An Apple Authorized Reseller (AAR) is a business partner that has entered into a contractual relationship with Apple Computer Inc., to sell software and/or hardware products. The Apple website maintains lists of authorized corporate resellers and catalog/Internet resellers.
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According to Apple, authorized resellers in the United States can establish their own return and refund policies. If the authorized reseller won't accept the Apple product return, Apple will accept the return within 14 days of the purchase under certain circumstances.