Is this a good deal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wd1501, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. wd1501 macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hey all,

    I was looking into buying my first apple computer and somebody in my class gave me an offer and just sent me a description of a white Macbook he is selling:

    "2gb ram 250 hd this is all of it
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA Graphics
    250GB Hard Drive, 8x Double-layer SuperDrive, 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    10-hour Battery Life, Glass Multi-Touch Trackpad
    13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors"

    He says that he will sell it to me for 525$... is this a good deal or should I keep looking? Thanks.
  2. gmans46 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
  3. wd1501 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
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    Yes, I believe so. Apparently it's the
    "Apple MacBook MC516LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop".
  4. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Check the pricing at Mac2Sell. Just enter the spec's and Mac2Sell will bring up the current market value for that computer.
  5. SomeWhores macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2011
    That's the current MacBook (white unibody) that goes for $999 new or $899 if you are educational discount eligible.

    Worth it is subjective, however its nearly half off, so depending on condition, could be a good deal.

    Also, I'd try to get the serial to check to see if it's still AppleCare eligible or already enrolled.
  6. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    and of course make sure it isnt stolen and all that stuff. since you arent buying from an "authorized reseller"
    you never know :p
  7. wd1501 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Thanks for the advice everyone. That Mac2Sell advice was awesome, I just plugged in the numbers and it valued it at $460 and I guess that's assuming it's in good condition. Definitely will try to check the serial number as well. Haha and yeah gotta make sure its not stolen too.
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    if it's under warranty and is in good shape then i would argue that it is a good deal.
  9. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    How are you going to make sure that it isn't stolen? AFAIK, there is no way to tell unless the seller tells you.
  10. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Isn't there anyway to tell if the serial has been reported?

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  11. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  12. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    No, there is not. It is part of the urban legend that says Apple flags stolen serial numbers in a database.
  13. wd1501 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Yeah, I guess it could have some problems he's not telling me about, it could've been stolen, etc. I guess the smartest idea for buying a macbook would be to buy it from a legitimate place. Thanks for all the help. :)

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