Price Advice 15" rmbp 8/512 $2000

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  1. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Found this on craigslist, unopened. Good deal?
     
  2. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    I think its a great deal. I bought my brand new 15" base for 1500. Factoring in that yours is a 512gb SSD, the price sounds pretty good.
     
  3. ECUpirate44 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah I thought so too. Guy says it's a 2.6 Ghz though, I thought they only came it 2.4, 2,7, or 2.8
     
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    If it's approx 6 months old or newer it will most likely have a SanDisk SSD which are causing problems, that Apple has not been able to fix so far.

    I have one. Had I known... I would have avoided the purchase at all costs.

    There's nothing worse than buying a new computer with faults right out of the box.

    Do yourself a big favor and click on this link to see for yourself
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4735947?start=0&tstart=0
     
  5. ECUpirate44 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Ah crap, forgot all about that. Is there any way to determine that from the serial?
     
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    No.
     
  7. ECUpirate44 thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's what I figured. So just to clarify, if it is indeed a 2.6 Ghz, it's a model that is considered (late 2012) and has been discontinued?
     
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    Not bad.

    Personally, I would hold out for a 16 GB RAM model - it's not something that can be upgraded, as you probably know.

    I have to add that it's an awesomely designed machine. The display will spoil you for using others. When the speed bump was announced, I bought (new, from Apple) a 2.7 (mid 2012) rMBP 15" 16 GB w/ 768 GB.

    I previously had an Early 2009 17" 2.66 with 512 GB Crucial M4 SSD and 8 GB RAM. Thought I'd miss the real-estate, but it's not a problem. If I really need it, the rMBP can do the same 1920 x 1200 and it's very sharp (though some text gets small). I keep it at the "native" 1440 x 900, but set smaller icons and text for the Desktop. Also, I can zoom out a notch in Safari if need be. Most elements is rendered at 2880 x 1800 so the page still looks great.

    Enjoy!

    edit: My machine was bought on 2/16 and has the Samsung controller. It was made in November, week 45.
     
  9. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    The 2.4, 2.7, 2.8 are the slight processor bumps that happened February 13th. He might have the before the updates happened (the increase is negligible. 5% i think)

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    Yep, its the "discontinued" model. But if its brand new in box, it usually allows you to put in a date, which is awesome, of when you bought it so your warranty starts from that moment.
     
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    Right, thats what happened then. I'm hesitant to take the plunge because of the components used. I forgot about the crappy LG screens and Sandisk SSD's.
     
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    OP: Just FYI:

    I don't know the make of my display, but it's literally perfect. Even lighting, good white point, no dead pixels or other artifacts. See my edit above for SSD controller info.
     
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    Thats true but do remember that apple will replace any issues you may have with the computer! See if you could work it down to 1900.
     
  13. ECUpirate44 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah I know, it's just a major inconvenience as the nearest Apple store is 100 miles away.
     
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    Amazing price if it is legit and really the 2.6 model.
     
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    Yeah it's completely legit, I've talked to the guy at length about how he got it and I even questioned why the price was low. The only thing thats holding me back is the fear of getting a sandisk SSD and LG screen. Are my worries warranted?
     
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    Yes considering your distance from an Apple Store - also depending on your RAM needs - considering the 2013 model has 16GB for the same price point. Most people dont really need 16GB - depends on each user.
     
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    It seems these things are everywhere. Just found a 2.6 Ghz 8/512 with 67 Cycles on the battery for 2000 with samsung components.
     
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    If I purchased used I would want to pay around 1600 - new I would buy for around 1850 (although I think it is worth 2000) - personally. Once I got a few "steals" on used Macs I cant pay full price.
     
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    Yeah all these people are clinging to the fact that they paid 2800 and this is a fantastic deal bla bla. Apple dropped the prices and it's simply not worth as much anymore. Apple has refurbs with a 256SSD for $1903 after tax....
     
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    Exactly - although I dont consider the 8GB to 16GB RAM upgrade a "huge" deal - its certainly affects the price - that alone makes their original purchase of 2800 only really 2600 (since Apple thinks that is a $200 upgrade ;) ) plus the .1GHz upgrade and the fact that it is used/less warranty.
     
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    Right. Don't need 16GB and the fact that it's used (no matter how long) deducts from the value to me.
     
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    Yup - also I have seen the resale value of Macs drop a little (generally) - they still have amazing resell value (dont jump on me fellow MacRumors members).

    Mac lose a % of their value not a set $xxx.xx amount - thus high priced Macs lose a lot more total value because of their price point. A lot of people dont get this also - the base 13" cMBP may only lose a couple hundred dollars while the 15" rMBP can lose several 600-800 in the same time.

    These are just rough made up numbers :)
     
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    I hear ya. I bought my mac for 2600 in 2010, its worth 900 today. Nature of the beast.
     
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    One of the reasons I am a big fan of purchasing Macs when their around 6 months used - got my current cMBP which cost 2998 + tax from Apple currently for 1440 in December - my MBA was purchased for $500 just after the 2012 MBA was released - iMac was my worst deal paid $1400 total (was open box model - they gave me the wrong one so I got a brand new one for same price from BB).
     
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    Ended up purchasing a refurb from Apple for $1779 ($1885 after tax). 15" RMBP 8/256. Someone who did the same thing as me please tell me their experience :)
     

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