Help selling 2010 13" MacBook Air

HighNoon

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Jun 10, 2010
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Hi all,

I bought my 13" MBA the day they came out in Oct. 2010. I got the low end 13" model (1.86 GHz C2D, 128GB SSD) but I did get the BTO 4GB RAM option. I also have had a Wrapsol skin on all surfaces of the laptop since I bought it. The MBA has absolutely NO scratches, dents, dings, dirt, etc. It is in mint condition.

I am looking to sell the MBA because I don't really use it much anymore. After looking on eBay and CL, it looks like the prices range from $700-$900 for my model.

I've never sold a laptop before, so I'm looking for suggestions on what price to sell for as well as how to sell it. Thanks!


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DannySmurf

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The Mac2Sell value for that machine is $750. Realistic price is probably around $700. I'd list for $800, to give some room to come down (or you might find someone who will pay $800, depending on local market conditions - you never know).
 

HighNoon

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Thanks for the reply. I listed the machine for $800 so we'll see what happens.

Do you think I should leave the Wrapsol on or take it off when I sell the MBA? The Wrapsol itself is a tiny bit dirty in some spots but the laptop is not.

Also, I have MS Office Professional 2011 for Mac preinstalled and I am planning on including the discs. Do you think that affects the price at all?
 

Cubytus

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Yes, including pricey software should raise the price. But selling discs when the computer doesn't include a proper optical drive... Understates you kept the ODD for yourself.

My advice would be to sell the computer without accessories, and add them instead of negotiating too low.
 

peapody

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I would sell the computer without the accessories for a base price if you do so in the marketplace here. If you go the ebay route, I have found that people love all those extras and it will help you get a higher price. It just depends on your customer base.
 

HighNoon

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I do not have a separate optical drive. I installed MS Office via the Remote Disc utility.

Both of you are recommending selling the computer without accessories. What exactly do you mean? Should I sell the computer literally by itself? The accessories I was planning on including are the Wrapsol protector (already on the laptop), the power cord (with extender), instruction manual, and MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive. I do not have the original box.

I do not have access to the marketplace forum here. Are there currently any Late 2010 13" MacBook Airs listed? If so, what are the prices?
 

peapody

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I do not have a separate optical drive. I installed MS Office via the Remote Disc utility.

Both of you are recommending selling the computer without accessories. What exactly do you mean? Should I sell the computer literally by itself? The accessories I was planning on including are the Wrapsol protector (already on the laptop), the power cord (with extender), instruction manual, and MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive. I do not have the original box.

I do not have access to the marketplace forum here. Are there currently any Late 2010 13" MacBook Airs listed? If so, what are the prices?
The software.
 

HighNoon

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Another issue...

I restored my MBA with a fresh install of Snow Leopard using the MacBook Air Restore Drive. I have previously purchased OSX Lion from the Mac AppStore, but I do NOT want to leave any personal details regarding my AppStore/Apple ID account.

However, if I leave the MBA as-is with Snow Leopard, then the new owner will have to pay for Lion. Thoughts?
 

peapody

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Another issue...

I restored my MBA with a fresh install of Snow Leopard using the MacBook Air Restore Drive. I have previously purchased OSX Lion from the Mac AppStore, but I do NOT want to leave any personal details regarding my AppStore/Apple ID account.

However, if I leave the MBA as-is with Snow Leopard, then the new owner will have to pay for Lion. Thoughts?
When I traded my MBA 2010 for a 2011, I did not include lion for that reason. Unless you make a generic log in for them. Obviously you will likely get more for lion.
 

HighNoon

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When I traded my MBA 2010 for a 2011, I did not include lion for that reason. Unless you make a generic log in for them. Obviously you will likely get more for lion.
peapody, could you explain what you mean by "make a generic log in for them"?

Do you mean a generic Apple ID account? I downloaded Lion using my primary Apple ID, but if I sign out it doesn't appear that there are any traces of my Apple ID and/or password.
 

HighNoon

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i dud say about 800 mac2sell is in average condition yours is perfect
Hm, thanks for the info. I think $800 is a very fair price, especially due to the fact that it has the 4GB RAM upgrade, a protective skin, and Office for Mac 2011 included. I'll wait and see if I get any bites.
 

HighNoon

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Already got 3 bites at $800. I'm just going to sell it with Lion installed. I'm not too worried about someone getting a hold of my info, especially since I am selling through a secure channel.
 

Cubytus

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"Selling through a secure channel?"

What des that means, exactly?

$800 with $180 worth of software included... it's a steal.. For you.

Considering the amount of bugs many people have found in Lion, I would sell it with Snow Leopard, unless the winning bid specifically asks for Lion.