Apple's refurbished HomePod doesn't seem like a very good pre-Black Friday deal

Apple's refurbished HomePod doesn't seem like a very good pre-Black Friday deal
Apple doesn’t often offer discounts on its hot-selling gadgets (almost never, in fact), but for what it’s worth, you can always buy select certified refurbished iPhone models, iPads, Apple Watches, iPods, Apple TVs, and Macs directly from their manufacturer with the same standard 1-year warranty as brand-new devices.

These are obviously at least slightly cheaper, although sometimes it’s not entirely clear if the savings are worth the inherent refurb compromises. Case in point, the Siri-controlled HomePod smart speaker, originally released in January 2018 after a June 2017 formal announcement.

This hasn’t exactly sold like hotcakes at a list price of $349, which is probably why a number of third-party retailers shaved 50 bucks off on several occasions over the past few months. Right now, the HomePod fetches the same old $349 at Best Buy and the likes, almost making Apple’s refurbished $299 “deal” seem compelling.

But Black Friday is coming, and Best Buy has already confirmed an actual $250 deal will be available between November 22 and 24 (or while supplies last). That’s naturally for brand-new units looking at cool $100 markdowns, which may help the “premium” smart speaker properly compete against Google and Amazon’s voice-enabled bargains this holiday shopping season.

Basically, the timing of Apple’s refurbished HomePod release seems unfortunate, to say the least. Making things worse, both the white and space gray models listed at $299 with one-year limited warranty and 14-day returns policy coverage are somehow backordered at the time of this writing, shipping no earlier than November 30.

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11 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As bad as I hear they're selling, there should be plenty of new ones lying around a warehouse somewhere....use those for black Friday sales.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I wouldn't buy this for no more than $99. I still think Echo Show is a better product even at $229.

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I wouldn't take it for free unless I'm sure I can sell it for a profit. Lol

4. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

I'll bet the "refurbished" are probably new units. Never see anyone eyeballing these things at the Apple stores. These should have been BOGO from day 1.

5. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

*sigh* Apple really messed up here...

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1368; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This was a “bad Apple” from Apple.

7. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

While people find homepod not a good deal because of price and siri limitations compared to other smart speakers, I’ll find it the only option for people like me who prefer security, privacy, quality of sound and aesthetic. Hell I don’t care for the price for the quality and services offered is outstanding. I trust only apple.

8. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Since you're an internet billionaire, you should buy at least 60 units, just to show em how much you love & care for them! Tim will definitely appreciate it, maybe he'll even send you a thank you note. You can do it! Just steal your dad's cc#!! https://youtu.be/qztuEucrNBc

10. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I guess you should get one for your Dog for his privacy. Also build a house with iPhones just to ensure maximum security and privacy.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's the standard fanboy response right there. "I'm willing to swallow anything they serve up (even though it's mediocre) at any price because they tell me it's the best and most secure." Why do Apple fans have such a hard time identifying a turd when they see one?

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Hot selling gadget, the homepod lol Right

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