Are any of these good?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Palo Alto, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Palo Alto macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    I'm new to Apple. Having been a hater for years, I have turned the corner and finally developed a brain, haha. I now have an iPhone, iPad and iPod.

    Now I want a macbook. Unfortunately, I don't want to pay $1,200-1,500.

    I've found some used and refurbished notebooks. Are any of these good?,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&cad=b

    I'm especially interested in this one, but the price sent off red flags.

    Thanks to everyone in advance.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What are you computational needs? What do you want to use the MacBook for?

    Btw, the first link is just a search result for "macbook".

    You could also look at refurbished Macs on the Apple Online Store:

    MacRumors Guides: Apple Refurbished Store

    Apple Certified Refurbished Products

    If you want more information, here are just a few of many threads on this topic, found by searching the forum with MRoogle:
    Refurbished MBP or New?
    Getting an iMac - New or Refurbished?
    Refurbished vs new
    HELP: Refurbished 17" or New High End 15"?!
    Are Refurbished Macs as high quality their new counterparts?
    Do refurbished fail more often than new MBP's?
    New MPB or refurbished model?

    search results by GGJstudios
  3. Palo Alto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    I'm a journalist. It'll mostly be a personal computer used for writing, surfing the Internet, etc.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Then any Intel Mac will do, even used ones.
    Scour eBay for used MacBooks with a C2D CPU, either white or Unibody Aluminium ones.
  5. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    If you are traveling then I would recommend the aluminum ones as they take bumps and dents better. You wont have to worry about cracking.

    You might also want to look at the Apple refurb store and see if anything there is in your limit.
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    both of those low prices look a bit fishy. Maybe look at eBay, and buy from a seller with a solid reputation.
  8. Palo Alto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    Would buying an older macbook and installing the new operating system and software into it be smart? Seems like that could alleviate costs.
  9. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    That isn't what drives prices. It really isn't anything to do with the OS. Older machines cost less because of hardware- physical condition, older design, slower processor, less RAM, lower capacity HD or no SSD, etc, etc.

    The first site with the MacBook Air is a scam. I'm not sure why you fell for that because it's quite obvious. The second link simply refers you to third party resellers, of which some are not reputable and you are better off buying through reputable places like Apple's own website (refurbished), MacMall, or even Amazon or Ebay (who offer great buyer protection- I've used it myself). Good luck, and use more common sense.

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