I've been in the market for a MacBook for a couple months now (actually, since about January), mostly checking local listings/sites for a good deal on a used one. Since I'm not terribly familiar with using Mac OS X on a daily basis, I wanted to make sure that I didn't end up paying upwards of $1000 just to find out that I disliked it, no matter what the resale value on a Mac computer is. At any rate, I found what I consider to be a steal of a deal, an early 2008 MacBook (white) with 2 GB of RAM, a 2.4 ghz Intel Core Duo 2 processor, and 250 GB of storage. I even looked on one of the Mac Appraiser sites I've found through Google, and at $550 it's actually cheaper than the suggested price for a Mac with these specs. (Also, it doesn't have AppleCare on it, and it's obviously out of warranty.) My only qualm about the entire thing is the crack along the lip of the palmrest. Admittedly, it's not even a bad crack, just unsightly in the clean design that MacBooks are known for. My question is twofold: Will this crack develop into something more than just a cosmetic flaw, and is this deal really as good as it seems? I bought a used computer about 8 months ago during leaner times, and that computer in particular gave me one month of great operation, and 7 months of slowdowns, shutdowns, and all around screw ups before the OS decided that it no longer wanted to load up. (For those scoring at home, it was a Dell.) Edit: If/When I do purchase it, I'll be upgrading it to Snow Leopard and mostly using it for school, word processing, and plenty of interweb surfing, with photo organizing and video editing coming into the picture as well. This MacBook in particular appeals to me because with a couple of small upgrades, like installing SL and 2 more GB of RAM, it will be a beast of a computer, and a lot better than the Macbook Apple currently has available, if not older.