MBP on eBay?

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  1. chesterville macrumors newbie

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    being new to both macs and eBay I have a question about purchasing the former from the latter. I have my eye on a "brand-new" "unopened" MBP at a very steep discount. The seller has more than 1000 feedback/ratings with 90+% positive.

    First of all, I would appreciate advice on what to look for, or any positive/negative mac on eBay experiences.

    Secondly, does anyone know if a mac in this situation will still be eligible for applecare?

    thanks,

    dru

    EDIT: I am more interested in info on buying macbooks/MBPs on eBay in general, rather than one specific laptop
     
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    OMFG, another OOOOOH look a really cheap Apple product, let me see if its legit by asking MR...

    unless I am not understanding this correctly.

    Are you saying this is a MBP for $660

    or

    a MBP for $660 OFF the retail price?

    $660 is not "steep" for a discount as it is probably the same as the ADC or education discount.
     
  3. chesterville thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MBP on eBay?

    I originally posted the following in the MB/MBP forum, not realizing there is a buying forum - anyone with advice/input?:

    being new to both macs and eBay I have a question about purchasing the former from the latter. I have my eye on a "brand-new" "unopened" MBP at a very steep (too steep perhaps - $660 USD for a 2Ghz?) discount. The seller has more than 1000 feedback/ratings with 90+% positive.

    First of all, I would appreciate advice on whether or not to proceed with a bid, or what to look for, or any positive/negative mac on eBay experiences.

    Secondly, does anyone know if a mac in this situation will still be eligible for applecare?

    thanks,

    dru

    [Moderator note: threads merged]
     
  4. Butters macrumors 6502

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    perhaps a link to the auction?
    so people can check it out first hand, see if it looks fishy
     
  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    and again ill post:

    OMFG, another OOOOOH look a really cheap Apple product, let me see if its legit by asking MR...

    unless I am not understanding this correctly.

    Are you saying this is a MBP for $660

    or

    a MBP for $660 OFF the retail price?
     
  6. chesterville thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it is FOR $660....which seems shady to me...however, I guess I was trying to ask my questions based on some more reasonably priced (ie. not stolen/broken, etc.) ones
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    if the seller has that many positive feedback ratings I would say it is fairly trustworthy. I would buy from someone like that.
     
  8. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Can you post a link to the auctioned item. Maybe we could see if anything looks fishy.

    Don't worry, I'm not in the market for a new puter. ;)

    edit: beaten to it ^_^
     
  9. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Keep in mind that most Apple EBay scammers use hijacked accounts.

    Does the item listing say they have multiple units? Payment via Western Union?

    Does the listing instruct you to email the seller directly at some email address, rather than use the EBay contact seller function?

    If any of the above are true (and typically they all are), then it is a scam auction. It'll probably get pulled before the auction even ends.
     
  10. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Dood, give me a break, you honestly think you can get a friggen brand new laptop for under a grand.

    I dont think I am even gonna waste my time writing about WHY you shouldnt even have to ask these kinds of questions.

    sigh.
     
  11. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    If you are unsure if it fell off a truck or was stolen downlaod this app http://coconut-flavour.com/coconutidentitycard/ and ask for the serial number fromt he seller. That app has a section where you can plug in a serial number and it will tell you if the number was reported stolen along with other things.

    Ed
     
  12. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    THE MBP HE IS REFERRING TO COSTS $660!!!

    so stop right here right now, we all know its a scam.
     
  13. chesterville thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my apologies once again...I shouldn't have mentioned that specific laptop...I was merely pointing out some the concerns I have with eBay. My question is more on buying a mac on eBay in general...not that specific one
     
  14. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Not necessarily. I've seen quite a few sellers with a lot of positive feedback that were selling wholesale lists. i.e., "$50 flatscreen 17" LCD!!! Small text: you are bidding on a wholesale list only, not the actual product or that sort of thing. I never quite figured how they can get so many positive feedback.

    http://scams.flipshark.com/wholesalescam.html
     
  15. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    when is it ending? if it's ending 5 days later sure it's possible legit auction for that price.. but dont expect that to be the ending price... now if it's buy it now for that price, i would run away.. fast!
     
  16. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    Honestly, on high ticket items such as a new laptop, I usually avoid ebay. It is worth it for me to pay a little extra and use amazon.com instead. They usually have rebates as well which is nice. Too many bad things can happen on ebay and with paypal (aka Satan) if you use that.

    For used computers like iBooks or PowerBooks, ebay is more acceptable in my book. Good luck with your purchase.
     
  17. matttrick macrumors 6502

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    check the history of what they sell also. if they sell a bunch of recipies for 1 cent each to get feedback, its a scam. if they sold teddy bears and balloons for the last 500 sales, and then suddenly have 20 laptops available, its a scam.
     
  18. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    sold bears? like bearbo?:D
     
  19. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    I understand the gist of your concerns - and feel like Chrispy stated - for the big ticket items (of anything) perhaps avoid eBay - no matter how good the feedback is. Can you afford to lose the dollars if something goes awry? (is my rule of thumb).

    My personal limit on any one eBay item is 200.00 Max - then if I lose it - it still hurts, but won't hurt that much.

    Recently, I was browsing eBay for a G4 Powerbook - and 5 different sellers (over a period of 6 weeks) had various machines I liked - they had all 100% feedback btw. I didn't bid, but I sent an email to them requesting further information in the first instance.

    As it happens - some of the sellers responded and others didn't - but the items were all later pulled by eBay. I'd also (much later) get a security warning email from eBay saying that the auctions had all been removed (so I'm guessing they were all suspect). Those sellers however, still have 100% feedback and are trading still to this day.
     
  20. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Go ahead and buy it, make sure to report back on your experience with such a trusted seller.
     

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