Black Macbook 2.4 GHz, Did I get a steal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by boston44, May 8, 2009.

  1. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    Well, I wanted the new aluminum macbook but had a good offer on craigslist. I bought a 2.4 GHz black macbook, Office for mac, Quickbooks for mac, and it came with a 5 year warranty from Fry's. It's in mint condition, a year old with original box and receipt. The whole package cost her $2,700 last April, $1,499 for the mac, $399 for premium office, $199 for Quickbooks, $200 in add ons, a $250 extended warranty, and tax. The software was unopened. Got the whole package for $500 cash because she didn't know how to use macintosh. Should I sell this and buy the new aluminum for the trackpad and graphics card or is it good enough to keep? What do these usually run? Thanks.
     
  2. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    all that for $500? geebus, what a steal. i would keep it, you ain't getting a better deal with the 2.4 alum macbook; unless u want the metal & glow-in-the-dark keyboard. :p
     
  3. Beric macrumors 68020

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    You got an incredible, ultimate, steal. :eek:

    The black Macbook looks pretty cool, IMO, but it all depends on what you want, whether you should keep it or sell it.
     
  4. boston44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I am only thinking of selling it if I can get $1,200 or so for it, but the reason I bought it was I think it looks a lot better than the white, and it's rarer to some extent. That and the price she gave it to me for.
     
  5. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever you end up doing doesn't really matter. You got such a great deal. It all depends on what you do with your computer as well. The newer MB are slightly better, but not by a whole bunch.
     
  6. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    You have no idea how jealous of you I am right now. NOOOOO IDEA.
     
  7. K12MacTech macrumors member

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    Something fishy

    There is something not quite right about this story, and maybe there is an explanation that just didn't make it into your post. Why would somebody go out and spend $2700 on something they don't know how to use, let it sit for a year, not open the software that was purchased, and then sell it for a fraction of the cost? Are you certain you did not get a true steal? Is the receipt in the same name as the person you bought it from, or do you only have her word for it that it is her receipt?

    Here is a story to ponder. We had a 3-month old macbook stolen last fall. Thief sold it on Craig's list, told the purchaser his mom was a teacher but didn't "need" the computer any more. The buyer believed that story. He knew enough to get past the firmware password, saw plenty of evidence that the machine was owned by a school district (as he later told police), but he thought the tale told by the thief was plausible, so he felt justified in wiping out the hard drive and reloading the OS. Of course he told the police he was happy that the macbook was going back to its rightful owner, but personally I believe he knew full well he was handling stolen property and thought he could get away with it. Oh, the kid sold it to him for $200. Moral of the story - don't believe the stories that online sellers tell you.

    If it was me, and her story is actually true, I would offer to teach her how to use a mac, so she could actually use the machine she probably spent her entire tax rebate or stimulus check to purchase.
     
  8. boston44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Trust me, I thought this was a scam until we met up with her. I had her take it to Fry's to check the warranty, and yes the receipt was in her name. The difference is she is an accountant, and she can get a new computer each April from her company for free. They gave her quickbooks and office, but she hardly ever used her new mac. She instead used quickbooks on a two year old PC. I took it to apple and they fully restored it to me, and we checked the serial numbers as well. I asked her why was apple to hard for her to use, but she was an older woman and didn't like the screen size and trackpad of the mac. It wasn't stolen or a scam, and when I knew that I took a chance and did something I never do - buy a used computer.
     
  9. gothamm macrumors 6502a

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    ok so you don't trust anyone and see the worst in people, because it was your fault that your mac got stolen. great moral. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Last year I got an iMac 233, the original, from my neighbor for free. I fired it up and found plenty of evidence that it had belonged to Emroy University at a point. I don't have the discs, so I can't reinstall unfortunately.

    It is only worth $55-$100 or so (though the Power Macintosh G3s are up in price, so this should follow suit as it is a timeless classic). I got a pretty good deal on it and it sounds like you're the kind of person who would suspect that it was stolen. Or the person who thinks all good deals are scams.
     
  11. trevpimp macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11a Safari/525.20)

    Wow dude you basically just stole it right in front of her and walked away. :p

    Just keep it don't sale it.
     
  12. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yeah you're not going to get 1,200$ for it haha maybe 800
     
  13. K12MacTech macrumors member

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    Then you did your due diligence. I would keep it if I were you. Must be some company she works for - replacement schedule of one year. Those of us in schools are lucky if the budget allows replacements every 6-7 years.
     
  14. K12MacTech macrumors member

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    Nah, I actually trust most people and you can ask my kids I definitely see the best in people. But I've been around long enough to learn that there is truth in the saying about things that sound too good be true. And you gotta' admit, Craig's list has a less than stellar reputation. BTW, it was not my computer that was stolen - it was however my tracking mechanism that located it. It was stolen because a teacher left it in his unlocked car... it was (unfortunately) easy pickings for the thief, almost as easy for me to get the detective to the right address.
     
  15. boston44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Have you checked eBay recently? $1,200 is easy to get, just the fees. Have a $1,025 on clist as we speak.
     
  16. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Keep it.
     
  17. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    I would love to know what tracking mechanism you used. I am paranoid about someone stealing my laptop and the only solution I found was LoJack, which no longer works if someone formats the hard drive.
     
  18. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yeah good luck with that. just checked eBay's completed listings. some go for 6-800$ and 2 or 3 went for 1000-1200.

    subtract the 80$ in fees from a 1300$ computer....

    the ones that went for that much were either a 15", or had a 500GB HDD, and included extras with full AppleCare.

    like i said. good luck - the real thing holding you back is the RAM, people think they need 4GB and unfortunatly the chipset can't support it.

    don't get me wrong i'd love to have a blackbook, my worship leader has the 2.4 and it's very very nice.

    i'd rather have my UMB with multi touch+sexy unibody than 25% more processing power and 50% less RAM
     
  19. yoyomaster macrumors regular

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    I believe that macbook can support up to 4gb of RAM
     
  20. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    man where do you people find deals like these? I would jump on something like this if I ever came across it. alas!
     
  21. boston44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The 2.0 goes for $800, no 2.4 has gone for less than $900-1,000. No one wants the old pro, I can get that for $750 all day long on clist with a 250 GB HD. I may swap it for an aluminum 2.0, because I don't need firewire. The only thing i like is I have a matching iphone, but I'd much rather have the newer model and give up HD and firewire, as well as the .4 processor.
     
  22. boston44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I posted a want ad on clist and had someone respond. Never posted it herself. Just got lucky..
     
  23. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Check out Pretty Good Privacy. My dad works for the state and he's got it encrypting his entire HDD. It isn't tracking, but it is tough to get around. In fact, it is just a step down from military grade.
     
  24. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I know the feeling. I picked up a Rev B MacBook Air a few weeks ago for $700 and a bunch of people claimed it was stolen, but everything checked out fine. Sometimes people just don't care and sell Macs for cheap. My girlfriend ended up getting a kick ass Mac out of it...:cool:
     
  25. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    that's a crazy good deal !! :p congrats
     

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