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Guide to Buying Refurbished & Used MacBooks For Sale

Guide to Buying Refurbished & Used MacBooks For Sale

Posted by Mac of All Trades Tech Team on Mar 24th 2022

The advantages of purchasing a refurbished MacBook nearly outweigh the benefits of purchasing a new laptop. The differences between a new and refurbished Mac are minor but refurbished models come with more benefits than you might expect.

So if you're in the market for used MacBooks for sale, this brief guide to buying refurbished Apple MacBooks is for you.

Purpose for Buying

Apple computers that are brand new are just that: brand new. There are no dings, no dead pixels, and the machine is in excellent condition. However, refurbished MacBooks are also free of dead pixels and have been professionally cleaned.

These used and refurbished laptops may have a ding or a nick on the outside, but it appears as good as new in most situations.
A new MacBook Pro will come with everything you need, including the case, charger, and keyboard cover. A refurbished MacBook Pro will also often come with a few extras like the case, charger, and keyboard cover. They will also come with the most up-to-date features and operating systems.

When you’re ready to buy a refurbished Mac, the most important question you should ask is what you plan to use it for. Your answer determines the kind of Apple laptop you should buy: whether you should go for a Pro or a MacBook Air, for example.

Casual User

If you're a casual user or you only use a laptop for checking your emails, video chatting with families, writing a document, watching movies, etc, you don't need a high-end computer. You could buy Apple's base model and find that performance is good for everything you need the laptop for.

If you use a laptop for business, you might want to check the battery capacity and perhaps storage, if you're not keen on using the cloud.


If you’re a student, you need a reliable laptop for document creation and storage, but also something that doesn’t cost a lot.

You can buy an older MacBook model to save. Even older models like the 13-inch MacBook Pro have powerful Intel Core i5 processors and a large SSD for storing all the files you need to save.

Music, Video & Photo Producers & Editors

You'll need a fast RAM and high capacity SSD to handle demanding tasks like video and graphics editing, and music production. You'll have to choose later models with higher specs to get the best power and speed that suit the demands of your work. Check out MacBook Pro 13 and 16, as well as MacBook and MacBook Air models.

Why Buy a Refurbished Mac

Purchasing used MacBooks for sale is an ideal compromise that provides you with all of the features and capabilities of a new MacBook but at a reasonable price. Below are some of the most important reasons why buying a refurbished model can be better than buying a new one.

The Same As New

Most refurbished laptops are rarely used since their original owners returned them within 30 days of purchase for a variety of reasons. They are almost new but priced low to appeal to those who can't afford a brand new Mac. So when you buy a used and refurbished Mac, you can get the Mac laptop that you want at a lower price. Needless to say, they will function and work just like a new laptop.

Refurbished laptops have undergone extensive testing to ensure that they look and work like new. Defective parts are replaced and tested at least twice to ensure performance. So in terms of performance, a refurbished MacBook is no different from a brand new Mac.

The Same Powerful Performance

Purchasing a refurbished Mac is an excellent way to get a more powerful Mac for a lower price. Your budget could get you a higher model if you opt to buy a refurbished one. The same budget will limit your options in brand new MacBooks. The Mac model that matches your budget will most likely be slower than the one you really want.

Purchasing a refurbished Mac allows you to purchase a Mac with higher specifications, giving you a high value for your money.


Because most, if not all, of their core hardware components are new, refurbished MacBooks can last as long as new computers. Returned and repaired computers are subjected to more thorough testing and reconditioning than new laptops, to ensure that you receive a laptop that is free of hardware and software issues.

And because refurbished computers go through more tests than new computers, they pass a more rigorous quality and durability test, making them more durable and long-lasting than new laptops.

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Mac of All Trades offers Used MacBooks for sale. Visit our online store today to help you decide which MacBook to buy that fits your budget and your needs. We offer a one-year warranty and a 14-day return policy. Contact us for assistance. We’d be glad to help.