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Bushwood

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I am thinking about selling my MacBook. Looked at Ebay for comps. Holy $^*@ Really? I was very surprised how much these things (appear) to be selling for. The prices - with bids and "Buy it Now" - range from $500 to $1,100. For a 5-year-old laptop.

I'm assuming it's because the two drives can be swapped for SSDs? Is there something special about these machines? Or, do MacBooks just hold there value that well in general?
 

Royksöpp

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Don't forget eBay will take 10 percent of that and Paypal will snag another 6 percent. If can swallow that, then go for it!
 

z31fanatic

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The Buy-it-now are not an indicator of the true value. Buy-it-now are always overpriced and rarely sell.
Only completed listings tell you the real value.
A late 2011 will sell for $800 only if it has an i7, 16gb ram, and a 250-500gb SSD.
 
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Taz Mangus

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I am thinking about selling my MacBook. Looked at Ebay for comps. Holy $^*@ Really? I was very surprised how much these things (appear) to be selling for. The prices - with bids and "Buy it Now" - range from $500 to $1,100. For a 5-year-old laptop.

I'm assuming it's because the two drives can be swapped for SSDs? Is there something special about these machines? Or, do MacBooks just hold there value that well in general?

I sold my 2009 17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz for $650 cash through craigslist. Apple computers do have value even when they are 5 years or older.
 
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ThisOldMacHead

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Yes... Macs hold their value extremely well - that's one of the intrinsic perks of the platform. $650-800 is completely realistic for that machine, depending on condition and specs... What processor and dGPU, which screen, ram, etc?

I upgraded to an early 2011 15" in March 2014 (I always prefer to stay a few generations behind as it lets me pass most of the new Mac tax to the first owner) and we paid $870. But we bought from a reputable seller on Amazon and the machine was a 2.3GHz quad BTO option with the high-res, anti-glare screen. It was also in immaculate condition with great battery life (94% health with only 70 full cycles).

So it completely depends on what you've got... A base 2.0GHz with a regular glossy screen, physical wear, and no upgrades - you can probably fetch around the $650 mark.
 

Traverse

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The 2011 15" MBPs have a bad stigma because of all the GPU failures, that might have driven down the price.
 

snaky69

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I am thinking about selling my MacBook. Looked at Ebay for comps. Holy $^*@ Really? I was very surprised how much these things (appear) to be selling for. The prices - with bids and "Buy it Now" - range from $500 to $1,100. For a 5-year-old laptop.

I'm assuming it's because the two drives can be swapped for SSDs? Is there something special about these machines? Or, do MacBooks just hold there value that well in general?
Apple computers hold their value very well.

I thought this was common knowledge.
 

3NV7

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The Late 2011 MBPs have a lot of desirable features; superdrive, ethernet jack, matte screen, user upgrade-able hard drive and RAM, etc.
 
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