How difficult do you find it to sell an iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Kendo, May 3, 2011.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I plan on upgrading my iMac every other year by selling the current one and adding a few hundred more to get the latest refresh. I also plan on buying AppleCare so there will still be a warranty for that 3rd year which should make it easier to sell.

    To those that sold their iMacs, is it relatively difficult? I ask because these are very expensive purchases and I can't imagine there being a huge market to buy a used iMac for over a thousand when you can pay a little more and get peace of mind from purchasing one brand new.

    Did you find it easy or difficult? Did you add AppleCare? Was it through Craigslist or eBay?
  2. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I posted an ad on craigslist for my MacBook Pro and sold it the day I posted. I bought an iMac with the money I made.
    it was really easy for me :)
  3. Greyson76 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2011
    Selling an iMac isn't as easy as selling other Apple hardware, due to its size. You can't carry one into a Starbucks or Borders and show that it works as easily as you can a MacBook, and I'm not all that keen on inviting a parade of Craig's List strangers into my house or carrying a $1,000 piece of hardware into a Craig's List stranger's house. eBay involves fees and shipping/insurance. I've ended up selling to friends of friends or to family members when possible (slowly converting the family to Macs to lessen the amount of tech support I need to do), usually at a discount, and eBay when it's not.

    Mine have been 3+ years old, so AppleCare wasn't an option.
  4. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    I would imagine that being able to sell on Craig's List would ultimately depend on where you live and the demand for the machine.

    By the way, you did not make any money. Making money implies that you gained more than you spent. You only got some of what you spent back.
  5. smali macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2010
    Hmm, I reckon wait a little for the excitement over the new line of imacs. Then again I doubt anyone would pay much for a 2 year old imac these days (just look at performance gains on the new imacs).

    Though I remember the days of selling on old mac gear for almost the cost I bought it at.

    This year I decided I'm tired of buying and selling just to keep (relatively) current and go the whole hog and get a mac pro I can upgrade as and when my professional needs require it.
  6. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    I figure my 2009 i5 27 inch iMac won't be hard to sell. Its not truly outdated. The screen alone is fantastic and is a good selling point.

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