significant savings on a refurbished iMac, but does that necessarily mean you will be getting a good deal? The sheer quality and design of Apple products warrants a higher price tag, so getting a ‘cheap’ price for an Apple iMac doesn’t always mean you’ll be saving money in the long run. You don’t want to pay half the price of a new model which will last years if all you get is something which lasts a few months.
So should you buy a secondhand iMac?
What does refurbished actually mean?
A refurbished iMac is much more than just ‘second hand’. You can buy second hand computers from many different internet sites, including directly from the individuals who owned them. Doing so gives you no guarantee that you are getting something which has been well-treated and is still in a condition that will last. Unless they are computer experts themselves, there’s always a chance that they are selling on a machine which has defects without them even realising.
A refurbished iMac is one which has been carefully examined in order to find and fix anything that is faulty or of poor quality. They are given the computing equivalent of an MOT, ensuring that they are in good working condition.
Put simply, if you buy a refurbished iMac, you know it’s been carefully looked over. If you simply buy a used iMac from someone on the internet, you could be getting anything. You can’t always trust the descriptions, either. What one person considers ‘very good condition’ might be something another person would find unacceptable.
Just because it’s secondhand doesn’t mean it’s faulty
There are plenty of reasons people might want to get rid of their Apple iMac. The fact that they have doesn’t mean that there was anything wrong with it. Maybe someone has moved house and doesn’t have room for their machine, or they got an unexpected bonus from work and decided to upgrade. In these situations, perfectly good machines may be sold on, simply because there was no further need for them.
So while you may be buying a second hand machine, that doesn’t always mean you are buying something that was damaged and then fixed up again, or that repairs have been carried out.
You can save a lot of money
We said at the beginning that saving money wasn’t necessarily a good thing, but there’s a difference between getting something ‘cheap’ and getting a good deal. Refurbished secondhand iMacs are the latter. By buying second hand, you avoid the premiums that come attached to new products. Refurbished products should come with a guarantee so that you can be confident in your purchase. You will get a quality machine that suits your needs without having to break your budget.