Early 2015 15" rMBP or splurge on the 2016 tMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by frankc92, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. frankc92 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Upgrading from a personal mid 2011 13" MBP and a work late 2013 15" rMBP.. need a new personal one as I'm probably going to be leaving the position soon.

    In Canada and funds are not overly tight but still a consideration - so unsure if splurging on the latest and 'greatest' is worth it. There are quite a few people selling 2015 15" rMPB's on CL for ~2000 with active warranty until November '17; whereas a brand new 2016 15" tMBP will probably run me around $3500 + accessories + AppleCare.

    What would you guys do?
  2. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
  3. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    There's never any value in buying brand new. You're paying for the latest and greatest (which you don't need). It's a splurge like you say but with that said, the happiness factor is there. This laptop is well made and a joy to use. I've had it for over a month and it's not worth 4k. Is it 2k nicer than a 2015? Probably not. Like I said, the value isn't there but this things is a beauty to work on.
  4. frankc92 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Hmmm.. yeah. I'm more in line with grabbing a early 2015 then... Thanks for the replies!! Hoping to get 4-5 years out of this MacBook as well. The last one was a trooper!
  5. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    I went for the 2015 2.8 1tb with a full Apple warranty got it for 2100$ new. I think it's much better than the new tb version for now.
  6. frankc92 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    how'd you end up doing that..?! CL?
  7. RichardC300 macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    W2C? Can't post something like that without details!
  8. frankc92 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Yeah.... Best offer I've come across right now is a mid 2015 2.2 256gb with minimal or no warranty for ~2000-2100CAD...
  9. mickeydean macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2011
    Unless you are using something that requires the latest and greatest processor/graphics/etc I'd go with the 2015.

    The older keyboard with more travel is a joy and my use of the new keyboard was underwhelming.

    The hdmi, usb type a, etc are still useful and magsafe (2) has saved me multiple times. The late-2013 is what I have and the 2015 would be the same essentially I think given the cheaper price now I'd pick the 2015 over the 2016 touchbar. For me I need USB type A, I don't need a touchbar.
  10. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
  11. tivoboy, Dec 20, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2016

    tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    It's an ebay seller - and my hunch is it's apple or somehow related to apple.

    here's my theory. Apple doesn't want to sell the mid-2015 with the upgraded dGPU on their website new, as it competes directly with the 2016 model. Therefore, they ALSO don't want to sell the refurbs of the 2015 model on the refurb site for the same reasons.

    So, they push either stock inventory or refurb inventory through a third party - this guy.

    The unit I bought came in the exact apple refurb packaging, unopened and sealed in the apple outer box and shrinked with the inner box (i've bought many like this) and the packaging, and the unit look and act brand new. Warranty never activated, so either was new or apple reset it. SMELLS NEW.. Works great, warranty activated as expected, etc.

    That seller had 17,000 ebay transaction with 100% rating, that's why I went with them. They are still selling stock, although he's moved the pricing around a bit, 25-50$ movements through various auctions (all buy it now) so the price moves between 2100-2225$ for some reason.

    I don't want to post a seller here, but it you pm me I'll point you to the link.

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