A good buy?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MattyO, May 31, 2011.

  1. MattyO macrumors regular

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    So am in dire need of a Mini and can't wait much longer for the refresh.

    I have been offered an Apple Mac mini MC270LL/A 2.4 GHz, 8 GB, 320 GB, loaded with:
    Microsoft Office 2011
    Adobe CS 5.5 Master Collection
    Lightroom latest version.

    It was purchased in June of last year.

    The guy said he would sell it to me for $685 including shipping.
    Is this a good deal? He said this is about how much used systems are going for on ebay with the upgrade.

    I will be using it for school, surfing the web, skype, and watching Hulu ...

    Thanks in advance for any input.
    matt
     
  2. KennyMac macrumors newbie

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  3. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes, but this is coming with the 8gb upgrade and all the software.

    I will also use CS5 and lightroom for photo editing and was going to purchase lightroom anyway, so figure I am saving that even though I will not receive the discs.

    Plus it comes with Office 2011 ...
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That's technically illegal. You won't be buying the software, so it's not legally yours to use.
     
  5. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    So that would mean that a lot of the Mac Pros, mini's Imac's sold on ebay etc with preloaded software are sold illegally?
     
  6. KennyMac macrumors newbie

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    The Choice is Yours but Know There's No Warranty On It,
    I Paid $40 for 4GB of Ram and it's all I Need Right Now.
     
  7. Chozo macrumors member

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    Yes, if they are not shipping you the discs with the systems.
     
  8. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the input.

    I have decided to pass on the mini.
    appreciate all the responses.
    matt
     
  9. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Unless they include the discs, activation keys, and agree to transfer the license, then yes.

    The software listed is worth far more than the hardware.
     
  10. SidBala macrumors 6502a

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    And the seller is nice enough to give away all that for so less?

    I am very sure that the software listed is basically cracked pirated installs. They put it in the ad to make it look like a good deal when in reality it is a rip-off.

    IMO, when buying on craigslist and eBay, you should only look at the hardware value.
     
  11. lvlarkkoenen macrumors regular

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    Plus, I'd want to have the disks anyway, in case you want to do a reinstall or anything.
    I've been wanting to do some HD maintenance on my age-old mini but have misplaced the install disk. Ever since I'm extra cautious about these things.
     
  12. firedownunder macrumors regular

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    If the legality of the software concerns you, check the refurb store. Minis on there everyday, basically new and comes with applecare (1 year), which you can extend. When everything else is equal, having a warranty makes for peace of mind. My two cents.
     
  13. D4F Guest

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    Last time I checked time machine reinstalls everything. You might need serial numbers though in some cases.

    Worked for me.
     
  14. lvlarkkoenen macrumors regular

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    Good point. Wouldn't work for me, I have an age-old system and no time machine. But that situation will be history soon (I hope)
     

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