How long did it take you to sell your mac on craigslist?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Eggtastic, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    *** I AM NOT SELLING ANYTHING ON HERE, just a description of what it is so I can get feedback from members so move along moderators.

    I posted my 06' MBP on craigslist on June 3rd. I am including all the original documentation, boxing, and cables. I also am throwing a few extras (wireless mighty mouse, MS office 2004, Incase sleeve) I replaced the battery and optical drive. It runs great, some normal wear and tear and I feel the price is great (i would tell you but i feel this will get flagged for trying to sell something not in marketplace) Basically i compared it to ebay listings and drop it some. No one is biting though, and I don't want to go through the hassel of shipping through ebay with fees.

    So how long did it take to sell your machine? I want to get rid of mine soon to upgrade to the new MBA.

    If you did sell on ebay, how was your experience?
  2. ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    I have sold two MacBook Pro's on CL in the past. They both took about 1-2 weeks to sell. Lots of low-balling, negotiating and headaches involved, but I honestly think Craig's is the best way to go. Be sure to include high quality images of exactly what you're selling, that's highly important. And as always, use common sense - meet at a public place, bring a friend, no bills over $100, etc.

    Be patient! You wanna get the best offer you can get, don't appear desperate to any one potential buyer.
  3. NicoleRichie macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have sold on all sites with success (amazon, eBay, craigslist). I feel if your item is priced correctly it will sell fast. Just because you fixed things does not really increase value. Price it to sell.
  4. kjmff5 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2011
    It really depends on your market. I am from San Diego. I posted my MBP and sold it in 2 hours(I was amazed too). There is a great demand in SD, granted I was selling an 2009 MBP. Just look at your local craigslist and see how many people are selling macs.
  5. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    If you're not getting any bites, I'm assuming your price - from the POV of potential buyers - is still too high, pretty simple. If you want to unload it soon, you will have to drop the price to spur more interest, or just wait for your luck to bring you the perfect buyer.
  6. Eggtastic thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    thanks for the replies. maybe ill offer an "OBO" on my title to see what i can get.
  7. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    I think it depends a lot on the market, a large market will get lots of bites (and lots spammers and scammers). I recently sold in a mid-size market and it took a week. I sold a computer that is still on the refurb store and priced my mac $100 less than that. I had already tried ebay but that failed because I set my opening bid too high, which was the same price I sold it for on Craigslist. So, I didn't have to pay the high ebay/paypal fees although ebay did still charge me a listing fee even though I listed under a "no fee" email offer they sent me.

    A 2006 computer, even in great shape, is still 4 years old so maybe you are expecting too much (especially if it is core duo and not core 2 duo). Also, all the extras cost you precious money but aren't going to be seen as too valuable to potential buyers. I see people list the same thing on craigslist week after week and dropping the price a little each week until it is gone- so that is a strategy you could try if you aren't in a real rush to sell. If your market isn't big enough to sell your computer then just try ebay, at least it will sell, even if it doesn't fetch the price you want.
  8. Thenubsauce macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Buying on craigslist

    I've been trying to buy a macbook pro on craigslist, and I must say the process is a little frustrating. From a buyer's point of view, I don't understand the high prices people are setting. From my point of view, it doesn't matter what the owner paid for the original computer. (but owners seem to be all about that, as if anyone actually cares) All I look at is how much do I have to pay for a new computer vs this used one, and from this point of view, I don't see how anyone is selling. I actually think most people take their ad down after a while because they would rather keep it then drop the price any lower.

    Any sellers have had this experience?

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