Advice needed on price to sell MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by johnnycakes, Mar 18, 2009.

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  1. johnnycakes macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009

    What do you think?

    I am about to sell my MacBook and have a rough idea in my head about what to sell it for, based on a number of factors, including searches to see what similar setups are going for on eBay etc. but would greatly value your combined immense knowledge!

    MacBook, white (May 2006)
    Intel Core Duo 1.83
    1GB RAM (increased from the 512 it came with)
    60GB HD
    Mac OS 10.5.6 Leopard (retail box, as it shipped with Tiger)
    iLife 08 (shipped with 06)
    LiteOn Slimline External CD/DVD writer (just new)
    Iomega MiniMax External HDD 250 GB (just new)
    Brand new power cable and brick from Apple as the original developed a fault
    Original Install discs

    Points to note:
    - the internal combo drive doesn't work too well, hence why I bought the LiteOn External writer to use instead
    - the battery probably needs replacing soon

    I was thinking

    £445 (which is $620 when converted).

    What do you think?
  2. danielhayter macrumors member


    Apr 6, 2007
    I am no specialist but that sounds a bit high. I bought my 2ghz Core2Duo Macbook from the refurb store for only 60 GBP more than that a year ago.

    Why do you want to sell? That machine has loads of life left in it!

    I recently thought about selling my Macbook and buying a unibody macbook, but in my opinion it just isn't worth it, aside from the fact that the new models are sexier. For my (very modest) uses, this year old Macbook is still more than enough. I decided to purchase Applecare to extend the life of what I've got for another two years. Just something to consider.
  3. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    This belongs in the Marketplace forum. The OP has not been a MR member long enough to access the Marketplace, and the OP does not have enough posts to access the marketplace.

    I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to report this thread.

  4. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    The guy hasn't tried to sell anything, he's simply asking how much he *could* sell something for, clearly on somewhere other than MR.

    Anyway, I think it's probably worth about £400-420, as it is quite an old model. :) Still not a bad price though, and would still have a lot of life left if you kept it.
  5. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    Valuations belong in the marketplace.

  6. johnnycakes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    Thanks Ryan, you're right - I'm not trying to sell anything at all. In fact, I'm not really getting anything valued either - I've already valued it, I was just wondering what others thought.

    As my post was only my second one (despite being a MR reader for years) I'm sorry if I make a mistake and posted in the wrong place. I wasn't even aware that there *was* a marketplace. I did check to see if other places would be more suitable for my post first, but didn't see anything that was labeled "Marketplace".

    A little bit of leeway, and a little bit of friendliness, would have been nice though, instead of "I'm going to have to report this thread". I mean, this is a community, right? We're all on the same side, aren't we?

    Thanks for the thoughts Ryan and Daniel. You're both right with regard to how much life it has left it it, but can't help myself! I've been waiting to upgrade to one of the unibody's for a while.
  7. Miller117 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    That sounds a little too expensive.

    U have to think about the price of a new one.

    U can get one for 950$ with a student discount.
    And it is a much better machine than u have

    2.0 core 2 duo
    120 gb hd
    2 gb ram
    And a times better grapics card

    Now depending on the condition of your machine
    U could get any where from $400-$475

    I sold my machine 2 months ago with almost the same specs and got $470
  8. scubasteve03 macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Slow your role fool.

    Look buddy, this guy is new to our community. He simply had a question and obviously was not trying to sell anything on this website. There is no reason to be so harsh. This is not a life or death situation. I know you take this website seriously and it's probably the closest thing you get to "geting out". But relax or I am going to REPORT you for not relaxing!
    To the OP: Don't mind about this guy, most of the people on this forum are here to help other mac lovers in anyway they can. You can always look on ebay under competed listing in the advance search. That will give you a good ball park estimate. You can always start high on the listing and offer a Buy It Now at the price you really want. I have always gotten lucky and someone will get it at the higher price.
    Oh yea, your are going to love the new unibody. It has literally changed my life LOL.
  9. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    Or you could try to sell it on a country where macs are even more expensive than in yours, e.g. in México, where a new low-end alu macbook sells for no less than 800 british pounds in the mexican on-line apple store. In departamental stores (kind like sears and so) they can be even more expensive, up to 950 british pounds for the same model.

    In this kinds of markets you can more easily get about 400-450 british pounds for your "old" computer, which still is about half what we would need to pay for a "new" mac.

    Just a thought.
  10. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    I'm pretty sure things like import tax, and shipping would quickly negate any money saved by buying overseas..

    Somewhat unrelated, but i didn't want to start a new topic for it. has anyone noticed that the refurbished macbooks on the UK store are in fact more expensive than the new ones?
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