|Nov 15, 2012, 09:42 PM||#1|
Considering buying a MacBook Pro off Craigslist, what are some tips to avoid scams?
I'm considering buying a 2011 MacBook Pro 13" off Craigslist listed at $800
I'm wondering what points/suggestions/tips I can do to avoid getting scammed. Anything I can look at in the settings of the MacBook etc...? Things I should avoid?
Model number a1278
upgraded to 500gb harddrive
upgraded to 8gb ram
Lion OSX 10.7.4
|Nov 15, 2012, 10:01 PM||#2|
"Things to avoid"= buying a secondhand computer.
First of all, the AppleCare warranty is a must.
If you believe in built-in-obsolescence, it will certainly apply to an older machine.
Trust your instinct. Talk to the person on the phone, NOT social media.
Intuition is a powerful thing, and you gotta trust it.
I bought a MacMini from Craig's list. THOUGHT it was an awesome deal, until I found out it wouldn't take an install disc due to bad RAM.
New RAM cost me $200, and in retrospect, I could have bought a brand new MINI for another $50.
You're talking about a laptop: how do you know about things like dead pixels on the screen? What is the condition of the battery?
My MBPro has had 3 motherboards in 6 years, and needs a new screen now.
If it's older than a year, the money you spend SEEMS like a good deal, until a year down the road, when you find out how much you have to spend to get it fixed.
I know the temptation is great...I found a newer machine to my own in a storefront, and I've been kept awake at night, thinking about how cheap it is, and how nice it would be to have a faster machine. UNfortunately the AppleCare runs out in December....unless my machine dies tomorrow, I jjust have to resist the temptation.
|Nov 15, 2012, 11:24 PM||#4|
Thanks guys, I think I'll take your advice and start looking for ones with Applecare.
Is there enough of a difference in 2009, 2010 and 2011 versions to justify a $100-$200 price increase? Trying to stay under $900 if possible...
|Nov 15, 2012, 11:34 PM||#5|
You can get a 2011 with AppleCare for below 900
for example - I haven't asked this guy if it has AppleCare - but you get the idea.
|Nov 15, 2012, 11:36 PM||#6|
Apple currently has a refurbished 13" MBP for $929.
That'll come with a one year applecare AND a new battery (anything you get used won't have a good battery...) Apple batteries cost $129 or so???
|Nov 15, 2012, 11:40 PM||#7|
Really prefer to stay under $900... found this one from a legitimate seller online (lots of positive reviews of the retailer)
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