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suddengust

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 20, 2014
2
0
Hi,
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

Thanks
 

Queen of Spades

macrumors 68030
May 9, 2008
2,644
132
The Iron Throne
Hi,
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

Thanks

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.
 

Hieveryone

macrumors 603
Apr 11, 2014
5,624
2,337
USA
I wouldn't do it. What if it has water damage? But is still working now. The life of it would be diminished.
 

827538

Cancelled
Jul 3, 2013
2,322
2,833
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.
 

StockDC2

macrumors regular
May 16, 2011
212
12
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.
 

Trvlngnrs

macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2010
359
35
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.

This
 

suddengust

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 20, 2014
2
0
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.



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.

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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.



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

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

Thanks.

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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.


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.
 

mobilebuddha

macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2008
222
25
why would he not agree to the inspection? esp if it's really brand new.

that sounds fishy.

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.

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

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

Thanks.

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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.
 

Badrottie

Suspended
May 8, 2011
4,317
336
Los Angeles
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.

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:
 

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
22,183
1,245
NYC
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.
 

elyrly

macrumors newbie
Jul 21, 2011
15
0
another reminder is to make sure the serial number on the bottom plate matches the OS serial number.
 
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