Price Advice Fair prices for used 2012 mac minis

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  1. grcar, Jul 1, 2015
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    grcar

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    Some posts here concern whether to buy new or used mac minis. To keep things real I thought to post actual data for recent sales at eBay.

    Late 2012 low-range dual-i5 4GB 0.5TB HDD. Someone recently sold seven of these in quick succession. The selling prices ranged from $404 to $455 with an average (mean and median) of $421. The original cost from Apple was $600.

    Late 2012 mid-range quad-i7 16GB (upgrade from 4GB) 1TB HDD. Someone recently sold two of these in quick succession. The selling price was $730 each. The 16GB upgrade is now $100 from Crucial, so taking that off, the price of the mid-range 2012 model is $630. The original cost from Apple with 4GB was $800.

    Keep in mind eBay has lots of used car salesmen asking more for these machines, and the dynamics of auctions can lead inexperienced buyers to overpay. I think the values above are realistic because they were multiple sales.
     
  2. Benjamin99 macrumors member

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    I've been watching eBay and the refurb'ed store for a 2012 quad core....need one in the price range you've listed, but all I can find is $1000 and up.... Patiently waiting...
     
  3. grcar, Jul 1, 2015
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    Most of the mid-range 2012 models have some upgrades or extra equipment like a keyboard (go figure), which add to the price. And most of them are sold by dealers who avoid auctions (buy-it-now or make-offer). The two that sold for $730 had a fair auction for one, and the second was buy-now at the winning bid for the other.

    My advice is to begin with the $630 base price and add the current cost of the upgrades and extras. Explain your thinking to the seller.

    As a matter of fact, just now someone is asking $929 for the mid-range 2012 with 16GB ($730) plus apple care ($66 for remaining 2 years) plus keyboard ($69) plus mouse ($69), which add up to $934. This seller is asking a fair price. Go for it.
     
  4. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    In this case I think the price for the computer is fair. However, giving those are used keyboard/mouse, I think those should be half so maybe drop another $60 overall. If the keyboard/mouse are new, well then the seller can keep them.
     
  5. Benjamin99 macrumors member

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    I'm staring at one with a buy it now just under $900, 2.3GHz quad core i7 with 16GB ram and 1TB hdd.....i'm very close to picking it up....just can't seem to pull the trigger, feeling like my patience may pay off?
     
  6. grcar, Jul 2, 2015
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    Yes, I see it. Of course, I can't advise you on whether or not to buy. An 8GB memory kit for this machine is $58. Subtracting that leaves a price over $800, which is about $200 over my guess for the fair price. But fairly priced units are in the minority as we have observed. I do not understand why this unit has a 256GB HDD, because they shipped with 1TB standard. Also, this eBay page does not have the long list of specifications that typically appears and which, I believe, is supplied by eBay. Perhaps you should write to the seller asking why and who opened the case to change the HDD, and for some additional verification it is a working MD388LL/A in good cosmetic shape.
     
  7. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    I like this advice. It would be a shame to pay top dollar for a i7 2012 mini only to find that the power LED and or remote control sensor no longer worked because of damage during HDD installation.
     

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