Buying advice for an older but unused Macbook (UK)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Wialli, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Wialli macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    First post and asking on behalf of my girlfriend.

    She really wants to buy a Macbook, but we don't really have the money for a newer model, so is there anywhere in the UK that you can buy unused older versions of the Macbooks?

    Forgive my naivety, but I'm a (*whispers* laptop user) but I wanted to research this for her and this looks like a great place to ask some experts.

    Thanks,
    Phil

    (p.s. I posted this somewhere else by mistake but I can't for the life of me find out where,m so apologies for the double post!!!)
     
  2. dogbertd macrumors member

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    TBH I can't think of anywhere you can get old unused macs. Sometimes you might see them on eBay as unboxed and never used, but usually these are for models of historic interest and therefore expensive.

    Why the bias against a second-hand macbook?
     
  3. Wialli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess she's just concerned about the quality and lifetime remaining on an already used model.

    I think she just wants something that hers and has only been hers. I guess I can see her point.

    Me - I'm all for pre-owned cheapness.

    Thanks for the advice. I'll keep a look out on amazon and ebay for older models, and I guess look at the Boxing Day sales in 3 weeks time to see if any of the newer models come down at all.

    If we don't find anything then we will probably end up buying a new one, but we've recently bought our first house and spent a fair few thousand on horribly unexpected renovations so things are a bit tight.
     
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    You can look at the apple store (store.apple.com/uk). Shop Mac, scroll to the right, "Certified Refurbished".
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Amazon

    Amazon usually has the cheapest prices for new macbooks in the uk older versions or not, however the prices have shifted up slightly over the last few weeks, cashing in for christmas...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...ro,aps,221
     
  6. dogbertd macrumors member

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    The other option is if you - or someone you know - is heading to the States sometime soon. I bought my Macbook Pro at an Apple Store on a visit to the US earlier this year and saved quite a bit.

    Good Luck!
     
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Hi buddy, if you know anybody in higher education (preferably University) you can buy a brand-new Mac through Apple's education store. You'll save 15% off RRP and also get free 3-year AppleCare.

    The reason I mention that is because it's a hefty saving of nearly £400+ when you factor in the AppleCare. In a lot of cases I've found that a brand-new Mac at student prices is more competitively priced than a used 2013/2014 model.

    If you'd like any more information on how to do this, please feel free to quote my post and I'll elucidate any concerns you have. :)
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Just saying: You can buy a Mac for yourself if you are a student, or if you are working at a university. You can also buy a Mac for your children (and probably for your wife) if they are students at a university. They can't sell that Mac to you. It is for that student only.

    There are other workplaces where you get rebates, for example the NHS, or if your company has some deal with Apple.
     
  9. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    True, but if you have a friend who is a student, and you transfer them the money to buy the Mac for you, you get a brand-new Mac, 15% off and free 3-year AppleCare. The warranty is valid if you're not that person -- they don't ID you when you take it to an Apple Store for repair.

    That's enough of a saving for me to brush off the fact that it's not 'meant for me'. :)
     
  10. Pat too macrumors member

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    As gnasher729 says, check out officially refurbished models at Apple.com. They are supplied in a plain box with new accessories and the machine itself is either 'as new' or they replace all the outer casing, so that it is brand new on the outside. For example you can get a 13 inch Retina Macbook Pro for £799 or £849 compared to £999 in a normal store.

    http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_pro/13
     

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