Buy MacBook to sell in Jan?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by solusoracle, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. solusoracle macrumors member

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    I have been looking to purchase a MacBook Pro since the Santa Rosa refresh having been a PC user all my life. Unfortuneatley I have not managed to save enough money for the 2.4GHX 15" and would like a Laptop before I return to University in the Beginning of October.

    My sister recently purchased a Base model MacBook and it seems to be a splendid machine that would tide me over till the next MacBook Pro refresh.

    I am wondering how much money I would likely be able to recieve for selling the base model Macbook at that time? I do a lot of graphic and web design in my spare time so the extra screen size and dedicated graphics would be important to me.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    about 1k they have a really good resell rating
     
  3. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    I think 1k is a little high. Maybe more like $700-$800 but I am sure you could always sell for more on ebay.
     
  4. MacMan33 macrumors regular

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    I agree with that. seems right:D
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    whatever, you can still see ibooks going for 700 or so on ebay...
     
  6. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately Macbooks don't hold their value as expected. :(
     
  7. solusoracle thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the input guys. I guess since the switch to Intel, they are not as exclusive machines as they once were?

    Looks like i'll have to plump for a dirt cheap Windows machine till next year :mad:
     
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  9. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I second this. A Powerbook G4 might be a good way to hold yourself over for a few more months. Plus, you probably wouldn't lose as much over the course of three or four months as you would buying a new macbook.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Remember the student discount, however. You are entitled to purchase one machine per year (read the fine print whether that is a calendar or a school year) at $100 - $200 off depending on model. If you do so before Sept 17 you also get a free 2nd generation iPod Nano.
     
  11. solusoracle thread starter macrumors member

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    Im not sure I'm entitled to the student discount. My sister has already used the HE discount for her MacBook (although it was sent to a different address).

    I cant get the nano as I'm a Brit and the deal doesnt seem to run over here!

    I've been scouring ebay for a while now, seems almost as expensive as new. A few Powerbooks look interesting though.
     
  12. bijou macrumors regular

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    Keep your eyes open on the Apple outlet, then resell it later on. I was very happy to find a MBP for $500 less than retail, but they disappear quickly.
     
  13. solusoracle thread starter macrumors member

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    Could you tell me what the apple outlet is please? Is it just the refurb store?
     
  14. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    Always look for a good deal on here. I was trying to sell a nice ibook for 400 bucks. Always some great deals on here.
     
  15. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Buy refurbished, sell it on ebay and youre guaranteed to make a profit. People on ebay are idiots about macs, theyll pay anything. Or buy new with a student discount and make a profit. Either way you can easily sell a used mac for around the same price as what it costs new even if theres an upgraded model out, some idiots will even pay more for a used last-gen mac than what a new mac costs, to some freaks it must be like buying used panties.
     
  16. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Thats because of the G4...I could have sold my iBook G4 (1.42GHz) and 1.5GB RAM and AppleCare easily for $700-800. For the MacBook..keep it an AMAZING CONDITION. I plan on doing the same thing as you but I would keep is clean and such. Keep the box and everything, don't throw it away. I would say when you sell for your base..about $700-800. For the 2.16GHZ..I would say $1000
     
  17. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Isn't that what squeeks wrote in his first post?:rolleyes:
     
  18. cynerjist macrumors regular

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    lol. but couldn't agree more.

    in your case though, i would buy a used PC laptop off of e-bay for very little money. you can get great deals on models only a year or so old. though it would be even better if you could save the money and hold off on buying anything. i know that's hard.
     

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