Price Advice Asking price for upgraded late 2008 Unibody Macbook

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking to sell my late 2008 unibody macbook and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on where I should price it. I just replaced the battery a few weeks ago and have upgraded the RAM and HDD to a SSD.

    Here are the specs:

    Late 2008 Unibody Macbook
    2ghz Core 2 Duo
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB
    8GB RAM (Crucial Brand)
    128GB SSD (Samsung 830 Series)
    OS X 10.8.2
    New Battery

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    phoenixsan

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    I would say.....

    with the upgrades $700-750 tops. Can go up based in no cosmetic/functional issues and good care of the machine.

    If selling through an online site factor in shipping costs/fees. Also consider, in the second-hand market, many times is better be price-wise than hardware-wise, because many people dont get the real value of upgrades, only the $$ figure


    :):apple:
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, thanks for the help and the tips!
     
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    53x12

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    The unibody goes for ~$300 to low $500 range. Most in the mid $400s based on eBay. 8GB RAM cost ~$35 new and Samsung 830 128GB is around $90-100 new. The range you should expect is mid $500s to low $600s. Maybe mid $600s if you are lucky. The computer is old and C2D seems ancient. However I don't think you should expect $700-750.
     
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    RedCroissant

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    I know you've already received some advice on pricing, but you'll also have to reinstall Snow Leopard since that was OS that came with the machine and Lion and ML both require an AppleID to download and install it. Because of this, the new owner won't be able to install updates to the OS because they'll have to have your AppleID to do so. The SSD is a legitimate value increaser but I would think no more than $550(especially since those are now less than $100 brand new). It can also be more valuable if you still have the original box and packaging.

    Good luck with the sale.
     
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    wywern209

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    Actually, 10.7 can work because it doesnt rely on the apple id to install updates, only to purchase it.
     
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    Designer Dale

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    Yes, but I think it knows your Apple ID. I would reformat the drive/drives and sell the computer with just the original install disk and nothing on the drives at all. Installing the OS asks to setup a user account and that should be all up to the new owner.

    Dale
     
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    53x12

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    Just do command-Q that way the buyer can setup their account info.
     
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    RedCroissant

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    That might be true of the OS itself, but I don't know if that's completely accurate because I bought a MBP from my campus bookstore and wasn't able to update any of the apps that were included with the OS(iLife mostly). When I tried to update those apps, I was told numerous times that I had to sign in with the AppleID I used to purchase them. It wasn't a huge deal because I was able to clone the OS from my iMac and then update the applications that way, but for someone that might not be able to do that; it could be a deal breaker.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help everyone.

    Honestly, I was thinking $550, so it's great to hear that it's worth it to try ~$650.

    I didn't even think about the new user needing an apple ID for Mountain Lion, guess I'll just put Snow Leopard back on it.

    Thanks again, you guys are great!
     

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