Looking to buy new MBP - Question on Ebay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by darrengreer, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. darrengreer macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2006
    Has anyone ever purchased those $500 gift cards online from ebay and used those to purchase your mac? I read that if you buy online at the store, you can only enter 4 gift cards, and then 6 in the store. Has anyone had luck in this endeavor?
  2. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Hmm interesting question, and I look forward to the responses. So you're not looking to buy a macbook on ebay. Rather, you're looking to buy gift cards at a discount on eBay and then use those at the Apple store... Interesting - i'll be following this thread to see how it goes and how much money you end up saving. In my experience on the sell-side of gift cards on ebay, they get pretty close to fair value. I.E. a $50 gift card will go for $47, or something like that.
  3. darrengreer thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2006
    I haven't executed, as you have to commit a fair amount of cash on ebay, but the end result would be about $50 per $500 saved. So, on a new macbook pro, I would save about $250. I just am a little worried about spending $2000 in gift cards on ebay.
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    instead of buying gift cards at a minimal discount, why not buy a mbp at a significant discount? I purchased mine a couple of weeks ago for $1650 from a reputable seller. Brand new and just registered with Apple. He was selling the 2.5 version for a little less than $2100. Thats much more significant. Of course, you have to be careful who you're buying it from.
  5. darrengreer thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2006
    I'd consider it. Can you PM me the seller ID you bought from?
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I would stay away from buy GFs on ebay since you risk buying GFs bought with stolen CCs.
  7. claimed4all macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    It is also not hard to sell a gift card and use the balance after its in your possession. So once you have verified the amount, there is still a chance the seller could use the numbers.
  8. Liquidpics macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2008
    New Jersey
  9. SteveMobs macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Washington D.C.
    Is there a link to an example of one?

    Is it being sold in the U.S.?
  10. bodhisattva macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2008
    If all you are doing is looking to save a little on a new MBP.. depends on what size model you are wanting. I recently purchased the new 15 inch, late 2008 model. Maxed out the processor and memory, as well as bumped the hard drive to 7200rpm. I traded up from an older model 17 inch for this model in November 2008. Since the release of the new 17 inch model, I have placed a new order for the 17 inch. Result is.. I'll be selling the 15 inch model in the next two weeks when the new 17 arrives. Has Apple Care for next 3 years.. so if interested, make me an offer and I can avoid putting it on ebay, dealing with bids, paying ebay seller fees, etc. Let me know, I'd be happy to discuss a personal sale to avoid hassle on your end as well as mine.

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