Keeping 2016 MacBook bought for $780 vs. buying 2016 MacBook Pro for $1000

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by alohamade, Mar 4, 2017.


Keep 2016 Rose Gold MacBook or Buy 2016 MacBook Pro and sell MacBook?

  1. Keep 2016 Rose Gold MacBook

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  2. Buy 2016 MacBook Pro, Sell Rose Gold MacBook

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  1. alohamade macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2012
    Hey all,

    So last week, I went Craigslist hunting and found a 2016 12-inch Rose Gold MacBook for $780 that was brand new (the person needed to get rid of it) and bought it. However, tonight I was offered by one of my friends to be sold a 7 battery cycle, late 2016 MacBook Pro (non-touch bar) for $1000 that was only used for about a week.

    I could essentially try and turn around the Rose Gold MacBook and sell it, but what would you guys do? Would you buy that 2016 MacBook Pro and try to sell the Rose Gold MacBook or would you just keep the Rose Gold MacBook? Which is the better investment?
  2. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
  3. alohamade thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2012
    Both are base models. So Core m3/256GB/8GB for 12-inch rMB, and then the base model for the non-touchbar MacBook Pro.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't consider laptops good investments.

    How are you planning on using the machines? What apps will be using, do you want something that is ultra portable, or do you want a desktop replacement?

    Your usage and mobility needs are what should be the metrics to deciding which model is a better fit imo :)
  5. fierarul macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Honestly, since you seem so good at finding brand new laptops at 60% the pre-tax prices, the best investment would be to turn around and try to sell both. The $1000 MBP is $1500 + tax while the $780 MB is $1300 + tax; see how much you can sell them for!
  6. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    The 2016 non-TB is pretty frequently on sale for $1,200-1, it's not that much of a deal, in my opinion.

    I would keep the 12", to be honest. Unless you actually need both ports, or need slightly better processing power.

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