It's MacBook Time! (finally)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Theirishjoey, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Theirishjoey macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Hey All,

    Right I really want to buy myself a polycarb MacBook. But I have no experience with eBay or craigslist and can get a pretty good price for the new white one anyway. So my question to you is, Should I:

    A - Buy one off eBay or Craigslist, white(old and new), black, alu and just buy what I can. Also how much would one cost?

    B - Use my discount (the EPP one) and buy a brand new White nVidia MacBook? (£676.20 or so I think)

  2. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Just buy new. There are scams on ebay and the old white and black MacBook have junk graphics.
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Use your discount and buy it new.

    If your buying a white one believe me you dont want it second hand because theres only one reason someone would be trying to sell it on Ebay or Craigslist.
  4. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
  5. Theirishjoey thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Thanks for the reply's guys. I guess it will be new then. At least then it will hold some resale value.
  6. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    i'd say go ahead and research a little bit more.

    keep in mind with a used computer - you may want to replace the battery. and if you are planning to upgrade the hard drive total all that up and see if it would be worth it for you

    it may be more cost effective to spend an extra 100-200$ to buy a new computer that you know won't have any problems

    and being an avid user of craigslist and ebay, i'd recommend eBay - unless you can find someone on craigslist who will opt to take a little off so you can afford a brand new battery.

    just be careful. eBay - you can get something back. craigslist. you will never hear from them again

    eBay vendors have too much to risk. a bad feedback rating could make people NEVER buy from them again. if you buy it, you have buyer protection under eBay AND paypal. look up the sellers return policy at the bottom of the listing and make sure that they accept returns.

    once you win tell them you will test the computer for 4 or 5 days (battery life, hard drive status, actual physical condition) and then on the end of the 5th day tell them that you would like a return and are shipping it back to them.

    once you give them the delivery confirmation # - eBay message them asking if you can work something out, or if they would rather receive negative feedback

    that is, worst case scenario of course :)!
  7. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    ye discount route for sure , guaranteed that way , I know I know ebay paypal protection etc but in all fairness they usually don't give a monkeys and leave you hanging, waiting for refunds and that go's on for weeks so I'd go new, especially as you have a discount .

    edit, just noticed the name you use, are you fr from Cork ? Apple are in Cork , nip down and see if a family member or someone could buy from the staff store?

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