Apple MacBook Pro 13" Early 2015 for $300

tubeexperience

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Someone is offering to sell me an Apple MacBook Pro 13" Early 2015 (3 months old) for $300.

The laptop has previously has water spilled on, but is still functioning correctly.

I opened the bottom case and can see some corrosion, so I plan to remove & clean logic board.

The keyboard is working fine, but I planned to replace that as well.

I have previously serviced many MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, so the disassembly doesn't dissuade me.

Anyway, is $300 a good price to gamble on this?
 

tubeexperience

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Hey if you are confident in your skills and the parts won't cost you much you should do it.
The biggest concern is that the logic board might fail down the road and, of cause, the logic board is expensive to replace.

The keyboard is pretty cheap. I have done numerous disassemblies and reassemblies so that's not much of a concern either.
 

Gav2k

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The biggest concern is that the logic board might fail down the road and, of cause, the logic board is expensive to replace.

The keyboard is pretty cheap. I have done numerous disassemblies and reassemblies so that's not much of a concern either.
They keyboard on that model is a pain and 9/10 time requires a whole top case. Cleaning the logic board is simple with circuit board cleaner and a soft toothbrush. For the price I'd go for it
 

poematik13

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logic board is rusted and will eventually fail; cost of one of those is 7-800 dollars. So it's cheaper to just buy a refurb one now for 1099.
 

arggg14

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I've heard of water damaged macs run for years. Id take a 300 gamble. It's still worth something even if it fails.
 

tubeexperience

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They keyboard on that model is a pain and 9/10 time requires a whole top case. Cleaning the logic board is simple with circuit board cleaner and a soft toothbrush. For the price I'd go for it
The way that Apple glued the battery to the upper case makes removing the keyboard difficult.

Since it is a water spill and not some sticky liquid spill, hopefully I don't have to remove the keyboard
 
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tubeexperience

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I've heard of water damaged macs run for years. Id take a 300 gamble. It's still worth something even if it fails.
My drunken significant other spilled water on my MacBook Pro. I disassembled it and cleaned out the water.

It is still running today. In fact, I am typing on it right now.

This is probably why I am incline to take the gamble.
 
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Samuelsan2001

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Seems like a risk worth taking, get it clean and the corrosion gone, get it dry and it should last well.
 
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