Better resale value, Macbook Pro or Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shstiger2009, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    Just wondering what you guys think. Anyone had experience selling both, or buying a used one. Thanks.
  2. axu539 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2010
    Both of them hold their value quite well, as both of them are in Apple's premium lines. I sold my 2.5 year old 08 MBP for about 50% of the cost a couple weeks ago, and I constantly see 1st-2nd gen MBAs on craigslist for $800, which seems pretty good.
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Or you can think of it this way if you're thinking of selling in a year ... the MBA just went through its big redesign (and bonus price drop) while the MBP did not. Given the spec that the MBP is due for its redesign next, I'd step into a MBA to avoid the risk of having an old design MBP in a year.
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  5. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Around here MBPs seem to sell for more than MBAs. Then again I see a lot more MBPs in general being sold.
  6. Whitelightning macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2007
    Due to form factor of Air... I can imagine Air having high resale values as well, despite not being as powerful as the pro. Not to mention, the SSDs in the air.
  7. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    around where I live DMV I will list prices below price which I have bought or sold at and there are lots more similar

    mid 2010 Macbook pro base model flawless mine sold for 925 2 days ago I got lucky

    was mostly getting offers between 700-850 nothing more

    15'' unibody Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz core2duo great shape with applecare
    900 3 months ago most offers were around 800

    2008 2.66 ghz 15'' anti glare 4gb ram 500 gb HD apple care til this may system was in great shape
    950 2 months ago, but was getting offers for around 700 max

    2.4 15'' macbook pro ok shape 2gb ram 160 gb HD
    sold same one with apple care for

    In addition to my sales
    I have bought and seen following at these prices and still at the same unless other wise shown

    13'' mid 2010 base model pro 800-850 tops

    2008 15'' Macbook pro 2.4-2.66 500-650 tops even with apple care

    Macbook Air
    always seem to see for no less than 700.00 for prev generation
    October 2010 airs I see for 700-900

    hope this helped

    but it seems the airs sell for more.
  8. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Thats kind of hard to answer because it depends on model, how old it is, is there a refresh coming soon, etc.
    Even though I would like to think its the Air, its probably a MBP which would appeal to a wider range of users and therefore more potential buyers.

  9. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    I was thinking the MBP because it's user upgradeable, but I would LOVE for it to be the Air. I have a 2011, yes 2011 MBP and I think I'm returning it for the Air. I just think that choosing between the 2 at the same screen size, the Air appeals to me more because it is lighter (much lighter), faster because of SSD, and has a matte screen with higher resolution. The Pro benefits from the Core i5 processor and the backlit keyboard, but I don't do anything that is processor heavy, at all. I do light things like web browsing, Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint, use iPhoto, iTunes and I use Parallels for school but not too often. All in all I'm going to benefit more from the Air, but I'm hoping I can still sell it for around $900-1000 when there is a refresh because I do like having the latest and greatest.

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