Price Advice How Much is My Mac Pro Worth?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by matty1551, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. matty1551 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2009

    Some may call me crazy, but I'm considering using my 09 Macbook Pro as my desktop. I don't do much in the way of utilizing my Mac Pro's power and I can't even leave it one for more than a few hours at a time because of how much it heats up my room!

    If I were to sell, How much do you think it would be worth?

    09 Mac Pro
    -1x2.66 Xeon
    -24 GB RAM
    -Nvidia GTX680 MAC
    -2 TB HD
  2. iBug2 macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    I'm guessing below 1K. Old Mac Pro's are not selling for much these days. But at least yours has a considerably new GPU which is alone worth around 200$ second hand.
  3. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL

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  4. Lucas Godfrey macrumors 6502

    Lucas Godfrey

    Jul 12, 2010
    Somewhere between Here and There
    don't be so ridiculous, apples recycle program historically has offered a low value option.
    best to look on ebay for what other units are selling at. in the uk that might have sold for about £700

    for comparison, i just ran my 3 week old Haswell retina 15" through and that site will give me $758. which is abysmal.
  5. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    Well it's the recycle value. Great if you want to be environmentally responsible with old hardware, but obviously not worth it if your hardware can get real use out in the world :)

    2009 Macs are going for under $1000 now, although you've got plenty of RAM and a better card. You can try $1000 and you might get it (hell I sold a 2008 MBP beaten up to hell and a malfunctioning optical drive and I got $500 for it.)
  6. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Kelly Bluebook isn't ridiculous for car prices, it is a standard. I was providing a standard. Your device is not worth more than $758. Asking more is ridiculous. The standard says so. Used values rarely impress the owner.

    My 2 week old MBPr ( maxed out ) is only worth $1041. I just paid a little over $3000 for it. I could take a risk and sell it on eBay for probably $1500, but I doubt that I would get much more.
  7. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    KBB is very different than recycle value of an item
  8. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Thanks for the laugh! Always a sucker out there.
  9. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    I'll buy your rMBP for $1500...and then turn around and sell it for at least $2500.

    I paid $2700 for an iMac in late 2012 new, and sold it on eBay in April for $2350, and it sold within 24 hours of posting it.

    You don't know what you're talking about, and are relying on some crappy service to give you a laughably low amount of money for your machine. A better judge is to see how much they're selling for on eBay.
  10. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    That is the funniest thing I've read here in a LONG time, and that's saying something.

    KBB is for completely uninformed people who want to feel like they know more than they do. The next time KBB writes a check for a car will be the first. And the next time someone buys one from KBB will be the first.
  11. 960design, Jul 11, 2014
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    960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I've only assisted in getting a fair starting value for a product. Please forgive me for attempting to help someone.


    I'm on a two year cycle, I will contact you in two years for the purchase of my MBPr. Thank you! I'm sorry you missed the opportunity to purchase my last MBP, late 2011, max specs (16GB ect )


    As is apple's recycle pricing. A fantastic starting place for 'uninformed people' that post questions here, seeking assistance.
  12. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Indeed. They are all around me; as well as unhelpful pundits.
  13. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    If you really trying to help of for getting a fair starting value, why not use the correct model?

    Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 20.42.35.jpg

    You gave him something 67.7% lower than what you called "fair"!
  14. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I've only provided an example, not a fair value quote. I stated that we did not have enough information to provide an accurate quote.

    Thank you for assisting the OP, by answering his question more accurately than I.
  15. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I just bought a 2008 Mac Pro with 23" ACD for $550 and think I got a pretty good deal. Your system should sell for more than that.
  16. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    OP -

    The obvious and unhelpful answer is that it's worth whatever someone will pay you for it.

    The best way to assess what someone might buy it for is to review what similar models have actually sold for on eBay. I say eBay because it allows you to see what the actual selling price of an item is. Craigslist and others do not - and oftentimes the listed price is far higher than is justified.

    With yours, the RAM and graphics card especially will make direct comparisons difficult. Find the ones that most closely match what you have, average them out, and then add or subtract a percentage as appropriate for condition, extras, etc.

    You should do the same for similar models - there are 8 core 2.26 GHz 2009 MPs selling in the $700-800 range.

    Just as an off the cuff estimate, based on a cursory look at quad-core 2009 models, you're probably looking in that $700-800 range. The value of the RAM and graphics card helps offset the quad core vs. octo-core. You might luck out and find someone who needs the graphics card or RAM more than the extra cores, but I think most people would go for the 8 core model over the quad.

    Hope that makes sense and helps somewhat. All the best with your sale.

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