Buying Secondhand 2013 model, anything I need to look for?

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  1. afrocleland macrumors member

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    Going to buy one tonight. Is there anything in particular I should look to test or look at closely? It's still got warranty for another few months, but I know not all things are covered.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    This list comes quickly to my mind.

    Boot up the Mac
    Double check the specs via the system profile
    Look for scratches/dents in the case.
    Check out the keyboard, i.e., keys work etc.
    play a song to test the speakers.
     
  3. Miltz, Oct 8, 2013
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    The 2013 came out in June, so you should have at least 8 month left of warranty.

    There is an AXXX model number etched on the back cover that uniquely identifies the laptop.

    If he has original packaging + paperwork then it's all legit, not stolen.
     
  5. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    all things should be covered that were originally covered.

    count the mics - make sure there are two. and do what maflynn said.

    you can also do things like check the battery cycles etc but honestly this machine should be like new given that they only came out in June.

    Have you asked why he is selling it?
     
  6. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

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    I got it! Did all the kinda basic checks... It's actually brand new. The chap works in distribution and gets cheap overstock. So it looks to have been a shop model or something. Had 1 battery cycle and is immaculate. Very happy! Really nice computer!
     
  7. cyber16 macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a good deal, yet I'd like to find legal cheap overstock discounts on a current model :rolleyes:
     
  8. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds hot to me. I doubt a 2013 MBA is an "overstock" that they couldn't sell. They probably got an extra one shipped to them that was unaccounted for somehow and this fella thought he'd take advantage of the situation...
     
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    Wow, seems fast to get rid of an almost brand new machine!
     
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    Hot inventory has serial numbers embedded that are directly tied to a MAC address and ARE shared with Apple every-time they check for updates.
    Smart thieves sell the hot merchandise and then take those profits to purchase legally. This way they never have to worry about getting caught using it.
    To me if its not a legitimate place of business that deals with such wares, I don't care how great of a deal it is.
    I enjoy sleeping in my own bed and enjoy the view through windows without bars ;)
     
  12. flowrider macrumors 601

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    The question I have is, has the OP tried to register it yet at Apple's registration web site. If that goes well, the OP is golden.

    Lou
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Or they register and then the police show up :eek:
     
  14. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    lol @ works in distribution. distribution of stolen goods most likely.
     
  15. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Like Tony Soprano worked in waste management...
     
  16. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    read: stolen
     
  17. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

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    I doubt it tbh... The guy had stacks of all sorts of tech. Unless it's a massive operation, i doubt it is. Plus, he looked like one of my old lecturers.

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    And yeah, I registered it while at his house picking it. He wanted to show me it working and I set it up there.
     
  18. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    it's never the ones you think :p
    congrats on your new computer!
     
  19. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    The guy wasn't wearing a black and white striped shirt, beanie and mask over his eyes. How could he be a burglar?;)
     

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