Buy the Macbook or iMac from Craigslist?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by hoodhoot, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. hoodhoot macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    Hi This is my first time posting a thread on this forum

    I have been a PC guy and now I wanted to change to a Mac.

    Lately I have been considering these two options I see from craigslist:

    1.) White Macbook for $400


    The Apple MacBook "Core Duo" 2.0 13-Inch (White) features a 2.0 GHz Intel "Core Duo" processor (T2500), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 2 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache, a 667 MHz frontside bus, 512 MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) installed in pairs (two 256 MB modules), a 60.0 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive with "Sudden Motion Sensor" technology, a 4X slot-loading double layer read (single layer write) DVD/CD-RW "SuperDrive", an Intel GMA 950 integrated "graphics processor with 64 MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory", and a 13.3" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1280x800 native resolution).

    2.) iMac 2011 model 21.5-inch for $899

    Not much is said about this one except it is still under apple warranty.

    Any advice?
  2. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    It depends on what you want to do with it.

    That MacBook will not run OS X Lion (well), whereas the iMac will.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That much for a 2006 core duo whitebook is a pretty nice ripoff. I'd pay $250 at most for it. The iMac is a much better computer and a much better deal.
  4. hoodhoot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    I might need to do some programing (R and SAS to be specific)

    but most of the time I guess just movies, music, surfing the web.

    Possibly some games too, like League of Legends and/or Age of Empires III


    The guy said he got it not too long ago

    which made me wonder why he/she is even selling it

    the attractive part is the Apple care to me I guess
  5. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    The iMac is the better deal. If there is an Apple store close, try to get him to meet you there.
  6. hoodhoot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    I have an Apple authorized retail store around me

    but may I ask why meet him there?
  7. ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    You're a PC guy switching to a Mac. Dealing at the Apple store would be smart because store employees would gladly help you should you have any questions. Wouldn't you want peace of mind? Also, it's always better to meet at a public location if possible, not in a stranger's home.
  8. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
    $400 for an '06 white MacBook is horrid. It has the bare minimum of RAM, hardly any HD space, and a processor that won't even support Lion.
  9. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    The iMac is the better deal.

    But lots of sites that deal in used / refurbished macs want $450 and up for 2006 MacBooks.

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