How Do MBPs Keep Up Such Good Retail Value?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MICHAELSD, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    I just saw an almost like new 2.33GHz model with nothing special included from one and half years and two (almost three) generations ago go for $1800 on eBay. How do Macs keep up such good resale value? For $200 more someone could've gotten a new 2.4GHz MBP with an 8600M GT, a refurbished model, or waited for the Montevina refresh. That sounds great to be able to sell a one and a half year old year-old Mac and only pay $200 more to get a completely new one that will be a lot faster (for games and 3D modeling at least). How do Macs keep up such good resale value, even with cheaper refurbished models and similar $2k models?
     
  2. m1stake macrumors 68000

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  3. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Kool-aid plus a healthy dose of reality distortion field every few months. :p

    The truth of it is that people want Macs and will buy them. That keeps prices higher and is a good thing for people like me that like to upgrade once per year. :D
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Same reason a nice Ferrari from 10 years ago keeps it's value unlike a Honda or Ford
     
  5. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Its simply because of the software. This is why even the age old g4 chipsets that are equivalent to Pentium III in performance are still selling for $800-$900 on the 15" and 17" powerbooks.

    Old hardware + OSX = still runs great especially now since intel it runs really fast even if its a generation or two older.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If Acer gets a Ferrari computer and Asus get a Lamborgini computer, I think Apples would be the Rolls Royce of computers.
     
  7. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Yup - I don't understand how I eBay my macbook pro every 18 months and buy a new one and only lose about $200 to $400 in the process... No way i'd buy my computer for the amount I'm selling it for.
     
  8. terin5124 macrumors newbie

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    I bought a Core Duo MacBook when they came out, and sold it for $100 less than I bought it for two years later, and all I threw in was a $40 sleeve.

    I was excited... and upgrading to a MacBook Pro cost me a lot less than I had planned.
     

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