How much can you realistically sell a $2000 iMac for 2 years down the road?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kendo, May 30, 2011.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I recently purchased the high-end 2011 iMac for $2000 with no changes in configuration. I plan on upgrading every two years. Since I bought AppleCare, I figure it would be easy to sell in it's third year since it will still be covered by a 1 year warranty.

    After my corporate discount of 6%, tax, and AppleCare, I paid roughly $2200. Is it feasible to think that I can sell my iMac for at least $1400 two years from now? If I take a $800 loss, that amounts to $400 each year, or essentially having an iMac for a little over $1 per day which to me is outstanding.

    I guess a good way to judge is to see how a 2.66GHz Core i5 mode from late 2009 would sell today. Would I get at least $1400 for a $2000 iMac two years from now?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The 2.8GHz i7 from 2009 goes for 1369$ in the refurb store. I don't remember the price of 2.66GHz i5 in the refurb store but my guess would be around 1250$ (not available anymore). Refurbs come with full 1-year warranty which is expandable to 3 years with Apple core so IMHO, the 2.66GHz i5 from 2009 should not be worth much more than 1100$, max 1200$. Then again, eBay shows prices of 1300-1400$ but they are buy now deals so it's hard to say.

    I would say 1400$ is possible but you would have to be very lucky. 1100$ would be a safe bet.
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I think selling it for $1400 would be reasonable. I mean, I guess it can be a little hard to say if some big breakthrough in hardware occurs over those 2 years so that the iMac depreciates dramatically.
  4. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Still only amounts to roughly $1.50 per day. Can't believe the iMac holds such great value.
  5. DolemiteJackson macrumors member

    May 6, 2006
    As long as hardware evolutions remain relatively static, I'd think it would still bring $1200- $1400.
  6. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    Computers aren't really investments but Macs do have great value. I usually get a new macbook pro every 2 years since they switched to intel chips. I sold my 2006 Macbook in 2008 for $750 on craigslist. My 2008 macbook for 800 in 2010. I sold my 2010 Macbook pro 13 base model for $950 last week on craigslist.....

    It really does well but then again its based on your location. I go to school in Boston but am in CT and craiglist in CT blows.
  7. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Go on Ebay and check out what the 2 yr old originally $2000 imacs have sold for in the past 2 weeks.
  8. pauljbax macrumors member


    Apr 16, 2005
    I just sold a MBP 17 inch from March of 2009 for 1250.00 in eBay so that is pretty good I think (had apple care).

    However, I have read that if you would have bought a 2000 laptop from Apple in 2002 but instead of buying the laptop, had invested in Apple stock...

    Well, you know the ending.

    I read this a couple years the time, you would have made 70 thousand...
  9. Hirakata macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2011
    Burbank, CA
    $1400 is doable, but I wouldn't use the words "at least" though. I'm on the two year cycle and buy a new Mac every two years, selling my old one. I always get at least 50% of its original price. I may be able to squeeze out an extra $100 or so, but I'd rather just sell it quick and be done with it.

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