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Original poster
Jul 6, 2017
People have always told me that Apple laptops have a great resale value. So if I buy a MacPro for $1400 today, then how much can I sell it three years later (assuming I have the original box and no dents in the computer)? I'm thinking about switching from PC to Apple, so I'm considering options and pros/cons.


macrumors 601
Feb 17, 2008
Fort Worth, Texas
Macs have always traditionally held their value fairly well, however, your question can't realistically be answered without knowing what the resale market will look like in three years. Go on eBay or Craig's list and take a look at prices for Macs that are three years old and compare their asking price with their original selling price.


macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2016
Macs generally have less depreciation than Windows PCs. However they are both consumer electronic goods, in a rapidly evolving technology market. Do not expect anything amazing, be happy with 50% in 3 years time. If you brought it for $1400, and expected to sell a 3 year old computer for $1000, why wouldn't anyone just pay $400 for a brand new up to date model? Base models are worth less but cost less, there is no rarity as they sell container loads daily, and the tech is generally obsolete very quickly. So the only people buying them tend to be bargain hunters, who inherently are looking to pay cheap.

FWIW, never buy something to use with the intention of reselling it, you'll hinder your purchase and weaken your experience for the duration you own it. Get the thing you want, and enjoy it.


macrumors 68020
Sep 11, 2016
Brand new in box 2016 nTB are selling for $1100 on Swappa last I checked. Used 2016 nTB's are lucky to be getting $1,000.. Apple products no longer hold the value they once did..

After 3 years I'd think you'd be lucky to get $600 or $700 out of it, assuming it would be in mint condition. Expect much less if it's not in mint condition..


macrumors 6502a
Jul 19, 2011
Just sold my 2012 non retina MBP for SGD1200. It’s the highest spec one though and in mint condition.

The Mercurian

macrumors 68020
Mar 17, 2012
Well you can never guarantee you won't spill coffee over it in a 3 year span so I wouldn't go takig a loan on thinking you will make a certain amount back in 3 years.
For what its worth I think it very much depends where you are too. Where I am the resale value used to be good, but the € price of new machines has increased drastically in recent years and resale value has not kept up with that. A new base rMB sells for about €1500 here, I've seen people advertising machines only 3 months old and not being able to get €1000 back.


macrumors 601
May 19, 2011
I bought a refurbished mid-2012 15" rMBP in 2012, and I've recently been looking to sell it (though I don't think I will). The official Apple trade program will rip you off horribly, they offered £250 for this thing - which massively undervalues it, and I've heard horror stories about trading with them because a 3rd party company deals with it. However, I did recently find one online trade service who were offering £610 without retail packaging (because you don't get retail packaging with refurbished products) - which is the highest price I've seen anyone offer. I could probably command more if I sold privately.

To put that in perspective, I paid £1300 for it in 2012. So £610 is almost 50% of my investment back. Those are quite typical figures for Apple products - iOS devices usually have to be no more than 1 year old to get 50% return in my experience though.


macrumors 68020
Nov 2, 2010
Yes I made also the experience in Germany:
30% off after 6months, 50% 3years, 70% 5years.
that's why I don't buy new anymore.

Buy at least a refurbished one with 1y warranty from apple for 15% off
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