Where to Buy the Discontinued 12-Inch MacBook
Apple made some big changes to its MacBook lineup today—including axing the super-portable 12-inch MacBook, the entry-level MacBook of choice for many. While you can’t buy Apple’s MacBook from its official store anymore, you still have a few options to get your hands on one before they’re gone for good. This also applies to Apple’s other cuts: the non-Retina Display Macbook Air and the entry-level 13-inch MacBook pro (minus Touch Bar).
Your best bet is to go to the refurbished section of Apple’s store, where you’ll find its discontinued MacBooks (and other devices) for a lower cost. They’re fine products, especially given how much TLC Apple puts into making sure they look and work good (as we’ve previously talked about). The only thing you’ll miss is the fancy Apple packaging, but you’ll live.
You can also try your luck with other online retailers and resellers, such as:
We recommend starting with Apple’s refurbished stock first, and then branching out from there. Whichever retailer you buy from, make sure you give your device a good once-over as soon as it arrives. If you’re buying refurbished, you’ll want to make sure you have ample time to file for a return if your laptop has an issue. (You can always check your warranty coverage for Apple devices here.)
If you can’t find the model you’re looking for from those online stores, you still have a few more options. You could always check your local Apple store for any remaining stock, or hit up a certified Apple servicer or reseller. Finally, if you get desperate, there’s always eBay or Craigslist.