Are you a "Mac-Shopping Junkie" or a "till-death-do-us-part" Mac owner

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacLadybug, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. MacLadybug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Is the average Mac consumer one who buys and drives till the wheels fall off or a techno junkie that has to have the latest, and newest when it comes out?

    What I am hearing is that a lot of you do a lot of buying and selling so that you always have the latest models. There's a big demand out there for used Macs, I mean there isn't much of a refurbished selection on Apple's web page, they seem to go quickly. So what is the best way to sell your used or barely used MB, MBP, Mini or iMac? When's the best time to sell it?

    Or am I mistaken and most of you buy and hold on to your Mac remaining ever faithful until it dies? Inquiring minds want to know...
  2. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    Everyone is different, but speaking for myself, I like to have the latest and greatest of anything. So when the time has come, I sell my stuff on eBay, CL and the MR Marketplace. All have had good results and I am simply amazed at the resale value of these things!
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I don't get rid of my Apple products. All of them still work.

    We don't update very often, though.

    LC 575 to iMac DV to 17" Core 2 iMac

    I have a G3 iBook and an Apple ][e, as well. All of them still work.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    2 years. Particularly if you have AppleCare. Sell on eBay. Sometimes it depends on what is currently on offer. I don't think the current or even next MacBooks are much of an improvement on my 18 month old one so I will wait until next year. My mini could do with a boost (as could everyone else's :)).
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    I've spent a lot of time and money getting things to where they are now but I think I'm reasonably happy with my setup for the moment. I know, the iMac is absolutely hideous to look at, but it's a good, powerful machine. I no longer play enough PC games to justify upgrading just for that, so I foresee that it's going to be with me for a while. I got the three year warranty for free with it too, so I've got peace of mind too.

    I'm also very happy with my MacBook, which is more than powerful enough to tackle anything I do while out and about and it has all of the features I could possibly need.

    The only thing I'm going for now is a 3G iPhone, primarily because I'm interested in the significant benefit to signal strength which it should bring and because after selling my old iPhone, it won't cost much to do.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The transition process of moving files, preferences, software, etc. from an old computer to a new one is less painful now than in years past, so I may change my habits in the future. I only buy notebook computers... haven't owned a desktop for more than 8 years. When I buy, I research and compare for weeks, then decide on one and buy it "maxed out" with all the accessories, maximum RAM, etc. I then use it until I reach the point where I'm cursing it for being too slow or outdated. Just before I throw it through the nearest window, I buy a new one! I have a feeling it'll be a long time before I curse my new MacBook Pro! :D
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I'm a bit of both :)

    My first Mac is a 1 GHz 12" PowerBook, which I bought a few weeks after it was first released in October 2003. That PB is still in service, though it has gone through a hard drive replacement, 2 RAM upgrades, and 4 OS changes (Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard). The battery is also shot, it only lasts 30 minutes now (it could get 5+ hours when new).

    This PowerBook will be 5 years old this fall.

    I want desperately to replace this machine with a refurb 15" MacBook Pro, which I have been saying since the very first revision of MBP's were released, but frankly I just can't justify it (I can't really afford it, especially if the PB still works.) I figure this machine is still worth about $600 on the resale market.

    I should point out this is by FAR the longest I've ever kept a laptop -- all of my previous Dell laptops were sold after about 2-3 years to make room for something newer and faster.
  8. Alloye macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2007
    Rocklin, CA
    I generally keep my Macs for 12-18 months. I guess that makes me a junkie. :D
  9. Lorelai macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2006
    I guess I'm a little bit of both. :) We still have our first Mac (LC) and every subsequent computer we've purchased. I like to explore all of the new products and keep up to date, but only buy when it's needed. I couldn't think of selling my babies on eBay, though. All of the computers still work and we still fire them up every now and then to play around. :)
  10. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I'm pretty sure I'll keep using my MBP as my primary machine until it dies. Unfortunately, I've already maxed out the RAM, so all I could do to increase performance hardware-wise is to get a faster hard drive in the future.

    The only way I'd get a new machine before my MBP dies would be if it became so slow that it was unuseable. However, I don't think I'll have that problem anytime soon...
  11. illtype macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    I buy and sell like crazy on craigslist. Always get almost all my money back. Apple has taken over my life. I dream of ipods and mac minis.
  12. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    I kept my Ibook for 4.5 years before selling it to a friend for $250.

    My new MB is a month old and have considered selling it before the years warranty is up for the 2nd or 3rd revision of the new "aluminum" MB due out this summer. That way you always have a machine reasonably up to date
    and the depreciation is not that much worse.
  13. TimTheEnchanter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 24, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Unfortunately I'm more of a Mac "window-shopping" junkie with a "til death" budget! :D
  14. MacLadybug thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Me Too!

    I love every techno-macgadget there is. Never tried Craig's list. My motto: I want it all and I want it now. I know, I need a support group.
  15. MacLadybug thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Brilliant Strategy...

    That's a great idea. A good way to justify my habit!
  16. AboveTheChaos macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    I'm relatively new to Macs (2 years) but I'm addicted. I keep buying all the new stuff cuz I can't help it. But I've kept everything or given it away to family members.
  17. Westsider 4 Mac macrumors regular

    Westsider 4 Mac

    Apr 12, 2007
    On the West Side
    I do both...

    :apple:... I keep every mac long term until I feel its time to sell it. I sold my fav 15 inch Tibook, but I still have a PB 1400 laptop( sentimental). :D :apple:
  18. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I wish I could go for the latest and greatest, but I have to use other people's machines until they die most of the time. I finally got a new computer when the MacBooks first came out, and was upgraded for free when it died, but I'll likely use this one until it's not useable anymore. Actually, I'm hoping it dies completely somewhere in early 2010, because then I can still get it replaced under AppleCare, but I try to keep it in better condition than that. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky!

  19. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    well i've only had my macbook about 8 months but i hope to keep hold of it for a while, something about the older white ibooks seem 'retro' to me and pretty cool, so i'm hoping my macbook will gain that status some years down the line.

    i've also got my old 5g 30gb ipod, which has lasted me quite a while. tbh, i see no need to upgrade, although the touch's are tempting. i originally bought it with the intention that it would last me a while, so i'm hanging onto it til death.
  20. Vster macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    Celina, TX
    This sums me up pretty much. I like to sell when there is some time on AppleCare left so the buyer has some sense of security, and a get AppleCare on all my macs ;)
  21. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Here's what I have done/will do.
    I had the 2.2 GHz MacBook out of the box being used and somehow I managed to return it to Apple with NO restocking fee and immediately got this 2.4 GHz MacBook. When the aluminum MacBook comes out, be it one month or one year I will get that and sell my current one to my Mom and keep the new for a very long while.
    Also, I had an iPod Classic 80 GB that I had for ~70 days which I returned to Costco with yet again no restocking fee. Bought my iPod touch the same hour. I plan on keeping it until there is an iPod touch that is 128 GB that goes for <$400.
    I love me my free returns.:D
  22. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I can't help myself. I love to buy Mac products, from keyboards, iPods - I just love to watch them come in.

    Even when they aren't for myself I get excited (this sounds kind of sad as I'm typing this). I have convinced around a dozen friends to switch or buy gear from Apple, sometimes I have bought it through my account on their behalf just to watch in come in.

    What can I say? :apple:Fanboy:apple: through and through.

    Oh, and I'm getting a new MBP in the next month or so (fingers crossed for a refresh!)
  23. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    I've got a IIcx, an LCII, LCIII, several SE30's, a G3, a G3 powerbook, and a G4. They all still work. Upgrading in January to the Nehalem Mac Pro, 8GB of RAM, hopefully a 4870, Airport, the works. 8 years from then it'll still work too! :eek:
  24. dal20402 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    Used to be in the second category:

    1986 Mac Plus -> 1994 Power Mac 7100 (really!)

    Then things got more frequent. I've never had more than three machines at once, though; I sell the old ones when I have too many.

    1995-1996 Power Mac 7200
    1996-1998 Power Mac 8500
    1998-2004 beige G3/266 (didn't have a lot of money during this period...)
    2004-2005 15" PowerBook G4/1.25
    2005-2007 Power Mac G5/1.8 DP
    2005-2006 12" PowerBook G4/1.5
    2006-current 15" MacBook Pro CD/2.16
    2008-current 15" MacBook Pro Penryn/2.4

    ... and sometime next year I'll probably be adding a third MacBook Pro, this time a 17", to the stable.
  25. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    Well, seeing I'm 14, I obviously don't have a lot of cash flow...

    But, I like to have the latest and greatest, but I usually can't.

    So far though, I own two computers that are exclusively mine...

    A MacBook and a piece of crap Dell.

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