Macworld / iWorld 2014 is now in the past. While there haven’t been any earth-shattering announcements, we have seen several interesting apps, services, and hardware. Refurb.me’s offering one such product with their tracking service for Apple refurbished products.
The Refurb.me service is both simple and useful: it alerts you when the products you want hit the Apple Certified store. In case you’ve never heard of the Apple Certified program, it’s simple: Apple refurbishes products and sells them at a moderate discount. Everything sold is visually and functionally perfect, but instead of brand-spanking-new packaging it arrives in a nondescript white box. You get all the required cables, hardware, software, etc.. And most importantly, it’s covered by Apple’s standard warranties (1 year for most Macs).
The downside to Apple’s refurbished products is their volatility. You never know when a particular product will be available, so if you’re looking to score a mid-2013 MacBook Air with 4GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive, you’ll need to check every single day to see if it’s available.
Refurb.me’s website and iOS app let you search Apple’s current refurbished inventory, and receive alerts when the item you want becomes available. If you don’t see the exact hardware combo you’re looking for in the store, Refurb.me can send you a push notification or SMS to let you know your items are available. The service is free (they get paid for referring buyers to the Apple store), and their iOS app is actually a bit easier to navigate than Apple’s store app!
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