Should I buy this used MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lobos, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. Lobos macrumors member

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    I have an offer of buying a 15" MBP that was purchased in mid April. It is 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 256MB Video and AppleCare through 2009. The RAM was upgraded through a 3rd party, but I don't know where. The seller is asking for $2000, which I think is a great deal considering the RAM and AppleCare. However, I'm not too familiar with all the problems that the MBPs had. If it were only a month old, I'd probably go for it right away.

    If not, I'm going to get a MB through the education discount and upgrade the RAM to 2GB for a total of about $1600 or so. I'm going from a 15" PB and I really love this size, but I've never purchased used before and I'm not quite sure how to approach it all. It would be a local deal...
     
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    $2000 seems a little low?

    It has Applecare so any problems will (hopefully) be taken care of by Apple. (like whine, etc.) 3rd party RAM is a user upgradable part so that's fine.

    If you trust the seller and it isn't shady, I would go for it. It's local - is it possible to see the computer in person and check it out? Why is the guy selling it, btw?
     
  3. Lobos thread starter macrumors member

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    Juse sent him a message asking why he's selling it. He says the RAM is Kingston (haven't heard of that before?)
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    $2000 I would jump on it, but listen to the advice of the above poster.
     
  5. Lobos thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree! I'm not sure what shady things to look for? If I see it and it works, what else is there? I've already checked out the serial number at support.apple.com.
     
  6. Lobos thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, he says he got laid off, needs money and needs to take care of his priorities.
     
  7. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    go for it if you have the money. it's a good price, kingston is a good brand (in my opinion) and it save you time and hassle buying ram, and waiting for it to come in. plus you have applecare for your revision a woes :) (hopefully nothing major)
     
  8. Lobos thread starter macrumors member

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    So through the education discount I can get a white MB (80 GB HD, AppleCare, upgrading the RAM to 2 GB through 3rd party) for 1744 with tax. I need a new printer for school, and I can get the $100 printer rebate through Apple, plus I can pretty much get a new iPod for free by selling my old one and using the special education deal.

    OR

    For $2,000 I can get a MBP that doesn't have that much more for me. Sure, I love the bigger screen and I love the physical construction and keyboard better, but I don't need the 256MB video card and I don't need the screen, and I get no printer or iPod.

    Ah! I guess I'm just already having withdrawls from my 15" PB and it's not gone yet.
     
  9. chasemac macrumors 6502a

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    Remember the car dealer? Just make sure it feels good when you drive it.:) Tell em' $1800 it's a deal!
     
  10. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    I definitely would spring for the MBP, assuming that the sale is safe. Not only because of the slightly better build quality and screen, but because (a) from what I understand there's a pretty big difference between the MB integrated graphics and the MBP dedicated graphics, and (b) resale value for the MBP. $2,000 is a good deal for a MBP at that spec, and the Applecare sweetens the pot.
     
  11. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    That wud be a stupid deal. Dont go for it. You are wasting your money. Please dont buy it.

    Instead give me the guy`s address and contact number. Do you think he`ll ship to india?:D :D :D :p
     
  12. Lobos thread starter macrumors member

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    I think he's only doing local. Although I think he makes an exception for India... j/k

    I thought about the resell value and the better graphics, but I don't really need the extra graphics. I don't know that I ever completely use enough of my currently 128MB card in my PB. Plus, I'm a college student and could probably put the money to use elsewhere... I'm also comparing the fact that the MB would be brand new from apple. I dunno. I guess I'll sleep on it.
     

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