MBP CD, C2D, ebay, edu...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwd3885, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Looking for a MBP C2D upgrade from my MBP CD. Aside from the fact that mine is 1.83 vs 2.16, the MBP C2D has more RAM (1gig vs 512) and more HD space (120 vs 80) and DL. I am looking on ebay because I can't buy another edu discount right now. Or could I but one online at the Apple Store anyway? Is it a kind of honors system? Anyway, I was looking at these

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MacBook-Pro-MA8...QQihZ020QQcategoryZ140065QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-15-4-MacB...QQihZ007QQcategoryZ140065QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Wondering if they are legit. I have been scammed on ebay in buying an Xbox 360 before and was out $400. Should I just go through Apple edu online? Or wait for a refurb C2D?
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    I got nearly scammed a few times on eBay but each time Paypal helped me out when I disputed the charge. How did you pay for your item?
     
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    I would think savings in peace-of-mind alone would be worth whatever going through a legitimate dealer costs. Do the Edu or Refurb, whichever is cheaper and chalk up the $400 as an "educational expense". Best wishes.
     
  4. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    on that note, how much would it matter in the performance between the two? I actually have a 1 gig stick, so it would be 2gig vs 1.5. then the c2d, hard drive(which I have 10gig free on my mbp (80gb) hd now).
     
  5. BenHoleton macrumors regular

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    The user feedback looks okay. What you want to do is use Pay Pal, or a major credit catd, so you have recourse if they don't come through as promised
     
  6. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    I know this is a bit shady but could you use a friend's or significant other's student ID? Just go up to Apple store and he'll show ID and you pay.

    Other than that you might want to look at Student Developer discount. It's $99 for a 1-year membership, and you get a 20% one-time discount. developer.apple.com
     
  7. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Just go to the Apple store and explain the situation and ask if they would have a problem with you purchasing another one. They will say no, trust me, I am a macaholic. If they say okay, then you can feel good about the purchase...
     
  8. mldqj macrumors newbie

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    CD to C2D probably doesn't worth it. I would spend $200 to get 2G ram, which should improve performance a lot, and wait for a major upgrade (flash-based HD cache).
     
  9. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    so it's basically $500 upgrade from 1.83 CD to 2.16 C2D, 80gb hd to 120gb hd, 1.5gb Ram to 2gb RAM and new DL burner.

    I have like 6gb free space on my MBP. I don't know if 80gb is enough. I look at hard drive upgrades and it's like $90 for a 120gb. So I don't know if the rest is worth it or not.
     
  10. mldqj macrumors newbie

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    If you are buying a new MBP, you are handing out $2500 or so. It is not a "$500 upgrade". But of course if you can find good use for your old CD MBP (or sell it for a decent price), it would make more sense.
     
  11. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i figured that i'd sell on ebay and the difference would be $500. and i am just wondering if the $500 is worth all the more you get for the new mbp. i'd buy the $1799 (w/ edu. discount) mbp
     
  12. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    so is it worth the extra money? especially if i'm running out of space?
     

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