Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jun 23, 2013, 09:59 AM   #1
essenceofwar
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Buy/Sell Advice for an Early 2008 Macbook

I have a friend who's looking to sell a 2008 Macbook, and I was considering buying it from them, doing a few upgrades, and potentially re-selling it. I've done a bunch of desktop building, but I'm trying to get some experience tinkering with laptops.

The stock specs are:
Early 2008 Macbook (4,1)
13.3'' (1280x720)
Core2Duo @2.1 GHz
1 GB (2x 512 MB) RAM
120GB 5400-rpm SATA HDD
Working superdrive

It's in nice physical condition as it's been well cared for, and had the keyboard/plastic-shell replacement under warranty.

I was going to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB, and add a 240/250 GB SSD. I'm still deciding between an OWC (which doesn't require TRIM) and a Samsung or Crucial (which do).

Mac2Sell gives a starting price of $280, and an upgrades price of $730. I was going to offer to buy it for ~300, and then try to sell it for $700. Does that sound reasonable?
essenceofwar is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 11:48 AM   #2
martinm0
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by essenceofwar View Post
I have a friend who's looking to sell a 2008 Macbook, and I was considering buying it from them, doing a few upgrades, and potentially re-selling it. I've done a bunch of desktop building, but I'm trying to get some experience tinkering with laptops.

The stock specs are:
Early 2008 Macbook (4,1)
13.3'' (1280x720)
Core2Duo @2.1 GHz
1 GB (2x 512 MB) RAM
120GB 5400-rpm SATA HDD
Working superdrive

It's in nice physical condition as it's been well cared for, and had the keyboard/plastic-shell replacement under warranty.

I was going to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB, and add a 240/250 GB SSD. I'm still deciding between an OWC (which doesn't require TRIM) and a Samsung or Crucial (which do).

Mac2Sell gives a starting price of $280, and an upgrades price of $730. I was going to offer to buy it for ~300, and then try to sell it for $700. Does that sound reasonable?
I think that would be a risky endeavor. Some things to consider will be OS limitations going forward. For example, if I recall correctly, you need to have a Core i5/i7 in order to use Airplay from a Mac to an AppleTV. At the $700 mark someone could easily pick up a used 13" MBP that will run all the latest software that the '08 can't (or wont be able to in a year or so). Not to mention that SSD prices are falling all the time, so a 256GB purchased now might be half that cost in a few months (not to mention that '08 is probably limited to SATAII speeds at best).

I'm sure you could buy it and re-sell it, but I would only see this going for a few hundred more with those upgrades, which will cost you a few hundred more...

That's just my opinion. Still a good machine and probably worth it at the lower price, but there are too many advances in the last few years that will make this machine become dated far too quickly for that kind of money ($700+).
martinm0 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 03:58 PM   #3
BurningJah
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Belgium
Send a message via MSN to BurningJah
I wouldn't. The profit you could gain is to little and at 700, it is just too much for a second hand 6 year old laptop. Even if it is an Apple computer.
__________________
13" unibody mac (alu), 27" Imac 2,7 Ghz i5
Ipod mini 6gb, Ipod video 30gb (Stolen), Ipod Classic 160gb (Washed), Ipod Nano 16Gb ,
Iphone 3GS 16gb (White), Ipad 2 32gb 3G (White)
BurningJah is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 04:39 PM   #4
Cheffy Dave
macrumors 68020
 
Cheffy Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
Quote:
Originally Posted by essenceofwar View Post
I have a friend who's looking to sell a 2008 Macbook, and I was considering buying it from them, doing a few upgrades, and potentially re-selling it. I've done a bunch of desktop building, but I'm trying to get some experience tinkering with laptops.

The stock specs are:
Early 2008 Macbook (4,1)
13.3'' (1280x720)
Core2Duo @2.1 GHz
1 GB (2x 512 MB) RAM
120GB 5400-rpm SATA HDD
Working superdrive

It's in nice physical condition as it's been well cared for, and had the keyboard/plastic-shell replacement under warranty.

I was going to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB, and add a 240/250 GB SSD. I'm still deciding between an OWC (which doesn't require TRIM) and a Samsung or Crucial (which do).

Mac2Sell gives a starting price of $280, and an upgrades price of $730. I was going to offer to buy it for ~300, and then try to sell it for $700. Does that sound reasonable?
ummm,no, maybe $300
__________________
lotsa "stuff"

Last edited by Cheffy Dave; Jun 23, 2013 at 04:41 PM. Reason: info
Cheffy Dave is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 06:08 PM   #5
essenceofwar
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Ok.

Maybe I'll see if they just want me to do the upgrades for them so they can use it for a little longer before pony'ing up for the new MBA
essenceofwar is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sell my 2008 Macbook Unibody and buy a rMPB for 980 Mdv2 MacBook Pro 4 Dec 8, 2013 04:46 PM
Price Advice: Early 2008 iMac pinkoos iMac 1 Oct 15, 2013 09:28 AM
Early 2008 Macbook. Upgrade it or sell it? gundam83 MacBook 3 Jan 31, 2013 12:47 AM
Price Advice: How much to sell my Macbook Pro Early 2008 mariotheotaku Buying Tips and Advice 6 Dec 11, 2012 01:16 AM
Early 2008 Upgrade Advice (fix or sell?) waiterboy006 MacBook Pro 8 Jul 18, 2012 01:52 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:38 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC