Is this a good deal on a Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Patmn, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Patmn macrumors member

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    I'm the high bidder right now on this Mac Mini at $345 but I'm having second thoughts as to whether or not it's such a good deal and wondered what you guys thought:

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330405693414&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    The big problem for me in Canada is that by the time you add the shipping cost and the brokerage fees/duty, it will add another $150 to the price tag, making it about $500 CDN. For just $120 more I could get a refurbished 2.26GHZ Mac Mini from the Apple store.

    I guess I got trigger happy on E-Bay! :(

    I probably should've forgotten about that first one and just bidded a bit higher for this iMac instead (currently at $300 US)

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270532991072&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    I would say this iMac is a much better deal. I wouldn't pay more than $300 USD for that Mini, and that may even be stretching it for me.

    Not to mention the iMac is a C2D, whereas the Mini is just a CD. That right there makes the iMac a much more viable machine, along with the higher clock speed and RAM.
     
  3. Patmn thread starter macrumors member

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    How much better is the C2D over the CD?
     
  4. opeter macrumors 65816

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    Much better. Trust me. CD is not 64-bit, while C2D is.
     
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I have a 1.83 CD Mini. When I was looking to sell it, I saw models like mine (2GB RAM, Superdrive, 80GB HDD) going for about $300 on eBay. As far as speed, the 1.83 C2D seemed faster than mine when I used one, but not dramatically faster. With that said, I would still say the iMac is a better deal. It has a faster processor, more RAM, and a bigger hard drive. The only advantage the Mini has is that you can connect it to a monitor bigger than 17 inches if you want.
     
  6. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    most likely the prices will go way up. seldom are there good deals on macs on ebay.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    +1. Great place to sell them, though. ;)
     
  8. Patmn thread starter macrumors member

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    I've noticed that also, so hopefully someone will outbid me! :)

    On the plus side though, even if I do win it, it will be a lot better than what I'm currently running. For one, I've only got a 40GB hard drive on my eMac, and the CD drive no longer works (the DVD drive still works but is read only) Plus this comes with the Snow Leopard disk also. And I definitely would prefer to have a bigger monitor than 17 inches, my plan has always been to eventually get a 22 inch monitor.
     
  9. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    you got that right. ebay is not the good deals place for the most part.
    though I did get a full version of windows seven premium for 124 with overnight shipping.
     
  10. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    You can occasionally find the 2 GHz version of the last gen Mini (before the last speed bump) for $429 in the Apple Store refurb section. Picked up one for my sis a few weeks back. It's a nice upgrade from her G4 1.5 GHz Mini and a good deal in general. If you get outbid, troll the refurbs daily.
    -C
     
  11. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say for $350 it's a decent deal, especially with 2GB memory (better verify that since further down the listing says 512MB installed). But this will put you behing the technology ball right away, especially considering how fast things move these days. The big drawback is the slow and outdated graphics processor, along with limited hard drive space.

    If it were me, unless I'd be really hard pressed for cash, I'd save and scrounge another $200 (or $120 for refurbished as you say) and go with the latest 2.26 160GB base Mini, with of course the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor.
     
  12. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I just made this transition. I went from the 1.83 CD to the 2.26 refurb. The difference is amazing. I knew it was going to be faster, but not that much faster. The difference is noticeable even on simple stuff like opening Firefox or iTunes. Of course, I did upgrade mine to 4GB of RAM, which makes a difference, but even in base form it is way faster.
     
  13. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Do you use yours as your main computer or as a home theater setup?
     
  14. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi Patmn,
    I think your total cost wouldn't be $150 on top of the bid price since I saw that the shipping to my place (Calgary AB) is listed as $45 International post. I don't see being charged $100 for brokerage on top of it.
    But you should bid on that iMac...
     
  15. Patmn thread starter macrumors member

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    He explains in the ad that it definitely does have 2GB installed but that E-Bay's default specs for that computer lists it at 512 and he couldn't change any of the info in those specs.
     
  16. Patmn thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually did bid on that iMac before I bid on this Mini, but I was outbid, but I definitely won't bid again just in case I end up getting stuck with two computers!
     
  17. Patmn thread starter macrumors member

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    I got my wish, I was outbid! :D

    What I really need to do now is stop going on E-bay and just save my pennies and get a 2.53ghz Mini from the refurb section of the Apple store.
     
  18. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    no such thing as a good deal on a Mini.

    overpriced and under specced.
     
  19. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Main computer/iTunes server. I store my MP3s and podcasts on it and sync all my iPods to it. One of these days I need to figure out how to connect it to my 10 year old non-HD TV. :)
     
  20. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Not so. Mini is about as good a deal as you can get in the Mac world. Specs are very good. Nobody's matched this technology with this small footprint, quietness, features/functions, and OS X reliability. Better deal than an iMac for what you get, in my opinion.
     
  21. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Just like all the other Macs. It's not about the price or the specs, it's about how small it is, ability to use other monitors, and the OS.
     
  22. Mr Bow macrumors newbie

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    and the quietness, and energy efficiency, and the slightly disbelieving looks you get when you tell people "no, that is the computer"
     

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