Is it safe to buy a MacBook from ebay?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iboy38, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. iboy38 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2009
    Waldorf, MD
    I really want a MacBook but I can't afford to buy a brand new one is is it a good idea to buy a used white or black one from Ebay? Has anyone done this before???
  2. Drewsky87 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2008
    It's different with every seller, just be cautious is all anyone can tell you. Have you looked at the referb store? May not be as cheap as ebay but they're good quality and come with the warranty.
  3. iboy38 thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2009
    Waldorf, MD
    yeah, even the referb store is too expensive for me:( (I'm 16 BTW). You think I'll be able to buy one for about $600?
  4. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    Buy from a reputable dealer. Make sure they give you plenty of information and pictures. Make sure that you get the serial number to look up the warranty as well.
  5. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Just remember to look at the sellers feedback etc. There is a lot of scammers on ebay now.
  6. AlexStenberg macrumors newbie


    Feb 26, 2009
    I was originally going to get a macbook off of ebay, but I decided to just save up some more and get a new choice I could have made.

    16 is old enough to get a job, so go get one and start saving.
  7. tayloralmond macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    Michigan, USA
    Well do you have to have a macbook? You could buy a mac mini, which has the same specs as the new macbooks for around 600 brand new. Just plug up some PC peripherals (monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.) and you'd be good to go.
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...get a job and ask your parents to loan you the rest of the $$ you need until you can get a few paychecks rolling it to pay them back.
  9. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    If you buy from ebay meet up with the seller of pick up in person, I have brought a few in the past and savings can be substantial.
  10. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Just read feedback. 1000+ positives is usually a good thing.
  11. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    ... not just the # of position feedback, more importantly, a few (3+) positive recently feedback from those that bought Macbooks from this seller.
  12. hoffmant macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    If you do your research and are careful, sure. It's probably always going to be a bit of a gamble, though.

    I bought mine from eBay last fall. I watched for a couple of weeks and bought one that looked safe. I got it when MS Live was offering 30% cashback if you used their search and PayPal, too, so I got $200 off the asking price. Turned out to be an incredibly sweet deal--a 1-year old 2.0GHz blackbook for just over $500.
  13. bobriot macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I scoured ebay for a while and for all the work you would have to put into buying a half decent MB and all the uncertainty you would have as to it's reliability I would advise against purchasing from ebay. Plus it's not actually that cheap, a 5 year old mac for £300 - £450 is not 'cheap'.

    I can barley believe I am typing this but consider a cheap (new) laptop with a good distro of linux if you are really that stuck.

    The refurb store is still by far the best way to becoming a mac owner on a budget. Two of my machines come from there and they are 'brand' new.

    Let us know how you get on.

  14. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I've only had outstanding experiences. I've bought a MBA, MBP, and a Mini on eBay as well as countess Applecare.

    Be smart. Be willing to pay $20 more for someone with 100% feedback and 40+ sales.
  15. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
  16. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The Macbooks aren't quite 3 years old yet...
  17. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    I sell all of my used Macs on eBay, and this year that included a MacBook, a Mac mini and also my iPod classic. There are a lot of trustworthy sellers, check the feedback and also the kind of things that seller usually sells (search for completed listings from that seller if not displayed in feedback) if the seller (like me) buys and sells different things and not bulk quantities of the same thing then it should be Ok. By that I mean I would prefer to buy a MacBook from a genuine private seller selling his own laptop than one from a business who 'reconditions' or otherwise turns around computers they have not cherished for the past number of years.
  18. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    i think it's a safer route to buy a refurbished mac from the apple store online. comes with warranty and super fast free shipping too.
  19. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    If you buy off of ebay, make sure you do it through a credit card that has fraud protection-paypal only goes up to $200-$300 in protection.

    Give your parents the money, and have them buy it with their card.

    Another option is to keep an eye on craigslist if you live anywhere near a large area. For about that price you should be able to pick up a macbook of some type.
  20. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I bought both my iBook and eMac off of eBay. No problems with the iBook after a year. (I've only had the eMac for about a month, but no problems there yet either.)

    BTW, an iBook or PowerBook might be something to consider if you're looking for something cheaper, and don't use real intensive apps like Photoshop and the like.

    But anyway, you should be safe in buying from eBay as long as you use common sense and be a little cautious.
  21. byron cragun macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    fiji islands
    byron cragun

    I purchased a 17" MacBook Pro, a 2009 and is equal to a new one. I paid $960 for it. The disccription from the seller was simply; Looks and works as a new one, never moved from desk, with a keyboard.

    A BEAuTIFUL piece of work, go for it!!!!

    So yes, definately buy one used and I think most descriptions from the owner will be important. I believe Mac people love their Mac's and care for them.
  22. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    over my lifetime i've bought 5 mac computers and 2 ipods off of e-bay. haven't been burned yet.
  23. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    This is like asking if it's safe to have sex with a prostitute. All the same rules apply.
  24. mahmudd29 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2013
    It varies from seller to seller. Just verify the seller's history while buying a product. be safe !;)
  25. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Surely there was a thread younger than four years of age asking about eBay Mac purchases to resurrect? :confused:

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