Best time to sell Macbook for New Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Chrisrokc, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Chrisrokc macrumors regular

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    Well it looks like the new Macbook is right around the corner. Speculation is pointing to the 14th I guess. I have a 2.2ghz Core 2 Duo White Macbook, 120gb, 4gb ram. It is a wonderful laptop, but I would rather have the new model. Who else is in my shoes? When do you plan to sell your Macbook to buy the new one? Any tips?

    Thanks guys! :D
     
  2. tonie macrumors 6502

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    Are you going to do the same if the new macbook comes out next year? I can't play catch up with technologies.
     
  3. Chrisrokc thread starter macrumors regular

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    The biggest reason why I want to upgrade is because of the look change along with the power upgrade. Seems like a good time to upgrade instead of waiting it out. I figure other people will do the same. Most people don't know about new macbooks coming out so the prices are still higher on ebay and such. Once the new ones comes out, who knows how much they will drop in price.

    I wish I could play catch up every time :)
     
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  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Definitely sell it now now now now.
     
  6. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    You can sell it, but what if the new ones are still plastic? Or simply resdesigned plastic? You may have just lost a decent amount of cash out of your current MacBook only to get downgraded to the new ones. It's a gamble I don't believe is worth taking.
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    How would the new ones be a downgrade?
     
  8. iMav macrumors 6502

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    It's a rarity that I keep a laptop longer than a year. I always find some excuse to sell and buy a new one. (it's a disease) I always PLAN on keeping the new one around for 2-3 years...but it just never works out that way.

    It's one of the reasons I never bother to buy Applecare. I use my AmEx card which effectively doubles the manufacturer's warranty (giving me two years of warranty). And then I have good home owner's insurance which covers accidental stuff.

    Anyways, if you are going to chase the latest/greatest, the Macbooks are pretty much the cheapest way to do it. (since the mini really hasn't changed at all since the move to Intel...I know this since I just recently upgraded my Core Solo mini to a Core2Duo) :)
     
  9. Moriarty macrumors 6502

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    Your computer is less than a year old! Of course everyone would rather have the new model, but don't waste your money... just be happy with what you've got for another few years at least...
     
  10. tonie macrumors 6502

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    OT: Could you elaborate on the warranty if you purchase it with AmEx?
     
  11. nidserz macrumors 6502a

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    do you have another computer you can use in the meantime?
    sell ASAP if yes because this is the time you will get the best value
     
  12. Chrisrokc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I do have a computer to use in the meantime. Sadly it is a Vista desktop. Blah. I also have my laptop running time machine so everything is always backed up and ready to go.

    Looks like I might throw this laptop up on Ebay this week. Or if anyone wants to buy it on here I will sell it for 1120 shipped! It is very clean.
     
  13. MykeHamilton macrumors newbie

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    I sold mine last week -MacBook Black, 2.4Ghz, 2GB ram for £760 on eBay. I paid £650 for it, from a friend who bought it a week before for £949 from Apple, then had to go in the army, so I snapped it up. I've now got £800 in my bank ready for the new MacBook - fingers crossed, I can buy it before 31st so I can claim a free iPod nano & Printer, ideal coz' I'm a student! :). Bring on the MacBooks!

    Also, for the thread starter, Sell now! If new ones come out, yours wont be worth as much! Luckily I have a Aluminium iMac for the mean time! Woo.
     
  14. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a

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    Where not talking about iPods here.. See how long it took to get a "decent update" on the macbook.. Thats of course if were getting one.. If Apple would come every year with a redesigned macbook I would totattly agree with you.. But they don`t
     
  15. iMav macrumors 6502

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    Check it.
     
  16. khunsanook macrumors 6502

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    I'll never buy a Rev A Mac again and I'll be holding onto my MacBook for at least 6 months after the new MBs are released. The new MacBooks won't simply be a case change, so there will certainly be kinks that need to be worked out. If you love your current MB then don't get rid of it!
     
  17. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    It's a tough one really, i am actually confused what to do.

    I keep thinking what happens if the news ones dont come?



    Then again no matter when you sell it, now or the day there out. People who perhaps could not afford the new one or only need a system for minor reasons they would go second hand



    Really up to you mate

    Hope what ever you choose goes well



    mat:apple:
     
  18. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    my macbook will serve me well for a long time to come, no need to get rid of it because something newer is approaching.


    You don't always need to have the newest/best thing.
    This is something you have to deal with when it comes to being a mac user.
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Sell it now really cheaply so I can buy it and then you buy the top end model to stimulate the economy.
     
  20. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

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    You mean $1120? Don't know how much they go for on ebay, but since you can buy brand new 2.1GHz (close enough) MacBook with the same drive for $1099... you know, RAM upgrade doesn't really cost $300 as Apple would have us believe ;).
     
  21. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    $900 from apple refurb :D

    OP: good luck getting $1100 for it...
     
  22. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Also consider that the general public shopping on eBay is NOT going to be aware that there is a NEW Macbook for a week or so after October 14.

    Considering you have a Desktop I would say throw it on eBay now.
     
  23. rushmere macrumors 6502

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    I sold my Macbook on Ebay today. I've got an iMac as well, and I can live without a laptop for a while, so I took a chance on the new models coming out soon.

    I was pleased to get £500 for something that cost me £800 about 2 years ago.

    I reckon I would have been lucky to get £100 for an equivalent Windows laptop, so that makes the real cost of ownership actually quite low :cool:

    If you can live without a laptop for a while, and you want the fun of buying a new one, sell it now.
     
  24. Chrisrokc thread starter macrumors regular

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    2.2 ghz white with 2gb of ram and a 120gb hd went for $1200 on the 26th of September. I figure I can get about the same or slightly lower.
     
  25. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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    Doubt you will get that for it. I would think <$1000
     

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