Apple IMAC 21.5" Refurbished Ebay (PC World) for £587.97
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Apple IMAC 21.5" Refurbished Ebay (PC World) for £587.97

£587.97eBay Deals
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Found 5th Sep 2011
Just saw this and thought it was quite a nice price.

spec:

3.06GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
MAC OS X Snow Leopard Operating system
4GB Memory
500GB Hard Drive
iLife 09 pre installed
ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB
LED backlit display
Built in iSight camera
Slot loading SuperDrive
Wireless Keyboard & mouse included
This Item is missing its original Packaging.

Specifications

Processor Type: Intel Core i3
Processor speed: 3.06GHz mhz
Hard Disk Capacity: 500 Gb
Combo Drive: Yes
CD Rewriter: Yes
Graphics type: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Speakers Included: Yes
No of USB connections: 4
Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Maximum Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
This Item is missing its original Packaging.

Condition Details

Item Condition: Seller Refurbished
Box is damaged or missing


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48 Comments
DAMMIT! I wanted no-one to post this so few people wouild find it. Then wait for the price drop and BANG get meselfs an iMac for £530 odd. Now I guess I'll have to bite the bullet =/
I've never owned a Mac and I know they are way overpriced compared to a Windows pc/laptop but this does seem a cheap option for getting a Mac. Heat!
Damn good price, have some heat!
Why the cold votes, aren't the newer i5 imacs £400 extra? Hot.
Don't forget this comes with wireless keyboard and magic mouse... :O
realblender

3 month warranty is a sick joke



If it's going to break then it'll do so in the first 3 months. You might get lucky and have one with applecare stuck on...
That's effing cheap!
nosbod

Why the cold votes, aren't the newer i5 imacs £400 extra? Hot.



Compare to price of the same model, not newer, current models !

Price is pretty good though.
Their also selling the previous model (Core 2 Duo) for £100 dearer for a refurb
Great price, I think the model is MC508LL/A.
Good price!
Which year do you think these are? Would it still be possible to buy apple care do you think? If it's like 2011 or 2010 model that's a good price. I know it says life09 but they might just install this cos it's cheap for them... What do you all think? Is there any way of finding specific serial number before being sent? Other wise it's just pot luck!
theomemosh

Which year do you think these are? Would it still be possible to buy … Which year do you think these are? Would it still be possible to buy apple care do you think? If it's like 2011 or 2010 model that's a good price. I know it says life09 but they might just install this cos it's cheap for them... What do you all think? Is there any way of finding specific serial number before being sent? Other wise it's just pot luck!


If it is MC508LL/A, it is a 2010 model.
MrCynical

Wow, feedback like this … Wow, feedback like this http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=currys_pcworld&iid=110739823048&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=180&_trkparms=negative_180 and not even a 13 week guarantee - classy......


Considering the volume they are selling and the price, it is hard to blame them.
3months warrantee is fairly standard on refurb electricals, it's a massive saving but you are taking a punt on what went wrong and how well they fixed it.

As with most electricals, if it's going to go wrong it will probably happen quickly.
@qinyanggl.....

Omg, that feedback is terrible lol

Please do not accuse me of trolling because it is an Apple product! This is a HOT deal however the warranty is a bit of a worry and you are not eligible for Apple Care, however for this price it is an absolute bargain!

Magic Mouse and Keyboard included and do not forget the IPS screen
Latest OSX Snow Leopard and Core i series (as opposed to Core2). This truly is a HOT deal.
Good find sir!:p
i wish i had the money, must resist!
anil2

I want to buy, but worried about their feedback. Never mind, took the … I want to buy, but worried about their feedback. Never mind, took the plunge and went for it. I had the money for the latest model, but at this price it was too good to refuse. The spec indicates its the 2010 model, but if you look at their other iMac's they have the 2008/09 model for £100 more. Strange!


You should be fine mate. The worst thing could happen is to return the item for free. You need to give the machine a thorough burn in though. Have purchased from them for several times, no major issues.
AlexJDavies

I've never owned a Mac and I know they are way overpriced compared to a … I've never owned a Mac and I know they are way overpriced compared to a Windows pc/laptop but this does seem a cheap option for getting a Mac. Heat!



..and a windows PC is worth what percentage of it's purchase cost in 3 years? 25%? This will be worth 50%, at least. It's not all about the purchase price! And that's before I've even challenged you to find a 21.5" IPS screen on it's own for < £300.

MrCynical

Wow, feedback like this … Wow, feedback like this http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=currys_pcworld&iid=110739823048&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=180&_trkparms=negative_180 and not even a 13 week guarantee - classy......



Hardly surprising given you have made it show just the negative feedback only, taken in consideration with the rest of the feedback, it's actually fairly good.

Negative feedback is negative...
plewis00

Hardly surprising given you have made it show just the negative feedback … Hardly surprising given you have made it show just the negative feedback only, taken in consideration with the rest of the feedback, it's actually fairly good.Negative feedback is negative...



On top of that ive seen many occasions where people on ebay leave the harshest negative feedback possible, over the smallest problem, just because they can... Also they know ebay often favours the buyers over sellers, so complain heavily with the hope of getting something reduced/free and screwing over the seller. I would have thought 197 negative compared to 31239 positive in the past 12 months was quite good.
tomwatts

If it's going to break then it'll do so in the first 3 months. You might … If it's going to break then it'll do so in the first 3 months. You might get lucky and have one with applecare stuck on...



It can actually break anytime, there is no logical reason to assume if it's going to break then it will be within the first 3 months, you need some extremely solid double blind peer reviewed data to prove otherwise. The warranty reflects the confidence the retailer has in the equipment and the risk to it of losing profit. I work for a company which specialises in refurbishing laptops. The most frequent component to fail is the hard drive, no retailer has any control over a HDD failure for example. When I cite control I mean the laptops have a rigorous and I mean rigorous testing procedure, as done at the company I work for, components will still fail of course and HDDs are the main source of woe. I've seen Core i5 laptops being sold with a 1 month warranty, what does that tell you about those particular laptops and the retailer's confidence in them?

So am I saying don't buy this Mac because it has a 3 month warranty, absolutely not. I wanted to dispel the myth that these Macs will always fail if they are going to fail within their 3 month warranty period, which is of course totally absurd. They can fail at any time.




Edited by: "fishmaster" 6th Sep 2011
Bit of a risk imo. Apple stuff can cost a small fortune to repair and from my experience they aren't very reliable. You'd almost think they deliberately make it hard to repair their equipment to force you to use their authorised repair centers. At least these have a standard hard drive and not proprietary like the new imacs although to upgrade all you have to remove the glass at the front.
Is anyone else slightly confused with the specification.

Ati Radeon 4760 and Geforce 9400m BOTH listed?!?!
One is a generation newer! (4760!)
I picked the same model up last month on a certain auction site for £600 was only 4 months old (from purchase date) so had 8 months warranty left on it. It was absolutely mint condition, like new.
monty77

..and a windows PC is worth what percentage of it's purchase cost in 3 … ..and a windows PC is worth what percentage of it's purchase cost in 3 years? 25%? This will be worth 50%, at least. It's not all about the purchase price! And that's before I've even challenged you to find a 21.5" IPS screen on it's own for < £300.



Just bought a Dell 21.5 inch 1920*1080 IPS touch screen monitor for £186 (and will likely get the trade-in discount of £100 off). IPS screens of that size are not as expensive as they used to be.

Still, I'd vote Hot if the Ebayer's reputation didn't look so sketch.
Great for removing hair from those sensitive places.
Ritchie 2

3months warrantee is fairly standard on refurb electricals, .



It might be standard on general electronics but not on Apple stuff. All apple refurbs directo from Apple come with a 12 month warantee just like all the other stuff they sell. Direct from Apple they are very very gooy buys as for laptops / ipads etc they always replace the casings & batteries.
monty77

..and a windows PC is worth what percentage of it's purchase cost in 3 … ..and a windows PC is worth what percentage of it's purchase cost in 3 years? 25%? This will be worth 50%, at least. It's not all about the purchase price! And that's before I've even challenged you to find a 21.5" IPS screen on it's own for < £300.




I bought Dell u2311h for £190 - quidco that's 23" so your comment is wrong good deal though hot from me
fishmaster

It can actually break anytime, there is no logical reason to assume if … It can actually break anytime, there is no logical reason to assume if it's going to break then it will be within the first 3 months, you need some extremely solid double blind peer reviewed data to prove otherwise. The warranty reflects the confidence the retailer has in the equipment and the risk to it of losing profit. I work for a company which specialises in refurbishing laptops. The most frequent component to fail is the hard drive, no retailer has any control over a HDD failure for example. When I cite control I mean the laptops have a rigorous and I mean rigorous testing procedure, as done at the company I work for, components will still fail of course and HDDs are the main source of woe. I've seen Core i5 laptops being sold with a 1 month warranty, what does that tell you about those particular laptops and the retailer's confidence in them? So am I saying don't buy this Mac because it has a 3 month warranty, absolutely not. I wanted to dispel the myth that these Macs will always fail if they are going to fail within their 3 month warranty period, which is of course totally absurd. They can fail at any time.




I'm not saying it applies to every single product but statistically when you buy any complex product the 'Bathtub' effect applies. If you look at any products fail rate over time the majority of failures will either be early in it's life (or after refurbishment), or late on.

Obviously this does not always apply to things that have inherent design faults (xbox 360 for example) but really if the Imac listed here makes it past the 3 month point with no problems then it has a good chance of lasting as long as any other imac.
Looks like they are all gone now
Damn! That was quick. I dithered.
Ritchie 2

I'm not saying it applies to every single product but statistically when … I'm not saying it applies to every single product but statistically when you buy any complex product the 'Bathtub' effect applies. If you look at any products fail rate over time the majority of failures will either be early in it's life (or after refurbishment), or late on.Obviously this does not always apply to things that have inherent design faults (xbox 360 for example) but really if the Imac listed here makes it past the 3 month point with no problems then it has a good chance of lasting as long as any other imac.



The bathtub curve is a standard model used in engineering, equally it's possible to find significant fault with the simplified model of the bathtub curve. I rely on my own experience and data. Ultimately the warranty reflects confidence in a product's likelyhood of failure and to protect the retailer from significant loses when selling refurbished equipment.
Oh come one. Richie has a point. Nothing's guaranteed for god's sake (and he ever claimed it was) but if the product is such a dud that it won't survive any stress, you'll probably find out in the first three Months. That's all he meant.

It doesn't mean there's no exceptions. The bathtub might be prickly, but it's still a bathtub.


Edited by: "pubjoe" 6th Sep 2011
Many thanks to the person who posted this deal.
Been looking at the idea of owning a Mac for a while now and this seemed the most affordable reason to get my first one.

pubjoe

Oh come one. Richie has a point. Nothing's guaranteed for god's sake … Oh come one. Richie has a point. Nothing's guaranteed for god's sake (and he ever claimed it was) but if the product is such a dud that it won't survive any stress, you'll probably find out in the first three Months. That's all he meant.It doesn't mean there's no exceptions. The bathtub might be prickly, but it's still a bathtub.



Exactly and with reference to my first post I made the point of saying that the 3 month warranty is not a reason to not buy the unit (double negative). The point I was making is that the product can fail at any time and the likely hood of it failing is dependent on more factors that a simplified bathtub model. Anyway we all get the idea. My advice is see how difficult it is to replace the HDD in this model and even then don't worry too much. I have seen screen failures on these units as well, but it's a lot rarer than HDD failure and if a screen does fail it can be sorted or you can use the display port to output to an external screen. If you want a Mac then this isn't too bad a price at all.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 6th Sep 2011
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