Is this Mid 2009 MacBook Pro worth $800?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bobjob186, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

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    Hi MR,
    I'm looking at Mid 2009 MacBook Pro. It's the 2.66GHZ version with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HD. No applecare, battery says needs service, and there's a dent in the right corner. Do you think $800 is reasonable price given the condition?

    Thanks in advance for the info.

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  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Personally, I think there is a limit when it comes to buying used stuff, and buying a used computer is my personal limit when I have to spend my own money (don't take any offense, please!) With that being said, after my experience with AppleCare/Genius bar, I would not buy any computer without warranty. However, if that is on Ebay, I would get the Squaretrade warranty with that. Squaretrade will refund you the price you paid for your computer or try to fix it.

    For a new battery, that is $130. I'd rather buy a refurbished white Macbook that will comes with warranty, a new battery and it will look brand new. You won't have to worry about a thing. Sure, it comes with slightly lower specs, but you might not notice it depending on what you are doing with your computer and for me, personally, its worth it.
     
  3. darknite38 macrumors regular

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    Honestly, I would say no. Is it the 15 inch one with the Nvidia 9600? This would make the purchase better for you. If it is only 9400 I would not even consider the laptop. My 13 inch late 2009 macbook pro with 9400, 4gb ram, 320 gb hard drive with a slightly dented top left part of the screen (barely noticeable, computer is 100% functional) - I would consider selling it for around 700. However, treat yourself to a new macbook pro when the new ones come out.
    This is my best advice to you.
     
  4. dunk50 macrumors member

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    Where do you find which model you have? Thanks
     
  5. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah it's the 15" with the 9400m and the 9600GT. It's not ebay so squaretrade is out the question, unless I have him sell it to me on ebay first, i guess it's not as good of a deal as I thought. 15" Pro for $800 though, i got so excited.
     
  6. Barnzee macrumors regular

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    You can find the info by clicking on the apple at the top of the screen, then clicking about this mac. Once at this screen click more info and you should be able to find all the specs you need to know.
     
  7. dunk50 macrumors member

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    Barn, thanks for the reply but the numbers discussed don't match mine. I do know it is one of the older ones.

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.27f3
    Serial Number (system): W88080G71SH
    Hardware UUID: E64B68F5-AE25-5954-9086-B8758178677A
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled
     
  8. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    your model is an early 08. Non-unibody pro, the discussed machine is a Mid 2009, essentially the second revs of the 15" unibody pro's.
     
  9. atticus18244fsa macrumors 6502

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    I have the 2.53Ghz version with all other things the same and I checked a month ago on some site and it was valued at around $1000. So who knows...
     
  10. darknite38 macrumors regular

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    Trust me, don't buy it. The upgrade will be negligible according to your current specs right now. If you want a new macbook pro wait for the revision.
     
  11. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, i'm gonna pass.
     

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