Just bought a 2010 air for $450

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by srosk265, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. srosk265, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011

    srosk265 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    So, I just traded my MacBook Pro 2011 base 13" model with a downgraded hardrive (only 250gb). I posted it on Craigslist for $950. This guy traded me his base MacBook air (2010) + $400 in cash, then threw in over $100 in accessories.

    I effectively bought a 2010 MacBook air with 75 battery cycles for $450 that's in mint condition.

    NO it doesn't have a backlit keyboard
    NO it doesn't have an i5 processor
    NO it doesn't have 4GB ram

    But... I did just buy a 2011 iMac on Amazon for $691 after credit card rebates, etc., so I'm not worried about processing power.

    Would you have done the same or spent an extra $500 on the 2011 base Air? I know my ideal computer was the 2011 $1199 model with 4GB ram, but I couldn't pass this up!
  2. rudedude macrumors newbie


    Jun 8, 2010
    That's an amazing deal, you're lucky to have gotten the Air at such a low price. I would have done exactly the same thing if I were in your position. What are the specs of the Air you bought btw?
  3. srosk265, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011

    srosk265 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    It's sadly just the base model:

    1.4Ghz C2D
    2gb ram
    64gb flash memory.

    I got a nice bag which I probably wont use but it's nice to have. Also came with an external CD drive and a USB SD card reader. The computer is in absolute mint condition!

    Only thing that was missing was the box. I do love their boxes :(

    But overall, I'm highly satisfied with my purchase! At $450, it was cheaper than an iPad!
  4. SteveLV702 macrumors 6502


    Oct 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    should have just given your MacBook Air to me :)
  5. Risasi macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    I have been shopping refurbs and used deals like on Craiglist. I've noticed the resale value isn't as strong as it used to be. I almost bought a 2011 13" MBP a couple weeks ago for $850.

    Nonetheless I think you got a pretty good deal.
  6. srosk265 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    Up until recently, I use to be able to flip Mac's and trade up every couple months between models and still come out ahead. But yes, I'd say within the past year prices just haven't held up as well and I'm out of that game for sure :)
  7. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    Even with CD2 being outdated I'd have jumped at that price. Congrats.

    Scary to think, the machine didn't even *exist* a year ago and you can get it half price. Yeah, I think Apple fans are going to have to stop citing high resale value at this rate.

  8. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    First of all, congrats on the great deal!!! :D

    Also, what would everyone here consider to be a "good" price for a base 2010 air on ebay or craigslist? ~$700?
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Apple was selling the base 2010 on its refurb site for $699 recently. $450 sounds like a good deal. It's entirely possible the OP could get $600 for it.
  10. srosk265 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    I've considered trying for $650-700 and combining that with maybe $300 or so for the Air of my choice :). I figure I can wait for the prices for 2011 models to come down. I'm pretty good about selling computers on CL.
  11. twiggy0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    I've been asking $900 for my 2011 13" MBP for a few days on craigslist now and I get nothing! :(
  12. hpucker99 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    Used 13" MBP

    The Apple Store has refurbished 13" base MBP for $1019. Your $900 seems high.
  13. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Yeah, with CL, I have had similar experiences. Either I get low-ball offers or less than equitable trade offers. For me, I usually want to sell pretty fast. Perhaps, the key is in letting it be listed longer? Unfortunately, macs don't keep their value, as in the past.:) Selling is harder, but you can get some nice deals (as the op did).
  14. kettlecorn macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2011
    What? How is that high? That's $1019+ tax and recycling puts you at close to $1100. Maybe around $1060 or something. A "used" 2011 Macbook Pro in excellent condition with a good remainder on the warranty for $900 is a discount of $150+.

    For what its worth the right price is about $925. Just sold mine but it'll depend on the area and where you live. In LA and orange county 925 easy if you know how to list on craigslist. Granted you'll get lowballers no matter what you do.

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