Buying rMBP from craigslist

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by suddengust, May 20, 2014.

  1. suddengust macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2014
    I am going to buy ME294ll/a someone from craigslist. I NEVER USED mac before and done this before. so could you tell me some advice when I buy it? Like check points or some facts I have to be careful

  2. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Stick to buying something with some of the 1 year warranty left or Apple Care. It seems like you're buying a 2013 rMBP so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Try and make sure it comes with the box or the receipt (preferably both). One or the other is a good indication it's not stolen. Lack of both and I'd pass.

    Here are some things to look for:

    - Make sure all the keys work and don't feel crunchy or sticky, that could mean they spilled something in it

    - Restart the computer to make sure it boots up with no problems

    - Connect to a wireless network, try the USB ports/bluetooth

    - Inspect the casing for dents

    - Check the screen for dead or stuck pixels

    - Click the apple symbol in the upper left corner and select "About this Mac" and "More info.." to verify the specs and model, click on "System Report" to check the battery health.

    The list would be a lot more extensive if it weren't such a new machine. Good luck.
  3. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I wouldn't do it. What if it has water damage? But is still working now. The life of it would be diminished.
  4. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Out of interest does this site have a place or option to sell or seek interest in sellings Macs between forum users?

    My advice to the OP would be check of scratches/dents, check that the charger is working fine, check that it boots up and check the specs in the About my Mac page match what the seller said, check battery cycle count so that it is within reason, check screen for any damage or dead pixels, check the keyboard and touch pad work fine.
  5. StockDC2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    My advice is to take it to the Apple store. It doesn't matter if you have a trained eye or not, Apple has access to a diagnostic program that will pinpoint any potential issues. Also, when I purchased a non-Retina MBP awhile back, I asked them to remove the back cover and inspect the computer for any water damage.

    Oh, and the inspection is free :D.
  6. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
  7. suddengust thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2014

    Actually, I am buying a new one without box from him. He said it is brand new still factory sealed, plastic covered, and so on. It comes with apple care(expired in 4/2017). Since I never buy mac before, is it true that even he opened the box, but the factory plastic cover or vinyl? is still not broken?
    And he said he got it for birthday gift...(maybe saying he doesn't have receipt?)

    Thank you for reply.


    Where can I find someone here who selling ME294 ll/a?

    because I am new here, I am not familiar with it.



    The seller says it is brand new and has all the seals but just no box. We would meet up in local starbucks, I don't think he would agree that take it to apple store to inspect it.
  8. mobilebuddha macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    why would he not agree to the inspection? esp if it's really brand new.

    that sounds fishy.

  9. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    This...that is how I did when I bought it off eBay and took it to Apple and they replaced working logic board for free. :apple:
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    New and wrapped without a box?

    Sounds like grey market to me (basically smuggled into the country).

    Except the US has no duty on electronics, so I don't know why they would do that.
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, but the OP doesn't yet qualify to access it.

    Marketplace Rules
  12. elyrly macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    another reminder is to make sure the serial number on the bottom plate matches the OS serial number.
  13. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
  14. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Thanks, I might post mine up when the time comes. Would be nice to know the person who buys it will appreciate it as much as I do.
  15. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2010
    Long Island

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