Dent affects the resale value ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ApoorvPrem, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. ApoorvPrem macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2011
    SO I was gonna sell my Late 2011 Mac by June-July. But later it fell from table - 2 feet approx :mad:. Its corner now has a small dent. Thats it. No issue with the working. Only a tiny dent. I can share a pic if needed.

    Does this affect the resale value ? I am planning in selling to CEX. I am asking cos nearest CEX store is 1.5 hours away. :(
  2. dyt1983, Apr 2, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: To remove personally identifying information not relevant to the thread.
  3. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    I'm pretty sure any damage cosmetically is going to affect resale value.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, it certainly can affect resale value. To what degree depends on the severity of the dent.
  5. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Not to make you feel bad but you'll probably get less than before you dropped it.

    Personally speaking, with everything else being equal, I would spend a few $$ more to buy an undented (or, perhaps if the dent is small and on the bottom vs. a corner) macbook.

    It always makes me wonder if the person really took care of the computer and what may have been loosened by the fall, just waiting to die 3 months after I bought it.

    Needless to say, though, lots of MacBooks with dented corners get bought on eBay every day.
  6. totten76 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    Well I can't say that a dent is going to make it more valuable. Unless they are looking for some loving originality ;)
  7. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007

    What a silly question....would you pay the same price for a dented computer vs a non dented computer if all other variables were equal? I don't think anyone would.
  8. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    If you plan to eBay, my guess would be probably not. You should still get a decent price.

    Most people on eBay don't seem to care TOO much about cosmetic issues in my experience prolly bc they know it's used.

    Usu ppl get mad if it's new and they pay a premium like w the iphone 5 and the dents and scratches all the new ones had.
  9. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I'd expect it would affect the resale a little bit. But as long as you include a photo of it and mention it in the description then it'll most likely still sell quickly.
  10. mns579 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Compare prices at a reputable resale site such as Note the current prices for lightly used vs. "clearance" items. For example, I see that today in the lightly used category there's a MacBook Pro 13-inch (Glossy) 2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) MD313LL/A listed for $749. In the clearance category the very same model, but with "moderate dents/scratches on the casing," is $645.
  11. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Not to make you feel bad, but....
    I would not by a dented, scratched anything at any price.
    Too many better offers.
    That being said, probably you will do OK on eBay.
    And why not try Craigslist or Kijiji - where I sell all my used Apple things.
  12. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    ^ This. The OP should also consider that by selling it privately, expect 10-15% less than what a retailer asks for. Vendors like MOAT and PowerMAX also have a 90-day guarantee on secondhand Macs, whereas most private sales are "as-is".
  13. Android300zx macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    This thread is pretty silly. I personally like little cosmetic defects because I can lowball the hell out of the item I'm purchasing and almost always get my offer price. In short, yes it will affect resale. I'm sure the person buying it will inspect it. If they don't you win.
  14. ApoorvPrem thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2011
    There you go

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  15. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I agree. Too much chance of undiscovered problems down the road.
  16. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    Everyone else is right in saying it'll effect the price, but that is a very minor dent I would still be interested in a macbook despite the damage. Price it reasonably and I don't think you'll have any problem.
  17. mns579 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2015
    I bought a "clearance" mid 2009 MBP 16 months ago from macofalltrades. It had one small bump on the case in almost exactly the same place as the OP's. That bump saved me about $100 and the computer has worked perfectly to date.

    Although everyone's mileage will vary, I don't worry much about minor cosmetic case flaws. I've bought a number of scratch and dent Macs over the years. These clearance items have lasted as long as the new Macs my employer has put on my desk. The problems that do arise--depleted batteries and failed HDDs--are problems that I expect in any computer as it ages. I doubt that the case bumps--however they might have happened--have been a factor in the problems that I've experienced.

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  18. ApoorvPrem thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2011
    You made my day. As long as it gets sold for at least 500$ I am cool with it. :D

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