Advice on buying used Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by beanjelly, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. beanjelly macrumors newbie

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    So I've been interested in buying a Macbook or MBP for a while now; our laptop recently died so I need to buy a new one relatively soon. I've been lurking on the forums, trying to soak up as much info as I can. So far, I've been most interested in the Macbook or MBP (the 13 incher, lower end).

    A friend of my mother-in-law is selling a 2008 Macbook for $675. I'm a little uneasy about buying a used laptop, but it is tempting. The laptop would be used primarily for work/school stuff, general internet use, some photo stuff (nothing major). We're not huge gamers or anything.

    So would buying this be a terrible idea? Anything I should be on the lookout for or ask about?

    Here are the specs:
    Year Purchased 2008 (for $1300+)
    "White" Macbook
    Intel T7200 Core 2 Duo running @ 2.0 GHz
    Model: A1181
    Serial: 4H70700YWGP
    2GB DDR2 MHz (2 x 1GB)
    320GB Hard Drive
    OSX Snow Leopard 10.6
    MS Office & iWork preloaded
    Glossy high-resolution 13.3" LCD Screen
    DVD Slot loading
    802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
    Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
    i-Sight camera built-in
    AC Power Cord
    Apple remote: NOT INCLUDED
    Approx 4hr Battery
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Not worth it IMO. I entered the serial to Apple's site and it showed it's late 2006 MacBook. You can get late 2009 MacBook for 759$ from refurb store. Comes with full warranty and is faster than what you listed

    http://www.refurb.me/
     
  3. beanjelly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmmm. that makes sense--I didn't even think about looking up the serial number. how often do macbooks come up as refurbs? there aren't any listed right now.
     
  4. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    Definetely not worth that price. If you wanting something cheap though offer them $400 ish for it and you'll have a decent machine on the cheap. Or just wait around refurbs come through often and are at a good price plus warranty.
     
  5. stridemat Moderator

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    Which country are you in? There are normally refurbs available.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    See the link in my post above (http://www.refurb.me/). MacBook was available 2 days ago but there will likely be more refurbs sooner than later. Refurb.me has various notifications available so you will be notified when the model you're looking for is back in stock
     

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