buying a mac on ebay

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by 213ghz, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. 213ghz macrumors newbie

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    i really want a mac and i want my first purchase to be a good one but im very tight on funds (college student).im wondering if buying a used one is good or bad?im looking at one but the seller doesnt have a feedback.does it look like a scam or should i look at a refurb or from a buyer who has better feedback?thanks guys ebay item #160372022041
     
  2. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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  3. eman macrumors 6502a

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    You can do a lot to protect yourself from a bad ebay experience. I use the following rules for ebay:
    a. Use Paypal.
    b. Use your credit card when using Paypal (this gives you double protection).
    c. Never send cash, check, money order or Western union when using ebay.

    Also, I like to use Craigslist and I use the following rules:
    a. Meet in public place.
    b. Use or accept cash.
    c. Don't accept or send checks, money orders or western union (CASH ONLY).
    d. Don't send your merchandise to NIGERIA!

    Using these methods will go a long way towards keeping you out of trouble. More ebay feedback is a more reliable indicator of having a good experience. You can still have a good experince from a low feedback ebayer.
     
  4. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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    Paypal will hold the funds until it arrives... no worries
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    It is better to put off the purchase and pay a little more to actually buy the machine locally ... where you can actually see it is working, make sure everything is there, and take it home right then.

    Also, if they want to go back to their car to box it up for you, stick the machine in your car and take the empty box.
     
  6. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    As tempting as it may be... I'd pass on this.

    Apple refurb would be the way to go.
     
  7. voltare macrumors member

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    I bought a new MBP on ebay and saved $700 off a new computer (saved $200 on tax, $300 on applecare and got $200 cashback from Microsoft). The seller I bought from had thousands of positive feedback including cameras and computers. Personally, I would never buy a computer from a seller with no feedback.
     
  8. 213ghz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do yall think i should wait until i get my scholarship checks in january and get the newest gen macbook or get the last gen now?
     
  9. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    I personally like buying off of ebay because I can avoid taxes, thats nearly 100 dollars saved when you get into the 1200 range or so.
     
  10. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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  11. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    That depends on where you live.
     
  12. andalusia macrumors 68030

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  13. forester54 macrumors member

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    I bought my Mac Pro on ebay, I bought from a company with alot of feedback (all positive) and have been very happy with the machine. I would never buy anything of value like a computer from anyone under 250 or less
     

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