I am looking to trade a Macbook Pro for an iMac... Where is a good place to do that?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cje2n, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. cje2n macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2016
    I am trying to find a good place to find people willing to do trades rather than buy/sell only. Does anyone have any recommendations for that? Also, I feel as though my trade is a fair one currently. Any feedback on the validity of my trade offer is also welcomed. The trade is as follows...

    According to the most reputable aftermarket Mac exchange website "Powermax" the retail exchange rate for these exact specifications through them is $1270 for my Macbook Pro and $1150 for the 27" iMac I am looking to trade for...

    Specifications for this Macbook Pro:

    -2.2GHz i7 Processor

    -750GB Internal Hard Drive

    -16GB Upgraded Ram

    -AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 Graphics Card

    -15" Screen

    I am specifically looking for a mid 2011 iMac 27" with the following specs:

    -3.1GHz i5 processor

    -1TB Hard Drive

    -4GB or better of RAM

    -AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB

    -27" Screen
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think your best bet is to just sell it, and then find something that's in line with your needs - I'm not sure there's many sites around that offer trades.
  3. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    It looks like you have the 2011 15" MBP with USB 2.0, right? If so, why are you looking to downgrade to an iMac?

    The reason I say "downgrade" is due to a few factors: the MBP has a quad core i7 versus the iMac's quad core i5 from the same generation, the MBP can support a higher resolution on a secondary display than the native display of the iMac itself, the iMac won't have the capability of being upgraded with an additional SSD unless it was initially ordered with that configuration, and the MBP has 2 GPUs where as the iMac only has 1.

    I can understand if you're attempting to trade for the upgrade in available VRAM for the GPU or for the ability to install more than 16GB RAM, but I don't think you're going to be happy with the performance of the imac's i5s after being used to the i7s. Not to mention the fact that you can easily RAID your current system with 2 SSDs and not only outperform the CPU of the iMac, but the R/W speeds of the MBP would also double what the iMac could do.

    In my opinion, the only iMac I would consider as a viable trade for your MBP would be the 3.4GHz i7 27". THAT machine would at least slightly outperform your current system, support 2 additional displays, support more RAM, and have better graphics performance. Mostly though, I would keep what you have for sure. The potential of your current powerful and portable Mac has yet to be realized!

    Anyway, I hope that this helped somewhat.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I agree with RedCroissant just get a 27 inch 1440p monitor and use it with your MacBook to get the desktop experience with minimal hassle.

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