Advice on used Mac laptops on a shoestring budget?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by blunderboy, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. blunderboy macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a used Mac laptop for around $700 or less--I'm a student on an extremely limited budget, so I can't pick up a brand-new MacBook Pro or anything like that. I just bought the PC I'm typing on last month to replace my dead iBook, but I'm going to sell it, because I really don't want to deal with Windows. Do you guys think it'd be a good idea to get something like a late-model PowerBook G4 or one of the first- or second-generation MacBooks? The applications I foresee using are word-processing stuff and some of the Adobe programs.
     
  2. blunderboy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I hope it (or another model at the same price) still be there in the next 2 weeks (which is when I'm going to buy the machine).

    (Edit: eek, looks like it's out of stock. :/)
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Use www.refurb.me to notify you when its in stock. I recently sold my 3yr old MacBook for $600 on eBay so this is outstanding value!
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Just check daily, it will be in stock in the future.
     
  5. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    have you tried looking on the educational store? they have much better prices than the main store and often the refurb store also (I get 14% off)
     
  6. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    I've noticed that the refurb prices on the education site are the same as the regular refurb store, at least in the US.
     
  7. creon macrumors 6502

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    Great site! Thanks for posting!
     
  8. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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  9. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    here in the UK my discount gives me 14% off and free applecare for 3 years (phone support for the first 90 days, but you can extend the phone support to 3 years for £50).

    Sometimes the refurb store may have items with over 14% off, but its usually around 9% reduction. Either way, when you include the student apple care discount, it is much better than anything else
     

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