Going to look at used mid 2010.

blaza

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Apr 2, 2009
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Hi guys. I've been surfing these forums for several months now trying to figure out the right Mac for me. I ran into this ad online ( http://charlotte.craigslist.org/sys/2905811670.html ). The seller has agreed to take $850 which seems like a decent deal. Before taking off I wanted to ask you all if there is anything I should look for when checking the machine out? Also, how can I double check that it has an SSD? EDIT: I think I figured out how to check this (http://machicolate.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/how-to-check-if-your-macbook-air-has-the-faster-samsung-ssd/ ).

I apologize in advance for my n00bness, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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how can I double check that it has an SSD?
 > About This Mac > More Info > Hardware > Serial-ATA

Make sure it comes with the original grey install discs, so you can wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS. If the seller doesn't have the discs, discount the price by around $25 to cover the cost of buying replacement discs from Apple.
 

yearziro

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Mar 31, 2009
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to be completely safe id see if the seller is willing to meet at an apple store to verify everything is in good condition ive had previous experiences with craigslist and lately it seems they only get worse with shady sellers and mis-advertised goods
 

blaza

macrumors newbie
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Apr 2, 2009
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 > About This Mac > More Info > Hardware > Serial-ATA

Make sure it comes with the original grey install discs, so you can wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS. If the seller doesn't have the discs, discount the price by around $25 to cover the cost of buying replacement discs from Apple.
to be completely safe id see if the seller is willing to meet at an apple store to verify everything is in good condition ive had previous experiences with craigslist and lately it seems they only get worse with shady sellers and mis-advertised goods
Thanks very much folks! I ended up getting the machine for $800. We met and I examined the laptop which is in great condition.

One last question for you all. The guy did not have the install discs. In order to clear all his crap and start fresh 'as me' I figure my best bet is to buy the discs from Apple. It looks like Snow Leopard is the current OS. Should I stick with this OS or upgrade to something newer? Also, is there a digital download option or will I need to go to an Apple Store/Order online?
 

Senseotech

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Nov 23, 2009
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Thanks very much folks! I ended up getting the machine for $800. We met and I examined the laptop which is in great condition.

One last question for you all. The guy did not have the install discs. In order to clear all his crap and start fresh 'as me' I figure my best bet is to buy the discs from Apple. It looks like Snow Leopard is the current OS. Should I stick with this OS or upgrade to something newer? Also, is there a digital download option or will I need to go to an Apple Store/Order online?
Log into the App Store as yourself, buy lion, and use it to do a clean install. Much cheaper, quicker, and you get the latest OS.