Price Advice How much is my rMBP worth?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by .psd, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. .psd macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Please note I'm not trying to advertise this here! Looking to sell on ebay or CL or whatever and figured you guys could help me decide a price.

    15" rMBP
    i7 2.6GHz
    8GB RAM
    512GB Storage

    Purchased in January. Brand new condition, all packaging and parts and receipt included. Confirmed to have Samsung display and memory, for whatever that's worth. What would you value this at?
  2. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    Wondering the same about my 15" rMBP, it has 2.7, 16gb, 768gb, applecare. Asked $3000 on kijiji but not getting any offers over 2200.
  3. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    So much for Apple products not depreciating :) I guess that only applies if you get the base model. Guess I'm waiting out the Haswell update.
  4. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    2000 max, might have to go a bit lower. The Apple refurb store is selling the exact same unit for 2019$.


    Apple's refurb store sells this one for 2620, so 3k is too high an ask, and the 2.2k offers are too low.


    Well, they tend to hold their values pretty good, but the value that holds steady has to be slightly below the Refurb price. The current rates for the 15" are pretty high, around 17-19% discounts from the original price. The 13" are only getting 15% in comparison, which is still pretty good, but nothing like the 17" and MBAs which are well over 20% discounts.
  5. katmeef, Jun 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010

    Thanks, I'll lower the price to 2500. Still a deal for a buyer as saving tax + applecare + 120 off the price of refurb.

    I paid $4293 incl. taxes for the machine 10 months ago (before Apple went and lowered the prices mid-cycle) plus another $428 for the applecare this month, will loose over 50% selling for $2500!
  6. hypobid macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    I believe you can "return" AppleCare, whereby Apple will refund you a prorated amount. You might be able to recoup some dollars there... Just a thought...

    Needless to say, the value of pretty much all electronics seems to drop quickly over time. Apple products, without a doubt, seem to hold the most value. But what I've found is that the base, least expensive models seem to hold the most value, mainly b/c most people simply cannot afford the top models, so naturally, the top models will almost always take the biggest hit, unfortunately.

    I buy and sell electronics all the time - cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc., and prior to each purchase, I always ask myself, "If I had to sell this tomorrow, would I be able to recoup most of my money?" If the answer is no, I will not make the purchase. I've always been able to do pretty well b/c I always try to buy open boxed items, refurbished items, or items on Craigslist, and I never buy the top models. And I always swap out my electronics before they lose too much value (every year or so).

    Back in January, I purchased a basically brand new 13" rMBP with 256 GB for $1400 on Craigslist. I have used it every single day since. I plan on selling it in a few months before the value drops too much. Hopefully, I'll get ~$1000 for it. I don't mind a $400 hit, given the amount I've used this laptop :)

    Bottom line, if you're not planning to hold onto your electronics for a very long time, I would not recommend buying higher end models. You'll always take the biggest hit with the higher end models, in term of resale (at least from my experience).
  7. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    Good advice, of course at the time last year I was planning on keeping it for a long time. I still want to as it's such an awesome machine, however; as it happens my priorities have changed and I could use the money for a cheaper Macbook and some other things...
  8. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    I keep getting offers for 2200 and noone wants to go higher it seems... Teetering if I should take it?

    2600 + 379 applecare + tax (canadian 13%) = $3366. That would get the same machine refurb and 3 years warranty.

    I'm selling this machine, one year old about and with 2 years remaining warranty. $3366/3 * 2=2244.

    So maybe 2200 is good? what to do..
  9. SilverOath macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I don't know exchange rates (I say this because you mention Canadian tax rates). So this all might be skewed.

    I just sold my 2012 i7 2.7 / 16 / 512. I have had it listed over over a month in a fairly high-population area (Sacramento) and my best offer was only $2050. It also had ~2 years 4 months left on warranty. So I'd say $2200 for the lower model with less of a warranty sounds like a great deal.

    On the other hand it will not lose any value until the new rMBP Haswell Edition is released; however, no one seems to have any definitive idea of when that will be. So it's always a wild card - could be next week, or several months away - but the day that happen you'd probably be lucky to fetch 1600.

    Just make sure you meet at a safe place and deal locally.


    AVOID EBAY like the plague when you end up selling it. It is rife with scams and 'seller protections' means very little as many scams can get around them causing eBay and PayPal to side with the buyer.

    I'd say ~1800 to 2000 would be a good price based on what I see them for in San Francisco area.

    Sell it on Craigslist and meet at a safe and secure spots (no easy place for a thief to grab and run). I'd suggest an Apple Store, Bank with security guard (ask for a escort if 'buyer' decides they need to think on it and call you back), or Police Station. I had the unfortunate experience of learning that walking to my car 20 feet from a bank is enough space for a 'fishing' "buyer" to assault and rob you.
  10. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    How come you're selling it? Maybe worth to keep it to use?
  11. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    Lawyer expenses :(
  12. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Ouch. Hope it works out for you.
  13. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    It will thanks. Lawyer happily took the huge wad of money accumulated through selling the retina Macbook and iPad on kijiji... will all be worth it when we get a child though! :)
  14. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Nice! The good times are about to begin.

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