Buying Used iMac; Need Advice!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tofray, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Tofray macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2011
    Hi, I just made a Craigslist deal to buy a 2011 27" iMac (i7/3.4/16GB/6970) that also comes with an owner installed 160GB OCZ SSD for $1600. It's getting 450 read/write speeds, is in like-new condition, and has AppleCare warranty for 2 years. I have a few questions:

    1) Is this a good price?
    2) I want to reinstall the OS myself, but the optical drive was replaced by the SSD, so how will I do this? I don't know (yet) if it originally came with Lion or Mountain Lion. I don't mind buying a new Mountain Lion license, if needed, but will I be able to even get that far without the previous owner's AppleID?
    3) Is there any reason to ask for the computer serial number in advance?
    4) Is there anything wrong with a OCZ manufactured SSD? I seem to recall that there was an SSD manufacturer that consistently had problems.
    5) Is there anything else I should know/do before buying this? The seller has been excellent with communication, has invited me to his residence to test the machine, and appears totally legit.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Well, just a quick warning: if the current owner has replaced the stock drive, the warranty is most likely void.

    Apple Warranty, section 'WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY?' point (g)
  3. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    I personally wouldn't touch it if it didn't have the SuperDrive built in. These machines are not easy to work on, and there is no telling what was done when it was apart.
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    1. NEVER go to someones home,always meet in public! He/she knows your bringing $ would be a target that's way to easy to rob,or who knows inside some home you don't know...stay away!!!

    2.Even in public that warrenty would be toast with optical drive replaced with ssd.

    3.For that kinda money i would buy a 2012 new Imac.

    4.Read #1 again!
  5. Tofray thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2011
    I appreciate the advice guys. I was definitely leery of going to his house, and planned to bring a couple buddies with me. Also, I am an NRA member :D If I did do the deal tho, maybe I should ask him to meet me at the Apple Store. If he was a scammer, he definitely wouldn't meet me there.

    Outside of the safety issue, I am more worried about the hardware...I've read many posts of people replacing the optical drive with an SSD and watched the install video for it. I'm understanding that it may void the warranty, but I assumed this was a very normal upgrade and shouldn't cause too much alarm.

    Maybe I'm better off being safe, and dropping the extra grand.:(
  6. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2013
    Why would you need to drop an extra grand? I looked at your original post and forgive me if I missed something, but if you dropped an extra 200 you could get yourself a new 27" iMac. I'd always prefer new over used myself, but thats just me. If its a 2011 its probably coming out of warranty anyways unless he got Apple care? I don't know exactly how the warranties transfer when being sold, but I wouldn't worry about that too much. Like I said, the extra 200 or so for a new one would be worth it to me, especially since you are spending so much to begin with. Good luck :)
  7. Tofray thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2011
    To get a comparable 2012 model, I would have to upgrade to a fusion drive and upgrade to i7....with tax, it's just over $2600. The SSD is a must, but it wouldn't make sense to drop that kind of money and not upgrade the vid card too, which would bring it up to $2900'ish.
  8. Soul2Squeeze macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2012
    Warranty is Void

    I wouldn't touch it. The Apple Care is void and Apple will refuse warranty service or repair. I just bought an iMac about a month ago and had this issue. (2011 27" iMac with 3TB HDD).

    If the warranty is not important to you, I'd still have someone look at it before buying. If possible, meet the seller at your local Genius Bar and have it looked at before dropping $1600.
  9. lali macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    I always find that the most appealing (scams?) on these sites always show a maxed-out iMac. It is never a base model.

    It has been my experience anyways. Tried to buy a maxed out 2011 iMac on three different occasions and they always wanted some kind of funky payment process (escrow). I never went ahead with it
  10. Tofray thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2011
    Thanks for all the advice guys...I asked him a few pointed questions to see if he was scamming me, and lo & behold, he isn't returning my emails or texts now. I guess it was too good to be true, and will just have to bite the bullet and buy a new iMac...oh well, sounds like it'll be worth it.

    Thanks again!

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