2014 15" 512GB with applecare $1500 good deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mikepro, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. mikepro, Nov 3, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2016

    mikepro macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Looking at a used 2014 2.5GHz 15" rMBP with nVidia 750. Has about 230 battery cycles, Applecare until March of 2018. Price is $1500.

    Is this a good deal, or should I hold out for 2015? (Not interested in 2016 "refresh"). I'm aware of the changes in the 2015. Seems like performance is not much improved, force touch would be nice. I've seen some of the 2015 2.2 GHz with Iris pro only go for about $1600. But, seems like 2.5GHz 2014 with nVidia would be better, and $100 less. If I could find a similar 2015 with AMD for similar price, I'd probably pull the trigger.

    I'm not in a hurry, so I could keep searching, hope to find better deals on close out stocks or refurbs. (Refurb 2015 with M370 is currently $2219. Not sure that's worth it for new, as this one is in decent shape, and has a longer warranty with included Applecare.

  2. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
  3. mikepro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Oops, made a mistake in OP. The used one has warranty through March of 2018. So, actually 4 months LONGER than a new one. You still think the 2015 would be worth the extra money?
  4. blackberrycubed macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2013
    Buy new, get apple care in month 11 if you decide to keep it. Otherwise sell it in under original apple warranty if you fancy something different.
  5. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    That's the price I paid for a new 2015 model last November. It's a good deal, but 2K is still a lot of money, so you'll have to decide if you think it's worth the investment. I can only say that sans a few random short-lived software glitches I've been very happy with this MacBook (and it's my first Mac).

    I run big software apps and edit 4K video off an external SSD with no problems. The 2015 model should give you better battery life (especially compared to a used model with 200+ cycles), it has faster storage, and if you use the trackpad a lot, the forcetouch trackpad is probably better.
  6. mikepro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Just pulled the trigger for one on ebay listed as new, sealed in box for $1900 that included an extra new 85w magsafe 2.

    I'm a bit leery of such an expensive purchase on eBay. How can the sell new ones for $400 cheaper than B&H?!? Seems like they bought a huge lot, as listed as having sold 61, with over 60% sold. Seller has over 94000 feedback, so hopefully it all works out and everything is legit!

    I'm just glad the saga is over.
  7. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    I understand the concern. The seller I ordered from had very little feedback and I was leery as well. There's always a risk with eBay, but sometimes it's worth the risk for a great deal. Also, both eBay and PayPal have buyer protections in place if something goes wrong. Let us know how it pans out and congrats on the new Mac!

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