Is this a good deal? :)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crashwins, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. crashwins macrumors member

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    First - would you call a $2000 price for the new (on Apple's website) MBP i7 2.6/512/16 with full AppleCare a good price? I have a friend selling his at that...

    I'm a photographer (side hustle, but power user) coming from a 27" iMac and felt it was sometimes underpowered for the 5K monitor. This might have been related to having too many programs open, but it was a 2017 model and it just bottlenecked sometime. So I'm thinking about grabbing a 15" MBP and using the 27" Cinema Display I just got from a buddy for next to nothing. No, it's not 5K, but the colors are terrific.

    16GB of RAM doesn't concern me for Lightroom, CaptureOne, etc, but for Adobe Premiere I'm a little concerned...I don't know enough about the tech end of things to understand where I might run into problems, but the 32GB RAM option for these MBPs is super pricey! YouTube people are all about the 32GB of RAM, but it's not like I'm rendering videos constantly, and using proxies should make the editing for 5-10 4K videos pretty doable, no? I'd love to expert thoughts here. Thanks!
     
  2. IdentityCrisis Suspended

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    What year? If its a 2018, I'd say yes, its a good price. That is around $600 lower than new.
     
  3. crashwins thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi! 2018. The current model on Apple's website. Yes, seems to be $600 not even counting the AppleCare, which is like $300, no? My hope is to get a good MBP 15 and use it for like 1.5 years and then trying to recoup a lot of money on it because at that time the more powerful MBP 15s will be out with the updated GPUs. I feel like Mac users can fall into two camps: power users who rely on software performance for work, and people who don't even know what a GPU is, if you follow me :)
     
  4. IdentityCrisis Suspended

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    Yeah, apple care plus for it is around $350 or so. Forget off hand. So if it comes with that, even better.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Actually, I'd suggest that you take a good look at the new Mac Mini's ...
     
  6. IdentityCrisis Suspended

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    They have no dgpu and don't perform nearly the same.
     
  7. Donnation macrumors demi-god

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    Do you really need to ask if getting a 2018 MacBook Pro for under $1000 less than what someone paid for it is a good deal? Doesn't seem like a very difficult question to answer.
     
  8. IdentityCrisis Suspended

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    Why do you have to make sense. :p
     
  9. Fpb1980 macrumors regular

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    I purchased the 15” 2.2 ghz version brand new with applecare plus for 2000 and I thought my deal is good. You win:)
     
  10. crashwins thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry. Yeah, it wasn't rhetorical! Just one peak on ebay and prices for Macbooks seem to be all over the place. To me, AppleCare makes a Macbook sort of new if it's in mint shape as the warranty is bulletproof..Obviously the battery is near-mint too. I'm also just wondering if my RAM will be a bottleneck for me. Anyone have thoughts on that?
     
  11. Wags macrumors 65816

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    What about 2017 MBP15, 2.8, 16/256
    Just saw open box at local store for $1499. Authorized Apple Reseller
     
  12. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    depends if its still apple care eligible
     
  13. Wags macrumors 65816

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    Since authorized reseller and return Apple will change the date. Had rep check the serial number on check warranty and no date listed since not assigned to Apple ID anymore. Looked like it went thru the open box check on the 2nd. If bought during holiday period could be as early as November 1
    worst case I guess.
     
  14. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    oh yeah that's a great deal then
     
  15. Wags macrumors 65816

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    Thx.
    I guess I have until end of Christmas return season to check out as well.
     
  16. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    Seems too good to be true.
     
  17. Wags macrumors 65816

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    As always, buyer be aware. Needs to be checked out. Would have return rights.
    Think just comes down to open box and this was discontinued in July.
     
  18. FlushedNotRushed macrumors member

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    I wish I could've bought that for $2000 :( . I paid ~$2600 for my base model 2018 15" + AppleCare+ . Oh well
     
  19. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    Lol I think my deal was pretty sweet bought a mid 2015 back in 2016 with AppleCare for $410 from a “friend” that was dropping out. And now I’m sitting with a base model 2018 with applecare+ Thanks to Apple having to replace my unit for a defective screen.
     
  20. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    Better than my cyber Monday deal of $2124. Is it brand new?
     
  21. Wags macrumors 65816

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    It is open box return. This is 2017 MBP15, 2.8 base. The 2018 blows these away but lots more right now.
     
  22. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    But it’s still like getting a 2018 13 inch with a bigger screen and an automatic keyboard warranty
     

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