How much would a used 15-inch Macbook Pro cost me?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    My Gateway NV79 has been giving me a lot of issues lately. I love the laptop, but it's been shutting down on me frequently, causing me to lose lots of work that I haven't been able to save, shutting down my tabs on internet browsers that, for whatever reason, I haven't been able to restore upon starting my computer back up and it's been overheating a lot (despite the fact that I keep a majority of my files, pictures, music, movies, etc. on an external hard drive).

    With this being said, I plan on returning my Gateway laptop (which I have a 2 year warranty on) and using the refunded money towards a used 15-inch Macbook Pro (second generation unibody). I don't really have the cash to be spending on a new retina display Macbook Pro. I have several questions, though.

    - How much on average would a good-condition used Macbook Pro 15 inch cost me?

    - What are some reliable websites that I can shop for used Macbook pros?

    - Do Macbook Pros give you any issues (viruses, slow speed, choppy internet, overheating)?

    - Are most programs Apple, Inc. friendly? Meaning will I have a hard time finding programs that cater not only to Windows, but Apple as well?


    Thanks in advanced
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    phoenixsan

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    I would say....

    the non Retina Mac Book Pros from Late 2011 would go from $1350 (i7, 2.2 Ghz)to $ 2000 (i7, 2.5 GHz) maybe, stock configuration in RAM, storage and video card. Can go up or down because ongoing warranties/cosmetic or functional issues/use or care of the machine.

    About sites, maybe the Refurbished section in the Apple Store can have something in there for you. I had used ebay, lowendmac and Craiglist (very seldom), and in my experience, ebay delivers best deals. Also consider to pay a visit to your nearest retail Apple store o Authorized dealer or their webpages, because they can have outdated stock they want to get rid off and you can strike a deal there ( I am aware of your question, forgive me!)

    Not sure to understand the another question about software, tough:(

    :):apple:
     
  3. macrumors 68030

    Spink10

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    FYI

    Purchased the Late 2011 15inch MBP Hi Res - Anti-glare screen 2.4ghz (high end) retailed for $2300 - I paid 1325 off eBay for it. Perfect condition - 7 months of original warranty remaining.
     
  4. r0k
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    r0k

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    Not bad. I got the same thing for $1600 new in box at Microcenter. Meanwhile Apple was selling the refurb for $1800 so I knew I got a deal. But 1325 is an even better deal. I suggest getting the AC if it's not already too late. AC is a good value for "portable" machines. Phones and desktops not so much.
     
  5. macrumors G5

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    Spink10

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    Yeah - I have until Jan 7th - getting from B&H Video
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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