Help Selling Old MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by samfergus, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. samfergus macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2013
    I just bought a brand new 15" retina macbook pro which i absolutely adore. however, i am a university student and could really use the cash my old macbook could bring to me. it is a 2008 aluminum macbook with a 2.0 GHz processor and 2 GBs of RAM. I know today those specs aren't great but it does run OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and is in 100% perfect condition with a brand new battery. I tried to sell it on Ebay with a bunch of trouble on 3 different occasions which all happened to blow up in my face. A few people have suggested Craigslist or Kigigi but i really have no experience working with either of these sites so they both scare me a little. I was hoping i could get between $350-$400 for it. any advice on how i could possibly sell this thing would be much appreciated!
    Thank you,
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As a starting point, you can check Mac2Sell, eBay (including completed sales), or Amazon for prices of similar models, to get an idea of what a reasonable price may be. Then adjust the price to account for condition, configuration, remaining AppleCare coverage (if any), etc.
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would say....

    you can sell your old MacBook between $350-425. Depending in good care of the machine and no cosmetic and functional issues, you can fare well. Maybe you can try with a post in a board in your university. Or a post in the newspaper what sell best/most in your city.

    Good luck with your MacBook. Dont forget to factor in shipping costs and fees if selling in an online site.

  4. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011

    You shouldn't be afraid of CraigsList. Just be sure to set the price and expect people to offer less immediately. I personally think you can get $450 for it as long as you have the original box/packaging/accessories that came with it. Just be sure to take some great pictures of it, mention the fact that it is a novelty macbook since it was the only aluminum model, and price it at $500. You'll get people asking if you can do $450; then just say yes and you've sold it.
  5. BetaDan macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2013
    Order I use

    Depending on how quickly I need the money this is my criteria:

    Fastest lower price - slow higher price

    Gazelle - Ive used them quite a bit for items and they are quick with payment (paypal) but the price is usually 10% less than eBay. I get my money in about 4 days....

    eBay is my preferred if I have a week or two and want to watch the bid. I usually get a little more but I take nice photos and put up as much info as I can.

    Ive used CL but its hit or miss... and the price is usually what I get via Gazelle.

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