How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money
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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

If you’re looking for a way to save some money on new Apple products, try checking out the Apple Certified Refurbished store. You can find some good deals on Macs, iPhone, iPads, and more. Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: iPhones

As of this writing, the store only has the 32GB iPhone 6s Plus available—it costs $469, which is $80 less than a new iPhone 6s Plus that Apple still sells. The 6s may be two years old, but it’s still a very good phone, and it’s at an attractive price.

Check out the iPhones on the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: MacBook Pros

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Apple has several current MacBook Pro models, which were released in June 2017.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 13-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.

15-inch MacBook Pro

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 15-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: MacBooks

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You’ll find a few 2017 models, but most are older MacBooks.

  • 2017 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 MacBook available in gold, silver, or space gray for $1,359. This is $240 less than the comparable brand-new model.
  • 2017 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 model available in gold, silver, and space gray for $1,099. This is $200 less than the comparable brand-new model.
  • Apple has several 2016 MacBook models in the Apple Certified Refurbished store. If you’re fine with a laptop that’s a little older, you can get the 1.1GHz Dual-core Intel Core m3 MacBook in gold, rose gold, silver, space gray for $949. That’s $250 off the original price. If you’re looking for a laptop under a grand, this is a good option.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available MacBook models for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: MacBook Airs

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The refurb store sells only 13-inch models from 2017, which have a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available MacBook Air models for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: iPads

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The refurb store can be a good place to save some money on an iPad, if you don’t mind an older model. The stock on 2017 iPads is short; you might actually find better deals on brand-new iPads from Best Buy and other non-Apple retailers. Here are some of the better deals.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iPad models for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: Apple Watches

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At the moment, the refurb store only has the 2016 Series 2 Apple Watch. Refurbished Series 3 Apple Watches are not available, and while there are listings for Series 1, the listings say that they’re out of stock.

The refurb store is selling the Nike+ Series 2 Apple Watch for $279, which is $50 lower than the original price. This is a 2016 model:

  • Refurbished Apple Watch Nike+ Series 2, Space Gray Aluminum Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band in 38mm or 42mm
  • Refurbished Apple Watch Nike+ Series 2, Silver Aluminum Aluminum Case with Pure Platinum/White Nike Sport Band in 38mm or 42mm

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Apple Watch models for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: iMacs

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Apple currently does not have any 2017 models in the refurb store. They have only 2015 models, which are good Macs to consider if you’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of performance to save some money.

21.5-inch iMac

27-inch iMac

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iMacs for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: Mac minis

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Getting a refurbished Mac mini can be a really good deal. Apple hasn’t updated the Mac mini since 2014, and you’ll find an entry-level Refurbished Mac Mini 1.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 for $419, which saves you $80 from the price of a brand-new entry-level Mac mini.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac minis for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: Mac Pros

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The Mac Pro hasn’t changed much since its release in 2013. Apple refreshed the line last April, but all it did was increase the number of cores used in each model. The lack of drastic changes means you can get a good deal on a refurbished model.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac Pros for sale.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: Apple TVs

Apple currently has no refurbished stock of the Apple TV.

Apple Certified Refurbished store FAQ

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What’s the difference between the Apple Certified Refurbished store and the Apple store?

The Apple Certified Refurbished store sells gently-used products that have been returned to the company. Apple repairs and tests these products to make sure they are in like-new condition. The Apple store, however, sells only new products that have never been opened and used.

Strangely, finding the Apple Certified Refurbished store isn’t obvious. On Apple.com, scroll to the very bottom of the page, where you’ll find a site directory. Under Apple Store, you’ll find a link for Refurbished and Clearance. (This link takes you there.)

Apple also has a Clearance store, which is described as offering “discount prices on new products,” but as of this writing, this store has nothing for sale.

What does “Certified Refurbished” mean?

The items in the Apple Certified Refurbished store are products that have been purchased and returned by other customers. Apple puts these products through what they call a “stringent refurbishment process” before they are put on the virtual shelves.

Apple says that each product is thoroughly tested and any problematic hardware components are replaced. The exception is with the Apple Watch and Apple Pencil: If these items need new parts, they aren’t put up for sale.

Each product goes through a quality assurance inspection, and is also cleaned, inspected, and repackaged with complete documentation, cables, and anything else that usually ships with that device. These products are essentially like new.

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What kind of warranty comes with an Apple Certified Refurbished product?

Apple includes a standard one-year limited warranty. Learn more about Apple’s hardware warranties.

Is AppleCare available for Apple Certified Refurbished products?

AppleCare is available. For an additional fee, you can get two or three years of coverage and support. Read our guide to AppleCare for more information.

What products are available?

Since these are refurbished products, inventory for this store relies on what’s returned to Apple. Because of this, it’s quite possible the store won’t have the model that you want. Apple may not have a certain model of a product one day, and the next day they might all of a sudden have a limited stock run available, unannounced. Then, once that batch sells out, it will once again become unavailable until Apple builds up stock again.

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The Apple Certified Refurbished store carries all of the company’s major product lines: Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. There’s also a Refurbished Accessories section, where you can find the Apple Pencil for $85, which is $14 cheaper than a brand-new Pencil.

When shopping at this store, keep an eye on the product’s release dates, which are listed in each product description. Apple often sells older models, like this 27-inch iMac 3.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display, which was originally released in October 2015 for $2,299. You can find refurbished models of the current product line, but these items tend to sell quickly, so act fast.

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