New versus Used?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by bhrose, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. bhrose Guest

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    I've read through other posts and seen the disadvantages of buying used: lack of warranty, shorter battery life, it doesn't have the new Apple smell. Just joking. But, as a PC user and a business major, how much are these things really worth in terms of dollars?

    My dillemma is that I want a new powerbook. I'm looking at the 12" with SuperDrive, and after the Educational Discount it comes to $1400. Good deal. However, a friend wants to sell me his older revision powerbook. It's a 15" powerbook g4 1.25ghz for $1300. It has all the same specs: 512 ram, 80gig hd, superdrive, airport, bluetooth.

    So now, how much does the lack of battery or warranty really mean? Is this still a good deal? I'd like to make movies with this, and so the bigger screen is a major plus. But, it's 1.25ghz and 2-years-old. Any thoughts?

    Thank you very much.
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    could always get a new battery, but the warrenty is big for laptops
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The lack of warranty you can cost out for yourself by investigating Applecare.

    In general, you don't want to pay more than 70% of price of the most similar new machine. Better to be around 60%.

    Portables are much more expensive to fix than desktops, and are more subject to abuse.
     
  4. bhrose thread starter Guest

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    Applecare?

    How long after buying a laptop can you purchase Applecare? I thought it was only 1 year after the original warranty was up. In this case, the powerbook is a 1.25ghz from 2003. Am I still able to buy Applecare in this situation?
     
  5. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    AppleCare must be purchased within 1 year of computer purchase.

    No.
     

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