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In article <9819f295.0307132303.10e24096posting.google.com >, Lexx <lexxvwmsn.com> wrote: > I've been looking to purchase a powerbook for the past month or so > now. Just recently, I ran across a local seller (not an authorized > Apple dealer, just a mom-and-pop type store) with a 12" Powerbook for > $1300. He said it was brand new and still in the box. I find it hard > to believe that he can sell it for so much less than the retail price > and I'm beginning to suspect that its a refurbished model. I was just > wondering if anyone knew of ...

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    In article <9819f295.0307132303.10e24096posting.google.com >, Lexx
    <lexxvwmsn.com> wrote:
    > I've been looking to purchase a powerbook for the past month or so
    > now. Just recently, I ran across a local seller (not an authorized
    > Apple dealer, just a mom-and-pop type store) with a 12" Powerbook for
    > $1300. He said it was brand new and still in the box. I find it hard
    > to believe that he can sell it for so much less than the retail price
    > and I'm beginning to suspect that its a refurbished model. I was just
    > wondering if anyone knew of a sure-fire way to tell if a powerbook is
    > refurbished either by a serial number or any other technique. Thanks
    > for the help!
    It probably ain't a 12" Powerbook from a legitimate source.

    Refurbished? Probably more like it fell off the back of a truck...
    Whytoi Guest

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    Whytoi <whytoihotmail.com> wrote:
    > In article <9819f295.0307132303.10e24096posting.google.com >, Lexx
    > <lexxvwmsn.com> wrote:
    >
    > > I've been looking to purchase a powerbook for the past month or so
    > > now. Just recently, I ran across a local seller (not an authorized
    > > Apple dealer, just a mom-and-pop type store) with a 12" Powerbook for
    > > $1300. He said it was brand new and still in the box. I find it hard
    > > to believe that he can sell it for so much less than the retail price
    > > and I'm beginning to suspect that its a refurbished model. I was just
    > > wondering if anyone knew of a sure-fire way to tell if a powerbook is
    > > refurbished either by a serial number or any other technique. Thanks
    > > for the help!
    >
    > It probably ain't a 12" Powerbook from a legitimate source.
    >
    > Refurbished? Probably more like it fell off the back of a truck...
    Some people call the ibooks powerbooks so maybe its one of those. Also I
    am sure I read that an Apple refurbished laptop will have something
    saying so under the keyboard.

    Tez
    Tez Guest

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    Default Re: Refurbished Powerbook or not? Can one tell?

    In article <1fy34vc.1r7442a1g5o1m8N%nospamthiscomputer.thank s>, Tez
    <nospamthiscomputer.thanks> wrote:
    > Whytoi <whytoihotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > In article <9819f295.0307132303.10e24096posting.google.com >, Lexx
    > > <lexxvwmsn.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > > I've been looking to purchase a powerbook for the past month or so
    > > > now. Just recently, I ran across a local seller (not an authorized
    > > > Apple dealer, just a mom-and-pop type store) with a 12" Powerbook for
    > > > $1300. He said it was brand new and still in the box. I find it hard
    > > > to believe that he can sell it for so much less than the retail price
    > > > and I'm beginning to suspect that its a refurbished model. I was just
    > > > wondering if anyone knew of a sure-fire way to tell if a powerbook is
    > > > refurbished either by a serial number or any other technique. Thanks
    > > > for the help!
    > >
    > > It probably ain't a 12" Powerbook from a legitimate source.
    > >
    > > Refurbished? Probably more like it fell off the back of a truck...
    >
    > Some people call the ibooks powerbooks so maybe its one of those. Also I
    > am sure I read that an Apple refurbished laptop will have something
    > saying so under the keyboard.
    I gave him the benefit of the doubt on that one. $1300 for an older
    iBook is quite realistic.
    Whytoi Guest

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    In <9819f295.0307132303.10e24096posting.google.com > Lexx wrote:
    > I've been looking to purchase a powerbook for the past month or so
    > now. Just recently, I ran across a local seller (not an authorized
    > Apple dealer, just a mom-and-pop type store) with a 12" Powerbook for
    > $1300. He said it was brand new and still in the box. I find it hard
    > to believe that he can sell it for so much less than the retail price
    > and I'm beginning to suspect that its a refurbished model
    The only thing of interest is the warranty. I have bought several
    refurbished portables from smalldog.com and have been very happy because,
    besides being instantly returnable if I didn't like them, (1) they came
    with Apple's full 1-year warranty and (2) they were eligible for
    AppleCare extended warranty. As long as a machine has those warranties
    it doesn't matter what its history is. m.

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    Thanks for the help guys! I'm going to go look at the notebook this
    weekend. I will definitely keep all your tips in mind. The store is
    in Oakland, CA. so you never know what kind of shady characters may
    pop up there! :-) Thanks again everyone!
    Lexx Guest

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