Has anyone sold a MacBook Pro on Craigslist?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mac100percent, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. mac100percent macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    Has anyone sold a MacBook Pro to a legitimate buyer on Craigslist? I have listed my computer for several days and have only received scam emails asking to pay with Paypal and have the laptop shipped somewhere.
    Getting frustrated with Craigslist now, which I've used to sell many other things successfully.

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've sold two laptops over the past few years, the first one was sold for cash on craigslist. I had it listed for a couple of weeks and put up with the scammers regardless of how you word your classified you're still going to get spammed. The second never really sold and I put it up on ebay, got more then what I was asking for on craigslist (even after deducting the fees).

    In the future when I need to sell my next computer (or iPhone), I'll give craigslist a week for a quick sale, and if not, I'll sell it on ebay.
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    through craigslist, i've sold three laptops and a desktop. in all instances, i met with the buyer in person, and they've always paid in cash. i would never, ever agree to ship it off. too likely it would be a scam.
  4. RedWings macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
  5. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier

    I'll second that.. I sold 2 macbooks through local craigslist. Both times cash and you will get spammers and idiots.

    Trust me.;)

    But it works.

    Better than having to use paypal and paying shipping etc.
  6. Jottle macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2003
    I just sold mine on Craigslist..I got mostly scammers as well. Here's a tip that helped at least reduce the amoung of scam emails: Always put "local sale, cash only" in your description. Then, in large bolded letters, write something like "NOTE: I AM AN EXPERIENCED CRAIGSLIST SELLER. I DO NOT RESPOND TO PAYPAL/OVERSEAS SCAMS AND WILL REPORT THESE EMAIL ADDRESSES TO THE U.S. AUTHORITIES." It may help...
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...I sold my old Macbook Pro and the Powerbook before that on Craigslist. As has been said - local sales, cash and carry only and you should week out all the scammers. Like Jottle, I always tagged my ads with a line about being able to "spot the scammers a mile away so don't even bother" and it did seem to keep them all away...oh yeah!
  8. mac100percent thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    Re: Has anyone sold a MacBook Pro on Craigslist?

    Thanks for the suggestions. It's good to hear that there's hope for getting a legitimate buyer. I definitely would only sell for cash in person.

    I'm guessing it's a matter of having patience and setting the right price. I'm curious what you were able to sell your MBP for? Was it first generation?
  9. BaronvdB macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    I just sold my rev a macbook air on craigslist for $1150 right before WWDC...i've sold a lot of stuff on CL without an issue---just don't be an idiot and you'll be fine.
  10. CarcinogenX macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    I have a CL story....
    Wanted the specific "early 2009" 2.66 15" uMBP model.

    Called seller A: spent two days going back and forth, then two hours before meet, get an email saying she no longer wants to sell.
    Call seller B: lives less than 1/4 miles from me, Selling NIB...great! Schedule to come get it when he gets off work. Never calls, never responds to calls/email/texts.
    Call seller C: best deal ever!! Send emails back and forth. Try to meet at Starbucks next morning. I show up, email via phone to call me. Get response that is gibberish (like programming code). Send another email, receive gibberish response again. Go sit out in front of Starbucks next to guy on the phone who keeps calling wrong number repeatedly. Guy leaves, so I leave thinking it was too good to be true. Send email to guy saying I was here and please call. Get gibberish response again. This time try using phone browser to check email this time. Receive emails that I can read and finally get guy's distress calls and phone number. Call him, Says he was there and called me but number was wrong. Gives me his number and tells me number I gave is invalid. Quickly realize I typed wrong number on my touchpad Instinct. Whoops!! Guy says he is close by and will come back. Guy shows up and was the one who was less than one foot from me calling the wrong number earlier. Oops!! My bad.
    Laptop was as promised so I laid out $1750 in cash in the back of his SUV, and the rest is history...

    So, it does happen. There are some people who have saved and are looking for a used MAC at a good price. Guy gave me copy of his receipt and I paid for $1750 for a brand new $3328 purchase at a MAC store just two months prior. That’s after the “educator” discount too. I did not pay attention at first but I crapped my pants after actually reading the receipt.

    I sell a lot of stuff on CL, and I get mostly scam emails and people offering $10 for a $100 item. You just have to be patient. A lot of people sell things for much more than what they are worth, but if you post a fair/market price, someone will eventually buy it.
  11. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    I've sold a number of things on CL and it really is a crapshoot. Depending on how quickly you want to move the MBP you may have to come down some to compete with the dozens of other MBs and MBPs out there. I'm planning on selling mine on CL('07 SR MBP 2.4GHz 15" 4GB 320GB 7200rpm) sometime next month after my Mac Pro purchase; Although I'll be packaging it with a 22" Samsung monitor and Klipsch 2.1 Promedia setup I think I'd be happy with just fetching 1K. I think the scammers and the low ballers are just the nature of the beast.
  12. thecheda macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Los Angeles

    I have sold so many items on Craigslist. They really should have a reputation system like Ebay...

    Anyways, go ahead and post the ad. In person cash, or no deal (as the other guy said above). You can never be too sure of bank drafts, etc.

    Just make sure you bring a friend or two.
  13. LycanNyc macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    I always like Craigslist is fast and local transactions.
    But my uMBP 2.4ghz I sold it on ebay for much more than what I bought it for.
  14. xrayz macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2008
    I sold my 1 month old 13" Macbook 2.0GHz last week for 925, it took a few days of putting up with lots of spammers and lowballers (people offering 600-ish), but it beats ebay/paypal fees...all you need is one good buyer
  15. tastychicken macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2008
    I've sold my 2.2 mbp on craigslist about a week ago. It turned out great because the buyer wanted me to meet at the apple store so a genius could run a diagnostic on the notebook. This helped prove my legitimacy and helped with the sale.
  16. crzdmniac macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    I sold my 2.2Ghz MBP on CL. I got $1100 for it, not too bad IMO. I had to drive about 45 minutes to meet in the middle, but it was much easier than ebay, shipping, and a lot of the shady activity that goes on with some. It's also nice to have someone hand you cash.
  17. reggie23x macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    sold many things on craiglist, including 3 macbooks

    I have been lucky to have successfully sold many items on craigslist. i always put pictures and gave a geographical area where we could meet and cash only. Also, always in a public place near lunchtime or just after work.

    In Spring 2007, I sold a G4 15" 1.25ghz Powerbook (oct2003 new $2499) for $900 cash. In March 2008, I sold a 13" black macbook (jan2008 for $1349) for $1200 cash. Last Monday (6/15), I sold a 15.4" Macbook Pro (march 2008 w/ upgraded 4gb corsair memory & new 320 seagate sata 3.0/16mb cache) for $1000 cash.

    In my experience, you'll know only when you talk, email, and meet the seller/buyer if they are serious or if they are trying to rip you off. i have been fortunate to have every sale go 100% without issue.

    I believe I was lucky to sell my macbook pro for $1000 despite all the upgrades since there have been so many revisions since I originally purchased it.
  18. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Yes,I sold my SR MacBook Pro a while back on CL. Just ignore the scam buyers. I did the transaction at the bank, it was very safe. I agree you will get many whackos but the guy I sold mine too was completely reasonable. He withdrew the $ right in front of me and paid it, and then took the laptop.
  19. t-rev macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2009
    Sold my 15" 2.66 2 weeks ago. Met the buyer at the Apple Store and had him buy me a gift card for $2K so I could get the new MBP.
  20. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I have been trying to sell my 15" 2.2 Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro for months now, every time I put it on Craigslist I would either get someone wanting to:

    1) Scam the **** out of me

    2) Trade me some useless crap that no human with a brain would trade a Macbook Pro for

    3) Buy my Macbook Pro and make payments, this option is actually more annoying than the scammers. You think you have a buyer then when your about to sell they say "Can we set something up where I make payments?" Yeah sure, maybe I can give you a loan as well.

    FINALLY last week I got a call and a buyer for my Macbook Pro. We met in preson and he paid my asking price in cold hard cash. Once that was done, I walked into the Apple Store at the mall where I met him and bought my new Macbook Pro.


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