I need an older cheap Macbook...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bmstrong, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502

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    To use for the next 3-6 months. I need to use it for iTunes, I want to scan and use as a document holder, WiFi, a place to hold my iPhone, and WWW surfing. Must run SL! I don't play any games. It's very clear that the next 3-6 months will bring major change to the Apple line up but I need something now as a stopgap, under $1000, is what I'm looking at spending. Even better if it hits the $500 mark or below. Used or new I care not, nor do I care if it's a previous generation or two back. I'd prefer a laptop.

    Suggestions? What should I look at and where should I be looking?
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Well, if you have $1000 to spend you could get a NEW MB.

    I haven't checked eBay or Craigslist, but I imagine you could pick up a used MB or iMac for $500-ish. Just make sure it's an Intel model, or it won't run SL.
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Techrestore.com has some refurb with 30 day warranty.
     
  4. shrm03 macrumors member

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    I might be looking to sell my 2 1/2 year old MacBook soon... I will PM you if I decide to put it on eBay.
     
  5. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Try CL in your area, after consulting with www.mac2sell.net . Good luck!

    On 2nd thought, the applestore is down. Look if you want to, but check back to see if-just in case-they raise the features and/or drop the price on the macbook.
     
  6. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a

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    I got a 2ghz white macbook. Interested?
     
  7. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Fascinating. I wonder what the 1st generation 13/15 Unibodies run for, used? That might work...
     
  8. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    you'll get a refurbished unibody for $899 here...refurbs are as good as new...sometimes better as they are checked for any defects...save $100 for apple care or RAM and hdd upgrade(which i don't think you'll need...):)
     
  9. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    sorry posted the same thing twice...if anyone can delete this then please do :)
     
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    If you're handy with repairing laptops, your best bet would be to find a broken MacBook and repair it yourself.

    I got myself a very nice white MacBook for ~$330 total. The MacBook itself was $275 and has a broken LCD. I bought a new LCD off eBay for $60, and repaired it. Works good as new!
     
  11. Cricketman macrumors regular

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    Are you sure you're willing to drop over a grand on a stop gap computer? You can look into getting a midranged Dell or something for the time being at around $600?
     
  12. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    Buy a white MacBook on craigslist. Can be had for $650, and it will run SL.
     
  13. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. Anyone use Gainsaver?

    http://www.gainsaver.com/catalog/List.aspx?CCode=1015^Apple&CCode=2763^Macbook+Air

    There's a couple Books and Air's I might be able to use.
     
  14. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    you might want to search these forums....IIRC there's a rather long thread about Gainsaver that you should check out
     
  15. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    If you are close to a Microcenter, they have the previous gen white MB 2.13 for $800. Or I think Apple has them for $850 for refurbs.
     
  16. nick1516 macrumors 6502a

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    The macbooks were just updated, why not get a new one?:confused:
     

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