Price Advice Is this a good price? Even with a 'big' SSD?

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  1. mac-collector, May 16, 2012
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    I'm looking to buy a late MBP late 2011:

    MacBook Pro 15" Hi-res display
    2.4 GHz i7
    16 GB RAM
    512 GB SSD
    Brand new - 1 battery cycle! Still in original box. No scratches or anything.

    He's asking for $3,399. What do you guys think? And I know of the (alleged) new one, but I really need it now.
     
  2. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    $1,869 from Apple refurb store
    $80 for 16 GB ram (newegg)
    $500 for 512 GB SSD (sata III, crucial m4 deal)

    So, if I was buying that computer used, even with only 1 battery cycle on it, I wouldn't pay more than $2,300
     
  3. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    So where can I get it for $2,300?
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    The $1,869 is for the regular resolution model. $1,999 for the refurb Hi-Res.

    Still I'd agree that $2,300 is the highest you should go. I wouldn't go higher than 90% cost of items that no longer have their full warranty life remaining.

    It doesn't matter what Apple charges for those upgrades. They are a huge ripoff. They are no better than what you get aftermarket. Heck the SSD probably is not as good.
     
  5. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    You asked about "good price". The list of prices provided for the ram, ssd, and computer put you under $2,500 for a computer directly from Apple with full applecare support. You can buy it there.

    When looking at used (or third-party refurbished) I usually knock off 10% from the Apple refurbished store price when considering if an item is a "good price". I would say $2,300 is a good price, if I was going to spend $2,500 on the specs you mention, I would buy from Apple refurb and have more piece of mind.
     
  6. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    So these are the expensive choices:

    New from Apple (only 8 GB RAM): $3,600
    Refurb + 16 GB RAM + 512 SSD: $2,600
    Used: He said he could bring it down to $3,100

    So where can I get it for less that $2,300?
     
  7. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    He didn't say you -could- get one for $2300, he said you -shouldn't- pay more than $2300 for a used one from a third party.

    Given that you can buy a refurb and the additional parts for (about) $2500-$2600, I agree with him.

    In short, the deal you have been offered for the used one isn't too good. About $1000 too much.
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    You can get really close to $2,300 with a used model on eBay. Then a new SSD and new RAM. If you could actually find a used one on eBay customized to those specs it would be expected to go for $2,300.
     
  9. ellaimac macrumors regular

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    Here are the specs i got from Macrumors buying guide:

    High-end 15":

    Core i7 2.4 Ghz (Quad-Core)
    Ram: 4gb 1333Mhz DDR3 sdram (max. 16 gb)
    Graphics: Intel HD 3000 graphics and AMD Radeon HD 6770M
    Graphics Memory: 384 MB shared + 1 GB GDDR5
    Screen: 15.4" LED widescreen at 1440x900 or 1680x1050
    Storage: 750 GB HDD
    Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 1x FW 800, 1x ThunderBolt, SDXC Card Slot
    Keyboard: Full-size backlit keyboard
    7 hours battery
    Weight: 2.54 kg

    Apple's price is said to be $ 2,199 or E1,489

    I put this because you want one for less than $2,300
    buy from: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro
    Select "15 inch: 2.4 Ghz"
     
  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Also do remember, the MBP is due for a refresh any day now. So instantly the refurb costs will drop probably around 7-10% from Apple as soon as that happens. My guess he is trying unload his 2011 to buy a 2012 or is strapped for cash or stolen (with only one battery cycle, seems like he has only had it for a very short time so why didn't he return it).

    Edit: And No that isn't a good price at all. Especially when buying used, a lot of the bells and whistles (SSD's, Hi-rez displays, etc) tend to be worth almost nothing on the used market. Average Joe doesn't understand most of that, and just wants a "cheap macbook pro"....
     
  11. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    I doubt it was stolen with only one battery cycle.
     
  12. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a

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    Did anyone (who posted here) check out the last threads "mac-collector" started. take a look it is quite interesting and helps you to ignore his threads ;)

    His Sig alone is a silent shout of him craving for recognition...
     
  13. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Apparently you have never heard of stealing off the back of a delivery truck? They only flip it on once to find out what it's got in it and sell it that way. Don't you find it a little odd that s/he just didn't take it back to Apple and instead are trying to unload it? If it only has 1 battery cycle then they didn't have it for more than the 2 week return period....
     
  14. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    It says on the sticker on the packaging 'what it's got in it' anyway. You also get a lot more for selling it unopened in the original packaging.

    Oh, I also happen to know for a fact that the person who is selling it didn't steal it - because it's me. I just wanted to set it up like I was the buyer to see what people would say.

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    Great that you take such interest in me - I really appreciate it. And just between us: I have a bunch of accounts on here and I constantly use them to reply to my own threads - makes it more real. So far I think you are the only poster in this thread that isn't me.

    On a side-note: Practice what you Preach, my friend.
     
  15. aloshka macrumors 65816

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    If all that is true, pretty damn good. Even the context and phrasing of the posts sound different. Not bad, we can say you are officially crazy.
     

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