Buying advice on a MBP 2016

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  1. NotPzl macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    I've on the lookout for a MBP. Intially I decided to wait for the new models but since I'd like a new now (though not critical) I've been on my local craiglist.

    I've found a 2016 model with 256GB for 1250$ (Converted from danish kroner) in what looks to be perfect condition (hasn't left the his apartment). A new model with same storage would be 2080$ which is quite a saving from what I can tell.

    I use my laptop to study economics which means I'll use Excel and some statistical software otherwise lightweight use.

    Should I make the jump? Anything to notice when I check it out?

    I have a general electronics insuarance should anything go wrong (maybe the keyboard).
     
  2. Naimfan Suspended

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    Either find a 2015 or wait for the 2018 model. The keyboards on 2016 models are a time bomb waiting to go off, to say nothing of the many other user adjustments required.
     
  3. NotPzl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's unfortunate to hear. Would you still advise against even with our strong consumer protections we have in Denmark which up to two years from it was bought? (April 2017)
     
  4. smallcoffee macrumors 65816

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    Don’t listen to these keyboard luddites. I have the 2015 and 2016. That is an incredible (and suspicious) price for a 2016 MacBook Pro.
     
  5. Papanate macrumors 6502

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    As noted the price is significantly low enough to arouse suspicion.
    I would also ask to bring the MBP to an Apple store for verification
    that the hardware is all original Apple. While there the Techs could
    run the serial number to insure the MBP belongs to the person who is
    selling the laptop.

    And easy way to get it to the Apple store would be to ask to conduct
    the transaction there as a kind of 'safe harbor' sales point.
     
  6. NotPzl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    He put up for sale 6 hours ago and the good price means it will most likely be gone soon. He has a receipt from the only official retailer in Denmark (called Humac). If anything he lives 5 minutes walking distance should it be a scam.
     
  7. smallcoffee macrumors 65816

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    Go for it
     
  8. csurfr macrumors 68000

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    Agreed. The price is great. If the seller can provide you the receipt and the consumer protection laws give you 2 years, you should be fine.
     
  9. NotPzl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. It was not to dismiss the potential keyboard fault but maybe you can understand me entusiasm considering the price. In the end it'll be my own ass dealing with warranty should the keyboard die. I'm checking it tomorrow.
     
  10. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    As an owner of a 2016 with sticking keys (it's now 2 keys, not just the spacebar) that I've yet go deal with (no time) at Apple, I'd really recommend passing on the 2016's in particular - at any price.

    (spouse's machine - I'm on a 2015 15" - Obviously I would have dealt with it by now if it were my main machine for work)
     
  11. smallcoffee macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I wouldn’t lose sleep over the keyboard thing. It’s a better keyboard overall, although it appears it has a failure problem - statistically it’s unlikely to occur.
     
  12. NotPzl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I picked it. Serial number checks out with the receipt and one Apple.com warranty also checks out with the date it was purchased in april. This thing was barely used and only had 44 battery cycles which seems low considering its one year old but please let me know.
     
  13. aevan macrumors 68030

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    44 cycles after a year means the computer was either not used much, or used plugged in most of the time. Either way, the battery should be good. You can check the wear of it with the coconutBattery app.


    Congratulations on your purchase!
     
  14. NotPzl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    It still had Sierra installed when I got it and since it has never left the apartment it was probably plugged in most of the time. I went ahead and bought FruitJuice and doing the maintenance now. I ran coconut and the health was rated good. This is my first Mac ever.
     

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