Macbook Air Resale Value

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 01grander, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    Just curious but what do you think I could get for a 11" 2010 Macbook Air in a year? $700? or too much? I realize theres no definite but i'm just wondering. I got the 11" 2gb ram 64gb SSD for $888.
     
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    You've got to be kidding.
     
  3. silverblack, Nov 27, 2010
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    Who knows? FYI, the Rev. A base model MBA is currently selling for ~ $700 on ebay.

    It will likely be sold around $800 on ebay given the retail value is $1000.
     
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    you should have got the 4GB ... the 2GB will be a dime a dozen :cool:
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    How about being useful and not adding useless comments? Or at least explain yourself.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    $450 give or take a few dollars
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not saying your wrong but i would be surprised if it was that low. I had been trying to find older macbook airs(base) in working order and I never saw one under $600. Like another poster said "who knows" which is def true considering it is the base model and new.
     
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    techound1

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    It wouldn't be unreasonable to see them behave like low-end macbooks, which would put your guess in the right neighborhood. As with all things mac, condition is everything too.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks. This is my first Apple in a few years and I've never had to sell one before. May keep it in the end but didn't know if I'd be looking at a major loss.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    a year from now there will be a slew of new macbook pros on the market...and probable also an updated air...and an updated ipad..

    plus as apple market share increase more laptops are on the market...more volume lower prices...
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    500 - 600 on Craigslist would be my guess. Higher if a new revision does not come out in that year and/or if you got AppleCare.
     
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    Just keep it and do not even think about resale ... It will most likely be all you need even 2 years from now.

    you have a perfectly fine laptop ... enjoy it :cool:
     
  13. macrumors 68030

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    Not a chance with 700 dollars. There will be bunch of refurbished models out and apple instantly offers 15% off on those items. Also, there will be a new model out in a year, probably. If it does, then apple discounts even more around 25-30% and it goes higher. The resale value will drop very low. We are talking about around 500-600 dollars. With those refurbished models come with new batteries, your used MBA will be valued lower. 450-500 is very possible.
     
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    I think you're right there, 4GB models will command much higher prices than 2GB. There will be less of them too, which always helps.
     
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    High...$750ish if you keep it in good condition. I sold my 6 month old MacBook Pro (Bought late April 2010, sold late October) for $1050 (it was the base $1199 model). So a $150 loss, but it was in BRAND new condition.
     
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    revelated

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    Hell no. Even a year from now, that machine can net you $800 on CL. For the most part, anyone selling for 50% of what they bought it for, a year out, is a sucker. It's all about how you do your ad though, and it assumes the machine is in damn near pristine condition. The thing is, you'd actually get top dollar if a new revision DOES come out, because often the new revision removes features that people want. Plus if you consider tax as the total, people are more inclined to buy from you even at a somewhat higher price because it's still significantly lower than it would be with tax and shipping.

    I sold my 13" 2009 MBP a year after the fact for $1,000. Bought it for $1,241.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Depends how long you're willing to wait to find the right buyer. I find that a lot of sellers are just looking to unload quickly because they need the cash. I wouldn't buy anything on Craigslist for less than 1/3 off the typical going rate from Apple.

    To be honest, whoever bought your 2009 MBP for $1000 is the real sucker. The mid-2010 model can be had at MicroCenter for $1000 + tax (if your state has sales tax).
     
  18. robby818, Nov 27, 2010
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    You did very well. A new one at Amazon is ~$1100 right now. I live in CA so that is the shipped price to CA residents. I sold two similar to yours 13" MBP for $980 and $950 a few weeks back. I'm happy I was able to sell mine, but wouldn't you rather have a new one for $150 more? I guess $150 is still $150. Being a current model still under warranty probably helped a lot too. I've sold Macs that were 2-3 gen. old and while they do hold value more so than PC's, but there can be a steep drop off if Apple revamps the model line.
     
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    I have sold many things on Craigslist. The only item that didn't move for the price I wanted is my current Samsung 61" DLP LED projection - but that's because of the mad rush for LCDs. Everything else has sold quickly. Every Apple product I have listed (2 iPads, three MacBook Pros, one MacBook Air) has sold within one day of my listing it, most same day, and I never undercut Apple products nor do I negotiate lower prices. The last iPad I sold had 10 emails within minutes of my posting - and I had it up for $450. Mind you, it's the 16GB version, which can be had for just over $500.

    Like I said though, it's all about how you write your ad.

    Speaking of your MicroCenter ad, you must not be in the know about how California works. A damn near 10% sales tax is plenty incentive for people to avoid buying from stores wherever and whenever possible. Also a lot of folks don't want to wait for shipping, and they want to get hands on it and make sure it works the way they expect before buying it so they don't end up with a lemon.
     
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    I've sold a fair share of Macbooks of various calibers on Cl over the years. Cl tends to be quite overpriced when it comes to Apple stuff (not that I'm complaining). I would get OP's machine will be worth in $700-770 range depending on condition and if there is a newer model available.
     
  21. macrumors 68000

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    I see them even go for as low as $450. I don't think Macbook Airs hold their value really well from what I see. Used MBA are pretty cheap in comparison to the new price.
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    But the older MBAs don't have the performance nor reputation that the 2010 batch does. I'm willing to bet that these new ones will hold their value better.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    The ultimates will still fetch a good price, the rest I don't think so.
     
  24. macrumors 68030

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    Another school of thought - the less you spend now, the less you lose. Every extra $£€ you spend on getting a better model will have to go at a discount because you are selling a used machine.

    E.g if you spent $xxx on upgrading the HD to the max available now, it will be worth a lot less when you come to sell if aftermarket upgrades become available and capacities/speeds increase.

    There are just too many variables and unknowns to give you a decent prediction right now. Just buy the machine you want and need right now and worry about resale value if and when it happens.
     
  25. macrumors G4

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    Yes, that tends to be the case. Take my Rev B example. I purchased the SSD model for $2400 (MSRP was $2499) back in November 2008. While I'm glad I did, since even the old SSD was significantly faster than a HD, note that I sold it recently for $800, or a decline of $1,600 over 2 years. By contrast, the base Rev B was $1,499 in 2008. Thus, even before considering sales taxes, the base model, even if it were worth $0 now, would have declined in value by $100 less than my "Ultimate" Rev B.
     

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