Apple seldom discounts their Mac computer systems. But when it does, they’re usually found for its Apple Certified Refurbished line of Macs.
These Macs can only be purchased through Apple’s online store. They cannot found at any of Apple’s retail store fronts.
The discounts vary among the refurbished items. Large price drops can be found more often for the more expensive items such as the Mac Pro and iMac systems. A good figure to start with is at least 10% off the original selling price of the equivalent new item.
Inventory and selection vary. Because these refurbished Macs come from recently canceled or returned orders, the availability will depend on these two factors.
By far, the Apple Certified Refurbished MacBook Pro is the most available item in Apple’s Refurbished Mac inventory. The only real issue is picking the model with the desired hardware configurations. Refurbished MacBook Pros are discounted at approximately 15% off original selling price.
Because there’s only 1 model for the Apple MacBook now, refurbished quantities for this Mac have become limited. The inventory fluctuates between 1 and 3 items on any given day and discounts are between 12% and 15% on most items.
The most discounted Apple Certified Refurbished Macs come from the large ticket items; either the Mac Pro or the iMacs. For example, iMac price discounts can range between 25%-40% off the original selling price. Availability usually runs about 4-5 at any given time of the month.
There’s usually a good supply of MacBook Airs at the Apple Refurbished Store. Consistently inventory shows approximately 6 units on hand.
The most difficult item to find in stock is the Apple Certified Refurbished Mac mini. One or two unit will sporadically pop up in inventory during any given month.