Do MacBook Values Fall When New Ones Come Out Like They Do With iPhones?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sapsjr, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. sapsjr macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2008
    I have a Macbook Pro from late 2013 (an i7). I will be selling it. I'd like to keep it another month or two but I realize a new model MBP will be coming out shortly in 2016. Will this effect the price as drastically as it does with iPhones?

    Should I sell it this week or is it ok to wait a month?
  2. Starfia macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2011
    It's hard to say how much of one – they vary and fluctuate, but there generally seems to be an effect, yes. As a buyer, I've tended to wait for those turnovers and considered the price difference sometimes found between two recent but adjacent iterations.
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    I suppose I'd add that MacBooks aren't usually spun in a way that aims to take primary advantage of the hype of "the latest" iteration – that's almost downplayed if anything, perhaps since Mac owners want to feel as though longevity and late obsoleteness are part of the value of their investment. (There's never been anything marketed like a "MacBook Pro 2!!!")

    At least, not yet…
  3. smirking macrumors 65816


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I don't think it'll drop off quite as much as it would with iPhones. I have a mid-2012 MBP. A quick check on eBay shows that these are still selling for upwards of half the original retail price. The iPhone 5 that came out the same year is trending at around 1/3 of orginal retail value.

    I used to sell my Macs every 2-3 years. I usually managed to get enough back off of them to pay off half of my new machine and I was selling to a dealer who's going to turn around and resell it on the open market.
  4. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    It varies, the Macbook Airs from 2011 still command a high resale as they look like (identical?) the latest model. Same with iMacs and rMBP's. Redesign hits and the 'old design' is out of fashion, the anomaly is the Mac design (Those running OSX) hasn't changed in years, it will happen though, too many changes to ignore now, i.e lightning? and USB-C, removal of headphone jack? Newer screen technology that is thinner, OLED? Before with USB 2 to USB 3 and retina screens based on existing technology nothing externally needed to be changed.

    In my opinion the most solid device to buy is the Macbook 1.3ghz 8GB RAM 256GB model, the design is in fashion, it will stay that way for a number of years and so you'll get a good resale for 2/3 years.

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