I’ve had the same Mac since 2001. It was the first G4 released and doesn’t have a DVD reader or CD burner. It buzzes loud and occasionally freezes. It's slow as a turtle and any video looks more like a slideshow. But I keep using the darn thing, and it's more than 8 years old. That’s gotta be near 800 in computer years! I clearly need a new computer. And it just has to be a Mac, but Macs are expensive.
Fortunately, the online Apple Store has two affordable alternatives online: the refurbished section and clearance section.
Previously, Apple Stores offered refurbished and returned items with slashed prices in stores at the end of the month. I had a friend who would walk in, ask to see products in the back, or offer to purchase what was on display. It was as easy as walking in and walking out with an awesome deal. Rumor has it that Steve Jobs walked into an Apple Store on one of those days, unaware that it existed. He thought it was a mess, so he moved the entire idea to their website (according to an Apple insider). Well, at least the option still exists, and even better, they've attached a 1-year warranty to all refurbished products. I don't believe that was the case before. You just basically took what you got!
In the refurbished section, Apple offers a wide variety of products from MacBooks to iPods, to Apple TVs, and accessories. All products are tested and certified by Apple, including the 1-year warranty mentioned above. REFURBISHED >>
In the clearance section, you’ll find deals on new previous generation products including the Mac Mini, iMac, and MacBook Pro. Unless your a complete tech nerd, you won't notice much difference in performance. Just to be sure to do your research and read reviews before sealing the deal. CLEARANCE >>