Anyone eyeing a 27-inch iMac can now save a healthy chunk of change by opting for a refurbished unit.
As of yesterday, Apple began selling four refurbished variations of the big-screen iMac through its online store. Buyers can save anywhere from $270 to $400 depending on the model.
A 2.9GHz version with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce graphics card goes for $1,529, 15 percent off the price of a new unit.
A 3.1GHz edition with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, an 8x SuperDrive, and a 1GB AMD Radeon graphics card sells for $1,599, 20 percent off the usual price.
A 3.2GHz model with 8GB memory, a 1TB hard drive, and a 1GB Nvidia GeForce graphics card is available for $1,699, a 15 percent discount off the price of a new one.
Finally, a 3.4GHz unit with 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, and the 1GB Nvidia GeForce graphics card costs $1,869. That unit sells new for $2,199.
With the exception of the 3.1GHz edition model, all of the refurbished units are the latest iMacs released in October and offer an LED-backlit screen with the higher-quality IPS (in-plane switching) technology. All four variations promise a wait time of just one to three business days with free shipping. All of Apple's refurbished products come with a one-year warranty.
Supplies of the 27-inch iMac were tight after Apple unveiled the new model late last year. Popping up for preorder on November 30, the large-screen iMac offered an initial ship time of two to three weeks. But that jumped to three to four weeks after just a few hours.