Price Advice How much is my mac worth?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fongyuen, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. fongyuen macrumors 6502

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    thinking about selling my late 2008 17" mbp for the rmbp but i'm not quite sure how much it's worth.

    it's got 2.5ghz core 2 duo, 6gb ram, 320gb 7200 drive (or i can leave my 256 crucial m4 in it and charge extra), glossy 1920x1200 lcd, upgraded to Lion. the machine is very clean, used a keyboard cover for nearly all of the past 4 years. can anyone help give an estimate on how much I can sell this for? thanks.
     
  2. Cisco_Kid macrumors 6502

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    Check eBay, Craig's List for comparison; watch a few sell on eBay and you'll have an idea then mate.
     
  3. medulla macrumors regular

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    If you're planning on buying another MacBook with the amount you receive use http://www.powermax.com/, I think they're prices offered are actually pretty good..
     
  4. fongyuen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    k, thanks. i checked out powermax and sent in a request, hopefully they'll get back to me with a favorable answer.

    and i'll check out ebay as well to see what's out there.

    did anyone sell a similar mbp recently in order to buy the rmbp? were you able to get a good price?
     
  5. medulla macrumors regular

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    I haven't sold mine yet but I did send in a request a couple of months ago for my early 2008 MacBook Pro..

    It was a 2.6ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB Ram and a 512MB graphic card. 200GB Hard Drive. Brand new battery. Under a 'very good' condition and they quoted me around $575.
     
  6. brand macrumors 601

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    That sounds like a fair price. No four your old PC would fetch that.
     
  7. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    You can also check Mac2Sell to get an idea on your MBP's current value.
     
  8. medulla macrumors regular

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    Yeah excellent according to me..
    Apple was giving me $320 if I'm not mistaken.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As others have suggested, you can check Mac2Sell, eBay (including completed sales), or Amazon for prices of similar models, to get an idea of what you may be able to charge. Then adjust your price to account for condition, configuration, remaining AppleCare coverage (if any), etc.
     
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    No matter what the topic the answer is look at the comps. Recent comparable sales are always your best bet.
     
  11. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    And you know they will sell it themselves for much more so you figure you could probably sell it privately for 650-700$
     
  12. fongyuen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    appreciate all the responses everyone, thanks!
     
  13. medulla macrumors regular

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    Looking at past sales on Ebay didn't show that.. But I'd still sacrifice a little bit of the money to sell it on Ebay or privately rather than Powermax. Through powermax you'd get credit and I would rather have the other option..
     
  14. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    I sold a 2007 MBP, about 3 weeks ago, with lesser specs than yours for 600$ (though I did throw in a few, useless, accessories). It took 1 hour to find a buyer on Craigslist from the time that I posted it, in the afternoon, and the next morning it was sold. I've had similar experiences with numerous other Apple products.

    Put it up on Craigslist for 700, wait a day to see how much interest you get. People will offer you less than 700 anyway, but you may be lucky and find someone who will buy it. I never expected to actually sell my 2007 for 600, I was thinking more like 550, or perhaps even less, but was pleasantly surprised to see otherwise. You can always go lower if no one shows any interest.
     
  15. dhartung02 macrumors 6502

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    I sold my 2008 Non unibody 15" Macbook Pro, 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive, 200 cycle battery, in very good condition for $600 today.
     
  16. fongyuen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Powermax quoted me $775. not too shabby (i think) but probably still lower than market value. i still need to check out the new rmbp in person to see if i want to make the switch....
     
  17. casparro macrumors newbie

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    WorthMonkey

    Just to throw another one in the mix. For macs and more generalized electronics, you can use worthmonkey.com. Its search based so you can "tweak" the results based on additional keywords like "jailbroken" or "retina".

    Also, full disclosure, I built the site. =)
     

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