Is this a good deal for a late 2011 MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by testudoaubreii, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. testudoaubreii macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I have an opportunity to buy this:http://www.everymac....bolt-specs.htmlfor $800 (oh, it's the 4GB RAM model). Is it a good deal? I will be using it for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Filezilla and native programs like Garageband. Everyone in my office uses a Mac except me. I have an old Dell Latitude Core 2 Duo that I use and it is really showing its age.

    They will not buy me a Mac. So instead of raking out the cash to buy a brand new one, I looked on Craigslist. I know, I have to be careful on Craigslist, but I am going to go check it out before I purchase it. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that everything is good to go. Is that machine still good, even though it is almost 4 years old?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. Cricketman macrumors regular

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    Although it is true that Mac's hold value, $800 for a 4 year old computer is insane. A computer, regardless of how good the specs are, last 4-6 years in usable condition. I would wait until you can muster an extra 200$ for a new, or at least 2014 model. If not, look out for a refurbished model on apple's owns site to save even more.
     
  3. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    The link you posted doesn't work.

    $800 is a lot for a 2011 especially wiith all the video problems the 2011 models have.
    $800 can get you a late 2013 base MBP with Retina.
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Your link doesn't work.

    If you're looking for a used cMBP, try getting a 2012 model instead. They're better in every way (but of course also more expensive) with USB 3, Bluetooth 4.0, and most importantly a non-failure prone dGPU.
     
  5. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    Is it 13 or 15 inch? I would avoid 15 due to them having malfunctioning gpu's. The 13 inch without any ram/ssd upgrade shouldn't be more than 350 dollars. Much better to track down a cMBP 2012 version because of them having USB3 I see them in sweden going for 450 all the time.
     
  6. testudoaubreii thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all for your responses! It really helped. I came across this one: http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...re-i7-2.6-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html for $1150. Is that overpriced or is that a good deal?

    Thank you again!
     
  7. kevinjohnson20 macrumors newbie

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    I think it's a good deal and you are not getting lost of money and product betrayed at all in my perspective so it's really cool.If there is any negotiation possible over there so you should reduce the price bit.
     
  8. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    To be honest I think 1150 for any used cMBP is a little steep. Also I've heard so many complaints about malfunctioning gpu's on 15 inch models. But that might not be an issue with the 2012 version.
     
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    That's with the retinas.

    Anyway - I had the 2012 15" cMBP (what the link appears to be), except I added 16GB Ram and a 256SSD and sold it on craigslist for $1,100.

    I only had 1 offer at the price (after maybe 10 days listed), and was close to going for $1000.

    For nearly $1,200 - I think it's too much!

    I was able to find my 2014 15" retina (what I later bought) for $1,650 open boxed at Best Buy. I added the movers coupon and .edu discount and got it for a total of $1,440 (after tax).

    There are too many good deals right now - try to find a newer retina.
     
  10. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    That's too much. It should be $800-900, depending on condition and if there's any warranty. There are a lot of 15" base Mid-2012 retina models selling for $800-900, so $1150 for a cMBP is way too high.
     
  11. testudoaubreii thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you everyone. I am going to skip the 2012. I have a chance to get a mid-2014 rMBP, 16GB, 256 GB for $1400. It was purchased in February and still has AppleCare on it, too. That's not too bad, right?
     
  12. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Go for it!

    Great machine.
     
  13. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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  14. thekev macrumors 604

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    I would call that one a better purchase, especially as issues such as battery service are much much further in the future than they would be with something like a 2011 model. Stuff like that can kill the cost savings.
     

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