Many of you I’m sure are long hip to this. That said, for some of you it will be a cost saving revelation. I have given this exact same recommendation to my clients for years and it is one I follow myself. Here goes…
If you are in the market for a Apple product, keep your eye out here:
This is the Refurbished section of Apple’s online store. I recommend buying any of Apple’s refurbished products. These are factory refurbished to good-as-new condition by Apple. Not only will you get a decent discount (often of a hundred dollars or more) but they come with the same one year warranty as new Apple products. They are also eligible for the Applecare extended warranty. Not only that, but it is my understanding that they are more rigorously tested than brand new Macs because, well, they don’t want them coming back. Stock changes near hourly so check often and act fast if you see something you are in the market for.
Speaking of Applecare, I highly recommend getting it with any new Mac. It will protect any component failure for up to three years from the date of purchase. The cost of Applecare is less than the cost of out-of-pocket replacement of any component that will die on your Mac so it is well worth it.