Best place to buy a used MacBook

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  1. makismagoo99 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a used MacBook for my girlfriend. What's the best place (online or otherwise) to look for one?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Some resellers have used or open box items. Online places included SmallDog, MacMall/MacConnection, etc. Even Best Buy will have "open box" specials its just a matter of calling and finding the stores.

    Otherwise I recommend Craigslist over eBay because you can see the computer in person.
     
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  4. makismagoo99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK cool, I'll check those out. I would definitely go with Craigslist over eBay. I'm far too skeptical with all the scams and whatnot.

    Probably around $500 or less. A quick craigslist search showed a couple of macbooks 2-3 years old that should still be good.
     
  5. ab1472 macrumors newbie

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    I work in a liquidator-esque retail shop and we probably wouldn't go much lower than $500 for a 1-2 year old macbook...and we sell stuff CHEAP! like $400 camcorders for $125 type cheap...

    The good news is that macbooks are incredibly durable...when i bought acer laptops, which were very good btw (i'm not trying to talk bad bout em), i would need to get a new one every 2-3 years. I switched to Mac a little over 2 years ago and my macbook still runs like new...Also, no obnoxiously loud fan noise, which is one of the main reasons i'll never get a laptop that doesn't have an apple on it...
     
  6. makismagoo99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I absolutely agree that MacBooks hold up very well. My MacBook just turned 3 years old and still runs like a champ. I do care for my electronics like I'd care for my child, but I still think it's the highest quality computer I've ever owned. That's why I don't really have a problem buying a 2-3 year old MacBook.
     
  7. iFirmware macrumors newbie

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    macs hold their value very well, so you won't find recent ones for that price, maybe search ebay?
     
  8. mward333 macrumors 6502a

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    If you are located near a major university (especially a large, research-oriented university with a lot of students), I recommend that you check and see how students sell their computers. I notice that there is a quick turnover of computers on university campuses. Students buy and sell computers often, especially Macs. There might be a bulletin board, a forum, a user group, a newsgroup, a Facebook group, etc., that you could utilize to find a good used Mac for an inexpensive price. This has been a great way to buy and sell Macs, in my experience. Good luck to you!
     
  9. omerbaker macrumors member

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    I just picked up a year old alu-unibody macbook for $850. 2.4 G processor, 250 G HD, 2 G RAM. It had about 35 recharge cycles on the battery. Craigslist is your friend.
     
  10. lightpeak macrumors regular

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    Kijiji

    If you're Canadian:

    http://www.kijiji.ca/

    Choose your province, choose your city and hunt and gather. ;)

    (works well for *ahem* "casual encounters", too. heh-heh; so either way, you can get yourself screwed! ha!)
     
  11. 3121 macrumors member

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    i think if were to buy a used mac i would only purchase from apple refurbished.
     
  12. danielpicasso macrumors member

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    go refurb

    I bought a refurb a few weeks of previous gen MB and it has firewire which brand new ones do not. it was $749. I would not look at a used anything regarding technoology
     

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