Is this a good price for a macbook?

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  1. nonwontonface macrumors newbie

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    I'm not really that into computers, and am thinking about buying a used macbook from someone for $540. Is this a good price?

    black macbook
    2GHz Intel Core Duo 2 Processor
    1GB Ram (Going to upgrade to 2GB)
    120GB Hard Drive
    leopard
    DVD+/-RW
    replaced battery with a extented life one
    a few scratches on the top
    only comes with macbook and charger(should it come with more?)

    used since september 07, and is the september 06ish model i think

    thanks
     
  2. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    It's a good price if the scratches are light and you want to save a bunch. You kinda need the re-install discs incase you have to restore it or have a hdd crash.
     
  3. FuuFuu macrumors regular

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    Great price i would say for a black macbook. just like the person above said, might need CD to install.
     
  4. iceblade macrumors member

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    Sounds like a good deal... Whats wrong with it?

    I hate to be pessimistic, but 99 % of the time something seems too good to be true, it generally is. Are you buying this from someone you know in real life, and trust? If so, then I'd say its a fair deal. I don't think I'd buy this off craigslist (Unless I had a chance to look it over... And even then, maybe not) and maybe not even off ebay, but if its someone you are friends with (or maybe even just work with) then its probably a safe enough/fair enough deal.

    As 'iknowyourider' noted, having the reinstall/restore discs might be nice, because if you do have a problem, you will have to go buy the discs new from an Apple store or something, and that'll run you about $130 probably. So I guess, either see if you can get those discs (or it may only be one, I guess), or just hope you don't have any problems.

    EDIT: Maybe this is a good deal, even for the age. I don't know... I just think it'd go for more, thats all :). But hey, go with your gut, and those that know more then me. I'm no expert on Apple/Macintosh computers by any means!
     
  5. gonyr macrumors 6502

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    I'd buy that in a second at that price. Are you sure it's not stolen or some stupid craigslist scam?
     
  6. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Another thing is about Leopard; It was released in October 2007. That means it didn't come installed on that machine. If you have the original install discs you will be putting Tiger on it and that's fine if you're OK with it. Leopard will require another install disc for that revision MB. When you buy an older MB with Leopard you usually need the additional install disc too.

    Now if that MB is a refurb it could very easily come with Leopard pre-installed and on the restore disc. If it is a refurb, the serial number will start with "RM".
     
  7. nonwontonface thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there anyway to check that it is stolen?
    I am buying it off a user off a local forum. He was asking for 800$ but was willing to sell it to me cheaper cause I bargained ahha.
     
  8. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Does he claim to be the original owner? If so, you can ask him to call apple and transfer your name and email as the new owner. That's what I did for a friend that bought one of my macbooks. In other words ask if he would do that pending the purchase of course.
     
  9. nonwontonface thread starter macrumors newbie

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    He says it is not registered on the apple site
    Is there anyway to tell by the serial number?

    you guys are really helpful!
     
  10. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really know. I guess it's possible to not be registered but it's unlikely. I do know that a lot of apple support specialist's are friendly and helpful. Some will go above and beyond to help. I would call apple with the serial number and just be honest.
     
  11. nonwontonface thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So..I decided against buying this laptop, it just seems too sketchy to me. I will proberly pick one up new with my educational discount. Thanks for your help guys/gals, you are really informative !:)
     
  12. marbles macrumors 68000

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    Sounds a good deal to me ......even without the discs I mean they sell on ebay here in the UK for 10 20 £ so

    yeah , go for it but take a friend who does know a bit about machines to check it over :)

    best luck


    edit >> you know you guys in the states get a really good price on Mac stuff ... in the Uk an entry level Macbook is the equivalent of just over 1300 US dollars
     
  13. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome deal, does he have another 1 for me to buy?
     
  14. nonwontonface thread starter macrumors newbie

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    if you are in edmonton alberta canada you are welcome to buy the one i passed up :)
     
  15. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Good idea. One more word for ya. If you need an ipod that's a great deal. Get the ipod you want, I don't think it's limited to just the Touch, but they don't really make it clear. You can also consider not-opening the ipod and reselling it. Another option is a refurb. Remember to check the refurb page a few times a day. The good deals come and go quickly. It took me several weeks to get my 2.2 blackbook for $1049. That was about 7 weeks ago. Have fun with it.
     
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