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Get a new-to-you MacBook Air for just $250 during our Refurbished Event

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Pick up a refurbished MacBook Air for less than you'd pay for AirPods Pro and a coffee.
Pick up a refurb MacBook Air for less than you'd pay for AirPods Pro and a coffee.
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When discussing Apple products, the focus typically tends to be on the future. Talk of upcoming Apple products can be particularly engaging, but the company’s past innovations still warrant appreciation — and many are still quite useful.

That’s especially the case if you’re looking to join the Apple ecosystem on a budget. During our Refurbished Event, you can purchase a 13.3-inch MacBook Air from 2015 for only $250.

Need a no-frills computer that’ll just work? Try a refurb MacBook Air for $250.

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Grab a no-frills refurbished MacBook and get the job done.
When you're on a budget, a refurb MacBook is the way to go.
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You might not need the latest, greatest computer if you just need a laptop to get the job done. So, whether you’re looking for a travel computer that you aren’t afraid to toss in a bag, or need a budget laptop that can get you through the school year, buying refurbished MacBooks is the way to go.

One example is this refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air that’s been marked down to just $250.

First M1 Max and M1 Pro MacBooks hit Apple’s refurb store

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New isn’t always the best option. Save big by buying a refurbished 2021 MacBook Pro from Apple.
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Just added to Apple’s refurbished offerings are the MacBook Pro models that in launched fall of 2021 with the blazing fast M1 Max and M1 Pro processors. These refubs offer welcome cost savings — especially on such recent notebooks — but they can not be reconfigured. Buyers can only choose from the configurations Apple has in stock.

But again, savings are considerable: a refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max is up to $350 off.

4 perfect Apple gifts to wrap up your shopping quick

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2020 Apple product gift guide for the holidays
Get your shopping done fast with these Apple products.
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If you’re still hunting down the perfect gifts for your family and friends, look no further than this gift guide filled with Apple products and accessories. From a killer deal on a MacBook Air to EarPods as a stocking stuffer, we have four products at all price ranges — so you can find the best gift for others (or yourself), on your budget.

Get a great computer and save dough with refurbished Macs

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Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch: Save money on refurbished Macs, from MacBook Pro to MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac.
Save money on refurbished Macs.
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There are plenty of reasons we might want another computer. If you’re not saving up for one of the new Macs with the M1 chip inside, you can save some scratch with one of these four refurbished Macs.

Going with a refurb means some tradeoffs: Most of these won’t run the new macOS Big Sur, for instance. (You can check compatibility on Apple’s site.) However, they can deliver things you just can’t get anymore. The MacBook Pro, for instance, comes with a built-in SuperDrive.

Get a certified refurbished iMac for $800 off the MSRP [Deals]

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Don't break the bank with this 21.5-inch refurb Apple iMac.
This 21.5-inch refurb iMac won't break the bank.
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Macs are remarkably future-proof. After years of use, assuming they’ve been well cared for, they can still hang with the latest in the line. And if you refurbish them, there’s no telling how long their useful life can be, so getting a refurb is a great way to score a solid machine at a crazy-low price.

Take this certified refurbished 2011 iMac, right now, you can get one for just $379.

Week’s best Apple deals: More refurb and open-box MacBooks and iPads

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Embrace "new to me" and you'll save big with refurbished and open-box Apple gear.
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Discounts on not-new laptops and tablets continue to shine this week, with Apple itself offering its legendary factory-refurbished MacBook Pros, and eBay offering an open-box 10-inch iPad Pro. You’ll find these deals and more in this week’s roundup of best Apple deals.