Are used Mac Mini prices RISING?

keysofanxiety

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Was looking to pick up another 2012 but the prices have gone North quite a bit. Is this my imagination?
Nope, not your imagination as the prices have rocketed it seems -- though there are some great deals out there. One of my friends recently (last week) picked up a 2.6GHz i7, 16GB RAM & AppleCare until 2017 for £592 from Gumtree. And his old manager got a Late 2012 server, 2.3GHz i7, 16GB RAM and 2x1TB HDDs for £535 on eBay.

So there are some steals out there but you'll have to be really, really patient with watching and bidding. :)
 
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Decimotox

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Definitely have skyrocketed. Mostly because of the user-upgradability. You can upgrade the RAM in the 2012 and it's much easier to upgrade the hard drive in the 2012 than the 2014. The Ivy Bridge processors in the 2012 models are still great as well.

I was lucky enough to score a 2012 base model back in Nov. 2014 at Best Buy on clearance shortly after the newest model was released.
 

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Definitely have skyrocketed. Mostly because of the user-upgradability. You can upgrade the RAM in the 2012 and it's much easier to upgrade the hard drive in the 2012 than the 2014. The Ivy Bridge processors in the 2012 models are still great as well.

I was lucky enough to score a 2012 base model back in Nov. 2014 at Best Buy on clearance shortly after the newest model was released.
That's around when I got mine too - got it clearance and open box for around $325 right before the 2014s became available. I use it as a headless home server, and it works absolutely perfectly for that :)
 

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After seeing what the late 2014 mini's looked like. I had to move my butt to buy a late 2012.
From the current trend, it seems my next computer won't be a Mac. Oh, I think they (Apple)
won't care anyway.
 
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psound

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And to think, over a year ago I grabbed six i7 minis from the refurb site and felt guilty for selling them for $150 more than I bought them for!

Pitiful what Apple is doing.


My next computer will likely, sadly, be a hackintosh, after buying macs for 20 years.
 
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The 2012 i7 quad is really in demand. I can sell mine for more than I payed for. I bought 3 months before the 2014 came out. I had a feeling the 2014 was not going to be upgradable. Maxed out memory and added SSD drive. It's a keeper right now but love the resale if I change.
 
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And to think, over a year ago I grabbed six i7 minis from the refurb site and felt guilty for selling them for $150 more than I bought them for!

Pitiful what Apple is doing.


My next computer will likely, sadly, be a hackintosh, after buying macs for 20 years.
Yep, they're definitely leaving money on the table. There are many people willing to pay for a Mac mini with killer specs.

It seems that Apple is playing the market share game more and more lately, coming from a company who supposedly does not focus on this.
 

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Nope, not your imagination as the prices have rocketed it seems -- though there are some great deals out there. One of my friends recently (last week) picked up a 2.6GHz i7, 16GB RAM & AppleCare until 2017 for £592 from Gumtree. And his old manager got a Late 2012 server, 2.3GHz i7, 16GB RAM and 2x1TB HDDs for £535 on eBay.

So there are some steals out there but you'll have to be really, really patient with watching and bidding. :)
Don't know where you guys get your data, but my observation on eBay is, used mac mini 6,1 prices dropped about $50 a week ago. Also, at least one of the large eBay stores has stopped reselling them, probably because they do not want to get stuck with inventory in a falling market. Finally, the US Apple refurbished store suddenly has a huge inventory of mac minis. I think this means new minis are going to be announced at the developers conference in June.
 
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Don't know where you guys get your data, but my observation on eBay is, used mac mini 6,1 prices dropped about $50 a week ago. Also, at least one of the large eBay stores has stopped reselling them, probably because they do not want to get stuck with inventory in a falling market. Finally, the US Apple refurbished store suddenly has a huge inventory of mac minis. I think this means new minis are going to be announced at the developers conference in June.
I disagree. The last two updates were released in October. They have used recycled Intel chips from the MacBook Air. I don't see them changing that strategy.

In their eyes, the mac mini can wait. They have other things to announce at WWDC, most notably iOS 10.
 

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I disagree. The last two updates were released in October. They have used recycled Intel chips from the MacBook Air. I don't see them changing that strategy.

In their eyes, the mac mini can wait. They have other things to announce at WWDC, most notably iOS 10.
Well, the problem is, if you look at the mac rumors site, every mac except the imac is recommended as do not buy. That means almost all the product line is past due for upgrades. Because the iOS is free, Apple obviously is thinking it needs to do something that will bring in revenue especially in time for students going to college.
 

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Well, the problem is, if you look at the mac rumors site, every mac except the imac is recommended as do not buy. That means almost all the product line is past due for upgrades. Because the iOS is free, Apple obviously is thinking it needs to do something that will bring in revenue especially in time for students going to college.
I think we're at a time where pretty much all Apple products are "do not buy." We haven't seen a Thunderbolt display upgrade in ages, their top-of-the-line mac is almost three years old, and some of their macs are still using the 2013 Intel Haswell architecture. That is enough to depress anybody :(
 
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I think we're at a time where pretty much all Apple products are "do not buy." We haven't seen a Thunderbolt display upgrade in ages, their top-of-the-line mac is almost three years old, and some of their macs are still using the 2013 Intel Haswell architecture. That is enough to depress anybody :(
It's just the beginning of the end. The ride was good while it lasted!
 
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I think we're at a time where pretty much all Apple products are "do not buy." We haven't seen a Thunderbolt display upgrade in ages, their top-of-the-line mac is almost three years old, and some of their macs are still using the 2013 Intel Haswell architecture. That is enough to depress anybody :(
Hey, guys, I'm grasping at straws here. How about a little positive thinking!
 

BenTrovato

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I'm personally looking forward to seeing a new design for the mac mini as well as new designs for the MacBook Pros and iMacs (bezel-reductions). I'm sure 2016 and 2017 will bring some if not all of these.
I appreciate Apple's closed end-to-end package. It makes a lot of sense in the way they have delivered laptops and iMacs. The Mini though is a lot different. It has a use either as a personal computer or a media entertainment device. Some can use it as a light server or a backup device. I would have bought a Mini if it could be upgraded instead I went with a Windows machine. It would have been nice for Apple to leave that one product as is and allows us to upgrade it. It would have led to cult popularity which is always good for business.
 
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magbarn

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I'm thinking about dumping my 2012 mac mini i7 2.6 and picking up a used 2013 imac 27 as they don't go for too much more lol. (sometimes even cheaper for a much faster machine!)
 

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By the way, to confirm my earlier comments, I just saw a bunch of mac mini 6,1 units from eBay quality reseller powerON go for around $380, which is about $50 less that the price a month ago. Either the age of these machines is finally being reflected in the price, or the marketplace is anticipating new hardware.
 

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By the way, to confirm my earlier comments, I just saw a bunch of mac mini 6,1 units from eBay quality reseller powerON go for around $380, which is about $50 less that the price a month ago. Either the age of these machines is finally being reflected in the price, or the marketplace is anticipating new hardware.
Interesting. To the extent that euphoria is built into the reducing price, shortly to be replaced with despondence when the price increases at launch time.
 

dont24

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Just need to be patient. Been looking for awhile. Was able to grab an i5 2012 mini on eBay for $550. 8GB memory, 750GB fusion.( 250GB samsung evo 850 / 500GB HDD ) Most of the i7s out there now are overpriced, IMO.
 

rezwits

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Before I read this thread I would have immediately said, NO! the prices are actually going to BE HIGHER than a new Mac Mini, seeing as how Apple releases Mac Minis that are slower and have less features and expandability. But I guess the jig is up, cause those are the lowest prices for 2012 Mac Mini's I have seen in a while... something is coming...
 
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