Any precautions on buying used rMBP on eBay?

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  1. Tofupunch macrumors newbie

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    I found a good deal on eBay for a 2015 15" MBP. It cones with a 30 day return. But i was wondering if there are certain things to look for when buying a used computer? For example, can they somehow load some software to track my data or steal it? Or for macs is that pretty much impossible? Can i do some sort of software reset to 'clean out' the mac before first time use? Hope this makes sense. Thanks.
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

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    I hate buying from anywhere but apple itself. Just scared i throw away money.
     
  3. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i totally agree and have previously purchased all my apple offerings from Apple directly. But i was so looking forward to getting my first mac with today's release, only to be disappointed. So i still want a mac, but with better value and without having to buy a bunch of dongles!! And With its 30 return window, i am very tempted...
     
  4. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Check the family, maybe someone with an educational discount could help you buy a refurbished product. I have a feeling a whole new bunch of them will start showing up around christmas
     
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    Your safe!

    eBay and PayPal will take care of you if any problems occur. Good job on saving $$ - I'm proud of you :)
     
  6. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does the educational discount apply to refurb? I do work for the local school district...
     
  7. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    I don't believe so...either or I believe.
     
  8. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. i will look into this.
     
  9. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Oops, I just checked.
    I went to apple.com > refurbished, picked their best imac : $3,399.00
    Then went to shop for college > refurbished (url showed it was still edu site), picked the same one : $3,399.00

    No price difference.

    Btw, if the DUTCH apple store would have that imac, 32gb ram and 1tb ssd .. 4ghz for $3,399.00 , even in EURO, I would buy it for 3400 euro RIGHT NOW .. but we have like 1 product under refurbished on any day, and it's usually the ipad pro.
     
  10. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good idea to price compare between refurb and edu discount. On the website now!
     
  11. Zellio macrumors 65816

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    Hold command option r on startup, format disk and then reinstall
     
  12. Floris macrumors 68020

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    One thing I noticed in the Dutch store, the iMac apple care went from 180 euro to 100 euro under edu discount.
    And the macbook apple care is like 350 euro and 245 euro under EDU discount. Worth to consider buying at the same time.
     
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    The only way I would buy one off of ebay is if it still had Apple Care.
     
  14. Tofupunch, Oct 27, 2016
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    Bh photo actually is selling a new 2015 15" for $1799 ($200 off reg price)?! Will read the fine print...
    I was comparing refurb + apple care vs. edu price for same model. It was actually cheaper to get a brand new one for the edu price. But something in me doesnt want to give money to apple for now outdated tech sold for same price (even if it's with the edu price). Shows how much their pricing strategy is leaving a sour taste in my mouth :( If this bh photo price checks out, i might jump on it!

    Edit: i guess money is still going to them either way...but a little less so? I'd rather buy used but the uncertainty prevents me.
     
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    B&H may offer AppleCare and bid discount if purchased with MBP
     
  16. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apple Care is $50 off. Plus no sales tax and free shipping. I would be saving almost $500! Close to buying...
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    I mean i know it's a mid 2015 computer but it's not that HUGE of a difference right? It's primarily for my Lightroom/Photoshop needs. Obviously i want to future proof it but i think it's a capable enough machine. Thoughts? Think this is a good deal?
     
  17. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    I picked up a mint condition base model mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro today for $1350 shipped. About 60 charge cycles which isn't anything to be concerned about because it has AppleCare on it until April 2019. I'm very excited. Would've cost me $2550 ish out of pocket yesterday for this set up.
     
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    I got my 2011 MBP off a private seller on eBay after searching long and hard.
    It was in mint condition with all original packaging and still had some Apple Care left.
    I've not had a single problem with it and am currently typing on it now :)
     
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    So it is possible!
     

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