By Jacqui Cheng | Published: January 20, 2009 – 10:45AM CT
Refurbs have made their way to China’s (and Hong Kong’s) online Apple Store. Like the “Special Deals” section in the US, Japan, and UK stores, China’s online App Store now has its own section dedicated to secondhand products that have gotten the spit ‘n’ polish treatment and resold at a discount.
Now, Chinese Apple fans can score deals on used Macsand iPods. For example, a third-generation (fatty) 8GB iPod nano goes for RMB 1,008 in the Special Deals section, which translates to roughly US$147. That’s still a worse deal than the 8GB third-gen iPod nano in the US Special Deals section ($99), but pricing is usually different overseas than it is in the US. Similarly, a refurbished 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo iMac can be had for RMB 9,418 (about US$1,376)—the same machine in the US refurb store goes for $999.
Still, the discounts allow Chinese buyers to score machines for cheaper than they cost new, and Apple’s refurbs are usually as high quality as you can get out of a used machine. Go forth and save.