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Old Mar 17, 2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Used MBA Price Check

Hello,

I am considering purchasing an 11-inch MacBook Air tomorrow. I have not seen the computer yet in person, but assuming it's in excellent shape (as that's what I've been told) I have tentatively agreed to a price of $1150.

The specs are:
-8GB 1600MHz RAM
-256GB Flash Storage
-2.0GHz dual core Intel core i7

The computer comes with the box, charging cables, and receipt.

Am I getting a fair value for this computer?
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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That is a fairly good price.

Mac2Sell, Gazelle or eBay (Việt Nam, Türkiye, Česká republika, Hanguk) might be good price checkers.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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Seems....

a fair price for me, provided the computer dont have cosmetic or functional issues.

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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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I have this machine - 11", 2.0gHz, 8GB, 256 SSD. If I could only get $1150 for it, I think I'd just keep it! Of course, condition is everything ... mine is pristine. If the one you are looking at is also in nice shape, and comes with the box and charger, I'd say you're unlikely to make a mistake at that price.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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I have this machine - 11", 2.0gHz, 8GB, 256 SSD. If I could only get $1150 for it, I think I'd just keep it! Of course, condition is everything ... mine is pristine. If the one you are looking at is also in nice shape, and comes with the box and charger, I'd say you're unlikely to make a mistake at that price.
Is that your primary machine? Or do you use it as a secondary computer?

I have the 13-inch MBA right now as my primary computer, but thinking that an 11-inch MBA and iPad Mini might be the way to go for me.

I am trying to be as portable as possible. Use the computer with a monitor at home though.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:57 PM   #6
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For just a couple hundred more you can get a refurb from apple and returnable if you decide that the spec bump from your 13" wasn't worth it. I'd ask $900 for it, tops. You're the one with the money. Don't let the seller control you. The seller is the one who has the pressure to sell. You're the one who can walk away.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 01:25 PM   #7
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For just a couple hundred more you can get a refurb from apple and returnable if you decide that the spec bump from your 13" wasn't worth it. I'd ask $900 for it, tops. You're the one with the money. Don't let the seller control you. The seller is the one who has the pressure to sell. You're the one who can walk away.
Yeah, that sounds kinda high for a used laptop. Who knows what it's been thru too.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:32 PM   #8
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Is that your primary machine? Or do you use it as a secondary computer?

I have the 13-inch MBA right now as my primary computer, but thinking that an 11-inch MBA and iPad Mini might be the way to go for me.
The 11" MBA is my travel machine. I have back problems, and found my 15" MBP too much of a strain to carry. I'm sure the 13" would be fine as well; I find that the MBA and my iPad serve very different purposes.

I just don't think you'll find a sweeter - or more portable - option than the 11" MBA. If the one you're looking at has been well cared for, I'd pull the trigger without hesitation.
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Back last year when I got my MBA, I looked at used.

It looked like the people selling a USED MBA wanted as much if not more than a new one. Ridiculous.

My advice, just get new, people are morons and believe that if their MBA is in pristine condition from a non-smoking home, it is worth as much as a new one.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 10:39 PM   #10
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Back last year when I got my MBA, I looked at used.

It looked like the people selling a USED MBA wanted as much if not more than a new one. Ridiculous.

My advice, just get new, people are morons and believe that if their MBA is in pristine condition from a non-smoking home, it is worth as much as a new one.
But don't computers appreciate in value drastically after you buy them? I have a graphics card from 2004 that was $100 then. I'll let it go for $150.

Seriously, look at used computers, or hell any electronics on craigslist. Just because you paid $800 a year ago doesn't make it worth $600 now, especially if that industry progresses rapidly.
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But don't computers appreciate in value drastically after you buy them? I have a graphics card from 2004 that was $100 then. I'll let it go for $150.

Seriously, look at used computers, or hell any electronics on craigslist. Just because you paid $800 a year ago doesn't make it worth $600 now, especially if that industry progresses rapidly.
100% agreed. Reson being I bought a new MBA. The weenies on Craigslist and ebay wanted nearly full price for an out of warranty item. Made more sense for me to buy a new one WITH warranty.

I would like to know where some people get this great deal on used Macs, I have never found one.
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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My friend bought a 2011 air with i5, 4gb ram and 128 ssd, all for $400.
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My friend bought a 2011 air with i5, 4gb ram and 128 ssd, all for $400.
Where? From a relative?
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Where? From a relative?
Just by chance. We just finished an erotic photoshoot with model we found on craigslist. My friend made a comment about how he needs to get the air like I have, the model tells my friend that her uncle just got a DUI and was selling his to raise money.
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Just by chance. We just finished an erotic photoshoot with model we found on craigslist. My friend made a comment about how he needs to get the air like I have, the model tells my friend that her uncle just got a DUI and was selling his to raise money.
I am never able to stumble on deals like that. Even if I didn't need a MBA, for $400 I'd buy it.
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 06:17 PM   #16
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I am never able to stumble on deals like that. Even if I didn't need a MBA, for $400 I'd buy it.
What a steal. I would definitely buy one for that price.

FYI, I didn't end up buying the one I originally posted about. Just kept my 13-inch Air for now. If I stumble upon a deal like that I will return my 13-inch Air immediately.
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 10:23 PM   #17
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Alright, got her down to $950. I'm going to pick it up for that price. Thanks all.
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 03:26 AM   #18
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Just by chance. We just finished an erotic photoshoot with model we found on craigslist. My friend made a comment about how he needs to get the air like I have, the model tells my friend that her uncle just got a DUI and was selling his to raise money.
I love how nobody batted an eyelid at the first part of that story!

Sounds like your friend got a great deal anyway!
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Back last year when I got my MBA, I looked at used.

It looked like the people selling a USED MBA wanted as much if not more than a new one. Ridiculous.

My advice, just get new, people are morons and believe that if their MBA is in pristine condition from a non-smoking home, it is worth as much as a new one.
To be fair, I have sold apple computers for more than I bought them for. It's not hard to find someone willing to pay that price.
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Alright, got her down to $950. I'm going to pick it up for that price. Thanks all.
Congrats!
Hope USB3 is not a priority for you. Now that I've used it with a 7200rpm external drive to move AVIs/MP4s, I wouldn't go back.
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Congrats!
Hope USB3 is not a priority for you. Now that I've used it with a 7200rpm external drive to move AVIs/MP4s, I wouldn't go back.
Why? The 11" Air 2012 has two USB 3.0 slots.
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Congrats!
Hope USB3 is not a priority for you. Now that I've used it with a 7200rpm external drive to move AVIs/MP4s, I wouldn't go back.
The 2012 Air has USB 3?
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The 2012 Air has USB 3?
Indeed.
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To be fair, I have sold apple computers for more than I bought them for. It's not hard to find someone willing to pay that price.
Why would someone want to pay MORE for a used Apple computer than a NEW one. Are people that idiotic?

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The 2012 Air has USB 3?
Stating in 2012, all Macbooks have USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 03:20 PM   #25
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Just got the computer. Met the person at the Apple store and got a Genius to take a look at it. I booked 3 appointments sequentially just in case (45 minutes). The Genius ran some tests, checked the battery, power cable, and such, and the MBA came back A+.

Physically, the machine is pristine, nothing wrong there from my perspective or the Genius who took a look at it.

The MBA also came with some unexpected extras, such as a nice Incase sleeve (a nicer one than the one people usually buy), and a USB ethernet adapter.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with the purchase. For $950, it was a steal IMO.

Thanks all again.
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