How much will the 2012 MBP devale the 2011 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phaedarus, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. phaedarus macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2008
    I've read quite a few speculations on the price of secondhand 2011s plummeting following the release of the 2012 MBP.

    I currently own a late 2011 MBP and while it will serve me just fine for some time, I'm anxious to avoid being caught in a similar circumstance where I found my old G4 Powermac valued much the same as a heavy metal doorstop with the release of the Intel Macs.

    The 2011 MBPs themselves were considered a radical upgrade from the 2010 MBPs, what affect did they have on the resale value of those MBPs?

    If the 2012 MBP is as revolutionary as the rumors claim, how would much would I stand to lose selling the 2011 after the fact?
  2. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Anywhere from marginal to a lot.

    I'd say it's gonna be revolutionary. Maybe even evolutionary.
  3. EwanMcTeagle macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2012
    Lodz, Poland
    From what I see in Poland older (2008-2011) MBPS hold from 50 to 75% of their original price, depending on the specs. The previous form model MPBS are being sold for 10% to 30% of their original price also depending on the specs.
    But these are used computers, so I presume it may look similar with the 2012 MBPS thought they'll keep their price better IMHO. I wonder how much will the prices of new (not used) 2012 MBPs?
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Nobody knows. These kinds of questions are always pretty pointless.
  5. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    it is meant to be a milestone so chances are more than a standard refresh.
  6. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    That's ridiculous. I doubt for a second a 2010 MBP is being sold for 10% of its original price. Assuming the entry-level one - That's the equivalent of £100 here which would have everybody buying them. I've not seem them for less than around. £500. 2011s are probably around £700
  7. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    If the new MacBook Pros are as resolutionary as I expect then everyone will be rushing to sell their old ones, and prices will plummet.
  8. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    I don't think that this will be the case. To most consumers a laptop of any kind is a four or five year item. When I go to my local Apple Store's Genius Bar I see lots of older Macs. This forum is a very small percentage of the total Mac-user population. We get the latest Macs, most people don't. No matter how revolutionary the new MBPs are, most people will stick to what they've got. Sure, prices will drop, but it won't be a mass exodus of old Macs hitting eBay.
  9. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    If the rumours are to go by, the new MBP will be thinner, mostly because of the lack of an optical drive, and will be a tad more powerful (around 5-15% realistically). Not a revolutionary change by any means.

    As a relatively late buyer of a 2011 model, the only thing that would make me upgrade would be a higher resolution display, nothing else; in my case, this wouldn't make me upgrade. I'm willing to bet that the same will be said by virtually all 2011 owners, particularly the 13" and 15" models.

    A redesign doesn't necessarily mean a revolutionary change. Of course, there will be plenty of 2010 owners switching to the newer models, if they really, really require the extra power.
  10. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    #10're basically asking what are tomorrow night's lotto numbers.

    Nobody knows. If you're comfortable with using your current rig for a few years then it really doesn't matter what the 2nd hand market is going to be for current gen MBPs.
  11. huythanhv2 macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2010
    I still cannot get over how the (4 cores) 2011 one burned my (maxed out) 2010!!!

    She's still going stronger than ever though :p
  12. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    it will be worth $4.75 when the new one drops, but ill give you $20 to sell it now
  13. TJ5921 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I have an i5 mid-2010 MBP w/ antiglare and upgraded to 8 gb ram with lion installed. I love this machine and could easily see myself having it for another 3-5 years but I am considering selling it and essentially swapping it for a 2012 13 in. MBA or 13 in. MBP. It's a tough decision because the longer I wait to upgrade, the less money I'd get for my 2010. I'm guessing I could get around $1,200 for my mbp which would basically pay for the 13 in mba or mbp. Any thoughts?
  14. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    Who cares abou value...? I value my souped-up 2010 MBP running strong on Snow Leopard even more... You want a 2012 MBP running on a buggy Lion, be my guest... :rolleyes:
  15. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    Lion isn't buggy for me, and I can always run Snow Leopard on my 2011 MBP. lol
  16. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    There is a significant difference between a G4 Power Mac and an Intel Power Mac. You skipped the G5 CPUs altogether and presumably got years of satisfactory use out of your Mac. It's understandable that the G4 wasn't worth much when the Intel Macs were introduced.

    I purchased a Mac 7300 604e CPU just two months before the G3 Macs came out. At the time I was a newbie and I was not aware of Apple product cycles or resources on the Internet for keeping up on rumored hardware updates. If I had purchased a G3 Mac I would have been able to get another couple of years out of my Mac.

    As it turned out I kept the Mac for over five years but I didn't use it much the last couple of years. In the end I couldn't find a buyer and I gave away a system that had originally cost me around $5000.

    I don't expect the rumored 2012 update to be revolutionary. And I'm concerned that Apple may use the same LCD in the MBP that is used in the MBA. Depending on what Apple does with the MBP I may forgo a 2012 MBP and snag a heavily discounted 2011 model. Most of my Macs have been purchased after new models were introduced; I've saved up to 50% on a new previous-generation Mac. When I later sold the Macs I have tended to recoup much of my purchase price.

    If you must have the Latest and Greatest you pay for the privilege, including potentially dealing with hardware and software bugs. I prefer getting a great deal and remaining debt-free.
  17. EwanMcTeagle macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2012
    Lodz, Poland
    You are right, I was a bit off.
    Here are some examples of Polish prices for used MBPs - 99 GBP with 2 days left - 176 GBP now with 1 hour left

    newer, CoreDuo MBP - Buy now for 491 GBP - 393 GBP, 20 hrs left, no one bidding

    Apple MacBook White 13,3" 2.1 GHz - Buy now for 393 GBP - buy now for 412 GBP

    And you're right, the i5 MBP is almost 700 GBP: - 688 GBP.

    But still that's just absurd, because you can get a new MBP for 700 GBP in the US -

    PS. That's why I'll be buying one there and having a friend of a friend getting it for me. Paying around 1000 GBP for a new one in Poland is a misunderstanding - when an average wage is around 500 GBP and I earn almost 2x average wage and I would still struggle to buy a new MBP from a Polish retailer.
  18. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    There is no misunderstanding. You should spend more time working and less time mucking about on the internet, comrade!


    But if it's thinner, then surely it should be LESS expensive since we're getting less. I think this means that the 2011 modes will actually INCREASE in price because there is more aluminium. Of course, this is also highly dependant on the prices of aluminium in the next couple of weeks.
  19. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    10% is too low, but the upper limit is closer to 50% - hardly anything close to 75%.

    Even trying to sell a 6 mo 2011MBP with AppleCare (2.75 remaining) and 8GB of (faster-than-stock) RAM, and other souped up specs, with case in same condition as I'd bought it in, and for $200 less than a refub stock model off of Apple's site at the time, nobody bought despite some followers to the auction... I'd sold less for more in the past and have a 100% rating, but in this day and age people want more for less -- much less. Than even fair value given the condition of a product...
  20. funnyatleast macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I wouldn't agree with this. I usually sell my MBP every year after each refresh (8months ish) and I usually sell them easily for 1000. I always get the base price on 13inch, nothing added.
  21. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    you can expect better battery life, usb 3, amd 7xxx video card, and probably 8 gb of ram standard in the 15". The rest is ambiguous.
  22. EwanMcTeagle macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2012
    Lodz, Poland


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