Best way to sell a MBP 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vjicecool, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. vjicecool macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010
    I bought this refurb macbook pro 2011, anti-glare hi res
    I would like to sell it, not thru Ebay
    Any suggestions guys
    I posted it on Craigs list for 1600 since i bought it for 2000, not sold it so far
  2. mcpix macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    You have to look at what alternatives your prospective buyers have.

    You can currently buy a similar Macbook Pro with Hi-Res Anti-Glare for $1,679 on the refurb store. Plus, it will come with a year warranty.

    You probably will have to drop the price a couple of hundred dollars more to sell it on Craigslist.
  3. vjicecool thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010
    Forgot to mention
    i have installed a SSD on that machine and i am also including the regular HD came with it, Includes Keyboard cover and body cover.
  4. jenlevin macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    Sunny Florida
    you might get a better value out of selling it with the original hard drive installed, and selling the ssd by itself either on craigslist or ebay. as nice as the ssd is, many people wont value it and just want the computer. i'd advertise it as having the original installed, and offer the ssd with it for an additional charge.. but that's just me.
  5. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    @jenlevin makes a valid point. You didn't mention what model of ssd you installed but I'm sure you are aware of the declining prices. The Samsung 830 256gb, one of the best on the market, was recently available on Newegg for $189. Do you have any remaining warranty or AppleCare on your unit? That's always a plus when trying to sell. Good luck and hope you get a decent price.
  6. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Ebay sucks and I've read enough horror stories...


    If you want it to sell, you will have to had a lot of peripherals and specs and have it priced "competitively" (read "lower").

    Even when I tried selling mine 7 months ago, it had far more than a base spec (8GB, case, unwanted games and apps), with AppleCare, barely touched, and sold for less than a stock Apple refurb 4GB equivalent, and despite my rating and selling these before to be an early adopter, my own experience was different this time around. Dunno why... it was a great value at the time...

    But "used" is a word people see differently to "refurb", even if the refurb model got more use by its previous owner than mine ever had. A refurb will still fetch $1600 or whatever. "Used" means maybe $1200. Or $1000, given how much more the Retina-enabled model includes and even I must admit the 2012 model is a considerable step up with what it's got packed inside. The screen alone makes a formidable selling point, which means previous models will lose more of their value, like it or not. :(
  7. Kraznoff macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Do you have the box? A lot of people won't buy it without the box because they fear it may be stolen and will get locked remotely. Try selling it for $1400. You'll get more people replying but most of them will try to bargain the price down even lower. Why are you trying to sell it? You'll have to decide how big of a loss you're willing to take in order to upgrade or whatever your motives are.
  8. wethackrey, Aug 12, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012

    wethackrey macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2007
    Redondo Beach, California
    I usually buy a new MBP every year and sell the last one on eBay. I generally take about a $500 hit, which for me is a very acceptable annualized cost for computer hardware. Some tips:

    • Keep the original box and packaging. My year-old MBPs arrive looking like a new product.
    • Treat the computer well while you have it. Avoid spilled coffee syndrome.
    • For pricing guidance, look at completed listings for similar computers.
    • Buy Applecare. It will pay for itself in resale value.
    • Write a great listing. This is advertising. Sell it. And use LOTs of GOOD photos.
    • Accept PayPal. It makes your customers feel at ease and reduces the chance of you getting burned.
    • Sell only to the US and Canada (assuming you're in the US)
    • Be honest in your listing.
    • Wipe the drive and re-install the OS before you ship. Do NOT bundle your software with it. It's illegal, unless you're also selling the licenses.
    • Sell only to people with positive feedback.
    I always get terrific feedback and "Thank You" emails from buyers. I've done this seven times now. I'd intended to do it again last month with my 17", but my business partner got it instead.

    I've not had much success selling computers on Craig's List. It does have the advantage of allowing you to meet some truly outrageous individuals though. I once had a guy ask me if I'd meet him in a South Central LA parking lot late at night to do a cash for MacBook Pro exchange. Claimed he worked swing shift and couldn't meet me during the day. Might as well have just left the computer on the hood of my car and bopped myself over the head.
  9. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    You're clearly overpriced if you are not getting any interest on Craigslist. Lower the price!
  10. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Try the Marketplace on this site. I sold my MBA in there this week.
  11. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Considering you're above Apple's current pricing, you're just asking too much.
  12. xpcker macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2010
    give me all your info i have a friend very interested! all the specs too

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