Just sold my 15” MacBook Pro - What would you have done/thoughts?

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  1. Dubba macrumors regular

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    Last Monday, I received a brand new 15” MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 80GB HD) from AppleCare (UK) as a replacement for a 12” PowerBook which had to be repaired three times.

    I have pretty much decided to go with a White MacBook, although I had some inclinations towards the 17” Macbook Pro (primarily because of screen size, but the casing and option of a matte screen also appealed).

    Anyway, I have to sell the 15” MacBook Pro in order to finance the MacBook, and I have finally been able to (well, in a few hours – I am meeting the buyer in 4 hours). Basically, I sold it for £1,000 ($1,882), which is £399 less than the UK retail price, and £286 less that the UK Education price. However, it is very close to the US Education price (£1,012/$1,907), which is where I would have bought it had I gone retail. Hence, I am £12 short, but I should be able to recover that by selling my spare 12" PowerBook Battery, which gets me to a break-even point.

    I am planning to use the proceeds to buy a 12” MacBook (120GB) + AppleCare at the US Education store for £1,007 ($1,897), which is only a few pounds/dollars more than what I am getting for the MacBook Pro. Basically, I feel that I got a 40GB larger hard drive and AppleCare for the same price as a MacBook Pro, which I would have had to buy AppleCare for.

    I am going to up the RAM to 2GB in any case (whether I had kept the MacBook Pro or the MacBook).

    What would you have done?

    P.S. My needs are simple: e-mail, browsing, office applications, iPhoto, and iTunes – no gaming or editing.

    P.P.S. My original 12" PowerBook cost me £952/$1,793, if that makes a difference to your thoughts.
     
  2. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    i think the macbook is perfect for your needs, and the decision to trade was good :)
     
  3. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    yah, i think the MacBook is perfect for your needs.. (also, it's 13" not 12")
     
  4. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    The Macbook suited your needs more, so it was good that you sold your MBP.
     
  5. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Good choice! The MacBooks are an amazing value.
     
  6. Dubba thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the feedback and validation - it is nice to know that many of you would have done the same.

    I have just come back from completing the transaction and look forward to ordering my MacBook soon... although, my wife's iBook is working perfectly well for me, so now I am thinking about perhaps waiting for Leopard, but we'll see how long she can handle being without her lovely Mac!

    Dubba
     
  7. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    Buying is a personal decision. So, as long as you are satisfied with the arrangement you made, that is what counts.
    But, if I were you, I would have kept the MBP because of my personal preferences.
     
  8. PowerMike G5 macrumors regular

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    Yes, as long as you are happy with your purchase, then all is good in the world :)
     
  9. kalun macrumors regular

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    I think it is a very bad idea to sell your laptop and purchase product that does not exist.....:p
     
  10. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    I may be a slow morning starter but what do you mean?

    Anyways, I wouldn't have done it. Just so you know and make you feel bad.
     
  11. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    I thought it was a great decision. I did something similar when I sold my 17" Macbook Pro and got a 15" instead. The 15" I got included Applecare as well as a few extras. The price difference wasn't an issue since I had gotten the 17" at 1/3 below retail from a local guy who was also downgrading. I think using some of the savings towards Applecare is an excellent choice too. ;)
     
  12. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Ill second this, I prefer the MBP to the MB, especially if the only difference you are getting is applecare. You have 1 yr to buy the Applecare, why not just save up for it? Anyways, if you are happy, then you have made the right decision.
     
  13. nioh macrumors newbie

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    get the Applecare on ebay instead and get yourself an external monitor if you want the extra real estate :)
     
  14. kalun macrumors regular

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    there is no such as a 12 inch macbook...at least not yet...:D
     
  15. joe50000 macrumors member

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    There's going to be a new Macbook released soon so I guess it was a good choice. Although I would have stuck with the powerbook.
     
  16. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    I've got a MacBook 2Ghz 512RAM 60GB HD (White). Well to be honest, I'd have kept the MacBook Pro because I believe they are superior laptops. That said, MacBook definitely holds it's own and I sincerely doubt you'll suffer dissapointment.
     

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