Hi, in case somebody wants to use the current MBP 16" for 2-3 years and then move on the to next week, in terms of CPU, RAM and SSD size, which configuration has better resale value if selling back to Apple? 16GB or 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD or 2TB SSD?
I am a bit confused about the two. Is absolute dollars (getting more money back) a better means of comparison?in terms of % of original price or absolute dollars?
if the former, option 1.
if the latter, option 4.
For example, I would rather get $1500 back on a $2000 computer (higher %) vs. get $3000 back on a $5000 computer (more absolute dollars).I am a bit confused about the two. Is absolute dollars (getting more money back) a better means of comparison?
Whichever lose less money is better.For example, I would rather get $1500 back on a $2000 computer (higher %) vs. get $3000 back on a $5000 computer (more absolute dollars).
I'm not sure which you are considering to be "better" resale, because one option will give you a higher % back (the cheapest option) whereas another option will give you the highest absolute dollars back (the most expensive option).
Yes, I think I heard something like that before. Does that apply to both RAM and SSD?I would say as a general rule of thumb that you shouldn't expect to get a large amount of money back from upgrades.
It's not that related. Notice that he reviews what you get for the extra money. After a year or two, your resale also competes against updated models. You can see from the resale sites that upgrades don't bring a lot of additional resale value. They contribute somewhat, but treating a depreciable item like an investment does not work (unless of course you purchase it to facilitate work).This seems to be related.
If you want to save the most money, get the cheapest model that will satisfy your need. The more expensive the machine, the more the resale value will tank.Whichever lose less money is better
Well, look at it like this: the fancy high-end i9 is going to be much less capable that a CPU in a base model (and maybe even inferior to the 13” model). There will be just no point in paying premium for it. People in the second hand market are looking to save money after all. As you mention, 32GB might be a bit different, but still, it depends on what is standard in 6 years. It is not impossible that customer CPUs will come with integrated 16GB of stacked L4 cache and SSDs will be one so fast that having RAM as a buffer becomes obsolete...I may be wrong but I guess since base model is quite good already, they are popular among those who don't spend too much.
Good analysis. So unless one needs to have 2TB in the machine on the go all the time, it is better to stay with 1TB SSD and get an external SSD or NAS which can be used on any machine even the current MBP 16" 2019 is retired.Basically every single upgrade you add will depreciate more steeply than the computer as a whole. Therefore a stock i9 machine may lose 50% of its value over 2 years, a stock i9 machine with the $400 2TB upgrade will loose the same 50% but probably more like 80% on the $400 storage option, so it won't be worth $400 more than the base 1TB machine anymore, more like $80-100 more.
Because nobody in their right mind is taking a huge loss on a computer that at very oldest is less than two months old.I went to Apple Trade In but the system does not show trade-in value for MacBook Pro 16" yet. It does not accept 2019 MacBook Pro. How come?