Just sold my 15” MacBook Pro - What would you have done/thoughts?

Dubba

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Oct 4, 2006
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Last Monday, I received a brand new 15” MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 80GB HD) from AppleCare (UK) as a replacement for a 12” PowerBook which had to be repaired three times.

I have pretty much decided to go with a White MacBook, although I had some inclinations towards the 17” Macbook Pro (primarily because of screen size, but the casing and option of a matte screen also appealed).

Anyway, I have to sell the 15” MacBook Pro in order to finance the MacBook, and I have finally been able to (well, in a few hours – I am meeting the buyer in 4 hours). Basically, I sold it for £1,000 ($1,882), which is £399 less than the UK retail price, and £286 less that the UK Education price. However, it is very close to the US Education price (£1,012/$1,907), which is where I would have bought it had I gone retail. Hence, I am £12 short, but I should be able to recover that by selling my spare 12" PowerBook Battery, which gets me to a break-even point.

I am planning to use the proceeds to buy a 12” MacBook (120GB) + AppleCare at the US Education store for £1,007 ($1,897), which is only a few pounds/dollars more than what I am getting for the MacBook Pro. Basically, I feel that I got a 40GB larger hard drive and AppleCare for the same price as a MacBook Pro, which I would have had to buy AppleCare for.

I am going to up the RAM to 2GB in any case (whether I had kept the MacBook Pro or the MacBook).

What would you have done?

P.S. My needs are simple: e-mail, browsing, office applications, iPhoto, and iTunes – no gaming or editing.

P.P.S. My original 12" PowerBook cost me £952/$1,793, if that makes a difference to your thoughts.
 

Dubba

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Thanks for all the feedback and validation - it is nice to know that many of you would have done the same.

I have just come back from completing the transaction and look forward to ordering my MacBook soon... although, my wife's iBook is working perfectly well for me, so now I am thinking about perhaps waiting for Leopard, but we'll see how long she can handle being without her lovely Mac!

Dubba
 

YS2003

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Finally I have arrived.....
Buying is a personal decision. So, as long as you are satisfied with the arrangement you made, that is what counts.
But, if I were you, I would have kept the MBP because of my personal preferences.
 

kalun

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Sep 13, 2006
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Dubba said:
I am planning to use the proceeds to buy a 12” MacBook (120GB) + AppleCare at the US Education store for £1,007 ($1,897), which is only a few pounds/dollars more than what I am getting for the MacBook Pro. Basically, I feel that I got a 40GB larger hard drive and AppleCare for the same price as a MacBook Pro, which I would have had to buy AppleCare for.
I think it is a very bad idea to sell your laptop and purchase product that does not exist.....:p
 

Jiddick ExRex

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kalun said:
I think it is a very bad idea to sell your laptop and purchase product that does not exist.....:p
I may be a slow morning starter but what do you mean?

Anyways, I wouldn't have done it. Just so you know and make you feel bad.
 

interlaced

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I thought it was a great decision. I did something similar when I sold my 17" Macbook Pro and got a 15" instead. The 15" I got included Applecare as well as a few extras. The price difference wasn't an issue since I had gotten the 17" at 1/3 below retail from a local guy who was also downgrading. I think using some of the savings towards Applecare is an excellent choice too. ;)
 

Koodauw

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YS2003 said:
Buying is a personal decision. So, as long as you are satisfied with the arrangement you made, that is what counts.
But, if I were you, I would have kept the MBP because of my personal preferences.
Ill second this, I prefer the MBP to the MB, especially if the only difference you are getting is applecare. You have 1 yr to buy the Applecare, why not just save up for it? Anyways, if you are happy, then you have made the right decision.
 

kalun

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Sep 13, 2006
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Jiddick ExRex said:
I may be a slow morning starter but what do you mean?

Anyways, I wouldn't have done it. Just so you know and make you feel bad.
there is no such as a 12 inch macbook...at least not yet...:D
 

joe50000

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There's going to be a new Macbook released soon so I guess it was a good choice. Although I would have stuck with the powerbook.
 

XP Defector

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I've got a MacBook 2Ghz 512RAM 60GB HD (White). Well to be honest, I'd have kept the MacBook Pro because I believe they are superior laptops. That said, MacBook definitely holds it's own and I sincerely doubt you'll suffer dissapointment.